Minecraft is a commercial game very popular with geeks. It's a game about blocks. You can build a computer out of the game thanks to logical switches. There is a parallel world. Zombies, pigs, spiders, sheeps, wolves that you can tame, etc... This wiki page is here to help you install the game :)
AUR. This package includes the official game plus a script for launching it.AUR is available in the
Setting Up Java
Minecraft should work out-of-the-box with a couple of the various Java JREs.
Minecraft should 'just work' with OpenJDK6. Install it from community:
# pacman -S openjdk6
OpenJDK7 works with Minecraft too:
# pacman -S openjdk7
If Minecraft has issues (sticky keys, stuck on pause menu, etc.), you can force it to use the newest version of LWJGL:
- Download LWJGL 2.8.4 from here
- Replace the following files in .minecraft/bin/ with the corresponding versions in lwjgl-2.8.4/jar
jinput.jar lwjgl.jar lwjgl_util.jar
- Replace the following files in .minecraft/bin/natives/ with lwjgl-2.8.4/natives/linux
libjinput-linux.so libjinput-linux64.so liblwjgl.so liblwjgl64.so libopenal.so libopenal64.so
If you installed Minecraft from the AUR, you can use the included script:
Otherwise, you will need to manually launch Minecraft:
$ java -jar $HOME/.minecraft/minecraft.jar
To allocate more RAM to the game, include Xms and Xmx arguments:
$ java -jar -Xms1024M -Xmx2048M $HOME/.minecraft/minecraft.jar
You can change these depending on the amount of RAM that you have. The Xms argument specifies the minimum amount of RAM to allocate to the program, and the Xmx argument specifies the maximum amount.
There are several programs and editors which can make your Minecraft experience a little easier to navigate. The most common of these programs are map generators. Using one of these programs will allow you to load up a Minecraft world file and render it as a 2D image, providing you with a top-down map of the world.
Minutor is described as a minimalistic map generator for Minecraft. Don't let this mislead you, it generates maps of existing worlds, not the other way around. You are provided with a simple GTK based interface for viewing your world. Several rendering modes are available, as well as custom coloring modes and the ability to slice through z-levels. AUR.AUR is available in the
You can also run a dedicated Minecraft server:
- Follow the steps above to install Java
- Download the multiplayer server from the Minecraft site
- Run the server:
$ java -Xmx2048M -Xms2048M -jar minecraft_server.jar nogui
(You can sub the -Xmx and -Xms values for the amount of memory you want your server to use. A good rule of thumb is one GB per ten users.)
- To configure the server, take a look at this wiki page.
- Establishing a Minecraft-specific user is recommended for security. By running Minecraft under an unprivileged user account, anyone who successfully exploits your Minecraft server will only get access to that user account, and not yours.
- To leave the server running unattended, look into tmux or screen.
- You may wish to modify your server, to provide additional features:
- You might even set up a cron job with a mapper to generate periodic maps of your world.
- ...or you could use rsync to perform routine backups.