Can You Play Minecraft On Raspberry Pi? Let’s Find Out!

Ever since Minecraft came out in 2011, I was an avid fan of it. I played it all the time and loved reading books about it. It was very addicting because I loved “building” things in the game and going on my own personal quests.

Now that I have a Raspberry Pi, I started wondering “Can you play Minecraft on Raspberry Pi?”

You can definitely play Minecraft on Raspberry Pi as long as you install it properly. A great, simple method of doing so is by installing Pi Apps on your Raspberry Pi and then installing Minecraft from there.

The rest of this guide will go further in-depth on how you can install Minecraft as well as provide pictures for each step.

How Do You Install Minecraft on Raspberry Pi?

Here are the steps you need to follow in order to install Minecraft on your Raspberry Pi:

Step #1: Open Terminal

To access the terminal, you should click on the 4th icon from the top left corner of the display. The terminal icon looks like a blackboard with the symbols “>_”. An easier way to access it is to use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+ALT+T.

Step #2: Perform Some Updates

You’ll need to perform some updates so that the terminal will install the latest package. Here are the commands you need to perform in the command line of your terminal:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

These updates should only take a few minutes.

Step #3: Download Pi Apps

In the command line of your terminal, type in the following code:

wget -qO- | bash

It should finish within 5 minutes.

Step #4: Launch Pi Apps

Click on the Raspberry Pi icon (it should be the first icon you see on the top left corner of your screen).

Next, click on Accessories and you should see the Pi Apps icon. Click on that to start it.

It’s the fifth item down the drop-down list to the right of Accessories (it’s right under PDF Viewer and right above Raspberry Pi Diagnostics)

Step #5: Install Minecraft Pi

Now, you should click on the “Games” folder.

Then, you’ll need to scroll down and click on Minecraft Pi to install it.

As you can see, it’s the fourth item down in the second drop-down menu to the right of Games

This is a free version of Minecraft that was made especially for Raspberry Pi. You could also install Minecraft Java, but you’ll need to log in with an account. With Minecraft Pi, the only thing you’ll need to do is to create a name and the mode (ie Creative or Survival).

Step #6: Launch Minecraft Pi and Play!

Now go back to the Raspberry Pi icon (it should be the first icon you see on the top left corner of your screen)

Then, click on the “Games” folder and click on Minecraft Pi. Doing this will launch the application and now you can start playing your game! All you have to do is create your character and the world you want to play in.

How Do You Play Minecraft On Raspberry Pi

If you’re not used to playing Minecraft with a keyboard, here are all the important game controls you’ll need to learn before you start playing:

Keyboard ShortcutsAction
WThis lets your character move forward
AThis lets your character move to the left
SThis lets your character move backward
DThis lets your character move to the right
EThis lets you access your inventory. This also lets you
start crafting basic things like a crafting table.
escThis lets you pause the game
QThis lets your character drop the things it’s holding
SpacebarThis lets you jump. Moreover, if you’re underwater and
sinking, holding this key will let you get to the surface
CTRL + QThis lets you drop a whole stack of items
Shift + Left (arrow key)This combination has three different functions depending on the situation you’re in:

1. If you’re crafting something, doing this lets you create the maximum amount of items possible based on your inventory.
2. If you’re in the inventory screen, doing this lets you move items between your hotbar and inventory
3. If you’re in front of an open container, doing this lets you move an item into your inventory
FThis lets you switch the items in your hand
Left ShiftThis lets you sneak
Left Control (or double-
tapping the W key)
This lets you move faster (ie sprint)
F1This will hide the heads up display
F2This lets you take a screenshot of the game
F3This lets you see the character’s coordinates in addition to some other useful information
F4This disables shaders (shaders give the game a more realistic feel)
F5This toggles between the first-person point of the view and third-person point of view
F6If you want to stream, this can either turn it on or off
F7If you’re streaming, this pauses it
F8This makes your mouse more sensitive
F11This lets you toggle between a full-screen display and a windowed display

If you want to use the F1-11 keys, you’ll need to press the “fn” key in addition to the F1-11 key.

Mouse ActionAction
Left-clickThis lets you attack
Right-clickThis lets you place objects. If you’re holding food and you
right-click your mouse, you can eat the food and regain health
Scroll wheelThis lets you choose the object you want to use
Moving the MouseThis lets you look around

Summary – tl;dr (Too Long; Didn’t Read)

Here are some of the key takeaway points you should keep in mind after reading this article:

  • The steps you need to take to install Minecraft on your Raspberry Pi are:
    • Open the terminal on your Raspberry Pi
    • Perform some updates
      • Here’s the code you’ll need to type in the terminal:
        1. sudo apt-get update
        2. sudo apt-get upgrade
    • Download Pi Apps
      • Use the following code to install it:
        wget -qO- | bash
    • Launch Pi Apps
    • Install Minecraft Pi
    • Launch Minecraft Pi and play!
  • The controls for the gameplay are relatively simple: you’d use W, A, S, D, and spacebar to move and jump around and you’d use a mouse to swivel your head and attack something. I made a table that contains all the other important controls you’ll need above.

In the end, I hope that you’ll have a great time mining and crafting stuff in Minecraft!

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