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TeacherGaming.jpgTeacherGaming(Developers) TeacherGaming.jpgE-Line Media(Publishers)


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1.8.9 (build 3)




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Terms of Use

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MinecraftEdu is a sandbox indie educational video game written in Java, developed by TeacherGaming, published by E-Line Media, and licensed by Mojang AB.[1] It is meant as an educational version of Minecraft for classroom use.

In the beginning, MinecraftEdu was developed by TeacherGaming which were three developers and three teachers, located in the United States and Finland. Later, TeacherGaming expanded into a team of eight.

MinecraftEdu focuses on allowing the player to explore, interact with, and modify a dynamically-generated map made of one-cubic-meter-sized blocks. In doing so the student with the help of the teacher is supposed to learn a variety of subjects. The teacher can change settings to defy where students can place/destroy blocks and the world used on the server.

On January 19, 2016, Microsoft announced that they would be acquiring MinecraftEdu from TeacherGaming. At the same time, a new educational version of the game was announced: Minecraft: Education Edition has since launched to schools around the world.[2]

Purchase and availability[edit]

MinecraftEdu can be purchased for $18 per student (24 or less) or $14 (25 or more) for the User license and $41 for the server license. The server license can be bought as a one-time purchase. Once purchased, the game can be played by downloading the launcher. MinecraftEdu Hosting Beta is also available for $20/month and does not require you to pay the server software license again.

Hardware requirements[edit]

According to and

Minimum Requirements:

  • A Windows, Mac or Linux computer (desktop or laptop)
  • 2 GB of RAM or greater
  • Intel Pentium D, AMD Athlon or greater processor
  • 200MB free hard disk space or more
  • Java 6 Release 45 or later (including Java 7 and 8)

Recommended Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon II (K10) 2.8 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • GPU: GeForce 2xx Series or AMD Radeon HD 5xxx Series (Excluding Integrated Chipsets) with OpenGL 3.3
  • HDD: 1GB
  • Latest release of Java 8 from

Software Requirements:

  • Minecraft Release 1.6 or newer. Older versions will need to be updated to current versions
  • Please note that some users experience issues playing Minecraft while using a mismatched version of Java for their operating system (32 or 64 bit), while using certain versions of Java 7, or while multiple versions of Java are installed.


As of April 5, 2016, MinecraftEdu is no longer for sale. However, customers that have already purchased MinecraftEdu licenses may continue to use MinecraftEdu. Since then, MinecraftEdu no longer receives new updates from TeacherGaming, and Microsoft will not be supporting MinecraftEdu. However, worlds built in MinecraftEdu will not port over to Minecraft: Education Edition.[3]


The objective of the game remains the same as regular Minecraft, where players can build virtual realities in a sandbox-like environment. However, MinecraftEdu also has the goal of an educational use to teach a variety of subjects.

Differences from regular Minecraft[edit]

MinecraftEdu differs from the regular version in a variety of ways, such as a tutorial mode, teacher options and exclusive Blocks/items.


MinecraftEdu Blocks
Icon[4] Name[4] Note[4]
Messageblock.png Information Block When right clicked, it opens a menu with text that a teacher can write.
Spawnblock.png Spawn Block Defines the spawn of the world when placed by teacher. The last spawn block placed will determine the spawn.
Borderblock.png Border Block Used to define the area students can play in. Students cannot go over, under, or through it.
Buildallowblock.png Build Allow Block Allows students to build above the block even if the world is set to disallow building.
Builddisallowblock.png Build Disallow Block Disallows students to build above the block even if the world is set to allow building
Oak Sign.png Big Sign A three block wide sign. When you place a sign it will give you a choice if you would like a small or big sign.
Infoblock.png Information Sign Decorative. Used to draw students attention to important things.
Foundationblock.png Foundation Block Measures distance to other foundation blocks.
Teleportblock.png Teleport Block Used to teleport large distances to the location you set in the world.
Homeblock.png Home Block Used to teleport players to their home.
Icon[4] Name[4] Note[4]
BlockInspector.png Block Inspector Displays the name of the block you are looking at on screen.

Options/ Menus[edit]

Teacher options[edit]
MinecraftEdu Teacher Menu

(Can open by pressing P)

User settings
Options Description
Teleport me to spawn Teleports you back to spawn location.
Own Creative mode When enabled, tap double space to fly, unlimited blocks, instant break blocks.
Spectate Makes you invisible to others and allows you to move faster.
Options Description
Teleport students to me Teloports all students to your position.
Teleport teachers to me Teleport all teachers to your position.
Freeze students When enabled, students can't move.
Mute students When enabled, students will not be able to use the in game chat.
Creative mode When enabled, tap double space to fly, unlimited blocks, instant break blocks.
Options Description
Night When enabled, night and day will cycle.
Weather effects When enabled, rain and storms may occur.
Allow fire and TNT When enabled, fire will spread and TNT will explode.
Students can build When enabled, students can build anywhere except on top of build disallow blocks.
Tropification When enabled, deserts can be converted to forest.
Desertifcation When enabled, forests can be converted to deserts.
Health & Hunger When enabled, you will take damage and need to eat.
Monsters When enabled, monsters will spawn and may attack players.
Animals When enabled, pigs, chickens, cows and sheep will spawn.
Options Description
Give Gives students any block or item in the game.
Options Description
Assignment Lets you put in an overall assignment that the students will be able to see.

Tutorial mode[edit]

  • MinecraftEdu comes with a tutorial world that teachers may select from the server menu, that goes through the basics of controls, placing/destroying blocks, teacher options, and more.


  • MinecraftEdu comes prepackaged with Minecraft Forge for easy mod installation.


  • Instead of having customizable skins, the student picks their skin from one of the many default skins that come with MinecraftEdu (in addition to Steve and Alex) when first joining a server or creating a world.



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