Package Details: minecraft-launcher 2.1.5965-2

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Package Base: minecraft-launcher
Description: Official Minecraft Launcher
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Keywords: game minecraft
Licenses: All Rights Reserved
Conflicts: minecraft-launcher-beta
Provides: minecraft-launcher-beta
Submitter: shoghicp
Maintainer: petr
Last Packager: petr
Votes: 123
Popularity: 18.412184
First Submitted: 2017-01-18 14:17
Last Updated: 2019-09-19 08:17

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petr commented on 2018-12-20 09:56

The java version is ... problematic. The current version of the base game will work with any Java version. So will some of the very old game versions that do not use launchwrapper.

Java 8 is required for all legacy versions, and all modded versions of the game (except for some experimental builds of Forge for 1.13). It makes sense to require it, because easily, 99% of the various ways to play the game DO require it. Roughly half of the players play modded regularly.

Fixing the old and modded versions is a non-trivial (almost intractable) task. Fixing Java would require forking it and maintaining the fork. Java runtimes of different versions are installable side-by-side. The launcher needing 'a java 8 runtime' should not prevent you from installing and using a different one.

If you have any suggestions about how to improve this situation, I'm all ears. However, using Java 9+ by default would introduce major issues.

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Noahkiq commented on 2018-04-15 23:38

It's been over a year since the initial linux beta release, and almost half a year since the last update. Any news on an official release?

Zebulan commented on 2018-02-24 20:16

I tried to run this on a fresh Antergos installation and I got this error:

"./launcher: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory"

This file, which should be located at "/usr/lib/", is provided by the gconf package, which is not listed as a dependency of this package.

Simply add the gconf package as a dependency and that should fix the problem.

koyuawsmbrtn commented on 2018-02-24 09:10

@Leafeon thank you, I added it :)

Leafeon commented on 2018-02-24 07:08

Please dont force installation of java 8, Minecraft runs very well with java 9 by removing "-XX:+CMSIncrementalMode" from profile startup arguments.

Set it to java-runtime>=8 and leave a comment telling java 9 users about the startup argument.

koyuawsmbrtn commented on 2017-11-18 22:35

@brandon-schumann oh, yes. thank you. never noticed, that this is used by the feature. i'll do it in the next release of this package (would be propably on monday). it's making the package more accessible of course :)

verkvieto commented on 2017-11-18 20:49

Could flite be added as an optional dependency for the chat narrator feature?

l33tlinuxh4x0r commented on 2017-10-25 20:18

I have updated the PKGBUILD to version 2.0.1005 you can get it here ->

HanFox commented on 2017-09-22 10:59

PKGBUILD for v2.0.973 for those who want to test it (or just want the useless nags that just point at Dinnerbone's Twitter to go away):

Morn commented on 2017-07-16 15:21

"flite" should be added as an optional dependency; it is needed for the new chat narrator feature in 1.12.

cquick7 commented on 2017-04-13 07:27

Basically, what I have done is download the Linux version from, and I use the Jar file to launch the game when I want to play. That way works just fine for me.
The file is named minecraft.jar.