How To Download & Install Minecraft on A PC

By Nic •  Updated: 12/18/17 •  3 min read

Minecraft is one of the most popular games ever made with over 100 million copies sold. Downloading and installing Minecraft, however, can be a bit difficult especially if you are on a PC. In this article, I will show you how to download & install Minecraft on a PC in order for you to start playing Minecraft and having fun. Minecraft is available on even more platforms than the PC, but installing Minecraft on platforms such as the Xbox One, PS4, or iPhone is as simple as going to the app store, purchasing the game, and downloading it. On PC, however, it isn't that simple, so let's get on into it!

How To Download & Install Minecraft on A PC

Step 1) Download The Minecraft Launcher

The first thing you need to do is download the Minecraft launcher. This is actually really easy. Just click here or the link below, and it will take you to the Minecraft download page. This is also the link for downloading the file to start a Minecraft server. How convenient right?

Click here to download the Minecraft Launcher or Minecraft Server file!

Once you're on the Minecraft download page, you'll see a big, green button that says ‘DOWNLOAD' on the right-hand side of the screen. Click that, and Minecraft will start downloading.

How To Install Minecraft

Note: It is worth mentioning that you will need to have purchased Minecraft in order to actually login to the Minecraft launcher and play Minecraft. You can go purchase it here. Just click the big green button that says ‘BUY MINECRAFT', enter some information, and you own the game!

Step 2) Install The Minecraft Launcher

After you have downloaded the Minecraft Launcher, it's time to actually install it. To do this, simply open the file you downloaded. It should be called ‘MinecraftInstaller' or something similar. Now that you've opened the file you downloaded, it's as easy clicking ‘Next' over and over again and then click ‘Install'. Once everything has downloaded and installed, just click ‘Finish!' The Minecraft Launcher should now be downloaded and installed!

Minecraft Launcher Login Page

Step 3) Open The Minecraft Launcher & Login

Congratulations! You now know how to download & install Minecraft on a PC, but we are not quite done yet. You still need to open and login to the Minecraft Launcher in order to play Minecraft. To do this, click on the ‘Minecraft' shortcut that was created on your desktop during the installation. The launcher will the open up, and you will be met with a login screen like the one above. Here, you want to enter the email and password you created when you purchased Minecraft on If you have not purchased Minecraft yet, you can do that by clicking here.

How To Start Playing Minecraft in The Minecraft Launcher

Step 4) Play Minecraft & Have Fun!

After you've logged into the Minecraft launcher it's time to start playing Minecraft. Doing this is easy. Simply click the big green button that says “PLAY”, and Minecraft will start right on up. You have now downloaded and installed Minecraft, so go have some fun playing it! You may also be interested in installing Minecraft mods, downloading Optifine to improve Minecraft's performance, or checking out 15 INCREDIBLE resource packs to spice up the look of your game. If you do have any issues installing Minecraft, let us know in the comments below. We are happy to help!

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I have been playing and modding Minecraft since 2010. In 2014, I started getting interested in creating Minecraft servers and teaching people how to do it online. This led to thousands of videos covering how to do anything and everything in Minecraft!

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