How to Install Minecraft on a Chromebook
Table of Contents
- Minecraft + Chromebook = Cheap Fun
- Install Ubuntu with Crouton
- Install Java
- Download Minecraft
Minecraft + Chromebook = Cheap Fun
If you like Minecraft but don't want to spend much on a computer, then using a Chromebook might be just what you need. Chromebooks are great for basic tasks such as web browsing already. With a little effort, you can turn your Chromebook into a more flexible machine capable of running Minecraft.
If you choose a Chromebook with an Intel processor and plenty of RAM, you'll get better results. Remember, Chromebooks typically have lower-end hardware aimed at basic computing tasks, so don't expect to have the best gameplay performance.
Install Ubuntu with Crouton
It's not possible to play Minecraft using ChromeOS, so you'll need to install another Linux-based operating system on your Chromebook. The easiest way to do this is using Crouton.
For the easy route, just follow the instructions on the Crouton site for installing Ubuntu with the Xfce desktop environment.
For a little more adventure, try my instructions for installing Crouton with the i3 window manager. This approach will save some system resources, too, since it doesn't rely on a full desktop environment.
Visit Oracle's Java SE downloads page
and click through the links to download the JRE. At the time of writing, the
current version of Java is 8u131. Be sure to download the 64 bit ".tar.gz"
version if you have a 64 bit Chromebook. If you're not sure if your Chromebook
is 64 bit, you can run the
uname -p command. If the output is "x86_64", then
you have a 64 bit Chromebook.
Unpack the Java Installation
I keep a
~/bin directory in my home directory and include it in the
environment variable. This lets me put user-specific programs in a single
location within my home directory. If you follow the same pattern, note that
you'll need to make sure your
$HOME/bin. You can add a line
such as the following to your
Alternatively, you can install Java wherever you like. Just make sure the Java
executable is located on your
For my installation, I ran the following commands to unpack Java within my
cd ~/bin mkdir java cd java mv ~/Downloads/jre-8u131-linux-x64.tar.gz ~/bin/java/. tar -xzf jre-8u131-linux-x64.tar.gz
Once you've unpacked the Java download, it's a good idea to create a "current" symbolic link pointing to your current Java version. This lets you easily install multiple versions of Java and switch between them by updating your link.
cd ~/bin/java ln -s jre1.8.0_131 current
Now it's time to set the
JAVA_HOME environment variable and add the Java
executables to your
PATH. Open your
.bashrc file in an editor and add the
Also, update your
PATH environment variable to include Java's executables.
PATH line in your
.bashrc file should now look something like this:
You can test out your installation by running the following commands from your home directory:
source .bashrc java -version
You should see the following output or something similar:
java version "1.8.0_131" Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_131-b11) Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.131-b11, mixed mode)
Visit the Minecraft website and register, or log in if you already have an account. Once you log in, follow the instructions to download the Linux version.
The Linux version of Minecraft is just a Java JAR file. I like to save it in my
~/bin directory and create a small helper script for launching it at
#!/bin/bash java -jar ~/bin/Minecraft.jar
You'll need to make your launcher script executable with the following command:
chmod u+x ~/bin/minecraft
If you place that script somewhere on your
PATH like my
you can open a terminal and run the
minecraft command from any directory to
start the game.
minecraft helper script to start the Minecraft Launcher. You'll need
to log in with your email and password you used on the Minecraft website. Click
the "Play" button at the bottom of the window to start a game.