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Missing launcher versions

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The following is a list of versions that are not included in the Java Edition launcher. If a version is labeled as edited, it means that the META-INF files in the jar are dated differently from the release date. This is because when these versions were added (in 2013), the META-INF had to be renewed. Versions labeled as edited are currently in the launcher; if a version is listed but not labeled as edited, it is not available in the launcher.

Pre-Classic[edit]

All pre-Classic versions:

Classic[edit]

Early Classic Creative[edit]

Multiplayer Test[edit]

Survival Test[edit]

Late Classic Creative[edit]

Indev[edit]

Indev 0.31[edit]

Minecraft Indev[edit]

Infdev[edit]

Alpha[edit]

Note: The launcher version could be edited so the original version may not be unavailable.

Alpha v1.0[edit]

Alpha v1.1[edit]

  • The original Alpha v1.1.0 (Seecret Friday Update 9) (the reuploaded version is not available, and the pre-reuploaded version in the launcher is recompiled differently and has a completely different checksum than the original version).
  • Alpha v1.1.1 (Seecret Saturday Update 1)

Alpha v1.2[edit]

Beta[edit]

Beta 1.1[edit]

Beta 1.3[edit]

Beta 1.4[edit]

  • The original Beta 1.4 (with debugging code)

Beta 1.6[edit]

Beta 1.7[edit]

Beta 1.8[edit]

Release[edit]

1.0.0[edit]

1.1[edit]

1.2.1[edit]

1.3.1[edit]

1.4.2[edit]

1.4.2[edit]

1.4.6[edit]

1.5[edit]

1.5[edit]

1.5.1[edit]

  • 13w11a
  • 13w12~ (neither the pre-reuploaded nor the reuploaded version is available in the launcher)

Other[edit]

There are some releases, such as release 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7 and 1.8.8 that were originally uploaded as a pre-release, but then reuploaded to the full version.

There is also a version of snapshot 16w50a that reads "snapshot 1.11.1" instead of 16w50a.

April Fools' updates 3D Shareware v1.34, 1.RV-Pre1 and 15w14a are included in the launcher; 2.0 is not.

Java Edition 1.14.3 - Combat Test and Java Edition Combat Test 2 are also not available at the launcher, due to it was being only released on Reddit.

Server[edit]

Even though the newest Java Edition launcher includes an option to download a version's cross-platform server .jar file (whether it be for release or a development version), this does not apply to all versions. The official Minecraft server program started to be developed when Multiplayer Test was released to the public (0.0.15a (Multiplayer Test 1)). After Classic 0.30 (Creative) was released, servers were removed from the game, which is why multiplayer is not available in Indev and Infdev versions of the game. Servers were reintroduced to the game when Alpha v1.0.15 was released (however, versions as early as Alpha v1.0.5 had multiplayer code in them, though it was unusable, except to Notch, who used the code to test multiplayer), and they have been consistently updated since. There are programs available that allow connection to Classic, Alpha, and Beta servers.

The oldest server version that the launcher will allow the player to download is from release 1.2.5.

Launcher[edit]

The Minecraft launcher was released during Alpha v1.0's development. This launcher could not update itself, and each time a new update was released for the launcher, a player would have to download it from minecraft.net. This launcher was developed from 2010 to 2013, and is still available to be downloaded from archived versions of its page. It is not known how many versions of this launcher existed.

During the 1.6.1 snapshots, a new launcher was released. This launcher was built to update itself, and the player could now have the launcher window and the game window open at the same time. The player could also switch what version they were playing without having to replace minecraft.jar in the bin directory. This launcher was developed from 2013 to 2018, whether or not it can still be downloaded is not known. The latest version is 1.6.91.

The latest Minecraft launcher was made available to the public by Dinnerbone on October 26, 2016, through a twitter statement and a post on the Minecraft subreddit. This launcher no longer required java to be installed to run it, downloaded its own runtime for the game, and had more advanced features compared to other versions of the launcher. This launcher has been under steady development since 2016, and the current stable release of this launcher is for Windows, 2.1.9617 for Mac OS, and for Linux.