Minetest on the TFGrid

Minetest on the TFGrid

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We show how to deploy a Minetest server on the TFGrid, install Minetest on a local machine and access the Minetest server from the local machine.


Deploy a Full VM

We start by deploying a full VM on the ThreeFold Dashboard.

  • On the Threefold Dashboard, go to the full virtual machine deployment page
  • Deploy a full VM (Ubuntu 22.04) with an IPv4 address and at least the minimum specs for a full VM
    • Network
      • Set IPv4 Address (required)
      • Set Wireguard (optional)
    • Minimum vcores: 1vcore
    • Minimum MB of RAM: 512MB
    • Minimum storage: 15GB
  • After deployment, note the VM IPv4 address
  • SSH into the VM
    ssh root@vm_ipv4_address

DNS Settings

You need to set an A record for the IPv4 address.

The following table explicitly shows how to set the A record for your domain. Note that we set minetest as a subdomain.

Type Host Value
A minetest <ipv4_address>

You will then be able to access your server on Minetest with the URL minetest.example.com:30033. More on the port below.

DNS Verification

You can use tools such as DNSChecker or dig on a terminal to check if the DNS propagadation is complete.

  • Check that the subdomain resolves to the IPv4 address of the full VM

Run a Minetest Server on the TFGrid

  • Install the Minetest server
    apt update
    apt install minetest-server -y
  • Set the Minetest server
    nano /etc/minetest/minetest.conf
  • Update the following lines
    server_name = Server Name
    server_address = http://minetest.example.com
    server_announce = true
    port = 30033
  • Run the Minetest server
    minetestserver --worldname world

Run Minetest Locally

  • Update the local machine
    apt update
  • Install Minetest
    apt install flatpak -y
    apt install gnome-software-plugin-flatpak -y
    flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://dl.flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
  • Reboot the machine
  • Install Minetest
    flatpak install flathub net.minetest.Minetest
  • Run Minetest
    flatpak run net.minetest.Minetest

Access the Server from Minetest

Public Server Notes

Once you set the Minetest server publicly, you can see it displayed on https://servers.minetest.net/.


For further information on Minetest, read the Minetest documentation.

Questions and Feedback

If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know by either writing a post on the ThreeFold Forum, or by chatting with us on the TF Grid Tester Community Telegram channel.

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