While Linux isn't always known for its stellar support of video games, Minecraft developers have released a version specifically for Linux, and it runs great on Manjaro. You don't even need to use Lutris or install Wine for it to function properly.

In this guide, we'll show you how to download and install Minecraft to get you up and playing in no time.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to install Minecraft from AUR
  • How to launch Minecraft from GUI or command line
Minecraft installed and running on Manjaro Linux
Minecraft installed and running on Manjaro Linux
Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Manjaro Linux
Software Minecraft
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Install Minecraft

In order to install Minecraft, Manjaro will need access to the Arch User Repository (AUR), as Minecraft is not available in any official repository. You can install a package from the AUR by configuring access to it in pamac, installing an AUR helper like yay, or we can bypass this altogether and simply use git and makepkg to manually download the package we need and install it.


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  1. First, open a terminal and use the following command to update Manjaro:
    $ pacman -Syu
    
  2. Clone the Minecraft git repository with this command:
    $ git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/minecraft-launcher.git
    
  3. Then, install Minecraft with makepkg:
    $ cd minecraft-launcher
    $ makepkg -si
    

You'll likely be prompted a couple times in the terminal about confirming the installation of various dependencies. Java and the other required packages should be installed for you automatically.

Launch Minecraft

Now that Minecraft is installed, you can open it and start playing. You'll just need to login with your account to play the full version, otherwise you're limited to the demo.

  1. For a GUI method, search for 'Minecraft' in your application launcher.

    Open Minecraft from the application launcher in your GUI
    Open Minecraft from the application launcher in your GUI
  2. You can also open Minecraft via command line by entering the following command in terminal:
    $ minecraft-launcher
    


Minecraft installed and running on Manjaro Linux
Minecraft installed and running on Manjaro Linux

Conclusion

In this article, we learned how to download and install Minecraft on Manjaro. Minecraft is a popular game that runs on many platforms, and Linux is no exception. Following the steps in this article allowed you to install Minecraft and its necessary dependencies. We also saw a couple methods for accessing the Minecraft launcher.

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