I am trying to install Minecraft on Ubuntu 16.04. These are what I'm using in the terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:minecraft-installer-peeps/minecraft-installer
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install minecraft-installer

However, when I do the: sudo apt-get install minecraft-installer

I get this:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package minecraft-installer

Has anyone else successfully installed Minecraft on this version of Ubuntu, if so how? And why am I getting that error?

4 Answers 4


All I did was go to: https://minecraft.net/download and select "Show All Platforms". Next I clicked and downloaded the Minecraft.jar file. Thats it. Just be sure you have Java installed. You also may need to click the Minecraft.jar file properties and change the file to launch as an executable.

There may be other ways but this has worked for me.

  • I installed both and I checked to make sure it executable, but it doesn't do anything when I double click. It opens up the folder. /: Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 0:26
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    Here is a walkthrough for this method: feeblenerd.blogspot.com/2015/09/…
    – wattahay
    Commented Aug 20, 2016 at 3:48
  • @wattahay: You should copy & paste the steps from that link and put it as a new answer. It's very handy.
    – Giraldi
    Commented Nov 12, 2016 at 5:51
  • There is on longer a Minecraft.jar file on minecraft.net/download
    – clabe45
    Commented Aug 9, 2018 at 1:27

Minecraft is now available as a snap in the store, so you can open Ubuntu Software, search for Minecraft and click 'Install'. Alternative you can install via the terminal with one line:-

snap install minecraft

The 'home' directory for the minecraft snap is ~/snap/minecraft/common/ so that's where you'll find the .minecraft folder in case you want to add mods.


If you have both Java and Minecraft.jar installed, try this. This assumes that Minecraft.jar is in your user's Downloads directory:

  • Open a Terminal window: Ctrl+Alt+T
  • Navigate to the directory where Minecraft.jar is by typing: cd ~/Downloads
  • Run Minecraft by typing: java -jar ./Minecraft.jar
  • This works. But Now I have a ugly Icon. I added a minecraft.desktop with the correct data. Which adds a icon to the loader. But will disappear when pressing the "play" button. Any idea's?
    – janw
    Commented Jun 8, 2016 at 6:47

I had the same issue which was fixed by changing the distribution name to "trusty" in the edit sources tab

system settings / Software & updates / Other Software tab

select http://ppa.launchpad.net/minecraft-installer-peeps/minecraft-installer/ubuntu

then edit and change the field distribution to "trusty" then you run again the following

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install minecraft-installer

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