How to Install Minecraft in Ubuntu 14.10

October 18, 2014 — 2 Comments

minecraft ubuntu 14.10

Installing Minecraft in Ubuntu is quite easy. All we need to do is install Java, download and run the .jar executable from its official website.

1.) To get better game experience, you may first install graphics driver for your video card:

  • For Intel graphics, you’re good to go with the default open-source driver.
  • For NVIDIA or AMD graphics, it’s better to use a proprietary video driver. Open Additional Drivers utility from the Unity Dash, select the NVIDIA or AMD driver from the list and install it.

2.) For Java, you can either install OpenJDK Java 7 from Ubuntu Software Center or install Oracle Java from PPA.

To install OpenJDK Java 7, click the button below to bring up Ubuntu Software Center and click the install button.

Click to Install OpenJDK 7

To install Oracle Java, see this post or just run commands below one by one in terminal:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:webupd8team/java

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

3.) Once Java Runtime is installed, download the Minecraft.jar file from:

Minecraft Download Page

4.) Make the Minecraft.jar file executable.

To do so, right-click on the file in Nautilus browser and go to its Properties windows -> Permissions tab and finally check the box where it says “Allow executing file as program”.

Make Minecraft.jar executable

5.) Finally start the Minecraft Launcher:

MineCraft Launcher

When the launcher opens, log-in with your account and click the Play button. After downloading required packages, you’re finally able to play the game:

Minecraft in Ubuntu 14.10

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2 responses to How to Install Minecraft in Ubuntu 14.10

  1. What happened to the previous method?:

    What is described above is the “normal” way to install Minecraft… But the previous method kept everything neat-and-tidy, with a Unity launcher to boot!

    • The previous method is to install Minecraft from a third-party PPA. The PPA maintainer created an installer script that automatically downloads Minecraft package from server and installs on your system along with the shortcut icon. Everything’s done automatically, but it’s no official!

      And this tutorial shows the manually may using the official package.

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