Beta (see availability)
Minecraft Realms is a work-in-progress feature that, put simply, allows players to create and manage their own private server with minimal work and without the hassle of managing a custom server. Hosted by Multiplay through Mojang, Realms provides an easy and faster way to create Minecraft servers and allows the owner to manage their Realm from inside the game. Do take note, however, that Realms are not intended for large public servers, but for groups of friends or as a family server. As Minecraft Realms is to the PC edition, Minecraft: Pocket Edition has a similar service, Pocket Realms, which is supported by Amazon and currently is a free limited version available to the same Alpha Testers as the PC version.
Realms is still in development and is subject to a limited release to certain countries. A subscription can currently only be purchased when living in one of the following countries and regions:
|Sweden||December 19, 2013 (beta)|
|Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland||February 26, 2014|
|UK, Netherlands, Ireland||March 25, 2014|
|Canada||April 1, 2014|
Manage your subscriptions here.
Realms is a service that requires you to buy a subscription and renew it every time your current one expires. To do this, go to the link above, and it will let you purchase a subscription (check the Availability section to see if you can buy it.)
Here are the types of subscriptions and how long they last:
|Type of Subscription||Length|
|MINECON 2013 Prepaid Card||30 days|
|Extension of Current Subscription||Depending on choice, either 30, 60, or 180 days|
|New Realm||Depending on choice, either 30, 60, or 180 days|
 Managing a Realm
If you own a Realm, it can sometimes be slightly confusing what buttons do what. Here is a quick overview of the Realms menu:
 Playing on a Realm
- The Mojang blog closing signature was signed // The Minecraft and Minecraft Realms teams instead of the usual // The Minecraft team starting with the blog Minecraft Snapshot 13w09a.
The menu screen for accounts that have access to Minecraft Realms.
The best way to report Realms bugs is to email the Realms support address, linked in the infobox above.
Minecraft Realms has been in development since Minecon 2012, when Mojang revealed that they wanted to host their own servers. At the release of Snapshot 13w09b (released in March 2013,) about 100 active players were selected by a computer algorithm to test the first alpha version of Realms. Later on, with the release of Minecraft 1.6.4, new Alpha Testers were chosen. Also, if you went to Minecon 2013, you received a Minecraft Realms prepaid card, which could be redeemed on Mojang's website for one subscription to Minecraft Realms (the subscription is valid for 30 days). Finally, on December 18, 2013, Minecraft Realms Beta was made available to the public of Sweden. Over the course of that day to the present, Minecraft Realms has become available elsewhere.
 Version History
|1.5||Added Minecraft Realms Alpha, which was only accessible to 100 alpha testers|
|1.5.1||Changed Realm List Layout to show your owned Realms first, then ones you are invited to.|
|Overhauled Configuration screen, changing layout|
|Changed the way Realms show up on the main list|
|Updated "More Info" link|
|1.6.4||More alpha testers chosen, using the same algorithm as the first round of testers were picked with|
|1.7.4||Configuration screen layout changed|
|Updated Realms list to include a picture of the owner's face as the server logo|
|1.7.5||Added Minigames feature|
|1.7.6||Added the ability to promote other players to Operators via the configuration screen|
|Added a "Changes since last backup" feature|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.7.1||Added Pocket Realms, accessible only to the testers of the PC edition|
|0.7.6||Moved Realms login button to the settings menu|
|"Play on Realms" button only appears if a tester is signed in|
|0.8.0||Bug introduced where players can log in to Realms, but are logged out upon restarting the game|
|0.8.1||Fixed above bug.|