In this tutorial I aspire to provide a simple, easy-to-follow tutorial on how to install Minecraft: Pi Edition on your Raspberry Pi. For this tutorial, you will need the following resources:

  • A Raspberry Pi (we used Model B 512MB.)
  • An SD card with the Raspbian operating system installed
  • A mouse and keyboard
  • A compatible power cable
  • An Ethernet cable
  • A monitor cable (HDMI or composite video)
  • And a monitor to code & play on

If you don’t have the aforementioned equipment, the Kano kit is the perfect cost-effective kit to get started with the Raspberry Pi. You can get yours at

Note: in addition, you may also need a mains-powered USB hub to prevent overloading the Pi electronically with peripherals. Let’s get started…

1.) Firstly, you need to boot up your Raspberry Pi, set it up via raspi-config to your liking, and then type:


…into the Terminal to boot up the desktop environment. From the desktop environment, select LXTerminal. A terminal window will open. This step is important because these instructions do not work in the normal Terminal that you see upon booting.

2.) In LXTerminal, type the following code to update & upgrade your Raspberry Pi. It’s good practice to do this regularly.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

3.) Now you’re all up-to-date, you can go ahead and install the Minecraft: Pi Edition files.


4.) Once the download has completed, you should unzip and extract the files.

tar -zxvf minecraft-pi-0.1.1.tar.gz

5.) To open, navigate to the mcpi directory:

cd mcpi

And to open the executable file:



Minecraft gameplay on a Raspberry Pi

Minecraft gameplay on a Raspberry Pi


Have fun with your new Raspberry Pi Minecraft: Pi Edition installation!