Java Edition version history/Classic

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This is not an official version history or changelog. For the official list, please visit the Minecraft website.
For versions 1.11 and prior, please check the Mojang website.
For versions prior to Beta 1.8, please check Notch's blog, the Word of Notch.

A (?) denotes version's info here is guess-work, possibly incorrect.

The Classic development phase started on May 16, 2009 and ended on December 23, 2009. It was the first public stage in the development of Minecraft. It was preceded by Pre-classic and followed by Indev.

Survival Test

Version Title/Number Date of Addition Additions Summary
0.30_03 December 22, 2009
  • Dynamic lighting test
  • Added Beast Boy
  • Added Steve
    • Not the skin, but an AI test mob mainly to test the AI of other mobs.
  • Added Black Steve
0.30_02 December 19, 2009
  • Player shadow test
  • Rana first seen
  • Wall hack protection
0.30_01 December 8, 2009
  • MD3 player model test
0.30 November 10, 2009
  • Creative mode variant of 0.30
    • Lacks mobs
  • Extra
    • This version available in the launcher, incorrectly named 0.30_01c
    • This is possibly the version that was available for free on the website; the META-INF folder dates to July 31, 2011
0.30 November 10, 2009
  • Survival mode variant of 0.30
  • Sheep in public survival mode
  • Hitting an active TNT block defuses it and lets you pick it up
  • No more online saving for free accounts
0.29_02 October 30, 2009
  • Fixed bug that caused most people in servers to disconnect[1]
0.29_01 October 29, 2009
  • Rain toggle in Creative Multiplayer
  • No more arrows in single player
  • Fixed bug where bedrock was impossible to destroy
  • Tree growing switch in server properties
  • Opping/deopping a player makes changes instantaneous instead of having to reload
  • You can build through players
  • Names don't appear over players unless mouse is on them
  • Names no longer hidden in terrain
  • Fixes
  • Graphical bug is fixed
0.29 October 29, 2009
  • Bugs
  • "0.29" label on the left has a graphical bug
0.28_01 October 27, 2009
  • Bug fixed where players could "kill" each other as if they were mobs
0.28 October 27, 2009
  • Left click removes block
  • Right click adds block
  • Players push each other when standing next to one another
  • All new block types added
  • TNT doesn't work in creative
0.27 SURVIVAL TEST 12 October 25, 2009
  • Sheep drop white cloth instead of red, eat grass, and drop mushrooms when killed
0.27 SURVIVAL TEST 11 October 25, 2009
  • Sheep added
  • Fixes
  • Water glitch is fixed
0.27 SURVIVAL TEST 10 October 24, 2009
  • Spider released to the public (?)
  • Mining rock drops Cobblestone
  • Mining ore gives the block corresponding with it
  • Instead of the ore block, mining coal gives half blocks
  • F5 toggles rain
  • Switch from frame rate limiting
  • Player starts with 10 TNT blocks
  • New Bugs
  • While blowing up TNT next to the water, the texture on the top glitches out
0.26 SURVIVAL TEST 9 October 24, 2009
0.26 SURVIVAL TEST 8 October 23, 2009
  • Spider test
  • Mushrooms only spawn underground
0.26 SURVIVAL TEST 7 October 23, 2009
  • Half block nearly finished
0.26 SURVIVAL TEST 6 October 23, 2009
  • Inventory screen test
0.26 SURVIVAL TEST 5 October 22, 2009
  • Thinner rain
0.26 SURVIVAL TEST 4 October 22, 2009
  • Half-sized dirt block test
  • Rain
0.26 SURVIVAL TEST 3 October 20, 2009
  • Creeper explosions no longer destroy stone or stone-like blocks
  • Explosions leave smoldering
  • Removals
  • Pressing B doesn't spawn a sign anymore
0.25_05 SURVIVAL TEST September 3, 2009
  • Unknown
0.25 SURVIVAL TEST 2 September 3, 2009
  • Additions
    • Able to save and load files.
  • Changes
    • Mobs "more dangerous"
    • Pigs drop mushrooms
    • Arrows deal more damage
    • Limited amount of arrows
    • Skeletons fire arrows
    • Killing skeletons makes arrows drop
    • Mobs respawn over time
    • Lone mobs die over time
    • Monsters fight each other (skeleton shoots something, they battle to the death)
0.24_SURVIVAL_TEST_03 September 1, 2009
  • Fixes
    • The creeper bug is fixed. (?)
0.24_SURVIVAL_TEST_02 September 1, 2009
  • Unknown
0.24_SURVIVAL_TEST_01 August 31, 2009
  • Unknown
0.24_SURVIVAL_TEST August 31, 2009
  • Additions
    • Arrows.
    • Creepers, which are a lot darker (normal when hit), and explode on death.
  • Changes
    • Faster rendering.
    • Mobs and players jump back when taking damage, and have a dying animation.
    • Mushrooms regain health.
    • Enemies fall over when killed.
    • Humans now have a new AI where they attack the player, rather than just running around the world doing nothing. But they still can't spawn naturally without the use of hacks.
  • New Bugs
    • When creepers explode water, the water will drop itself. It is likely that this is the case with lava too, though unconfirmed.
0.24 (7) August 28, 2009

