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05 July 2022
Installing Raspbian on your Raspberry Pi means you'll find Minecraft Pi in the Games section. Minecraft Pi is a bare-bones version of the well-known survival game designed to help teach users various programming languages.
It's certainly fun but not the Minecraft game we love to. As with all things Raspberry Pi, a group of gamers have found out how to install the full version of Minecraft on your Raspberry Pi 2 or 3.
There's plenty to edit and tweaking with files and Terminal commands, as with everything else on the Raspberry Pi. Just be sure to be patient, read through each step, and you should be fine.
Be aware that before you start there are a few things you need to be aware of:
You'll need your Mojang account login information along with your Minecraft username.
You will need a paid Minecraft license. Minecraft.net offers a way to purchase one.
This guide is for Minecraft 1.8.9. However, with a minor modification, you can use the most recent version, which is currently 1.9.4 (more about this later).
Although Minecraft is not the most enjoyable experience on a $35 computer, it is definitely possible to play it.
Spend an hour getting everything up and running.
I suggest opening this guide on the browser on your Raspberry Pi with an Terminal window beside it. There are some modified log files stored in Dropbox accounts that you'll need to download, and I'd hate to post the commands here, only to have the links changed later in the day.
The process is straightforward it requires you to copy and paste Terminal commands from the browser, pasting them into the command line. Once you've entered each command, press the Enter key on the keyboard. Your Pi will take care of the rest.
Tips to make the process as smooth as you can Here are some ideas I came up with to make the process go as smooth as possible:
Raspberry Pi 3 users are exempted from Step 1. You are not able to overclock the Pi 3 The Pi 3 is faster than the Pi 2 out of the box.
After you've completed Step 4, press the arrow keys to highlight Advanced options. Next, highlight GL Options and select Enable.
I was a little confused in Step 7 of the guide in which it states to click on "edit profile," You actually need to click on Profile Editor, then double-click on the first (and only) listing. Under Version Selection click on the drop-down next to Use version and choose the build number. Minecraft-servers.biz is 1.8.9. This version is currently recommended. We will change it when everything is in place.
Step 10 instructs you to modify "run.sh" without further instructions. To edit it you need to open the Minecraft folder that is located within your Pi directory and right-click the run.sh file, then select Text Editor.
To launch Minecraft, you have a two different options. To start Minecraft, the guide will instruct you to use "./run.sh". However, this method is not sufficient. You must type "cd Minecraft", before entering the command. The other option is to open the Minecraft folder, double-click on the run.sh file and then select "Execute."
Start with the latest version. You can now begin to play with the installation. To upgrade to the most recent Minecraft version, you'll have to relaunch Minecraft.jar.
Enter CD Minecraft in a Terminal window
Next, enter: java -jar Minecraft.jar
Click on Profile Editor, then change the version to 1.9.4 (or whatever the latest version is).
Save your changes, and then click the Play button to force Minecraft to download the most recent version.
Next, open the Minecraft folder.
To avoid issues if you make a mistake, you should take two seconds and create a copy of the run.sh file. Change the name to "runcopy.sh".
With a copy safely tucked away, open the run.sh file by right-clicking it and choosing Text Editor.
Enter 1.8.9 into the text field by pressing Ctrl+F on your keyboard. There should be two- and only two -- instances found. Each of them should be replaced with the latest Minecraft version (this should be in line with the version number you chose in step 3.
Save the file and reboot your Raspberry Pi.
Launch Minecraft as you normally would and enjoy.