August 02, 2015

Playing Minecraft when the Port is Blocked

I was at a conference this last weekend and the network blocked the port that minecraft needed to connect to the server. So I spent longer than I would like to admit setting up a ssh tunnel. Here’s what I did:

1) Create the tunnel

ssh -L -p 22 -l yoursshuser -N

This will stay running in the terminal. Just leave it going while you play.

2) Configure minecraft to use that tunnel

Create a new server by selecting “Multiplayer -> Add Server” and use the following settings:

Server Name:
Server Address:

Now you should be able to connect and build that dirt hobble you’ve been planning.