This version was most likely a private testing version and never released to the public.

  • Additions
    • Players' arm.
      • Only appears when nothing selected.
    • Permadeath.
  • Changes
    • Blocks and arm swing when mouse pressed.
    • Mobs take damage, but they don't have a dying animation.
    • Mobs can hurt you.
    • Harsher fall damage.
0.24 (6) August 25, 2009

This version was most likely a private testing version and never released to the public.

  • Additions
    • 3D mode (?).
    • Flowers and mushrooms.
      • Spawned on map.
    • Viewport bobbing.
  • Changes
    • New level generator.
    • More cliffs.
    • Longer and narrower caves
      • The deeper you go, the bigger the caves are.
    • Surface lava possible but unlikely.
    • Currently selected block shows up in view.
    • Leaves drop saplings.
    • Saplings grow into trees.
    • Mobs spawn in groups.
    • Mobs and player can push each other around.
    • Breaking log drops 3-5 wood blocks.
    • Can hold breath underwater up to 15 seconds.
    • Lava does damage.
0.24 (5) August 22, 2009

This version was most likely a private testing version and never released to the public.

  • Additions
0.24 (4) August 20, 2009

This version was most likely a private testing version and never released to the public.

  • Additions
    • Droppable signs while pressing "B" with preset text saying: "This is the test of the signs. Each line can be 15 chars!"
  • Changes
    • Health bar blinks when damage received
    • Invulnerable for a few seconds after being hit
    • Low health makes bar shake
0.24 (3) August 18, 2009

This version was most likely a private testing version and never released to the public.

  • Additions
    • Health bar.
    • Fall damage.
0.24 (2) August 14, 2009

This version was most likely a private testing version and never released to the public.

  • Additions
    • Zombie & Skeleton mob (No collision, No attack).
      • Each with random armor.
  • Changes
    • Mouse button held down to break blocks (cracks cover the surface until it busts).
    • Gathering resources has an animation of block bobbing up.
0.24 (1) August 13, 2009

This version was most likely a private testing version and never released to the public.

  • Tests
    • 3D anaglyph mode test.
    • Mob armor test.
0.24 August 4, 2009

This version was most likely a private testing version and never released to the public.

  • General
    • Resource management: Start with nothing.
      • Breaking blocks allows you to pick them up and place them, thus adding and removing from inventory.
      • Infinite stack size limit in inventory.
    • Background music first added.
  • Textures
    • The texture used by both the player and human mob was changed to no longer include a goatee as many players confused it with a smile.
  • Removals
    • Removed the ability to spawn humans by pressing G.

