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Run a Minecraft: Pocket Edition server at home with PocketMine-MP

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PocketMine-MP, a PHP-based application designed to create Minecraft: Pocket Edition servers, is free and available to download on GitHub.

Installing the software allows users to host a Minecraft: Pocket Edition server and share their blocky worlds as Minecraft players do on PC. According to an FAQ on GitHub, users must own the full version of Minecraft: Pocket Edition and can configure the software for use on a local network or publish it to a server to share online.

You can find information on how to set up and update a server on Windows, Mac and Linux here. PocketMine-MP also supports a PHP plugin API that "that enables a developer to extend it and add new features, or change default ones," according to the software's website.

As of this writing, PocketMine-MP is in alpha and supports Creative mode. An upcoming release will support features like Survival mode, firing arrows and day and night cycles.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition is available for $6.99 in the iOS App Store and on Google Play.