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The demo mode is a demo version of Minecraft for users who have not purchased the game yet and would like to try it out first, designed to replace the functionality of the outdated PC Gamer Demo.
The demo version functionally serves to allow players to try out the game before making the decision to buy Minecraft. It allows players to play on a single world for a 100 minutes (5 in-game days) period, before the map is locked and required to be reset.
While the demo version does not expire, it comes with certain restrictions, as its sole purpose is to allow new players to try out Minecraft.
The following restrictions apply when playing the game in demo mode:
- The demo map is preset and will always generate with the same seed which is
- This means that the player Spawn, Seed, and Generated structures are always the same.
- Multiplayer servers are inaccessible, although LAN multiplayer is allowed, with the limitation that only 1 demo account is allowed on a server (this is because the default minecraft name ('Player') cannot be changed).
- The game time is limited to five in-game days (1 hour and 40 minutes real time). After the time runs out, players can still navigate through the world, but not interact with it. Resetting the demo world also resets the demo timer.
A demo version of the Legacy Console Edition is available on all consoles except Wii U and Nintendo Switch. The legacy console edition demo has the following restrictions:
- Players can only play the tutorial world. Clicking Play on the title screen takes the player directly into the tutorial.
- The tutorial will start every time you enter the world, there is no option to skip it.
- Only local multiplayer works, as the world selection screen is skipped altogether.
- Saving is unavailable. You will be asked to buy the full game when "Save Game" or "Exit and Save" are clicked.
- Texture Packs, mash-up packs, and Skins, although they can be bought, cannot be used.
Pocket Edition (outdated)
- Worlds could not be saved. Upon clicking Play, players would be asked if they wanted to play in Creative Mode or Survival Mode without any world list shown whatsoever. Upon quitting, the world data would not be saved.
- Seeds could not be used, as they could in the full version of Alpha 0.2.1
- The blocks that the player could use were limited. Only 28 of the 49 items in the inventory could be selected.
- The time limit is 90 minutes.
- You are not able to play Multiplayer, including LAN multiplayer.
- You are not able to change the Global Resources and Add-ons.
- You are restricted to Survival game mode.
- You are restricted from changing Cheats and World Options parts off.
- You are restricted from changing Trust Player Permissions
- You are restricted from accessing Storage.
- You are not able to change the world seed.
- Worlds always generate with the seed
- Worlds always generate with the seed
- You are restricted to Infinite world type.
|1.3.1||12w16a||Demo mode added. During the snapshot releases, minecraft.jar must be launched directly with
|1.3.2||?||Users can play the demo mode in the browser.|
|1.6.2||?||The latest launcher version (1.3.4) allows players who have not yet bought Minecraft to play the game's demo.|
|1.12||17w13b||The startup message was changed to say "Check the advancements for hints" instead of "Check the achievements for hints"|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.2.1||A demo version was released, but was never updated and was eventually removed from app stores.|
|0.12.0||This version was released in the Windows Store for the Windows 10 Edition, including its demo version.|
|1.2||?||Bedrock Edition was released, including its demo version for Windows 10.|
- The demo mode can be played by both paid players and players which are trying out the game.
- It is possible to install modifications on the demo version.
- Servers can be started with the
--demoflag (this is technically what the launcher does). Everyone who joins the server will see the demo message.
- If you try to play a demo version prior to 1.3 from the launcher using a non-premium account, you will be able to play the full version.
- This is because 1.3 is the version that added the demo mode to minecraft, so earlier versions do not have the code necessary to recognize that you are in the demo.
- Typing in "North Carolina" in the seed screen of the full version will give the same world seed.
- If you exit the game without clicking "Save & Quit", the game will not save.
- If you transferred your Minecraft shortcut and directory to another hard drive/disc/etc., it will still be in the demo version, and your previous worlds will not appear.
- (Prior to 1.9) You can access the server list by enabling cheats and teleporting yourself past the edge of the world in creative. You can't join servers due to an invalid session.
- If you download a world, you can play it by putting the world folder in "saves" and rename it to "Demo_World" (If there is already "Demo_World", you need to delete it first.)
The title screen of the outdated Pocket Edition demo.
The title screen of the Bedrock Edition demo.