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Minecraft: Java Edition Installation Issues FAQ

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 (Bedrock) Installation Issues FAQ. 

 

In this article  

     What are the device requirements to run Minecraft: Java Edition?  

     How to Manually Update Minecraft  

     Uninstall Minecraft

 

What are the Device Requirements to Run Minecraft: Java Edition?

Minimum Requirements  

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  

  

Recommended Requirements  

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

 

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

 

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? 

Windows 

  1. Go to your Application Data Folder, %AppData%. To find it, press Win+R, type %appdata%\.minecraft, and then click OK
  2. Drag the .minecraft folder to the trash. 

macOS 

  1. Select the Finder icon in the Dock and open a Finder window. 
  2. Press Shift+Command+G to open the Go to Folder dialog and type ~/Library/Application Support/
  3. Drag the minecraft folder to the trash. 

Linux 

  1. Open a terminal. 
  2. Enter this command: rm -vr ~/.minecraft/*

Last Updated - 2021-09-19 12:17:37 UTC

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