Can't Resolve Hostname Fix [Minecraft Error]

There are many different reasons why you may receive the error “Can’t Resolve Hostname” in Minecraft. The most common reasons are:

  • You do not have an internet connection.
  • You are connecting to the wrong hostname.
  • The server is offline.

The basic reason you will get this common Minecraft error is that your computer is unable to connect to the server. Below – we are going to give you some strategies to help solve this issue!

Fixing “Can’t Resolve Hostname” Error

We have outlined the main reasons why you might receive this error in the first paragraph of this post. We will now go through each of those issues and share an easy fix for all of them!

You do not have an internet connection

To fix this issue you will need to resolve your connection issues. One easy way to do this is by restarting your computer. After that – you can then check if you are either connected to Wi-Fi or ethernet. If you aren’t – you should connect now.

If you are connected – and you are trying to play on a locally hosted server – be sure that your server is online and that it is connected to the same Wi-Fi/ethernet as you are.

You are connecting to the wrong hostname

To solve this issue – you should double-check that the hostname you entered is correct and doesn’t have any typos. If this is true – you could then try connecting to the server using its direct IP address. You can do this by using a tool like IP Checker. You simply enter your server’s hostname into the textbox (we used Hypixel as our test.

And it will tell you the IP.

You can then use that IP to connect to the server rather than the hostname.

The server is offline

If the Minecraft server is offline – this could be another reason that you are getting the “Can’t Resolve Hostname” error in Minecraft. To resolve this issue – if you are the owner of the server – make sure the server is active and is connected to the internet. If someone else owns the server – try to get in contact with them and let them know the server is offline.

You can check if a server is offline by using a free tool like IP Checker. You simply enter your server’s hostname into the textbox (we used Hypixel as our test.

If an IP shows up like below.

Then your server is online and playable. If no IP shows – the server is offline and no one can connect to it!

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