[Guide] How to Install Minecraft on Ubuntu

Discussion in 'General Minecraft Discussion' started by BobTheTomato9798, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. Since a lot of people use Ubuntu on this wonderful server I figured why not make a guide on how to install Minecraft on Ubuntu.

    What is Ubuntu?:

    Ubuntu can be downloaded from here: http://www.ubuntu.com/

    NOTE: This method works on Ubuntu 11.10 to 12.04.

    1. You will need to download the .sh Minecraft Installer file HERE.

    2. Once you have done that locate the file.

    3. Then right click the file and open the file properties.

    4. Browse to the permissions tab and check the executable box

    5. After you have done that double click on the file and choose RUN IN TERMINAL!

    6. Follow the steps in the terminal!

    7. Please do this post to update your LWJGL Libraries!

    Linux version of the game libraries have a serious key sticking bug that WILL get you killed, so the updated libraries will fix everything.

    8. Profit!?!?

    Alternatively: you can give it executable permissions via the terminal and run it from there:

    :~$ cd /path/to/downloaded/file/
    :~$ chmod -x Minecraft_Installer_20.sh
    :~$ bash Minecraft_Installer_20.sh
    Any comments, complaints, or concerns?
  2. What is Ubuntu, can you explain it?
  3. Ubuntu is a computer operating system based on the Debian Linux distribution and distributed as free and open source software, using its own desktop environment. It is named after the Southern African philosophy ofubuntu ("humanity towards others").

    As of 2012, according to online surveys, Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distribution on desktop/laptop personal computers, and most Ubuntu coverage focuses on its use in that market. However, it is also popular on serversand for cloud computing.

    Ubuntu is sponsored by the UK-based company Canonical Ltd., owned by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth. Canonical generates revenue by selling technical support and services related to Ubuntu, while the operating system itself is entirely free of charge. The Ubuntu project is committed to the principles of free software development; people are encouraged to use free software, improve it, and distribute it.

  4. I understood absolutely nothing.
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  5. Simple definition: Ubuntu is a complete desktop Linux operating system, freely available with both community and professional support.
  6. I didn't either, we want you to explain it in a easier way.

    Click my egg so it doesn't die!
  7. Ubuntu is a operating system like Windows and Mac. It is the most popular Linux operating system. You can run it along side Windows and Mac. More can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05kfumMnQNg
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  8. Any further questions?
  9. How to install Flash Player? :p
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  10. Copy and paste this into the terminal:
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
  11. I may be studying technology (specifically..) at school, and I may have a job in coding, but..what? :oops: Actually, i'll just put my second computer to use and play a youtube video on how to install flash player like that.
  12. In Ubuntu there is an application called Terminal (just search for it and you will find it). Once you have found it open it up and copy the coding into the Terminal.

    A simpler way to download flash player would be to:

    Open Ubuntu Software Center go for a search - ‘adobe flash player‘ – just press install. The flash player package will be downloaded and installed automatically.
  13. Good Luck Bob! lol I can see you're already getting confused people.

    Dunno where you are but most of the classes I've taken/heard of only teach you about Windows.
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  14. Don't worry that is why I am here xD

    I will explain it if need be :)
  15. Glade to see that I helped someone! :)
  16. Ubuntu is completely a different experience than windows...

    You WILL have to use a terminal... Its kind of hard to do anything intermediate without it. But don't worry, the terminal is not a bad guy :)

    Once you learn it, youll actually prefer it for some tasks.... If you take serious efforts to learn that is

    But I also suggest using that installer, I did when I first setup minecraft, and I like how it sets up desktop icon for you :)

    the manual way to play minecraft is "download jar file, right click it,permissions, make executable, right click, open with > Java 6/7 or OpenJDK 6/7

    Also, I recommend everyone do this: http://www.webupd8.org/2012/01/install-oracle-java-jdk-7-in-ubuntu-via.html

    This will give you java7, and keep it up to date.

    Oracle Java7 is suppose to run better than OpenJDK... But your mileage may vary.

    Also, you can go to terminal, type
    gedit ~/Desktop/Minecraft.desktop
    (I believe thats the file path it makes it as)

    and in the editor change the Exec line to look like this:

    Exec=java -Xms1024M -Xmx2048M -jar /home/user/Desktop/Minecraft.jar <USSERNAMEHERE> <PASSWORDHERE>
    If you put in your username and password there (do not put the < >), it will automatically log you into your account, and then you never have to type login (windows I don't think can do this with the .exe, but can with the .jar)!

    And adjust the -Xms and -Xmx for the min and max memory. Adjust the /home/user/Desktop/Minecraft.jar with path to wherever you saved Minecraft.jar (I put mine inside of my ~/.minecraft folder)

    I also recommend typing into terminal once:

    ln -s ~/.minecraft ~/minecraft
    This will make a shortcut to minecraft folder named minecraft in your home folder, since by default the .minecraft folder will be hidden. Then you can always just go to the minecraft folder without a dot the exact same way.
  17. TTerminal pops up for half a second and dissapears. Minecraft doesn't run..
  18. Cause school's dont teach you real world usefulness.... :/

    Real experience comes from the stuff you do outside of school.... Only microsoft shop people use Windows for development (because they have to)

    If your doing Web Development outside of MS platforms, your much more useful on a non Windows OS. Only juniors or people forced to by work use Windows =P

    I could never imagine going back to windows as a developer.... My job performance would tank so hard.
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  19. With my command? if so, try issueing the part after the = in a terminal (Control + Alt + T) and thatll let you see the response.
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