Minecraft 1.5.2 is now live!
- A bunch of bug fixes!
- Performance improvements when using HD texture packs
- Many improvements for Minecraft Realms (will become publicly available “soon”)
Minecraft for Windows
Download Minecraft.exe. Place it anywhere you want, then run it.
Minecraft for Mac OS X
Download Minecraft.zip. Unpack and place Minecraft in your /Applications folder.
Minecraft for Linux / Other
Download minecraft.jar. The jar is executable and might work as-is. If you run into memory issues, try launching it with java -Xmx1024M -Xms512M -cp minecraft.jar net.minecraft.LauncherFrame, also please use Sun’s JVM.
Credits: The Minecraft and Minecraft Realms teams
If you’re running on Windows and just want to set up a server easily, download Minecraft_Server.exe and run it.
If you want to run the server on any other OS or without GUI it’s a bit more involved. First make sure you can use java from the command line. On Linux and Mac OS X this should already be set up but on Windows you might have to tinker with the PATH environment variable. Download and run minecraft_server.jar with java -Xmx1024M -Xms1024M -jar minecraft_server.jar (Mirror) nogui.