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For runnign Minecraft you need to have Java (icedtea7) installed.


Obtain and run the client launcher

Download the Minecraft.jar and run the Launcher.

$ java -jar Minecraft.jar

Sound issues when using PulseAudio

Minecraft uses OpenAL which seems to get confused sometimes (missing sounds or music), so tell it to use the pulse driver first.

File: /etc/openal/alsoft.conf


Create a user for running Minecraft

# useradd -m -s /bin/bash minecraft

Become the minecraft user so that any file you download is owned by the correct user.

# su -l minecraft

Obtain and run the server binary

Download the current server binary from, e.g. minecraft_server.1.7.2.jar and run it.

$ wget minecraft_server.1.7.2.jar
$ screen
$ java -Xms32M -Xmx1024M -jar minecraft_server.1.7.2.jar nogui