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Minecraft 1.2.5 and 1.5.2 for PowerPC

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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.   — Wikipedia

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As of version 1.6, Minecraft no longer supports computers running anything earlier than Java 6 (which includes PPC Macs) as Minecraft 1.6 uses a new launcher that isn't compatible with older Java APIs. That was OK 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 arbitrarily locking you out of the game.

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[ Top DL ] The definitive edition of Minecraft 1.5.2, finely tuned for G5 machines.

[ Middle DL ] The definitive edition of Minecraft 1.2.5, finely tuned for G4 machines.

[ Bottom DL ] A bundle of the original version of Mike Wild's PPC Launcher. This app no longer functions, so it has been uploaded here purely for historical purposes.


Visit the official thread here:


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Architecture: PPC x86 (Intel:Mac)

Requires Java 1.4.2 or later.

If you have a Mac capable of running the newer launcher, please purchase Minecraft.

See also: Java Developer Preview 6 for Tiger


z970's picture
by z970 - 2020, July 29 - 3:11am

1.2.5 has received a minor configuration update to improve performance, and has been bundled with a new texture pack that should be even easier to render on less-capable hardware.

z970's picture
by z970 - 2020, July 25 - 10:35pm

1.5.2 G5 Edition is out.

Have a go. Smile

headpain's picture
by headpain - 2020, July 17 - 9:40pm

I analyzed the disk using Disk Utility and found that the disk needs repair. While trying to repair, I got another error, which DiskWarrior can solve. However DiskWarrior cannot fix Volume because this disk is Startup Disk

z970's picture
by z970 - 2020, July 17 - 9:26pm

Use AppCleaner to remove unused applications, then run Monolingual's language, input, and architecture removal tools to free up some space. Reboot, then try updating again.

Otherwise, all I can tell you is to just install a larger hard drive.

headpain's picture
by headpain - 2020, July 17 - 9:09pm

When I try to update the system, I get either the above error or the message that there is not enough space on the HDD, although it is enough(

z970's picture
by z970 - 2020, July 17 - 9:02pm

Your system hasn't finished updating. Use Software Update to update to 10.4.11 and grab the required Java 5 libraries, then try again.

headpain's picture
by headpain - 2020, July 17 - 8:51pm

OS X 10.4.6.
On my computer i found only Java Web Start. Im tryied install Java 6 developer preview, but installer says error (check it in previous commentary). If you know how to install Java of the required version, then I will be very grateful)

z970's picture
by z970 - 2020, July 17 - 7:02pm

What OS are you testing on, and with what Java version?

headpain's picture
by headpain - 2020, July 17 - 3:42pm

Error when launched. How to fix this? Log:
Exception in thread ''main''
java.lang.UnsopportedClassVersionError: net/minecraft/client/Minecraft (Unsopported major.minor version 49.0
at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass0(Native Method)
at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass
at j

When i try install Java 6, installer says ""This software does not contain support for your system language.""

z970's picture
by z970 - 2020, July 17 - 8:04am

Surprise! I couldn't wait; so I made a new one anyway. Smile

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by Antonin29 - 2020, July 7 - 2:16pm

I think to put an end to my speculations, I should try running 1.7.3 Beta on my DA 466Mhz (512Mb, ATI Rage 128 v2). Because just like OpenSourceMac says, graphics are the most taxing thing with Minecraft (because you can only optimize it to some degree); but for example (as I already said in a previous post) the old lighting engine (which was buggy and not realistic, but "classier" in terms of looks IMHO) probably made the game easier on GC. I don't think it will run great but will be still a smoother experience than with 1.5. But maybe with Optifine we could see something playable even with high-end G3? Who knows. I'll update this post once I tested this out.

EDIT: So. 1.7.3 B with a extreme Optifine config (just the menus, I don't know if there are additional command line commands) was almost the same 1.5.2. I tested vanilla 1.6.6, 1.6.1, 1.5.0, 1.4.0. Both vanilla 4/5 had better performances. I think either a very fast G3 or a tad faster G4 with Optifine on these old versions could be playable. Also, a slow G4/fast G3 could probably be used to play on 1.7.3 servers with mediocre performances. If someone has old servers to test out it could be nice to know.

