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Minecraft 1.2.5 and 1.5.2 PowerPC Edition

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Minecraft is a sandbox video game developed by Mojang. The game was created by Markus "Notch" Persson in the Java programming language. Following several early test versions, it was released as a paid public alpha for personal computers in 2009 before releasing in November 2011, with Jens Bergensten taking over development. Minecraft has since been ported to several other platforms and is the best-selling video game of all time, with 200 million copies sold and 126 million monthly active users as of 2020.

In Minecraft, players explore a blocky, procedurally-generated 3D world with infinite terrain, and may discover and extract raw materials, craft tools and items, and build structures or earthworks. Depending on game mode, players can fight computer-controlled "mobs", as well as cooperate with or compete against other players in the same world. Game modes include a survival mode, in which players must acquire resources to build the world and maintain health, and a creative mode, where players have unlimited resources. Players can modify the game to create new gameplay mechanics, items, and assets.

Minecraft has been critically acclaimed, winning several awards and being cited as one of the greatest video games of all time. Social media, parodies, adaptations, merchandise, and the annual MineCon conventions played large roles in popularizing the game. It has also been used in educational environments, especially in the realm of computing systems, as virtual computers and hardware devices have been built in it. In 2014, Mojang and the Minecraft intellectual property were purchased by Microsoft for US$2.5 billion. A number of spin-off games have also been produced, such as Minecraft: Story Mode, Minecraft Dungeons, and Minecraft Earth.   — Wikipedia

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

Therefore, the special versions of Minecraft available here is our response.

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[ Top DL ] Minecraft 1.2.5 G4 Edition. Optimized for highest performance.

[ Bottom DL ] Minecraft 1.5.2 G5 Edition. Optimized for a mix of performance and appearance.


Visit the official thread here:


See also: AquaWeb, AquaTrimcelerator, AuroraTrimcelerator, TenFourFoxPEP, TenFiveTube, PPCMC 7

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 - 2021, April 10 - 10:38pm

The game does not contain any built-in CPU-detecting functionality whatsoever. Regardless of which launcher you use, either will open up whatever version of Minecraft currently resides in your Application Support folder, which in this case, happens to be the G5 Edition.

Remove the preexisting 'Minecraft' folder from ~/Library/Application Support, and install the G4 Edition instead. That should do the trick.

I hope that was helpful.

Antonin29's picture
by Antonin29 - 2021, April 7 - 9:29pm

Maybe @zgxSystems could arrange a special "low-end" G5 version for you (and the other people that could beneficiate of it)?

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by LonksAwakening - 2021, April 7 - 8:36pm

I like it but I have one piece of feedback, don't force G5/Intel users to use G5 edition, let me play G4 edition on my MacBook or PowerMac G5! Because I have like the lowest end G5 (a base imac) I have to use G5 edition, because if I open up g4 edition it will automatically detect I am using a g5 and open G5 edition so I get terrible performance. But other than that I like it!

CivilKink's picture
by CivilKink - 2021, March 6 - 10:53pm

got a different error on a g4 system. how do i fix this one?

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by Bartos - 2021, March 4 - 3:24pm

I get the exact same error message as CivilKink did.
My Java Version is "1.5.0_30" and I manually moved the "Minecraft" folder from the "Minecraft 1.5.2 G5 Edition" folder into "Library/Application Support" on my SSD.
But the message still pops up after I get to enter a Username.
What am I missing?

Using a 1.8GHz (970) PPC G5 with a Radeon 9600 XT and 8GB of RAM btw.

I actually figured it out. The reason the installer would not properly install the game was that I had no admin password. After setting one up it worked perfectly. Thanks for the great work on making the game run on G5s!

z970's picture
by z970 - 2021, January 5 - 5:12am

I know the feeling... Smile

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by CivilKink - 2021, January 5 - 4:13am

i’ve actually really been enjoying playing it. it’s a little big laggy, but playable. there is just something charming about playing such an old version of minecraft on such an old computer.

