Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things.

It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sunrise over a blocky ocean. It's pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea.

Note: To play Minecraft Java Edition please download and install Java first. (Minecraft 1.18 requires Java 17)

How to update Minecraft

To update Minecraft, launch the Minecraft Launcher. Click on "Options" which is next to the username textbox, then press "Force update!" on the "Launcher Options" window. Finally, click "Done" and login with your Minecraft credentials. Minecraft will start updating itself. This can also be used to get a fresh Minecraft installation (it will keep your saves and texture packs, but not your mods.).

What's New

Custom world generation

  • Added biomes field in configured structure files, which is a tag.
  • Added spline density function: general-purpose building block that allows user to express almost any function using a cubic spline.

Compliance requirements

  • Added gameplay timers and notices in compliance with gaming laws of South Korea to everyone who is playing in South Korea, in order to remind these players to take occasional breaks from gameplay.

Debug screen

  • Now contains the chunk position in the region file, and the name of this region file which the player is currently in, at the end of the "Chunk" row.

Languages

  • Added Friulian.

Resource packs

  • Added a JSON file related to the new compliance requirements, located at assets/[namespace]/regional_compliancies.json.

Ender Chest

  • No longer gift wrapped around Christmas.

Mobs

Dolphins

  • Now pick the closest structure more accurately, regardless of structure type.

Glow Squids

  • Now require complete darkness to spawn.

Tropical Fish

  • Now only spawn if the block above is a full water block.

Fixes

From released versions before 1.18

  • MC-3524 – Structure related mobs do not spawn in flat type world generation.
  • MC-4533 – Water graphical glitch when connecting diagonally.
  • MC-53850 – Invulnerable item entities and experience orbs are removed client-side when they take damage.
  • MC-70848 – Water looks like it flows up.
  • MC-72248 – Falling sand creates invisible blocks.
  • MC-83938 – Standing on entities with solid collision boxes (shulkers, boats) kicks you for flying.
  • MC-94025 – A world with seed 0 cannot be copied using the "Re-Create" option.
  • MC-98727 – Server: Entering a boat/minecart/horse while going upwards from jumping causes a kick for flying.
  • MC-105317 – Structure blocks do not rotate entities correctly when loading.
  • MC-111082 – Riding a boat with NoGravity on a server without flight enabled causes kick for flying.
  • MC-126772 – Underwater fog doesn't hide edge of chunks correctly at low render distances.
  • MC-135989 – Kicked for flying using trident with riptide enchantment.
  • MC-138717 – /locate command does not locate certain structures in Superflat.
  • MC-146854 – Player movement favors x axis when in a corner.
  • MC-156309 – TNT entities don't properly collide with blocks when being fired in X direction.
  • MC-165974 – Game pushes east/west when jumping from the inside corner.
  • MC-167763 – Blindness does not work underwater for certain graphics cards.
  • MC-179315 – Ruined portals never generate in Superflat worlds by default.
  • MC-185545 – Knockback Resistance on players is still affected by chance.
  • MC-185695 – Twisting vines don't reliably protect the player from fall damage.
  • MC-192361 – /locate stronghold does not locate stronghold in Superflat worlds despite them generating.
  • MC-197128 – If a custom biome uses multiple configured structure features of the same type, only one of them can generate.
  • MC-205232 – Player can see farther in powder snow with blindness effect.
  • MC-210612 – Strongholds do not generate in certain customized worlds despite /locate saying otherwise.
  • MC-214289 – Pointed dripstone can replace blocks when generating.
  • MC-216004 – Wood pillars from mineshafts are generating on pointed dripstones.
  • MC-216589 – Abandoned Mineshafts don't delete dripstone in certain situations.
  • MC-223834 – Pointed dripstone can form below some non-full (non-solid) blocks.
  • MC-226359 – The Zero-Width Non-Joiner shows as a "ZWNJ" box.
  • MC-229313 – Some blocks that negate fall damage don't reliably protect mobs at certain heights.
  • MC-230905 – Sky background is visible on certain reduced fog situations.
  • MC-232290 – Foxes will lay down in powder snow and not try to escape even when taking damage.
  • MC-232822 – Various structures not generating in Superflat worlds.
  • MC-233599 – /spreadplayers command does not allow for negative "under" values.
  • MC-235574 – Game crashes when replacing a block with a wall with blockstate up:false.
  • MC-242331 – Entities are displayed faster than chunks.
  • MC-248225 – Incorrect BlockPos getSquaredDistance() calculation.

