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Minecraft is a sandbox video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus "Notch" Persson and later developed and published by Mojang. The creative and building aspects of Minecraft enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. Multiple gameplay modes are available, including survival mode where the player must acquire resources to build the world and maintain health, a creative mode where players have unlimited resources to build with and the ability to fly, an adventure mode where players can play custom maps created by other players, and a spectator mode where players can fly around and clip through blocks, but cannot place or destroy any.

Minecraft is an open world game that has no specific goals for the player to accomplish, allowing players a large amount of freedom in choosing how to play the game. However, there is an achievement system. Gameplay by default is first person, but players have the option to play in third person mode. The core gameplay revolves around breaking and placing blocks. The game world is composed of rough 3D objects—mainly cubes—arranged in a fixed grid pattern and representing different materials, such as dirt, stone, various ores, water, lava, tree trunks, etc. While players can move freely across the world, objects can only be placed at fixed locations on the grid. Players can gather these material blocks and place them elsewhere, thus allowing for various constructions.

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You probably already heard that as of version 1.6, Minecraft no longer supports computers running anything earlier than Java 6 (which happens to include PPC Macs) as Minecraft 1.6 uses a new launcher that isn't compatible with older Java APIs. That was all fine & dandy as you could still buy & play Minecraft on machines with the older launcher regardless of being discontinued. However, shortly after the Microsoft buyout, Mojang (Microsoft) decided to drop support for the older launcher, rendering it unable to login to Mojang's Minecraft servers, thereby locking you out of the game (both single & multiplayer modes require you to login before you play).

[Top DL]: The original version of Mike Wild's PPC Launcher. As mentioned above, this app no longer functions so it has been uploaded here purely for historical purposes.
[2nd, 3rd, 4th DL's]: Various mods for Minecraft 1.5.2 (that don't require Java 6). Click here for more info on Optifine, here for more info on TooManyItems & here for more info on Click Mining Fix.
[5th DL]: This is a copy of version 1.3.2's main "minecraft.jar" resource file for use with fixing the crackling audio problem experienced by PPC users after the 1.4.2 update. The fix involves replacing the "CodecJOrbis.class" file inside the newer Minecraft.jar with the version from the older jar. The process is similar to installing a mod. More info here.
[6th DL]: This is a copy of Minecraft's resource files.
[7th DL]: Minecraft 1.5.1 with Application Support file, working sound and launcher. Everything you need to download and play. Tested working on 10.5.8.

See also: Java Developer Preview 6 for Tiger

Architecture: PPC

Requires Java 5 or later. Any computer with Java 5 will work but a 1GHz G4e or better is recommended.

To install mods in Minecraft, you must open Minecraft's primary resource file known as the "minecraft.jar" (located in [UserNameHere]/Library/Application Support/minecraft/bin). The easiest way to do this is to append .zip to the name ( and double click to extract the file. It will expand to a folder 'minecraft.jar'. This folder will be accepted by Minecraft to be a valid .jar file, so there's no need to re-compress it. Just put the files of the mod in this folder as specified by the mod's instructions. TIP: save the incase you botch your Minecraft installation with an incompatible mod. Just delete the broken minecraft.jar folder & unzip yourself an new one by double clicking again.

It it recommended by many users for you to upgrade your LWJGL. Prior to release 1.6, Minecraft used LWJGL 2.4.2. The new Minecraft Launcher is capable of automatically updating to the latest stable version. Because this is an older version of Minecraft, we don't have that luxury. The library is located in your Minecraft resource folder's bin folder. The newest Minecraft releases are currently using the LWJGL 3.0 series, but the older 2.0 series can still be downloaded here (2.8.4 is generally the recommended version to update to). Just replace the "jinput.jar", "lwjgl.jar" & "lwjgl_util.jar" files in your /minecraft/bin folder resource folder & the "libjinput-osx.jnilib" & "liblwjgl.jnilib" inside your /minecraft/bin/natives folder. The "openal.dylib" & "libopenal.dylib" should only be replaced if you're on an intel mac as the newer builds are intel only. To replace the "libopenal.dylib" create a copy of openal.dylib, then rename it to "libopenal.dylib". More info on this upgrade process can be found here.

Minecraft 1.6.1 introduced "resource packs", which allowed alternate sounds, music, particle effects and much more to be altered in game, in addition to modifying block, item, and entity textures. These resource packs are NOT compatible with older builds of the game (including cracked versions). If you wish to change the in game textures you must use the older Minecraft "texture pack" files instead.

Other Pre-1.6 Minecraft Mac tips & tricks can be found in this article.

If you have mac capable of running the newer launcher please purchase Minecraft . Thank you:)


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by davisdelo - 2019, April 7 - 1:50pm

I added the 7th download,, as I couldn't get any of the other downloads to properly play. This zip file was one I found on MacRumors, works good on my G5 under 10.5.8.

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by 3371-Alpha - 2016, August 7 - 1:10am

I'll upload it a bit later when I get the time, but for now you can download it off my google drive:
Be sure to follow ALL it's startup instructions as it has very important information.

