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How to Install Minecraft:Java Edition on Raspberry Pi

Today there is a version of Minecraft for just about every major platform – Java Edition for Windows, Education Edition for iPad, Bedrock Edition for game consoles such as Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, and Pi Edition for Raspberry Pi.

ContentsWhat You'll NeedInstall the Gentoo Operating SystemBoot Your Raspberry Pi:Boot into GentooGet the Installation ScriptStart the Minecraft LauncherInstall the OptiFine Minecraft ModuleEnter Your Minecraft Login DetailsLaunch Minecraft:Java EditionOptimize Minecraft for the Raspberry PiTime to Play Minecraft :java edition

Minecraft:Pi Edition is based on an older version of Pocket Edition, with some features removed to help it run more smoothly on the Raspberry Pi. Pi Edition is free to download and easy to install, but it doesn't provide the full experience from Minecraft.

Wouldn't you rather have the "full" version of Minecraft on your Raspberry Pi? In this article you will learn how to get Minecraft:Java Edition 1.14.4 running on Raspberry Pi 4. Following, you can turn your Raspberry Pi into a portable Minecraft game that you can attach to any compatible display or monitor.

How to Install Minecraft:Java Edition on Raspberry Pi

13. Enter your password.

Now that Gentoo is installed and you're connected to your local network, you're ready to install Minecraft:Java Edition.

Retrieve the installation script

The first step is to grab the setup script and replace it with the Minecraft launcher. Towards the bottom of the Gentoo desktop, find the "Terminal" icon and click on it.

How to Install Minecraft:Java Edition on Raspberry Pi

Next, create a new Minecraft directory:

mkdir ~/Minecraft

Point Terminal to this new directory:

cd ~/Minecraft

We can now grab the install script, run it, and override the Minecraft launcher by running each of the following commands in turn:

wget +x &&echo DONEmv Minecraft.jar{,.old}wget http:/ / -O Minecraft.jar

This process can take a while, so why not treat yourself to a coffee or a snack while you wait?

Start Minecraft Launcher

Once the Terminal has executed all your commands, you can start the Minecraft Launcher:

java -jar Minecraft.jar

Enter your Minecraft username and password, then click "Login".

How to Install Minecraft:Java Edition on Raspberry Pi

On the next screen, click on the "Edit Profile" button.

Open the "Use version" drop-down menu and select "1.14.4". Note that you must select this specific version for Minecraft to run properly on your Raspberry Pi.

How to Install Minecraft:Java Edition on Raspberry Pi

Click "Save Profile", which will take you back to the main Minecraft launcher screen. Click the "Play" button.

The launcher will download everything it needs to install Minecraft and then quickly crash. Do not panic ! We can solve this problem by installing OptiFine.

Install the OptiFine Minecraft module

OptiFine is a Minecraft utility mod that optimizes game graphics. It can improve performance, which is essential when trying to run Minecraft on the Raspberry Pi!

To install OptiFine, run the following Terminal command:

java -jar OptiFine_1.14.4_HD_U_F3.jar

When prompted, click "Install".

How to Install Minecraft:Java Edition on Raspberry Pi

After a few moments, you should receive a notification that OptiFine has been successfully installed. Click OK. »

Enter your Minecraft login information

Next, the "" file should be opened and your Minecraft username and password should be entered, along with the email address associated with your Minecraft account.

To open this file, run the following Terminal command:


This file should now open in a new window, ready for editing.

How to Install Minecraft:Java Edition on Raspberry Pi

Scroll down to the next section:

[email protected]_USERNAME=abcdefghiMINECRAFT_PASSWORD=xxxxxxxxx

Replace these credentials with your own information, making sure to enclose your email address, password, and username in quotes. For example:

MINECRAFT_LOGIN=“[email protected]”MINECRAFT_USERNAME=“MyMinecraftUsername”MINECRAFT_PASSWORD=“MyMinecraftPassword”

Save your changes by selecting "File -> Save".

Since this file now contains your Minecraft credentials in plain text, you need to run "chmod 0700" so other people can't read, write or execute your login credentials. In Terminal, run the following command:

chmod 0700

Your Minecraft credentials will now be protected from prying eyes.

Launch Minecraft:Java Edition

You are now ready to run Minecraft! In Terminal, type:


Minecraft will now load.

How to Install Minecraft:Java Edition on Raspberry Pi

Starting Minecraft for the first time may take a while, but after a few minutes you should see the login screen for Minecraft:Java Edition.

Before logging into your account, you need to change Minecraft settings to make it easier for Raspberry Pi to process the game.

Optimize Minecraft for the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi does not have the same firepower as a PC or computer, so running Minecraft:Java Edition on your Raspberry Pi may result in poor performance.

To avoid any potential lag, you should reduce the number of "chunks" visible at any time. Fewer chunks means your Raspberry Pi can render frames faster, which will reduce lag and make Minecraft flow easier.

To reduce the render distance:

On the Minecraft login screen, select “Options… -> Video Settings…”

How to Install Minecraft:Java Edition on Raspberry Pi

Find "Render Distance" and reduce it to "3 chunks".

How to Install Minecraft:Java Edition on Raspberry Pi

Save your changes by clicking "Done".

Time To Play Minecraft:Java Edition

You are finally ready to play Minecraft:Java Edition on Raspberry Pi! Go back to the main Minecraft launcher screen (if you're not there already) and click the "Singleplayer" button.

How to Install Minecraft:Java Edition on Raspberry Pi

Now that you've completed this setup, you can launch Minecraft at any time by opening a Terminal and running the following commands:

cd ~/Minecraft./

There are many ways to use Raspberry Pi with Minecraft (including creating your own Minecraft server!).

Have you created any interesting projects using Raspberry Pi and Minecraft? Let us know in the comments below!