This article addresses installation and update issues for Minecraft: Java Edition. If you need assistance with Bedrock versions of Minecraft installation issues, See the Minecraft Installation Issues FAQ.
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What are the Device Requirements to Run Minecraft: Java Edition?
A stable internet connection is required for Minecraft to download game files, authenticate usernames, and connect to multiplayer servers.
Minecraft will not run on Windows RT tablets or a Chromebook, a toaster (despite some actually using Java), or your car (feel free to prove us wrong, though).
A computer with the minimum requirements should enable game play for Minecraft: Java Edition. However, for the best experience, provide the recommended requirements.
Tip: If you are unsure of whether or not your computer is powerful enough to run Minecraft, it is highly recommended that you try Minecraft in demo mode before purchase.
CPU: Intel Core i3-3210 3.2 GHz / AMD A8-7600 APU 3.1 GHz or equivalent
RAM: 2 GB
OS: Windows 7 and up or OS X 10.10 Yosemite (Linux varies by OS, but for screen read functionality we require Orca 3.32 or higher)
VIDEO CARD: Integrated: Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Ivy Bridge) or AMD Radeon R5 series (Kaveri line) with OpenGL 4.41Discrete: Nvidia GeForce 400 Series or AMD Radeon HD 7000 series with OpenGL 4.4
PIXEL SHADER: 5.0
VERTEX SHADER: 5.0
FREE DISK SPACE: At least 1 GB
CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz / AMD A10-7800 APU 3.5 GHz or equivalent
RAM: 4 GB
OS: Windows 10 (and above) or macOS 10.13 High Sierra
VIDEO CARD: GeForce 700 Series or AMD Radeon Rx 200 Series (excluding integrated chipsets) with OpenGL 4.5
PIXEL SHADER: 5.0
VERTEX SHADER: 5.0
FREE DISK SPACE: 4 GB
DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 256 MB
For desktop and laptops, you can run either version Java or Windows 10 (and above). Minecraft for Windows can be installed from the Microsoft Store. Minecraft: Java Edition can be installed from our website.
- Minecraft Release 1.6 or newer. Older versions will need to be updated to current versions.
- Note that some users experience issues playing Minecraft while using a mismatched version of Java for their operating system (32 or 64 bit), while using certain versions of Java 7, or while multiple versions of Java are installed.
- Starting from Minecraft 1.12, Java 8 is required to run Minecraft. If you don't know whether you have Java 8, don't worry, our installers supply Minecraft with its own version of Java by default.
How do I install Minecraft: Java Edition?
To install the game, go to the Minecraft download page and download the game client. You can download the game client even if you don't own the game, but you will only be able to play the
Minecraft Demo Mode. After downloading the client, double-click the shortcut icon to run it.
Note: Minecraft purchases are tied to your account (email address) and not a device. As such, you can download and install Minecraft: Java Edition on as many computers as you want.
To log in, use your email address and password (or username and password if you have an older account). Please make sure that you are connected to the internet, because the game will automatically download additional files the first time. After you install Minecraft and store your account credentials, it's possible to play either with or without an internet connection.
Firewalls and antivirus programs can sometimes cause trouble during installation. If you're having trouble installing Minecraft, you may want to temporarily disable these types of programs and then reinstall the game.
If you experience issues downloading or running Minecraft, please visit our Minecraft Troubleshooting page.
How to Manually Update Minecraft
To play the newest content in Minecraft, your game needs to be updated to the most recent version. This should happen automatically while your device is in standby mode or in use while connected to an active Internet connection. However, if you need to manually update your game, you’ll find the instructions for your Minecraft version listed below.
How do I find my current version number?
Find the version number on the bottom right of the Minecraft home screen.
Minecraft: Java Edition (PC/Mac)
Open the Minecraft launcher. The launcher should automatically show you the latest release. If not, click the arrow to the right of the Play button and select Latest Release.
Don’t see the launcher? Download it.
Minecraft Unified Launcher
As of December 2020, the Minecraft Launcher supports both Microsoft and Mojang accounts. This means you can play both Minecraft: Java Edition and Minecraft Dungeons from the same place. We hope the following answers will help you with questions you may have about these changes.