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by OpenSourceMac - 2020, July 4 - 7:32pm

I'm using a modern SATA 7200 HGST drive, but with Minecraft it's all about the videocard. I've had to stick with the Radeon 9000 Pro for the sake of OS9 (since the Geforce 4TIs are practically impossible to find now), and Minecraft is basically unplayable. Java is hit n miss with Tiger on the best of days, but when you start adding OpenGL to it, you really need a LOT of GPU. Am guessing you could probably get away with a G4 if you had a 9800 Pro.

z970's picture
by z970 - 2020, July 4 - 7:08pm

Come to think of it, I have a better idea.

I'll have something ready in a couple of months, when I'm richer with time...

Europa's picture
by Europa - 2020, May 5 - 7:13pm

I have a G4 733 that I could test on. Once I get my iBook G3 setup with OS X I can also test on that. Both will/do run Tiger. I could also test anything you make for Leopard on my Mini.

z970's picture
by z970 - 2020, May 5 - 6:31pm

I was toying with the idea of releasing a definitive 1.4.7 and 1.3.2 alongside 1.5.2 for this very reason.

I've still got the dev files archived. If anyone is willing to test it, I can wrap up 1.3.2 and release it here. Maybe it will perform a little better on less adept hardware?

Europa's picture
by Europa - 2020, April 24 - 2:57pm

Yeah, I plan to eventually upgrade from the 10GB OG HDD to a 128GB SSD partitioned two ways. Smile

Antonin29's picture
by Antonin29 - 2020, April 24 - 12:27pm

Nah I won't go that far: on my MDD 1,42Ghz (2Gig RAM, spinning harddrive) it's fine with most of the tweaks at 23fps or so. It's very close to most people's earliest experience with Minecraft. But on the other hand I'm sure with a good G5 you can hit the 35fps.

Don't underestimate the role a tired harddrive plays in performances! My iBook is currently unable to do anything under Tiger because I still uses the OG HD which probably has seen better days (but runs perfeclty fine under OS 9 IMO). And don't even bother testing 1.5.2: I tired on my DA G4 466Mhz, it was awful. So yeah maybe the Beta.

OpenSourceMac's picture
by OpenSourceMac - 2020, April 23 - 10:31pm

Runs AWFUL on even the best DP G4. This is falls squarely into high-end G5 territory.

Europa's picture
by Europa - 2020, April 23 - 10:27pm

But frankly I don't think it could run on a G3, except maybe those rare 700Mhz/1Ghz G3s

Let's just say challenge accepted once I can install Tiger on my iBook G3 Wink

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by Antonin29 - 2020, April 23 - 7:39pm

If someone has the time, something along those line could be interesting to test:
1.7.3 Beta (last Beta version with the old lighting engine, and one the most stable release of the Beta era) with Optifine with the tweaked launcher. But frankly I don't think it could run on a G3, except maybe those rare 700Mhz/1Ghz G3s.

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by RetroReviewYT - 2020, April 23 - 5:16pm

The game itself can't login to Mojang's servers due to Apple and Oracle halting Java updates. If you want to play on PowerPC hardware, let them. I myself bought the game, but have ran cracked clients specifically for playing these PowerPC Macs. To be honest I wonder if an older version like 1.3 could run better..... on something like a G3 maybe lol.

z970's picture
by z970 - 2019, September 23 - 8:09pm

Gave everything a sorely needed overhaul, cleaning everything up. I'll bet confusion was a major factor in this page only having three stars.

Also, made a definitive version of Minecraft for PowerPC. Better than 1.5.1, and better than anything before.

More info here:

Check it out.

EDIT: Realized MCDE does not work on Tiger. Made a Tiger-specific version. You're welcome.

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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.