Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things.

It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea.

What's New:

1.13.1 is now available! It improves performance and fixes a bunch of bugs that made their way into 1.13. There's also a few changes in this update that are listed below.

Changes:

  • Performance optimizations
  • Added dead coral
  • Fish now have a 5% chance of dropping bonemeal when killed
  • Squids now only spawn in rivers and oceans
  • Added a concept of force-loaded chunks to the game, and a command (/forceload) to toggle force-loading on and off

Bug fixed:

  • MC-73 - Green arrow bug on maps in frames
  • MC-1357 - Logged out players appear on maps
  • MC-1489 - Dismounting a horse with a fence on the player's right leaves the player on the wrong side of the fence
  • MC-1528 - Maps in item frames' markers aren't persistent
  • MC-3715 - Beds and the /teleport command
  • MC-3927 - Iron golems spawning in slabs, glass, farmland and grass path
  • MC-4488 - Mobs don't drop cooked meat if last damage is from fire, lava or fire charge
  • MC-31681 - Fog and clouds darken when indoors or under trees (<16 Chunk Render Distance)
  • MC-33383 - Lag while taking screenshot with F2 in singleplayer
  • MC-51150 - Swimming in water, riding a minecart or standing on soul sand and snow layers 8 darkens the sky at day time
  • MC-59517 - TNT explode=true blockstate drops TNT item when fused by hit in survival mode
  • MC-67780 - Standing on/flying above a block placed at y:255 makes sky dark
  • MC-73361 - Exiting a minecart / boat can put the player outside the border
  • MC-74764 - Particle "largeexplode", "hugeexplosion" and “sweepattack” not showing when using the front view (twice F5)
  • MC-75465 - Vignette effect's visibility is not being updated according to light level when GUI is hidden
  • MC-76615 - Lightning bolt summoned by /summon is offset +0.5x and +0.5z
  • MC-76649 - Thrown item in hand and as entity
  • MC-78963 - Command completion fails with multiple possibilities and other arguments set
  • MC-79697 - Entities don't render properly when next to invisible spider, charged creeper, or wither boss with armor
  • MC-80041 - Signs with long text freeze the game
  • MC-81237 - stat.damageTaken fails to increment when player has absorption.
  • MC-84005 - Book and quill doesn't save changes when edited in offhand
  • MC-86943 - Cooldown overlay is solid white on item stacks > 1
  • MC-88099 - Slimes/magma cube with NoAI-Tag still can damage the player
  • MC-88230 - When feeding a tamed horse or llama with a golden apple/carrot or hay bale, the cursor moves to the right
  • MC-88356 - Bow animation broken in off-hand in third person
  • MC-90842 - Sweep attack knocks back marker armor stands
  • MC-96998 - End Cities / Woodland Mansions don't generate completely when interrupting generation
  • MC-98796 - Armor loses durability when blocking damage with shield
  • MC-105512 - Cracks appear inside dragon head instead of outside
  • MC-108592 - Witches do not despawn correctly if they have a potion effect
  • MC-109311 - Woodland mansion failed to generate
  • MC-112533 - Dispenser can equip shield for armor stand without arms
  • MC-112801 - Players on the death screen still cause spawners to spawn.
  • MC-114074 - Some non-full cube blocks don't cull the faces of the same block next to them
  • MC-114218 - Dispensers and droppers don't offset smoke particles when facing up or down
  • MC-114246 - Item in offhand of armor stand with arms cannot be taken back
  • MC-118258 - Spelling mistakes in the 'Commandblock chain tried to execure more than x steps!' warning message
  • MC-119607 - Llamas, unlike horses, can be kept feeding hay bales even if in love mode
  • MC-119856 - Slime blocks missing cullface argument
  • MC-119971 - Various duplications, deletions, and data corruption at chunk boundaries, caused by loading outdated chunks — includes duping and deletion of entities/mobs, items in hoppers, and blocks moved by pistons, among other problems
  • MC-120664 - Tool durability is off-by-one
  • MC-120780 - Chunk data packets are sometimes created unnecessarily
  • MC-121369 - Holding ESC while clicking "Multiplayer" returns user to main menu
