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Get The Full Version Of Minecraft Running On A Raspberry Pi

Installing Raspbian on your Raspberry Pi means you'll find Minecraft Pi in the Games section. Minecraft Pi is a bare-bones version of the well-known survival game, designed to teach users various programming languages.

It's certainly fun but not the Minecraft game we are all so fond of. As with all things Raspberry Pi, a group of gamers have found out how to install the full version of Minecraft on your Raspberry Pi 2 or 3.

There's plenty to edit and tweaking using files and Terminal commands, just like everything Raspberry Pi. Just be sure to take your time, read through each step and you'll be able to complete the task.

Be aware of this before you dive in, there's certain things you need to know:

You'll require your Mojang account login details along with your Minecraft username.

You'll need an active Minecraft license. You can purchase one at Minecraft.net

This guide is only applicable to Minecraft 1.8.9. However, with a small tweak you can use the most recent version, which is currently 1.9.4 (more about this later).

Playing Minecraft on a $35 computer isn't the most smooth experience, but it's definitely playable.

Spend an hour setting everything up.

I would suggest opening this guide in your Raspberry Pi's browser with an Terminal window right next to it. You'll need to download modified log files from Dropbox. I don't want to post the commands here only to have them altered later on.

It's a breeze. You will need to copy various Terminal commands from your browser and then paste them into the command prompt. After you have pasted each command you press enter on the keyboard and your Pi will take care of the rest.

Tips to help make the process more smooth

Raspberry Pi 3 users are exempt from the first step. At present, you are not able to overclock the Pi 3. The Pi 3 is faster than the Pi 2 out of the box.

After you have entered Step 4, press the arrow keys to highlight Advanced options. Then, highlight GL Options and select Enable.

I was a little confused by the 7th step of the guideline, where it says to click on "edit profile," You actually need to click on Profile Editor, then double-click on the first (and only) listing. Editum on Version Selection next to Use version to select the number for the build. Be aware that the default is 1.8.9. This version is recommended for now. We will change it once everything is working.

Step 10 instructs you to modify "run.sh" without further instructions. Open the Minecraft folder inside your Pi directory, right-click on the run.sh file and select Text Editor.

There are two options to launch Minecraft. To launch Minecraft, the guide will instruct you to use "./run.sh". While this is a good option, you will need to enter "cd Minecraft", before entering the command. Another option is to open the Minecraft folder and double-click the run.sh file. After that, you can select "Execute."

Run the latest version Alright, so once you get everything working, you can start tinkering with the installation. In order to jump to the latest version of Minecraft, you'll need to relaunch the Minecraft.jar file.

Enter the cd Minecraft in a terminal window

Next, enter: java -jar Minecraft.jar

Click on Profile Editor to change the version to 1.9.4 or the latest version.

Save your change, and click the Play button to force Minecraft to download the most recent version.

Then step is to then, open the Minecraft folder.

In order to eliminate any headaches should you make a mistake, you should take two seconds and create a copy of the run.sh file. Rename it to something along the lines of "runcopy.sh".

With a copy safely hidden away, open the run.sh file by right-clicking it and selecting Text Editor.

Press Ctrl-F on your keyboard, and then type 1.8.9 in the text field. There should be at most two instances. Replace each of them with the latest version of Minecraft (this should be the same version number as you selected in step 3).

Save the file and reboot your Raspberry Pi.

Start Minecraft like you normally and enjoy.

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