Multiplayer test

Version Title/Number Date of Addition Additions Summary
0.0.23a_01 July 11, 2009
  • Unknown
0.0.23a July 11, 2009
  • General
    • Options page.
    • Custom keymappings.
  • Changes
    • Multiplayer
      • Clicking a player's name under the Tab menu pastes their name into chat.
    • Texture
      • New button graphics.
0.0.22a_05 June 30, 2009
  • Unknown
0.0.22a_04 June 30, 2009
  • Unknown
0.0.22a_03 June 30, 2009
  • Unknown
0.0.22a June 30, 2009[citation needed]
  • General
    • .ogg vorbis multiple sounds for blocks.
0.0.21a_01 June 23, 2009
  • Fixes
    • Hang bug fixed.
0.0.21a June 23, 2009[citation needed]
  • Extra
    • "Hang bug" cause determined.
0.0.20a_02 June 20, 2009
  • General
    • Better FPS.
  • Fixes
    • Players able to break Bedrock bug fixed.
0.0.20a_01 June 20, 2009
  • Unknown
0.0.20a June 20, 2009
  • General
    • Player inventory can be accessed by pressing B.
    • /solid command makes Bedrock, only admins can break it.
  • New Blocks
0.0.19a_06 June 20, 2009
  • Changes
    • Blocks
      • Sponges don't decay.
    • Textures
      • New Glass texture.
0.0.19a June 20, 2009
  • General
    • Hotbar added.
  • New Blocks
  • Changes
  • Removals
    • Cobblestone removed due to lack of space in the UI
    • Sand removed due to lack of space in the UI
0.0.18a_02[2] June 14, 2009
  • New Chat Characters
    • |, @ and $
  • Fixes
    • Unstable FPS problem fixed.
    • Made font differentiate "l" and "I".
    • Made "{" render correctly.
0.0.18a_01[3] Jun 14th, 2009
  • Unknown
0.0.18a[4][2] June 14, 2009
  • Additions
    • Custom skins released.
0.0.17a[5] June 10, 2009
  • Additions
    • Multiplayer
      • /setspawn command.
      • List logged in players when Tab ↹ is pressed.
  • Changes
    • Multiplayer
      • Chatlog appears when typing.
  • Fixes
    • /banip command fixed.
    • Server flood exploit prevention.
  • Removals
    • No level generation or loading.
0.0.16a_02 June 10, 2009
  • Unknown
0.0.16a_01 June 10, 2009
0.0.16a June 8, 2009
  • General
    • Multiplayer released.
  • New Bugs
    • Server flood exploit added.
0.0.15a_03 June 8, 2009
  • Changes
    • Multiplayer
      • Admin commands.
      • Reduced bandwidth usage.
      • Other minor bug fixes.
0.0.15a_02 June 3, 2009
  • Changes
    • Multiplayer
      • Players' name shows above their head.
      • Chat added.
0.0.15a_01 June 1, 2009
  • Tests
    • Multiplayer test.

Prior updates

Version Title/Number Date of Addition Additions Summary
0.0.15a[6] May 28, 2009
  • Changes
    • Texture
      • Leaves have new texture.
      • New gravel texture.
    • Structures
      • Trees have new shape.
0.0.14a_08[7] May 28, 2009
  • Unknown
  • Sound test
0.0.14a_07[8] May 28, 2009
  • Unknown
0.0.14a_04[9] May 28, 2009
  • General
    • Spawn point saving and reloading[10]
0.0.14a_01[citation needed] May 28, 2009
  • General
    • Controller support
    • Scroll-wheel block picking support
    • Mobs saved in level data
    • Clouds
  • New Blocks
  • New Structures
  • Changes
    • Textures
      • New texture for Wooden Planks and Cobblestone
    • Water
      • Faster water flowing
0.0.14a[11] May 25, 2009
  • Tests
    • Random offset test
0.0.13a_04[citation needed] May 22, 2009
  • Changes
    • Texture
      • Changed Grass Block Texture back to original
0.0.13a_03 May 22, 2009
  • Changes
    • Texture
      • Changed Grass Block Texture (Grass overlay slightly higher)
  • Extra
    • This version is in the launcher
0.0.13a_02[12] May 22, 2009
  • General
    • Level saving added for players with accounts.
0.0.13a May 21, 2009
  • General
    • Huge level test
  • Changes
    • Texture
      • Sapling texture changed back to the original
      • Water is now see-through
  • Extra
    • This version is in the launcher
0.0.12a_03[13] May 20, 2009
  • General
    • New terrain generator
    • Improved performance
    • F cycles between four levels of render distance
    • N generates a new level
    • Swimming
  • New Blocks
0.0.12a_02[14] May 20, 2009
  • Quote
    • "Game runs smoother than ever"
0.0.12a_01[15] May 20, 2009
  • Quote
    • "Resetting mobs on level restart. There's no way of killing the mobs now."
0.0.12a[16] May 20, 2009
  • General
    • Ocean around map
    • Pressing esc opens pause menu
  • New Blocks
0.0.11a May 18, 2009
  • General
    • First single player creative mode release
    • Stability increase
    • Right click switches between placing and removing blocks
  • Changes
  • Extra
    • This version is in the launcher
    • First publicly released version
0.0.9a[17] May 16, 2009
  • Extra
    • First officially numbered version

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