Java Edition Indev

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Not to be confused with Java Edition Infdev.
Java Edition Indev
Starting version

December 23, 2009

Latest version

Minecraft Indev
February 23, 2010


Yes (€5.00) when originally released
No, if played through the launcher

A version of Indev with the Rana mob.

Indev (short for "in development") was the third phase of Minecraft's development cycle and an older test version of Minecraft's Survival mode, which succeeded Survival Test in Classic Mode, and was the second Minecraft development stage to have some of its versions released to the public. Indev was phased out in favor of Infdev after infinite maps were to be added into the game.

Indev was initially released on December 23, 2009 after Notch received requests to let the community try out new features he was implementing. Indev version 0.31 was put to the public at and available only to people who had purchased the game[1] (which cost €5), therefore making Indev the first paid version of Minecraft. New features currently contained a more complex and realistic lighting scheme than Classic mode's and support for MD3 mob models, demonstrated by Rana, Beast Boy, Steve and Black Steve. Indev received 29 updates after this, gaining a few fundamental features to Minecraft as it went, which are listed below. During its lifespan, some updates were devoted mostly for testing new things, like torches or fire. As it progressed, its game play became standardized to that of Minecraft today, however with far fewer features.

Players would play on a limited map with dimensions determined by the shape and size characteristics. Game play was dramatically different from Survival Test and paved the way for future game modes to come. Players now had to use tools and weapons, gather and prepare food differently, utilize crafting and smelting and be wary of the time of day. Like Survival Test however, players still had to save their map to a file on their computer and reload it if they died.

Indev's limited maps soon raised opportunity for a game changing idea. On February 23, 2010, Indev received its last update and work on Infdev started, a new mode that would use maps that would have no boundaries and would go on forever. Indev remained available on during Infdev's life and into Alpha mode. In September 2010, Indev, along with Infdev were removed from the site and cannot be officially played anymore. A few functions that Indev contained are no longer seen in Minecraft today, such as picking out map characteristics, having to save and reload maps and the isometric map viewer. These were replaced by biomes, automatic map saving, respawning upon death and a new infinite map viewer (which has been removed).

Features over Survival Test[edit]

For a complete list of changes, see Java Edition version history § Indev.



  • Indev's texture files contained the texture for the cobweb block, though webs were not fully implemented until Beta.
  • There were textures for a chair block that were removed in Infdev. Any such block still does not exist, suggesting the idea was scrapped or has just been put off for a very long time.
  • If the player tries to play Indev today, without modifications or a proxy, they may be kicked back to the main menu or the game might crash.
  • Indev had no gaps in the bedrock layer, neither did Classic, though Infdev and Alpha (before 1.2.0) had them.
  • In Indev and Infdev, while in the inventory, the player's arm, while in first-person view, would slowly sway back and forth. It is possible to move around while this happens. When the player does, the arm will flop around randomly as if the player were in 3rd-person. If the player closes the inventory, then the arm will pause in the position it was in while it was flopping around. The player can reopen the inventory and it will reset the arm. If the player uses a crafting table, chest, or furnace, then the player will not be able to move, but the arm will still slowly sway back and forth.
  • If the player walked out of the map, they would be pushed back into the level. The further out, they went the faster they would be pushed back. This does not happen in Indev 0.31.
  • If played today, Indev has sound, but Infdev does not. This is because Infdev resources were removed from
  • Indev contained a color palette image titled "cube_nes.png", which matches the color pallete used for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
  • If the player plays Indev today, their character will have a completely black skin. This is because Mojang removed support for skins via Indev. They can still become Steve by disconnecting from the internet.
  • Mobs in Indev had the same hurt sound as the player.
  • In an early version of Indev, the character in the inventory screen was Rana, used as a placeholder.
  • The screen will sometimes crash when generating a "floating" map type.
  • There is a rare glitch that when the player punches a sheep, it will drop magenta cloth instead of the normal gray cloth.
  • 46% of all of the Indev versions that were made are lost.

See also[edit]

  1. Oh, ok! Here, play with a version! – The Word of Notch, December 23, 2009