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by fogWraith - 2016, August 6 - 8:58pm

As long as its not bypassing and letting you play without an account, I see no real issues with it being here, it's just another way to play the game, and afaik thats not bypassing any rules or regulations... besides, I find anything above Jave 1.6 on PPC fascinating.

It's a shame in itself that there are no further official updates, when the SPARC editions still receive working updates, though I suppose that goes hand in hand with Oracle, when it comes to Solaris Tongue

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by 3371-Alpha - 2016, August 6 - 6:26pm

Well, there's a problem with the build. You see PPC natives for LWJGL are no longer produced, and as mentioned above, this newer launcher automatically updates to the latest stable version. Long story short, this launcher accidently downloads the linux PPC version of the natives then crashes when attempting to launch the game. But at least you can login.

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by fogWraith - 2016, August 6 - 3:50pm

Sounds good, and if you want, you can create a page for it and upload it here, if you want.

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by 3371-Alpha - 2016, August 6 - 4:01am

It is worth noting that I did get the latest Minecraft Launcher running on my G5 using OpenJDK 7. I even wrapped it up in an apple script applet so I can apply the correct java arguments at startup. I posted a link to it on the various PPC forums out there but no one seemed to care (maybe they weren't Minecraft fans). Regardless I can post a link here incase anyone want to try it.

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by Kitchen2010 - 2016, August 5 - 8:20am

Thank you for making clear your point!
I was just answering to 3371-Alpha's previous posting, stating my view as abandonware of "SaaS" programs in general.

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by MikeTomTom - 2016, August 5 - 12:16am

If there are no more any updates released for a specific version of a "SaaS" program, it can be considered as abandonware

Sure, and that's what's up there as the 1st DL, the abandoned SaaS launcher. There's no problem with it being here - as its not supported - or useable for playing Minecraft online, as-is. It was the previously uploaded cracked version which enabled anyone to play Minecraft without a Minecraft account, that was removed.

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by Kitchen2010 - 2016, August 4 - 8:42am

If there are no more any updates released for a specific version of a "SaaS" program, it can be considered as abandonware, in my opinion.

For example take "Adobe Photoshop CC", there has been several versions released for that program (2013: CC (14.0), 2014: CC 2014 (15.0), 2015: CC 2015 (16.0), 2016: CC 2015.5 (17.0)). You can start and use the functions of the program also without being connected to the internet if you do not use the cloud-based features. Let's say there are no updates for the CC (14.0) version any more, then you are forced to upgrade to one of the later (or the latest only) version. You may still use the old version however but it is no longer supported by the publisher.

Then it might be ok to have it uploaded to this place (2013 + 10 yrs = 2023, to take the unofficial 10 year rule in acoount)!

Of course this scheme will not work with "SaaS" programs that rely exclusively to the cloud (e.g. web-based programs).

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by 3371-Alpha - 2016, August 3 - 9:53pm

Understandable, after the incident with EA we have to watch out. I believe that Minecraft actually falls under the "Software as a Service" license type, considering that it never really becomes obsolete, just keeps evolving & evolving while older pieces get discontinued. Similarly VALVe's Steam, EA's Origin (which we couldn't even preserve even if we wanted to for obvious reasons), and even Microsoft's Windows 10 also fall under this category. If what you say is true though, It's not abandonware until it's discontinued as a whole, then I think all software that falls under the "SaaS" category is going to become a nightmare for abandonware websites like us to preserve.
P.S. You may also want to remove the minecraft_appsupport download as it contains copyrighted materials.

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by fogWraith - 2016, July 29 - 12:48pm

I believe you, I have multiple copies of the game aswell as legitimate licenses for the other games in their bag of goodies, and yes, it's a shame my G5 can't log in and play Minecraft without altering and bypassing the login servers.

The game is still actively supported, it was released in 2011 (close to 2012) and doesn't fit the category of "abandonware", at least not yet. What we don't want is another line of lawyers sending us more letters... so I'm afraid that everything but the cracked launcher can stay on the page for now.

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by 3371-Alpha - 2016, July 29 - 4:28am

Yes, however the newer launcher isn't compatible with older Macs (mostly the ones stuck on java 5), and support for the older launcher was dropped by Mojang (you're no longer able to login to your minecraft account with the older launcher). Thats why I uploaded it. Please reupload it.

If you don't believe me, try for yourself. Make a free account at Mojang's then attempt to login with the older launcher. All it will give you is a "Cannot connect to" error. As a form of copyright protection, the launcher will not allow you to play the game without logging in to a valid MC account. The 1.5.2 update & it's launcher are essentially abandonware at this point. The game as a whole may not be abandoned, but this old version certainly is.

It's also worth noting that the cracked launcher you removed can't run anything newer than the 1.5.2 update.
Considering that the current version as of speaking is 1.10.2, you'd think there'd be better ways of obtaining a free Minecraft (assuming that's what you're afraid of people doing).

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by fogWraith - 2016, July 27 - 11:50am

I have removed the cracked launcher, as the game itself is still being sold and supported.