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Minecraft is one of the most prominent and well-known games because of its engaging gameplay. Mojang’s masterpiece is available for most devices whether it is your cell phone, console, or PC. It allows players to explore a boundaryless world where you have to survive from the hostile elements or you can just be creative and build any structure without any restriction.
A simple LEGO style game with average graphics took the world by storm in 2009. Minecraft now has a devoted community of millions of players and developers. The developers are working on various mods and ad-ons of the game to increase the replayability and enhance the graphics.
Minecraft is available for most operating systems including many Linux distributions. This write-up is covering the various approaches to get Minecraft on Ubuntu.
How to install Minecraft on Ubuntu 20.04(LTS) using GUI
There are different editions of Minecraft for every platform such as console edition, PC edition, and Pocket edition. The two main versions of Minecraft are Bedrock and Java. Bedrock Edition is for console cross-platform gaming while Java edition is only for PCs. To install the Minecraft installer visit here.
You can download the Minecraft installer package for both Debian-based and Arch-based distros as well. Since we are downloading it on Ubuntu, therefore we will go with the “Debian Based” distro option. A “.deb” package file can be seen in the “Downloads”, and to install it double click the file:
A window will come out with the “Install” button. Click on it to begin installation:
The launcher can be viewed in applications:
Open the Minecraft launcher:
You can buy the game or play the demo.
How to install Minecraft on Ubuntu 20.04(LTS) using terminal
Minecraft launcher can also be downloaded and installed through the terminal. To download the “.deb” package use:
wget -O minecraft.deb https://launcher.mojang.com/download/Minecraft.deb
To install it use:
sudo apt install ./minecraft.deb
Minecraft can also be installed through “snap”:
sudo snap install mc-installer
How to uninstall Minecraft from Ubuntu 20.04 (LTS)
Minecraft can be uninstalled through GUI, follow the procedure mentioned below:
1: Open the software center:
2: Click on the “Installed” tab and search “minecraft-launcher“:
3: Click on the “Remove” button to erase the launcher from your device:
To uninstall it through terminal, use:
sudo apt remove minecraft-launcher
And to erase the Minecraft launcher installed via “snap” , use:
sudo snap remove mc-installer
Minecraft is a few games with versatility, never-ending challenges, and possibilities. Minecraft is available for most platforms. This guide taught us how to install Minecraft on ubuntu using different approaches. Minecraft has different editions, and only the Java edition is available for Linux. Some other versions are currently unavailable on Linux, such as the Education edition and Dungeons edition. We hope these versions will get Linux support soon.
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