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.minecraft (or simply minecraft in macOS) is the folder Minecraft creates to run from. This folder includes the .jar files, sound, music, resource packs, personal options, worlds, etc.

Locating .minecraft

Locating the .minecraft folder can be vital for installing a resource pack, or to locate any made screenshots.

Below is a table showing the default directory for .minecraft.

OS Location
Windows %APPDATA%\.minecraft
macOS ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft
Linux ~/.minecraft

The Windows location in the table above is just the default case. Launchers can set the .minecraft at any path.

If you're a Windows user and are unfamiliar with how to find your appdata folder, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start → Run. If you don't see "Run", press ⊞ Windows+R.
  2. Type %APPDATA%\.minecraft and click "OK".

If you're a Linux or Mac user, the ~ in the path refers to your home directory. Folders starting with a . are hidden by default.

.minecraft file hierarchy


Use of a resource pack can be force by naming its zip file to resources.zip and placing it in the root folder of the world save.[1] This feature is single-player only;[2] however, there is another way for servers to ask clients if they want to use the server resource pack.