  • MC-122563 - Disappearance of the old "punchable" TNT
  • MC-122614 - Strange tab completion coloring
  • MC-122625 - Order of contents of north- and east-facing double chests changed after update 1.12.2 -> 1.13
  • MC-122939 - Statistics for mining banners and beds never increase
  • MC-123021 - Crash on open if "Saves" is a link
  • MC-123586 - Debug pie chart uses locale specific number formatting
  • MC-123806 - Tab-completion/command suggestions only work for the final argument
  • MC-123880 - Clientbound play packet 0x0C (Boss Bar) using same byte for different booleans
  • MC-124054 - Tab-suggestions don't disappear when moving cursor
  • MC-124543 - JSON-Text formatting in CustomNames of container blocks does not work
  • MC-124583 - Cannot place structure void block next to another when right clicking on one
  • MC-124681 - Tab suggestion erroneously suggests second closing square bracket on entity selectors
  • MC-124690 - Successful "/bossbar set players" doesn't give success message in chat
  • MC-124808 - Blocks don't pop off when their support blocks are moved by pistons
  • MC-124917 - Selector suggestions do not disappear after adding the closing bracket
  • MC-124942 - "Invalid book tag" is not translatable
  • MC-125134 - Server crashes while generating new chunks – java.util.concurrent.ExecutionException: We are asking a region for a chunk out of bound
  • MC-125286 - Block state suggester does not include '=' for first key
  • MC-125337 - When the double-held trident throws, players will lift both hands
  • MC-128547 - Minecraft keeps previously used World in memory if the player has hit any entity in that world
  • MC-129754 - Putting down lava freezes everything and then crashes the game when quitting
  • MC-130258 - Maps in item frames show shading problems
  • MC-130724 - stat.damageDealt does not record damage to absorption health
  • MC-131029 - Villager door detection range has changed
  • MC-131346 - It's possible to place buckets of water, lava or fish in adventure mode
  • MC-131397 - Sponges cannot remove water from conduits
  • MC-131462 - Coordinate math error causes structure not to generate and possibly other issues
  • MC-131678 - Setblock property - block and setblock property - value are reversed in error messages
  • MC-131868 - Concrete powder next to waterlogged blocks is not converted to concrete
  • MC-132061 - Contents of creative menu change when resizing window
  • MC-132063 - Stone item appears when resizing window
  • MC-132451 - Command Parser - invalid value for block property and property name are reversed in error message
  • MC-132457 - Advancement and dimension command suggestions require minecraft namespace
  • MC-132496 - Passive Mob Spawning Breaks 1.9+
  • MC-132663 - Command blocks kick player when entering certain commands > 256 characters in multiplayer
  • MC-132664 - Obfuscated text uses same random character each frame for each input character
  • MC-132703 - Iron golems do not spawn in center of village
  • MC-132762 - Observed signal strength observer abnormality
  • MC-132769 - Detecting a 2 redstone tick repeater with an observer block creates a 2 redstone tick pulse
  • MC-132789 - Unexpected piston behavior when chaining repeaters
  • MC-132806 - You cannot grant/revoke specific advancement criteria because of a colon in its name
  • MC-132870 - Weird lag with large amounts of entities in 1.13 compared to 1.12.2
  • MC-132898 - Multiple layers of falling gravity blocks break
  • MC-133098 - Loading a world with a corrupted stats file crashes the game
  • MC-133127 - Drowned from ocean ruins never spawn with a trident/nautilus shell/fishing rod
  • MC-133154 - Placing a slab to stop the water flow doesn't remove the water
  • MC-133158 - Underwater waterlogged blocks still produce water dripping particles
  • MC-133181 - Observer Cooldown is broken
  • MC-133251 - Curse enchantments don't use red text
  • MC-133260 - Obfuscated text characterset limited to simple ASCII
  • MC-133273 - Normal Pistons also spit out theire blocks with a short signal
  • MC-133294 - Map Markers blacked out
  • MC-133345 - Some bolded obfuscated characters causes text to jitter