What is the unified Minecraft Launcher?
In December 2020 we created a single unified Minecraft Launcher from which players can launch both Minecraft: Java Edition and Minecraft Dungeons. The banner you’re seeing at the bottom of your game directs you to the link where you can install this launcher. Moving to the launcher is required and centralizes your launchers for Minecraft games.
How can I get this new unified launcher?
If you’re already running the Minecraft Launcher, the update will download automatically when you start the program. If you currently have only the Minecraft Dungeons Launcher, you can download the new Minecraft Launcher.
Do I have to upgrade to this new launcher?
As of January 18, 2021, the new launcher is required to access Minecraft Dungeons. The old launcher will let you know that you need to upgrade.
I own the game on the Microsoft Store. Where is the launcher?
The launcher is not available for players who purchased the game from the Microsoft Store or anyone playing through Xbox Game Pass for PC. The launcher is a delivery vehicle for getting the game onto your computer. Because the Microsoft Store handles all downloading, installing, and updating, the launcher is not available there.
How do I sign into my accounts?
The Minecraft Launcher supports signing into both Microsoft and Mojang accounts. Use the following steps to log in for each type of account.
- Go to Settings> Accounts > Add Mojang Account.
- Enter the email address, select Next, and then enter the password associated with your Microsoft account and select Sign In.
- Go to Settings> Accounts > Add Mojang Account.
- Enter the email address and password associated with your Mojang account and select Log In.
Your active accounts will appear in the Accounts tab of the Settings screen. Selecting the three dots to the right of each account lets you manage the account settings or remove the account from the launcher.
How do I switch between my accounts to play my games?
If you own Minecraft: Java Edition on a Mojang account and Minecraft Dungeons on a Microsoft account, you can link both accounts to the Minecraft Launcher. However, you will have to switch between the two accounts to play one game or the other.
From the main launcher screen, select your profile in the top-left portion of the screen, and then select your Mojang account or Microsoft account.
Does the new launcher automatically give me access to both games?
No, you must still purchase the games separately.
Is the unified launcher also available on Mac and Linux?
While the updated launcher is available for players on Mac and Linux, Minecraft Dungeons is unfortunately not playable on these devices.
Transferring Minecraft: Java Edition to Another Computer
Please be cautious with moving or modifying your save files. We advise that you make a backup before you perform any actions in this folder. You can back up your files by copying them and storing them in another folder or on a USB drive.
Start by finding your saves folder. You can find all Minecraft folders, including the saves folder, by going into the game launcher:
- Open the Minecraft launcher and log in.
- Select Launch options, and then select the launcher configuration you are running (the default is Latest release).
- Locate the Game directory selection and select the little green arrow to the right of it. A new window will open containing your Minecraft folder. When you open the saves folder you will see all your saved worlds in different folders.
- Place the world folder(s) that you want to transfer onto a portable storage device, file sharing software, or cloud computing service.
- After the files are ready to be transferred, place them in the new computer's saves folder and they will be available in your list of single player worlds.
We're sorry to see you go, but we understand that sometimes you need to uninstall the game. We hope it’s to install a different version or to install on a different platform! Here's what you need to know to uninstall Minecraft.
Please note that your worlds and your saved worlds and inventory will be deleted when you remove the files. To keep your progress, locate the saves folder and save it on your computer before you drag the .minecraft folder to the trash. You can find the saves folder in the .minecraft folder. For more information about where your saves files are stored, please go to Where Are Minecraft Files Stored?
- Go to your Application Data Folder, %AppData%. To find it, press Win+R, type %appdata%\.minecraft, and then click OK.
- Drag the .minecraft folder to the trash.
- Select the Finder icon in the Dock and open a Finder window.
- Press Shift+Command+G to open the Go to Folder dialog and type ~/Library/Application Support/.
- Drag the minecraft folder to the trash.
- Open a terminal.
- Enter this command: rm -vr ~/.minecraft/*.