Download Minecraft or Play from Your Browser

November 20, 2013

Free Version
This version requires no premium account and has all three single-player modes: Survival, Hardcore and Creative. It also receives updates, allows username changes, and supports multiplayer on unofficial or “cracked” servers. You can download the game, or play from your browser (single-player).

You probably want to download the game since it’s more fun to play on multiplayer servers. This is the simplest way to play the latest version both offline and online at no cost to you.

If you are concerned about playing this version, relax. The game’s original developer, Notch, suggested a different way to play the game. This is great news, especially for players who can’t afford a premium account just yet.

Setup and Installation

Once you’re finished downloading, unzip or extract “Minecraft” and you’ll get a file to install the game (exe file).

First, you better make sure you have the latest version of Java installed here. If not, download it here. Then open “Minecraft 1.7.2.exe” and install Minecraft.

Setting the Username or Password
After you open the launcher, you will be greeted with a splash screen with the Minecraft logo. Afterwards, you’ll be able to choose a username, which is required when playing on multiplayer on unofficial servers. Since this is the unofficial free version, you must assign your username a password on the server you want to play on. It’s recommended to use the same password for all servers so you don’t forget. When you join a server, you will be asked to register your password with a command like:

/register password passwordagain

After choosing your username, the game may want to update itself. Simply click OK when it asks if you want to update.

Note: If you are unable to play using this free method, please read our help section.

More Free Minecraft Alternatives

Demo Version (Single-player)
To try the official demo version on your browser, click here after you register an account with Mojang. This version only has Survival mode and doesn’t have the other two modes. There is also a 100 in-game hour limit (roughly 1 hour and 30 minutes of real time).

Classic Version (Multiplayer)
No account is required–just go to the official Minecraft Classic site here to begin playing. This version is very similar to Creative mode. Players start with infinite blocks and every block is destroyed in one hit. It is no longer updated or supported, but it has a decent server list for multiplayer.

Note: Players report that the menu will pop up randomly when left-clicking. You may need to downgrade to Java 6 to solve this issue.

Okay, Now What?

If you successfully played Minecraft with any of these alternatives, please share it with others. Simply click on one of the social sharing buttons on the left side of our site. Also, if you know any other free ways to play, please contact us and share. We will verify the method and post it if it works. Sharing is caring!

Official Full Version
The full version requires players to purchase a premium account for $26.95. Players are required to login their premium account in order to play the game. It offers the same features as the free version except you can connect to any server, whether it’s official or unofficial. You also get bonus features like customized skins.

Once you played Minecraft without paying for it, you might feel inclined to pay for the game. If you enjoyed your free sessions, please support its hardworking developers by purchasing a premium account. You will be able to play on official servers and much more.