Previous release notes

From released versions before 1.18

  • MC-152198 – Actual render distance is 2 chunks lower than render distance setting.
  • MC-219507 – Beacon's power reverts back to previous one on world reload.
  • MC-229321 – Bees inside of bee hives / nests sometimes despawn when the world is reloaded.

From 1.18

  • MC-242729 – Observer activating without any updates nearby, caused by /clone.
  • MC-243216 – Chunk render distance on servers seems shorter than in 1.17.1.
  • MC-243253 – Minecraft Realms screen is loading for long time.
  • MC-243796 – Random non fatal exceptions in console: Failed to store chunk ConcurrentModificationException.

Other

  • Fixed an issue that would cause players on low-bandwidth connections to get timeout errors when connecting to a server.
  • Fixed a critical security issue in which attackers are able to execute code on others' devices (RCE exploit) via in-game messaging or other methods where the game logs a certain exploitable string formatted as ${jndi:ldap://}, due to an upstream vulnerability in log.

General:

Fog:

  • World fog now starts further away from the player, to make distant terrain more visible.
  • Instead of applying fog as a spherical volume it is now applied as a cylindrical volume.

Additions

Items:

  • Music Disc
    • Added a new music disc from Lena Raine titled "otherside".
      • Can be found on rare occasions in stronghold corridor chests, or much more rarely in dungeon chests.
      • Has a blue and green color to the ring area of the disc.

World generation:

  • Caves
    • Completely overhauled.
    • Now stretch down to Y=-59.
    • The caves now generate in 2 layers of different stone bases depending on the depth.
      • The layer above Y=8 is made up of regular stone.
      • Stone transitions to deepslate from Y=8 to Y=0.
      • Deepslate completely replaces stone from Y=0 to bedrock.
        • Certain types of ores and structures still generate in the deepslate layer, as well as tuff and gravel.
        • Dirt, diorite, granite and andesite do not generate in this layer.
    • Biomes such as the dripstone caves and lush caves now generate in the underground.
    • Contain aquifers, bodies of water with different heights, independent of sea level (Y=63).
      • Aquifers below Y=0 sometimes generate with lava instead of water.
    • Improved old caves to blend in with the new generations of caves better
    • New noise caves, coming in 3 forms, "cheese", "spaghetti", and "noodle".
      • Cheese caves have large stone towers stretching from the bottom of the cave to the top, and are often large enough to allow safe elytra flight.
      • Spaghetti caves are long, thin caves that have small aquifers and are more similar to original caves.
      • Noodle caves are thinner, squigglier, and more claustrophobic variants of spaghetti caves.
  • Mountains
    • Come in 6 sub-biomes:
      • Meadow
        • A grassy elevated biome that looks like a flowery and colder plains, with an aqua grass color and dark blue water color.
        • Generates in plateaus and the lowest layers of some mountains, usually near plains and other temperate biomes.
        • Contains grass, tall grass, dandelions, azure bluets, cornflowers, poppies, daisies and alliums
        • Birch and oak trees can rarely appear in this biome, and always have bee nests.
        • Only rabbits, donkeys, and sheep spawn in this biome.
        • Plains villages and pillager outposts can generate in this biome.
    • Grove
      • Generates in the slopes of a snowy mountain when next to forested biomes.
      • Reminiscent of a snowy taiga with a surface of snow blocks and powder snow, instead of grass blocks.
      • Rabbits, wolves, foxes, sheep, pigs, chickens and cows spawn in this biome.
      • Pillager outposts can generate in this biome.
    • Snowy Slopes
      • Generates in the slopes of a mountain when next to plains and snowy tundra.
      • Covered in snow, snow block and powder snow.
      • Only rabbits and goats spawn in this biome.
      • Igloos and pillager outposts can generate in this biome.
    • Jagged Peaks
      • One of three biomes that generate in the mountain peaks.
      • Covered in snow, snow blocks and stone.
      • Tends to generate in sharp and jagged peaks in areas with snowy, cold, and temperate biomes.
      • Only goats spawn in this biome.
      • Pillager outposts can generate in this biome.
    • Frozen Peaks
      • One of three biomes that generate in the mountain peaks.
      • Covered in snow, snow blocks, ice, and packed ice.
      • Tends to generate in smoother and less jagged peaks in areas with snowy, cold, and temperate biomes.
      • Only goats spawn in this biome.
      • Pillager outposts can generate in this biome.
    • Stony Peaks
      • One of three biomes that generate in the mountain peaks.
      • Covered in stone, gravel, and strips of calcite.
      • Tends to generate in any peak surrounded by warm biomes such as jungles and savannas, to avoid temperature clashes.
      • No animals spawn in this biome.
      • Pillager outposts can generate in this biome.
  • Ore veins
    • Long and rare ore formations.
    • Copper ore veins mixed with granite and blocks of raw copper generate above Y=0.
    • Iron ore veins mixed with tuff and blocks of raw iron generate below Y=0.

