How to Install Minecraft on Linux?

Minecraft On Linux

Let’s install Minecraft on Linux in this article. If we talk about games, you might have surely heard of Minecraft. It is one of the most epic and popular games since its first launch in 2009. Minecraft has been the most selling game with more than 150 million users worldwide.

Minecraft is also supported for Linux systems, so why stay behind in the race?

Here, in this article, we will take you through a very easy guided process to install and set up Minecraft on your Linux system.

Install Minecraft Debian package via Terminal

Step 1: Download the Minecraft package from its official website

Firstly, to set up Minecraft on your Linux system, you need to download the official installation package of Minecraft from its official website.

For that, you can head here.

You can choose from multiple packages, as supported by your system. Here, we will pick Debian as Ubuntu is a Debian- based distribution.

Minecraft Download
Minecraft Download

Step 2: Install the Minecraft Debian package

Now that you have downloaded the installation package. Let’s install it with the help of Terminal.

Open a new terminal and cd into the Downloads folder. You can also do that using the following command:

cd Downloads/

Now, use the dpkg command to install the Minecraft Debian package on your system.

sudo dpkg -i Minecraft.deb

If the downloaded package has a different name, you just have to replace Minecraft.deb with your-package-name.deb

Also, if you face some issues during installation such as dependencies not met, you can use the below command to fix it:

sudo apt --fix-broken install

Step 3: Run the Minecraft application

Now that we have successfully installed Minecraft on our system, you will be able to locate that in your Applications tab.

Now, simply open the application to complete the rest of the setup process.

Minecraft Installed
Minecraft Installed

Step 4: Setting up User credentials

Once you have opened Minecraft, you will get a screen similar to displayed below.

Now, to complete the set-up process you need to login with your Microsoft or Mojang user credentials.

If you have an existing account, log in with your personal credentials. Else, you can always create a new account.

Minecraft Login
Minecraft Login

Step 5: Get! Set! Go! You’re ready to play Minecraft on Linux

Now that you have successfully set up Minecraft on your Linux system, you are good to go.

You can just start playing and enjoy the experience of Minecraft on your Linux system.

Minecraft Running
Minecraft Running

Installing Minecraft on Linux using Snap via terminal

Luckily, Minecraft also has its snap package available on the snap store.

You only need to have snapd installed on your system. For that, you can refer to official snapd documentation.

If your system has snap installed, you just need to run the following command:

sudo snap install mc-installer

The above command will automatically download and install Minecraft on your system.

All that left now is to set up your account to play Minecraft.

If you already have a Minecraft account, use those credentials or create a new account and Minecraft will be ready to play.

Directly running Minecraft on Linux from .tar.gz file

For this method, you only have to visit the Minecraft official download page and click on “Other” at the downloads page.

It will automatically start downloading the .tar.gz file.

The best part about this method is, you can use it on any system and is download and play, which means you don’t need to go through the entire setup process.

Firstly, cd into the Downloads folder using the below command:

cd Downloads/

Now, let us extract the .tar.gz package using the tar command. You can do that by using the below command:

tar -xf Minecraft.tar.gz 

Now, all you need to is browse into the extracted folder and run the Minecraft Launcher application to start playing.

You can use the below commands to achieve that:

cd minecraft-launcher/

Once your launcher starts for the first time, you will also need to set up your account credentials.

After that, you are good to go and can enjoy playing Minecraft on your Linux system.


In this article, we discussed how we can install, set up and run Minecraft on our Linux system. We explained the various process in few steps and in a very concise and easy manner, so you have no difficulties following the process with us.

Hope you liked it!