Installing a Minecraft Fedora 17 Linux client

I am writing my experience on setting up an Fedora minecraft client in the hopes that the reader finds it useful.  Minecraft is a hugely popular game which can be downloaded from https://minecraft.net/download. As of the writing of this blog there are Windows, Mac and Linux versions of the game available. To setup the client follow the below instructions:

  1. Visit https://minecraft.net/download and create a free login account by clicking on Register at the top right
  2. Once you create an account, and login to the site, your login by the way is your email address, you can purchase the game by clicking on Store, then Buy Minecraft for this account. The price is $26.95 as of the writing of this blog
  3. Now you are ready to download the game. I have a Fedora laptop, so I download the Linux version here https://s3.amazonaws.com/MinecraftDownload/launcher/minecraft.jar.
  4. You will also need Java. On my Fedora box I already had Java installed, if you need Java installed try the following steps which are pretty good http://www.if-not-true-then-false.com/2010/install-sun-oracle-java-jdk-jre-6-on-fedora-centos-red-hat-rhel/. Fedora ships with OpenJDK which has issues with Minecraft and that is why we need Sun/Oracle Java installed.
  5. Now that you have a Minecraft.net acount, Java installed on your desktop and also downloaded Minecraft Jar file, you are ready to start Minecraft, which you can do by running the following command ‘java -Xmx1024M -Xms512M -cp minecraft.jar net.minecraft.LauncherFrame,’ The command assumes you are in the same directory as minecraft.jar which you had downloaded above.
  6. Once you run the above command Minecraft should start and ask for a login/password, enter the information from the purchase time, and you are ready to play! For further help on how to play watch howto videos here http://minecraft.net/game/howtoplay.

How has your experience been with installing a Minecraft client on Linux or other platform? Do share your comments!

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