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How to Download Minecraft Java Edition

Minecraft is a sandbox video game developed by Mojang Studios. It is written in Java programming language. It is developed by Markus Persson. In May 2009, it was released for personal computers. The Minecraft Java edition is a cross-platform play between Windows, Linux, and macOS. It also supports user-created skin and mods. It is an educational game because it enhances creativity, collaboration, problem-solving skill. It is a paid game because its demand is high. Due to high demand, its price is also high. In this section, we are going to learn how to download and install Minecraft Java Edition.

Features of Minecraft

  • Available on Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android.
  • It supports user-created skin and mods.
  • Compatible with Realms for Java Edition.
  • It frequently receives updates via game launcher.

System Requirements

Before downloading the Minecraft Java Edition, ensure the following system requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

The minimum requirement of the hardware is:

  • Processor: Intel Core i3-3210 3.2 GHz/ AMD A8-7600 APU 3.1 GHz or equivalent
  • GPU (Integrated): Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Ivy Bridge) or AMD Radeon R5 series (Kaveri line) with OpenGL 4.4*
  • GPU (Discrete): Nvidia GeForce 400 Series or AMD Radeon HD 7000 series with OpenGL 4.4
  • RAM: 4GB
  • HDD: At least 1GB for game core, maps, and other files.
  • OS: Windows, Linux or macOS

Note: The system must have internet connectivity for downloading the Minecraft files. After downloading the files, you can disconnect the internet and play offline.

Software Requirements:

If you are using Minecraft version 1.12, the minimum required Java version is 8. If we don't know which version of Java is installed in our system, the Minecraft installer installs the latest version of Java by default.

Note: Some Minecraft users have issues because of the mismatch version of Java and their operating system. It also creates a problem if there are multiple Java versions is installed in the system.

Downloading Minecraft Java Edition

To download the Minecraft Java edition, follow the steps given below:

  • Go through the link ://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download.
  • Click on the DOWNLOAD FOR WINDOWS button if you are using the Windows platform, else scroll down the page, and click on the platform that you are using. In this section, we are going to download Minecraft for Windows.
  • After clicking, it starts downloading the MinecraftInstaller.msi file. Now double click on the downloaded file and give permission to run on your system. Minecraft Launcher Setup wizard appears on the screen. Click on the Next button.
    How to Download Minecraft Java Edition
  • Provide the path where you want to install Minecraft and click on the Next button. In our case, we are installing it to C:\Program Files (x86)\Minecraft Launcher\
    How to Download Minecraft Java Edition
  • Click on the Install button to begin the installation.
    How to Download Minecraft Java Edition
  • During the installation a dialog box appears on the screen that asks for installing the Minecraft. Click on the Yes button to install.
  • Click on the Finish button to complete the installation.
    How to Download Minecraft Java Edition
  • After clicking on the Finish button, it starts downloading the update files.
    How to Download Minecraft Java Edition

After updating the Minecraft, Minecraft Launcher appears on the screen.

How to Download Minecraft Java Edition

At the top left corner of the Minecraft Launcher, the language selection option is available. You can select your language. We can continue with the launcher with credentials or without credentials. But it is recommended that create an account to log-in. If you have already an account provides the EMAIL and PASSWORD, else click on the Signup link.

We can also continue without credentials by clicking on the link CONTINUE WITHOUT LOGIN.

How to Download Minecraft Java Edition

When we continue with the link highlighted above, it shows a message to buy Minecraft for full access. If you want to purchase click on the Buy now! button, else click on the PLAY button. When we click on the PLAY button, it again asks for a login. So, we recommended you to Sing-up first if you want to play. We don't have a MOJANG ACCOUNT, so we are going to create it. Click on the Sign-up link.

How to Download Minecraft Java Edition

After clicking, we land on the following page.

How to Download Minecraft Java Edition

Provide the Email address, Repeat email address, password, Date of Birth in the above fields, and click on the CREATE ACCOUNT button. The Mojang Studio sends a four-character verification code to the provided email. Provide the verification code (we found the code Z4K3) in the box and click on the VERIFY button.

How to Download Minecraft Java Edition

The credential for the Mojang account is generated. Now move to the Minecraft Launcher and provide the credentials and click on the Login button. After login, it starts downloading some files or data from the server.

To start the Minecraft, click on the Minecraft Launcher icon that is placed on the desktop.

How to Download Minecraft Java Edition

It starts the Minecraft 1.16.1 version. Now we can play the game by clicking on the Play Demo World button.

How to Download Minecraft Java Edition

The following image shows the game is loading.

How to Download Minecraft Java Edition

The following image shows the actual game window. Use the keys w, a, s, d, and spacebar to control the game.

How to Download Minecraft Java Edition

Enjoy the game!


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