Minecraft

animalsMinecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things.

It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea.

You can buy Minecraft for PC/Mac hereMinecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and Minecraft: Xbox One Edition on the XBLA Marketplace, and Minecraft: Playstation 3 Edition and Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition on the Playstation Network. Minecraft: Pocket Edition is available for iOS and Android.

Minecraft is coming out for Playstation Vita soon, but we don’t have a release date for that version yet.

So far  people bought the PC/Mac version of the game. Phew.

Download

When you have bought the game, you can download the stand-alone launcher for Minecraft here. It will automatically update the game files with the latest version. You’ll be able to play the game without an Internet connection if you’ve been online at least once.

Minecraft for Windows

Download Minecraft.exe. If given the option, save the file instead of running it. Save the file anywhere you’d like, then double-click the program to run.

Minecraft for Mac OS X

Download Minecraft.dmg.

Minecraft for Linux / Other

Download Minecraft.jar (86 KB). The jar is executable and should work as-is, also please use Oracle’s JVM.

The Minecraft launcher was updated 01 July 2013. To get latest version of the game, make sure that you have downloaded the latest version of the launcher from the link above.

Multiplayer Server

If you’re running on Windows and just want to set up a server easily, download minecraft_server.1.8.exe and run it.

If you want to run the server on any other OS or without GUI it’s a bit more involved (see this wiki article for a tutorial). First make sure you can use java from the command line. On Linux and Mac OS X this should already be set up but on Windows you might have to tinker with the PATH environment variable.

Download and run minecraft_server.1.8.jar with java -Xmx1024M -Xms1024M -jar minecraft_server.jar nogui.

The basics

Part 01: Controls/Options

Part 02: How to Punch Trees

Part 03: Crafting Basics

Part 04: How to Use a Pick