How to Play Minecraft on Mac, Windows, and Linux?

Minecraft is a very popular game where you get to build things using the 3D blocks and explore the world. Similar to any AAA open-world game, you encounter enemies, you can collect/build weapons, and explore the procedurally generated world.

Yes, it is a sandbox video game – but the world won’t be always the same, it keeps on generating and evolving as you play and explore. In other words, it keeps surprising you with the new world every time you try to explore the world.

Though with the various choices of platforms available, developers behind Minecraft have worked hard to provide you with a seamless experience for playing Minecraft across the platforms, yet getting started with playing Minecraft on each platform is not so quick and easy.

How to Play Minecraft on Mac, Windows, and Linux?

But fret not, in this article, we tell you how to get started playing Minecraft on your PC (Windows, Linux, and Mac) along with an overview of what the game is all about.

So, no matter whether you are a Mac user, Windows user, or a Linux user – we have got you covered with a detailed guide on how to play Minecraft on Mac, Windows, and Linux.

What is Minecraft?

As mentioned in the first paragraph of this article, it is a sandbox video game.

If you are into games where the world gets generated randomly to take you to a never-ending journey, Minecraft is something you can’t overlook.

Technically, you have to deal with a procedurally generated world in Minecraft.

How to Play Minecraft on Mac, Windows, and Linux?

Even though the idea of this game is simple – you being a character, building stuff, upgrading weapons, defending your place, and exploring the world. The game offers several modes to make it even more exciting. Which one should you play?

Minecraft: Which Minecraft mode to play?

It’s not like you just log in to the game and keep exploring. You should know about the several Minecraft modes offered – or else you will be simply wasting your time playing the game for nothing.

Can you play Minecraft on Mac? - How to Play Minecraft on Mac, Windows, and Linux?

Here’s what you have to do with the modes available:

  • Creative: In this mode, you get unlimited resources. You don’t have to scavenge materials in order to build something – you already have those. You simply focus on building whatever you can, based on your imagination.
  • Survival: A competitive mode where you do not get resources provided to you. Instead, you will have to explore in order to collect materials, and craft stuff. Also, you will encounter dangers as well – so you have the risk of dying too.
  • Adventure: If you just want to explore and interact with objects, you go with this.
  • Hardcore: Here, you don’t respawn in the same map. The map gets deleted when you die. All things considered, it involves everything that the “Survival” mode has but the difficulty level increases to “Hard“.
  • Spectator: You don’t do anything here – just sit back and watch what others do. You can’t interact, nor they can see you.

Choose any game mode and you can get started playing Minecraft.

But, hold on. What do you do to play with your friends? You have realms or servers.

But, unlike GTA V or similar game (if you’ve played), you cannot make your private realm without a subscription. So, you need to know how realms work in Minecraft next.

Minecraft Realms: How do Minecraft Realms work?

Realms are technically servers where you explore and build. However, when you log in to play in a public server, many players will be there to interact and explore with.

If you want a private session, you will have to create your private realm for you and your friends alone.

But, it isn’t free.

You have to subscribe to create a private realm and keep it running for you and your friends to play separately.

The subscription usually costs 7.99 USD per month or you can pay a one-time fee of 26.99 USD for 90 days, 47.99 USD for 180 days, and 9.99 USD for 30 days.

Your friends don’t need to pay in order to play with you. Of course, you can share the amount with your friends to subscribe – but if you want, you can pay for it yourself and your friends can join in for free.

Minecraft Marketplace

This is the last thing you have to know before playing Minecraft.

Obviously, with all the world being randomly generated and unlimited possibilities to build something, the game will always provide you something new.

However, if you are bored in some way, you can always try to browse the marketplace for Minecraft skins, textures, worlds, and a lot more stuff. Those are basically created by other users like you and you just get them for yourself.

We have already created a collection of some of the best Minecraft skins for girls and boys.

How to Play Minecraft on Windows 10?

Unlike some other PC games, Minecraft isn’t available on Steam. You can only get it from the Microsoft Store.

It will cost you 26.95 USD irrelevant of the platform (Windows, Mac or Linux).

Even for the consoles, the price remains the same. But, for mobile devices, it will differ.

So, in order to play Minecraft on Windows PC, you have to first register for a Mojang account and then buy the game after verifying the account. After a successful purchase, you can download the game to your computer.

Simply install it using the .exe file downloaded and login to get started with playing Minecraft on Windows PC.

How to Play Minecraft on Mac?

In oreder to play Minecraft on Mac, the same procedure as you would do for a Windows system. The only difference here – you will be downloading a .dmg file to install it.

You might need to install the JAVA Runtime environment to make sure the game works.

If you need help installing Java on Mac, you can refer to Java’s official documentation for Mac.

How to Play Minecraft on Linux?

Fret not, it is as easy to play Minecraft on Linux than it is for Windows and Mac.

The only thing you have to do is to install Java. You can follow the official instructions to download and install it on your Linux distro.


You just had to know a few details in order to be able to play Minecraft on your Mac or PC. No matter whether you are on Windows, Mac or Linux, you will get the same experience of the game.

Once you understand the basics of the game and what mode to go with – you are ready to explore!

Also, private realms can be expensive for some – but it is fun. So, you should give it a thought too.

What do you think about Minecraft? I’ve known a lot of friends to have spent hours on this game – what about you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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