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by z970 - 2021, January 5 - 2:16am

My pleasure. As far as future updates for 1.2.5 and 1.5.2, I've sunken far too much time into them already. Ideally speaking, they shouldn't be getting any more from here.

At the same time though, I've wanted to make an Intel Edition based on 1.6.x or 1.7.x for Macs limited to Snow Leopard or Lion for a while now, but I currently lack the target hardware necessary to develop one. Not to mention time; as it is, the recent updates for the pre-existing PowerPC versions came at a cost.

Anyway, thank you for enjoying the PowerPC Editions of Minecraft 1.2.5 and 1.5.2!

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by CivilKink - 2021, January 5 - 1:03am

hey it worked, thanks! i’m exited to see just how far this project goes with future updates

z970's picture
by z970 - 2021, January 5 - 1:42am

- Cleaned up the static fire and nether portal textures.

- Fixed an oversight.

- Made a cooler title screen.

- Updated the Wikipedia excerpt, description, and screenshots.


- Also changed the naming convention to a simpler model.

- Also adjusted the launcher for better presentation.

- Also changed the default username to 'Steve' for accuracy.

- The Minecraft G4 / G5 Edition folder is no longer required to be on the Desktop to run the installer.

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by z970 - 2021, January 4 - 8:04pm

Open up Terminal, and enter in java -version. What does the system display in response?

Also, is this a fresh install of Leopard? If not, have you done anything in the past that might have disrupted Java from functioning normally?

EDIT: On second thought, I believe I've figured it out; ensure that the 'Minecraft' folder has been moved to '~/Library/Application Support', otherwise the game won't run. That's why the installer is there. Smile

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by CivilKink - 2021, January 2 - 10:24pm

yes and yes. I also tried the g4 version, which didnt work either.

z970's picture
by z970 - 2021, January 1 - 12:40am

Has the system been updated to 10.5.8, and are you current with the latest version of Java offered by Software Update?

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by CivilKink - 2020, December 31 - 4:14am

i was really exited to test this on my new iMac g5, but i get an error that says "exeption in thread main java.lang.noclassdeffounderror: net/minecraft/client/minecraft

any idea of how to get it to work? im running macos leapord

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by z970 - 2020, December 31 - 12:57am

Minecraft 1.2.5 and 1.5.2 have received several minor user experience updates to make for an all around smoother and more comprehensive package.

- 1.2.5's out-of-place fire texture has been revised with a more natural-looking one (I did the best I could). Its nether portal texture has also received slightly more detail as well.

- Both 1.2.5 and 1.5.2 have been reconfigured for very slight performance improvements. In addition, with the discovery that neither are as GPU-reliant as previously thought, the system requirements have been decreased accordingly.

- More special splash screen messages. Smile

- Other minor tweaks and adjustments for better presentation and accommodation of one-button mice.

PS: Keeping the debug menu open will slightly degrade performance. In addition, performance within a general area can also be increased by returning to the title screen and then resuming the save.

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by z970 - 2020, November 29 - 9:55pm

Glad to hear it. Smile

If you're interested, you might be able to bump the FPS up using the bundled low resolution textures paired with maximum performance mode.

For G5s, the G4 edition is available as well if absolute fluidity is paramount. And for 10.4.11, AquaTrimcelerator can be employed to direct CPU activity towards active applications rather than background processes, further increasing performance and responsiveness (same goes for AuroraTrimcelerator and 10.5.8).

Plus, setting the processor to 'highest performance' in Energy Saver helps too.

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by PolarG5 - 2020, November 29 - 5:26am

Thanks mate, much appreciated.
I got this working on a powermac dual 2ghz / 3,5G ram / 6600LE
macOS 10.4.6 / worked when updated java to 1.3/1.4 and then Java2SE v5.4 via Apple software updates.
mid-20 FPS when rendering an area; mid-30 FPS within a loaded area. Sound all good.

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.

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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?

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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.""

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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...

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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.

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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?

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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

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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.

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by OpenSourceMac - 2020, April 23 - 10:31pm

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

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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.