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Description: PC and PE/Win10 Realms have a number of differences.[1]
If you have questions that need official sources, feel free to reach out to Marc Watson.[2]
January 17, 2017

Minecraft Realms is an official subscription-based server hosting service that allows players to create and manage their own private Minecraft servers. Hosted by Mojang, Realms provides an easy and fast way to create servers and allows the owner to manage them from inside the game, without prior knowledge of the concepts for hosting on the Internet. Realms also allows players to choose from a list of minigames (updated by Mojang approximately every 2 weeks) to play temporarily, as well as several pre-made world templates, adventure maps, and experiences. Realms are not intended for large public servers, but for groups of friends or as a family server.[3]


Realms is a service that can only be used by players that meet these requirements[4]:


The subscription screen in-game, accessed through the Configuration menu.

Manage your Realms subscriptions here.

Realms is a subscription-based service. The link above will take you to your Mojang account page and will allow you to extend a current Realm or buy a new one ($7.99 per month for PC/Mac, and $3.99 per month for Pocket).[5][6]

There are two types of subscriptions: Auto-renew and manual-renew. Auto-renew subscriptions automatically renew the Realms subscription every 30 days without you having to do a thing (this can be canceled). Manual-renew subscriptions need to be renewed manually and come in 30-day, 90-day, and 180-day packages for PC/Mac, as well as two-friend and ten-friend packages for Pocket.[5][6]

All players are able to have a 30-day free Realms trial, providing they have not had a free trial on their Mojang account before.[7]

Using Realms[]

Available maps & templates[]

Within the Realms service, users can elect to temporarily replace their regular world with a "minigame" or permanently replace their regular world with a world template, adventure map, or experience. You also cannot use most of the commands or options while your realm is using a preset minigame. Certain maps may not be currently available on Realms due to being phased out or incompatible with the current update.


Minigames are temporary games designed to be played and reset continuously.


Adventures are maps designed for long term play.

World Templates[]

World Templates are maps designed for usage as custom survival world spawns. Normal terrain generates beyond the hand-made spawn area.


Experiences are maps designed for observation and exploration. These maps lack a goal that the player is actively working towards completing.

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Although Realms is hosted by Mojang, and therefore safe and secure, it has some limitations. These limitations can be avoided by using the standard server software or a third-party hosting website.

  • Only whitelisted servers with up to ten players at once are allowed. Larger servers cannot be made.
  • Players can not be invited/uninvited or opped/deopped in-game - you must quit to the menu to do this.
  • All players are de-opped - even the host - while in a mini-game.
  • Minecraft must be running to configure your Realm.


Realms version history[]

As of Minecraft 1.7.10, Realms has its own versioning system. Below is a changelog of all those updates:

1.0.0Redesigned configuration menu
Added "Player Activity" section
Added ability to toggle PvP, spawning of Animals, Monsters, and NPCs, Command Blocks, Spawn Protection, and some others
Added the ability to upload your own worlds
Fixed crash whilst using a Resource Pack
Fixed white heads glitch
1.2.5Enabled more logging for Realms, which ends up in the launcher development console
1.2.6Fixed issue with world uploading on Windows
1.2.7Stored Realms library version in the library jar so it can be displayed by the launcher
1.2.8Fixed backups screen scrolling
Added indicator colors for each player in the activity monitor
1.2.9World map is now downloaded directly to the Minecraft saves directory
1.2.10Configure button will now disable if Realm is in admin mode
1.3.0Localization of Realms error messages
1.3.1Fixed an issue with Invite Screen that wouldn't display Realms error messages on screen
Refactoring of error handling in Realms http client
1.3.2Fixed an issue with world downloading on Windows
1.3.4Realms considers modded clients to be outdated
1.5.5Moved What is Realms? button to the top-left of the Realms home screen
1.7.3New world configuration layout. Ability to have three worlds saved to the Realm with the ability to switch between them at any time.
1.8.9New realm logos and changed What is Realms? button into a yellow ?
1.9.4The invite list cap is lifted from 200 to "an arbitrarily large, but maybe reachable number."[8]
1.9.5The world upload limit is lifted to 5GB.[9][10]
1.10.10When new content is loaded into Realms, and an announcement blog post is posted, a newspaper icon now shows on the home screen 'Minecraft Realms' button. These notifications can be toggled on and off.[11][12]

Minecraft version history[]

Originally, Realms updates were tied into regular Minecraft updates, until the release of Minecraft 1.7.10. Below is a changelog of all those updates.

Official release
1.5Added Minecraft Realms Alpha, which was only accessible to 100 alpha testers
1.5.1Changed 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
1.6.4More alpha testers chosen, using the same algorithm as the first round of testers were picked with
1.7.4Configuration screen layout changed
Updated Realms list to include a picture of the owner's face as the server logo
1.7.5Added Minigames feature
1.7.6Added the ability to promote other players to Operators via the configuration screen
Added "Changes since last backup" feature
1.7.10Moved all Realms related modules into a separate library
1.8.8Realms now has the ability to serve Realm-wide resource packs
1.8.9Realms invites from friends are now shown on the main menu
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.7.1Added Pocket Realms, accessible only to the testers of the PC edition
0.7.6Moved Realms login button to the settings menu
"Play on Realms" button only appears if a tester is signed in
Realms are shut down for maintenance.
0.15.0Realms build 1Readded Realms
Users can now test Realms Alpha for free.
Realms build 2Fixed crashes related to realms.
?Now have to sign into Xbox Live to use Realms.


The following chart shows when Realms was introduced in the respective countries.


Issues relating to “Realms” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.


  • 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.[13]


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Pocket edition[]