  • MC-133425 - Missing Glyphs for '[' (U+FF3B) and '(' (U+FF08)
  • MC-133452 - Copying, pasting, etc. still insert "c", "v", etc.
  • MC-133453 - Players can't stand in "walk-through" blocks after swimming
  • MC-133546 - Player becomes "ghost" when dying in the nether or going through the end portal back to the overworld
  • MC-133587 - Deleting server format error
  • MC-133713 - /spreadplayers and /worldborder
    suggests X/Y instead of X/Z when nothing is typed
  • MC-133715 - Thrown tridents cannot be picked up after dying
  • MC-133804 - Coral fans are waterloggable, but coral itself is force-waterlogged
  • MC-133839 - Crash when tp/at world border
  • MC-133842 - Crash when getting kicked while in Inventory
  • MC-133871 - Waterlogged trapdoors do not update properly when opened
  • MC-133894 - drowned dont drop items that they picked up as zombie then were converted
  • MC-133905 - Large oak trees generate without making block under stump dirt
  • MC-133942 - 1.13 Release is called a snapshot when backing up world
  • MC-133959 - Credits don't appear when clicking "Copyright Mojang AB" in the title screen.
  • MC-133986 - Non [a-z0-9/._-] character in path of location: minecraft:EntityHorse
  • MC-133995 - Transferring world from 1.12.2 to 1.13 isn't working
  • MC-134105 - Cant return from the end after defeating dragon
  • MC-134115 - Containers next to chunk borders can lose items when upgrading
  • MC-134159 - Saved world causes crash in 1.13
  • MC-134166 - Villager door detection order has changed
  • MC-134273 - Player Markers on Map after disconnect
  • MC-134274 - Map Markers for players holding a different Map
  • MC-134297 - Observers detect moved blocks late in 1.13
  • MC-134298 - Observers don't detect retracting sticky pistons
  • MC-134300 - Inconsistency with update order when pistons retract other pistons
  • MC-134348 - Crash while upgrading: bkv{block=Block{minecraft:acacia_slab}, properties=[type, waterlogged]} has no property: half
  • MC-134392 - Spawers will spawn dolphins inside of solid blocks
  • MC-134402 - Statistic for cleaning shulker boxes is missing
  • MC-134414 - Concrete powder falling onto sea grass just replaces it
  • MC-134468 - Map cloning recipe only yields 2 maps
  • MC-134555 - Sticky piston does not update gravity blocks
  • MC-134570 - Door top half missing when updating to new version
  • MC-134587 - Using F3 + T several times will eventually freeze iMac
  • MC-134667 - Async Chunk Gen dangerously adding entities to world async
  • MC-134668 - Over synchronization in ThreadedAnvilChunkStorage impacts performance
  • MC-134702 - Fish spawned from buckets count towards the aquatic mob cap
  • MC-134716 - Minecraft Multiplayer – Player kick exploit
  • MC-134777 - Bone meal on kelp doesn't do anything, but still wastes it
  • MC-134889 - Iron golems spawn in air blocks
  • MC-134903 - Mobs can break turtle eggs by standing on them when gamerule mobGriefing is false
  • MC-134916 - Sound event block.pumpkin.carve doesn't play when carving normal pumpkins
  • MC-135049 - Old world doesn't save map markers in 1.13
  • MC-135079 - Purpur stairs and slabs cannot be crafted using purpur pillars
  • MC-135126 - Bone meal on underwater grass blocks doesn't spawn sea grass
  • MC-135261 - /setblock for player heads don't show the texture after the placement
  • MC-135468 - Mooshroom disappears when sheared
  • MC-135484 - Pressing Q + right click a block while holding a double block only shows the top of the block
  • MC-135816 - Trident does not return uppon reload of world
  • MC-135857 - Beacon effect icon doesn’t have a blue edge if it overwrites a potion effect
  • MC-135878 - Maps delete recently marked banners upon reopening world
  • MC-135893 - Upgrading from 1.12.2 to a newer version will cause trapped chests placed in 1.12.2 & earlier to stop triggering redstone through the floor
  • MC-136023 - Phantoms attack players in spectator
  • MC-136031 - Dispenser (up/down facing) attempting to summon wither crashes the server
  • MC-136157 - Explosion radius increased
  • MC-136208 - Scute is not affected by doMobLoot
  • MC-136226 - Mobs require 2 blocks of air to spawn at all times now

