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How do I install and play Minecraft on Fedora?

asked 2013-02-24 16:43:49 -0500

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updated 2013-02-24 20:04:50 -0500

How do I install and run Minecraft on Fedora?

The Minecraft download page links to a minecraft.jar file. How do I run this, and set up an item in the Main Menus?

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answered 2013-02-24 17:18:01 -0500

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updated 2013-02-24 20:22:11 -0500

Setting up Minecraft to work on fedora is pretty easy. You just need to Download it and set up an item for it in the menu. To do this:

  1. Go to your Home Directory, and click on the Cog icon in the top right corner, and Click "New Folder". name this new folder, .minecraft (with a "." in front of the name).

  2. Go to and download minecraft.jar, and save it to the .minecraft directory that you just created.

  3. Open up "Main Menu" application from the Activities overview. If you don't have the "Main Menu" item, you will need to install it using sudo yum install alacarte image description

  4. Select the "Games" category from the left hand pane of Main Menu, and then press the "New Item" button on the right hand side of the window. image description

  5. In the Create Launcher dialog that appears, enter "Minecraft" in the name Field, and in the Command field, enter: java -Xmx1024M -Xms512M -jar /home/username/.minecraft/minecraft.jar be sure to change "username" to your username. image description

There will be a minecraft menu in the Applications area of the overview that will run Minecraft.If this doesnt work, try entering in the command from step 5 into the terminal to see if it works and you have all the paths correct.

Now, when Minecraft runs, you will need to enter in your Minecraft username and password, and it will download all the files into the same .minecraft folder you created earlier.

Note: The Minecraft downloads page does say to use Sun's Java, but Minecraft does run with openJDK (Fedora's default Java environment)

Are there any Known Issues I might encounter with Minecraft on Fedora?

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I tried following these instructions, but I couldn't get Main Menu to add it in. I confirmed that the command I was using did indeed open up the launcher. Any ideas?

jflory7 gravatar imagejflory7 ( 2014-03-30 21:32:51 -0500 )edit

I too am having the same issue as jflory7

LouWestin gravatar imageLouWestin ( 2015-02-20 12:48:17 -0500 )edit

The command is case-sensitive, change minecraft.jar to Minecraft.jar (or however your file is capitalized). This didn't help me with saving it with the "java -jar" at the beginning... so far I can only launch it with terminal.

Mackensie gravatar imageMackensie ( 2015-11-26 14:01:40 -0500 )edit

If step 5 doesn't work, just create a executable sh file and put he command in the file. then select that file as executable from properties. You have to select that file later from the command field of the Launcher. It should work..

burakborhan gravatar imageburakborhan ( 2016-08-05 04:20:23 -0500 )edit

the sh file doesn't work either it just opens into a text file

Talisman gravatar imageTalisman ( 2017-05-10 19:15:22 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-09-26 22:08:44 -0500

tell gravatar image

Oh hi! It does not look like the previous post addresses the installation of java. Make sure that you are running a non-headless version of java.

Try this:

dnf install java-1.8.0-openjdk
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answered 2015-04-12 03:17:58 -0500

I am able to install the game, but I keep on getting this error when trying to load the game. Bug Error printout: If on Windows, make sure to provide all of the necessary dll's as specified in the twitchsdk README. Also, make sure to set the PATH environment variable to point to the directory containing the dll's. #

A fatal error has been detected by the Java Runtime Environment:


SIGSEGV (0xb) at pc=0x873020b5, pid=6065, tid=3062127424


JRE version: OpenJDK Runtime Environment (7.0_75-b13) (build 1.7.0_75-mockbuild_2015_01_21_08_44-b00)

Java VM: OpenJDK Server VM (24.75-b04 mixed mode linux-x86 )

Derivative: IcedTea 2.5.4

Distribution: Built on Fedora release 20 (Heisenbug) (Wed Jan 21 08:44:30 UTC 2015)

Problematic frame:

C []


Failed to write core dump. Core dumps have been disabled. To enable core dumping, try "ulimit -c unlimited" before starting Java again


An error report file with more information is saved as:



If you would like to submit a bug report, please include

instructions on how to reproduce the bug and visit:

The crash happened outside the Java Virtual Machine in native code.

See problematic frame for where to report the bug.


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answered 2014-06-01 12:26:23 -0500

i did exactly this it made a launcher but i won't open i tried the command and it won't open. this is what it is on it

[MakeNJoy@localhost ~]$ java -Xmx1024M -Xms512M -jar /home/MakeNJoy/.minecraft/minecraft.jar Error: Unable to access jarfile /home/MakeNJoy/.minecraft /minecraft.jar

plz help :(

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You might have minecraft.jar downloaded as Minecraft.jar Having the wronge case on the M made it not work the first time I tried it.

fatalexe gravatar imagefatalexe ( 2014-06-27 21:00:40 -0500 )edit

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