Install Minecraft

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Install Minecraft
Install Minecraft

Minecraft is one of the most popular computer games in the world. This is partly because you can install it on almost any computer. Installing Minecraft on Windows just got a lot easier, thanks to the new Minecraft Launcher. This new launcher contains all the necessary Java files, so you no longer have to install Java separately. If you're using Mac or Linux, you'll still need to install Java yourself.


Method 1 of 5: Windows

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Step 1. Go to the Minecraft download page

You can find it here:

If you have had problems installing Minecraft and Java in the past, download the latest version from The latest versions of Minecraft include all the necessary Java files, so you no longer need to install Java separately

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Step 2. Click on the link

Minecraft.msi in the "Minecraft for Windows" section.

Here's how to download the latest Minecraft installer.

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Step 3. Run the installer

Follow the instructions to install Minecraft on your computer.

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Step 4. Open the Minecraft launcher

This is the program you use to open Minecraft. After installing Minecraft, you can find the icon on your desktop.

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Step 5. Wait for all files to be downloaded

When you open the launcher for the first time, the necessary files will be downloaded automatically.

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Step 6. Sign in with your Minecraft or Mojang account

This is the account you created when purchasing Minecraft.

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Step 7. Play Minecraft

When all files are downloaded, you can start playing. Check out this guide to playing tips for beginners.

Resolving problems

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Step 1. Minecraft is very slow, or keeps crashing

This is usually due to a computer that does not have the required specs for Minecraft. For the best gaming experience you need at least the following specifications:

  • 4GB RAM
  • 1 GB storage
  • A separate video card

Method 2 of 5: Mac

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Step 1. Download and install Java

You need Java to play Minecraft on OS X. You can download Java for OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) from this link.

Mojang is currently working on an installer for Mac that doesn't require Java anymore, but it's not available yet

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Step 2. Go to the Minecraft download page

You can find it here:

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Step 3. Click on the link 'Show all devices'

This link can be found under the 'Minecraft for Windows' section.

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Step 4. Click on the link


This is how you download the installer for the Mac version of Minecraft.

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Step 5. Double click on the DMG file you downloaded

You can find the file in your Downloads folder.

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Step 6. Drag Minecraft to your Applications folder

Minecraft will now be installed.

Resolving problems

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Step 1. I get an error message that Minecraft is corrupted when I try to open it

You can get this error if OS X does not allow programs that are not from the App Store.

  • Click the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
  • Select the 'Security and Privacy' option.
  • Select the 'Everywhere' option in the 'Allow applications downloaded from' section.

Method 3 of 5: Minecraft Pocket Version

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Step 1. Open the app store on your device

The Minecraft Pocket version is available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

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Step 2. Search for "Minecraft Pocket Edition"

Select the game from the search results.

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Step 3. Buy the game if you haven't already

You have to buy the Minecraft Pocket version first before you can download it. If you've already paid for it before, you can start downloading right away.

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Step 4. Tap "Install" to download and install the Minecraft Pocket version

Then you can find the game on your home screen or in the app drawer.

Method 4 of 5: Linux

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Step 1. Download and install the drivers for your video card

If you have a separate video card, Minecraft will work better if you install the drivers for your video card first. Here's how to install drivers on Ubuntu:

  • Open the 'Preferences' menu and select 'Software & Updates'.
  • Click on the "Additional Drivers" tab.
  • Select the 'binary driver' for your video card and click 'Apply changes'.
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Step 2. Install Java

You need Java to play Minecraft. You can install Java from the Terminal. Here are the instructions for Ubuntu:

  • Open the Terminal. You can press Ctrl+Alt+T to quickly open the Terminal.
  • Type sudo apt-add-repository ppa:webupd8team/java and press ↵ Enter.
  • Type sudo apt-get update and press ↵ Enter.
  • Type sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer and press ↵ Enter.
  • Follow the instructions to install Java.
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Step 3. Download Minecraft from

Click the 'Show all devices' link, then click the Minecraft.jar link.

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Step 4. After downloading, right click on the

.jarfile and select 'properties'.

Click on the 'Permissions' tab and select the 'Allow file execution' box. Click 'Apply'.

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Step 5. Double click on the

.jar file to start Minecraft. If you then click on 'Play', the game will automatically download all files, and you will be instructed to log in with your Minecraft or Mojang account.

Resolving problems

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Step 1. I can't open Minecraft in an older version of Ubuntu

If you're using an older version of Ubuntu and can't get your Minecraft to work, check out this guide

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Step 2. I keep getting error messages when I play Minecraft

There are many possible reasons why Minecraft on Linux may not work properly. The easiest solution to many problems is to use Wine (a Windows emulator for Linux) to run the Windows version of Minecraft.

Click here for detailed instructions on installing Windows software with Wine

Method 5 of 5: Further installation

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Step 1. Set up a Minecraft server

If you want to create a world where you and all your friends can play, you can set up your own Minecraft server. You can do this on a spare computer at your home, or you can rent a server that is always reachable and allows you to play with many players at once.

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Step 2. Install mods

Want to make your Minecraft experience a little more interesting? There are thousands of mods for Minecraft, as well as many for the Pocket Edition (although they are a little harder to get).

  • Click here for instructions on installing mods for Minecraft.
  • Click here for instructions on installing mods for the Pocket version.

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