The Update Aquatic:

General

  • All undead mobs now sink
  • Changed underwater visibility
    • Your vision will gradually increase the longer you're underwater
  • Overhauled world generation
  • Overhauled command parser
  • Added new world type "Buffet"
    • Allows you to create worlds with a unique biome
    • More features will come to the Buffet world type in later updates
  • Added a bunch of new sounds
  • Added three new pieces of music
  • Added underwater ambience sounds
  • Added a swimming animation
    • Press your sprint key underwater to start swimming
  • Added data packs
    • Allows you to edit recipes, tags, loot tables, functions, and advancements
  • Added new advancements
  • Some blocks can now be waterlogged
    • Use a water bucket on a block to surround it with water
  • Added an "Optimize World" button (singleplayer -> edit world -> optimize world), which upgrades an entire world from older version to the latest version in one go

Blocks

  • Added blue ice
    • Found in icebergs
  • Added coral blocks
  • Added coral fans
  • Added coral
  • Added conduit
    • Combine 1 heart of the sea together with 8 nautilus shells to create the conduit
    • Makes your life underwater a lot easier
  • Added dried kelp block
    • Combine 9 dried kelp to create a kelp block
  • Added kelp and seagrass
  • Normal pumpkins no longer have a face
  • Added carved pumpkin
    • Use a shear on a pumpkin to carve it
  • Added sea pickles
  • Added bubble columns
    • Use either magma blocks or soul sand to create a bubble column
  • Added wood block
    • Combine 4 logs of any type to create a wood block
  • Added stripped wood
  • Right click with an axe on either logs or wood to create stripped wood
  • Added prismarine stairs and slabs
  • Added variantes for all 6 types of woods for pressure plates, trapdoors and buttons
  • Added turtle eggs
  • Be sure to protect them from hostile mobs

Mobs

  • Added tropical fish
  • Added turtles
    • A friendly mob that lays eggs on beaches
  • Added dolphins
    • A neutral mob that will lead you to treasure if you feed it fish
    • Make sure to not hit them unless you want an entire pod after you
  • Added the Drowned
    • Hostile mob that can be found naturally in oceans and rivers
    • Can spawn with tridents
    • Zombies will convert into Drowned if they're underwater for too long
  • Added Phantoms
    • Get a good nights sleep if you don't want these coming swooping at you
    • Drops phantom membrane
  • Added cod, salmon, and pufferfish as mobs
  • Changed the horse model to be more consistent with other mobs
  • Removed Herobrine

Items

  • Added tridents
    • The newest weapon in Minecraft
    • Drops from the Drowned
    • Works as both a melee and a ranged weapon
  • Added trident enchantments
  • Added the ability to catch fish with buckets
  • Added map markers
    • Hold a map in your hand and right click on a banner to create a marker
  • Added heart of the sea
    • Found in buried treasure
  • Added nautilus shells
    • Drops from Drowned and can be found from fishing
  • Added phantom membrane
    • Dropped by Phantoms and gives you the ability to repair elytra and used for Potion of Slow Falling
  • Added scutes
    • Dropped by baby turtles when they grow up
  • Added Potion of the Turtle Master
    • Gives you Slowness IV and Resistance III
  • Added Potion of Slow Falling
  • Added dried kelp
  • Added spawn eggs for all the new mobs

Biomes

  • Added multiple ocean biomes
  • Added coral reefs
  • Added underwater caves
  • Added underwater ravines

Structures

  • Added shipwrecks
  • Added underwater ruins
  • Added icebergs

Update 1.12.1:

  • New colored blocks are added:
    • Concrete and concrete powder.
    • Glazed terracotta.
    • Beds are now bouncy and dye-able [2].
  • Updated color palette of most colored blocks to be more vibrant.
  • Parrots in multiple colors [3].
  • Illusioner, a new illager.
  • Recipe book and Knowledge book.
  • Replacing Achievements with Advancements [4].
  • Functions.
  • Several commands.
  • Narrator – says what is typed in chat out loud (Ctrl+B to turn on).
  • New sounds.
  • Your hotbar can now be saved and loaded in Creative mode (C+number to save and X+number to load).

Update 1.11.2

The main purpose of this update is to fix a number of bugs, but we also took the opportunity to introduce a number of other features. Just in time for the holidays!

  • Added rocket-propelled elytra flight
  • Added Iron Nuggets
  • Added Sweeping Edge enchantment for swords
  • Changed the attack indicator to hint when you should attack

The update is available in your Minecraft launcher, enjoy! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Minecraft Team.

Update 1.11:

Treasure hunters, rejoice! Update 1.11, aka the Exploration Update, has now made the treacherous journey from snapshot to full release. Our intrepid developers have scaled mighty crags of code, ventured into untamed pre-release territory and battled bugs to bring you wondrous gaming goodies!

Some of these goodies may help you on your own journeys, too. 1.11 introduces the Cartographer, a new type of Villager who will exchange your spare emeralds for a map, marking the spot of certain treasure caches. But these locations won’t give up their bounty so easily! Some maps may point you to mysterious Ocean Monuments, patrolled by spiny Guardians, others to Woodland Mansions - a new location, inhabited by the Villagers’ creepy cousins: the Illagers!

