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Play Minecraft on Linux

Whenever we talk about playing game, Minecraft is always on the top of the list. There are millions of people playing Minecraft every single day. It’s no different that many Linux users would like to play this game on their current system. Most of the time, Minecraft is played on Windows. However, thanks to Minecraft devs, players can easily enjoy this super-hit game right on the Linux system. Minecraft is available as Java app that can run on all the Linux distros.

Minecraft isn’t free-to-play. You have to purchase a one-time license key for enjoying the game lifelong. Buy Minecraft.

Installing JRE

Before you proceed to downloading Minecraft, you have to use Oracle JRE, not the Open JRE one. That’s because Minecraft gets some problem with Open JRE. It’s directly from the devs of Minecraft.

Mojang is the developer and maintainer of this popular game. For having a trouble-free gameplay, Mojang recommends users to use Oracle JRE. I tried running with the Open JRE, but it threw some error with the starting process.

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For installing Oracle JRE, follow the instructions according to your Linux distro.

  • Ubuntu
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade -y

sudo apt install oracle-java9-installer

  • Debian

Edit the “sources.list”

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following lines at the end of the file:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/webupd8team/java/ubuntu trusty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/webupd8team/java/ubuntu trusty main

Finally, install Oracle JRE:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv-keys EEA14886
sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install oracle-java9-installer
sudo apt-get install oracle-java9-set-default
echo oracle-java9-installer shared/accepted-oracle-license-v1-1 select true | sudo /usr/bin/debconf-set-selections
  • Fedora

Download the RPM package of Oracle JRE.

Install the RPM package:

cd ~/Downloads

sudo dnf install jre-8u171-linux-x64.rpm
sudo dnf install jre-8u171-linux-i586.rpm
  • OpenSUSE

Download the RPM package as before and install it:

cd ~/Downloads

sudo zypper install jre-8u171-linux-x64.rpm
sudo zypper install jre-8u171-linux-i586.rpm
  • Arch Linux

Download from Arch AUR repository.

Downloading and Installing Minecraft

Now, everything is set and it’s time to start the installation of the game.

Go to the official Minecraft website and download the official Java (Linux) version of Minecraft.

Now, it’s time to setup Minecraft for easy access. Run the following commands for setting up a launch script. Note that before running these commands, move the JAR file from “~/Downloads” to “~/” directory.

mv ~/Downloads/Minecraft.jar ~/

echo '#!/bin/bash/' > ~/Minecraft/mc-launch.sh
echo 'java -jar ~/Minecraft/Minecraft.jar' >> ~/Minecraft/mc-launch.sh
chmod +x ~/Minecraft/mc-launch.sh

We’ll be using a nice Minecraft block icon for the shortcut icon.

cd ~/Minecraft/
wget https://i.imgur.com/6KbjiP3.png
mv 6KbjiP3.png mc-icon.png

Create the shortcut:

touch ~/Desktop/minecraft.desktop
sudo nano ~/Desktop/minecraft.desktop

Enter the following codes inside the shortcut:

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=sh ~/Minecraft/mc-launch.sh

Update the shortcut file permission:

chmod +x ~/Desktop/minecraft.desktop

If you’re a Steam gamer, here’s a nice guide on taking backup of Steam games.

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