How to install weekly Minecraft snapshots on Mac OSX

November 18, 2012 — Leave a comment

Did you know that future updates to Minecraft are always previewed in weekly snapshots? Big parts of the ‘pretty scary update’ were available for weeks before it was officially released! Here’s how you can get access to the cool stuff in upcoming versions of Minecraft on your Mac…

  • Quit Minecraft first!
  • Go to Mojang’s site
  • Find and the newest snapshot (sometimes they call them ‘pre-releases’)
  •  On your mac go to /Users/[your user name]/Library/Application Support/minecraft/bin
  • Click on minecraft.jar and press Command + D to duplicate it
  • Open another Finder window at your Downloads folder
  • Drag minecraft.jar from your Downloads folder into the /Users/[your user name]/Library/Application Support/minecraft/bin window, replacing the older version of minecraft.jar
  • Next time you start Minecraft, check the version number in the bottom left of the login screen
  • That’s it. Play!

…Since you’ve backed up the only file we’re changing you can always go back to an older version of Minecraft if you have problems. But because new versions will be working on your saved games, it’s a good idea to back those up before changing anything. Here’s how to backup you Minecraft saved worlds on Mac OS X:

  • Quit Minecraft first!
  • On your mac go to /Users/[your user name]/Library/Application Support/minecraft
  • Click on ‘Saves’ and hit Command + D to duplicate it.
  • Drag this copy to the Desktop

By Jay Docherty

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