These mean and miserly folk do not welcome interlopers: watch out for spells which summon toothsome traps from the floor, or conjure nasty impish foes called Vexes. Survive that, and you’ll find that the Woodland Mansion contains a rather powerful prize: the Totem of Undying. With this trinket to hand, you can face any peril without fear. Fall, and the Totem of Undying will bring you back from the abyss of death itself! Phew!

But how will you transport all your amazing loot? Perhaps saddled to a llama! These noble ruminants will form a caravan train that you lead across the land, and can be decked out with snazzy drapes. They’re pretty feisty, too, and chase off menaces with a hail of spitballs. Cool! Also, ew! Cewl?

If their inventory is not enough to accommodate your needs, consider packing your chattels into a Shulker Box - a special chest that retains its contents even when knocked down. Handy!

There’s loads more to discover! But you’re brave adventurers, right? Find it for yourself!

Previous versions:

Here is a list of all the changes:

  • Many bug fixes
  • Added Polar Bear
  • Added Husk and Stray
  • An auto-jump option
  • Improvements to some commands
  • Structure blocks for custom maps
  • Underground fossils made from bone blocks
  • Added Magma Block
  • Added Nether Wart Block and Red Nether Bricks
  • Some huge mushrooms can be even larger
  • A rare chance to find lonely trees in plains
  • Find abandoned mineshafts filled with gold in mesa biomes
  • Villages generate better paths between the buildings
  • More variations of villages, based on the biomes they are built in
  • Endermen have been spotted in the Nether
  • Removed Herobrine
  • Improved memory usage of the pathfinder
  • Performance of the chunk cache improved
  • Use less memory for biome caching
  • Several tweaks to the AI
  • Tweaks to the Realms
  • Added /stopsound command
  • Removed herob…. (ok, this is getting old, I know)

Notable changes in 1.9:

  • Added shields
  • Attacking now has a “cool-down” delay, making it more important to time your attacks
  • You can now hold items in both hands (default quick key to swap items is ‘F’)
  • Swords have a special sweep attack
  • Axes have a special crushing blow attack
  • Added the elytra
  • New mob: Shulker
  • Expanded The End
  • Added Chorus plants
  • New Purpur blocks
  • New End Rod block
  • Added dragon head block
  • Ender Dragon can be resummoned
  • Added beetroot and beetroot soup (from MC:PE)
  • Added grass path block
  • Added igloos
  • Armor protection values have been lowered
  • Added tipped arrows
  • Added spectral arrows
  • Added Frost Walker enchantment and frosted ice block
  • Added a whole bunch of new sound effects
  • Added sound effect subtitles
  • Brewing Stand now requires Blaze Powder to activate
  • Added skeleton riders
  • We believe we’ve fixed MC-10 and a whole bunch of other issues
  • Removed Herobrine

Raspberry Pi Edition notes:

Minecraft – Pi Edition runs on Raspbian “wheezy” with XWindows. If you need to set that up, visit http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads and follow the detailed instructions within.

Minecraft for Android:

Minecraft is about placing blocks to build things and going on adventures. Pocket Edition includes randomly generated worlds, multiplayer over a local Wi-Fi network, and Survival and Creative modes. You can craft and create with your friends anywhere in the world so long as you have hands spare and battery to burn.

Our most recent update added the iconic Creepers. They’re big, green, mean and explody. But it’s just one of many. Since Minecraft — Pocket Edition first appeared, we’re continuing to add loads of new features, including...

  • Food. Now you can cook and go hungry
  • Swords. Bows. TNT.
  • Chests
  • Skeletons
  • Spiders
  • Beds
  • Paintings
  • Lots more

Minecraft for iOS:

Minecraft — Pocket Edition is a Universal App. Play on any iPhone and iPad. It’s constantly evolving thanks to our free updates. Minecraft is about placing blocks to build things and going on adventures.

Pocket Edition includes randomly generated worlds, multiplayer over a local Wi-Fi network, and Survival and Creative modes. You can craft and create with your friends anywhere in the world so long as you have hands spare and battery to burn.

Our most recent update added the iconic Creepers. They’re big, green, mean and explody. But it’s just one of many. Since Minecraft — Pocket Edition first appeared, we’re continuing to add loads of new features, including...

What's New in iOS:

  • Support for the iPhone 5’s widescreen display