Upgrading of old worlds

  • Terrain from new chunks will now blend with existing terrain from old chunks. Any player-made structures in these chunks will be either intact, buried, or deteriorated.
  • The old bedrock layer between Y=0 and Y=4 in old chunks gets replaced with deepslate.
  • If there is any bedrock at Y=0, lower places under non-air block in old chunks will be generated by new world generation.
  • A new bedrock layer is placed at Y=-64.

Command format

/jfr

  • When enabled, begins profiling with Java FlightRecorder, as well as the following custom events:
    • minecraft.ServerTickTime: Sampling event exposing average server tick times in intervals of a second
    • minecraft.ChunkGeneration: Time taken to generate individual chunk stages
    • minecraft.PacketRead / minecraft.PacketSent: Network traffic
    • minecraft.WorldLoadFinishedEvent: Initial world loading duration
  • The profiling can be stopped in-game by using /jfr stop.
  • If it is started from an external source, the JFR events for network packets are aggregated instead of one event per packet.

Gameplay

  • Advancements
    • Added four new advancements:
      • Caves & Cliffs
        • Fall from the top to the bottom of the Overworld.
      • Feels like home
        • Ride a strider on lava for 50 blocks in the Overworld.
      • Sound of Music
        • Play music with a jukebox in a meadow biome.
      • Star Trader
        • Trade with a villager at the build height limit.
    • Added two new advancement triggers -fall_from_height
      • Triggered when a player lands after falling - ride_entity_in_lava
      • Triggered for every tick when player rides in lava.

General

  • Debug screen
    • Added three new lines: Multinoise, biome builder, and terrain.
      • Only appear if the dimension where the player is uses the multi-noise biome source type.
      • Multinoise lists the parameters used at the player's position in order to place a biome. C is continentalness, E is erosion, T is temperature, H is humidity, and W is weirdness.
        • Continentalness goes up as you go more inland. In areas with low continentalness values, oceans may generate.
        • Erosion determines how flat or mountainous terrain is. Higher values result in flatter areas, lower values result in mountainous areas.
        • Temperature and humidity have no impact on the terrain itself, and only determine biome placement.
        • Weirdness indirectly drives the PV (peaks and valleys) noise and determines which biome variant gets placed.
      • Terrain lists values related to terrain generation.

Font

  • Added illageralt, the rune-like font from Minecraft Dungeons.
  • Currently only usable via commands

Languages

  • Added Lombard.[note 1]
  • Added Toki Pona.[note 2]

Loot tables

  • Added the type field, which is mandatory.
    • Written into BlockEntityTag.id to ensure that the tag can be migrated correctly between versions
  • Added new loot table function set_potion, to set Potion tag on any item.
    • Has following parameters: id: Potion ID

Music

  • Added new music to the Overworld (when playing in survival mode), distributed to the new biomes, and to the main menu. [note 3]
    • By Lena Raine: "Stand Tall", "Left to Bloom", "One More Day", "Wending" and "Infinite Amethyst":
      • "Stand Tall" plays in the snowy slopes, jagged peaks, frozen peaks and stony peaks biomes, as well as the menu screen.
      • "Left to Bloom" plays in the meadow and lush caves biomes, as well as the menu screen.
      • "One More Day" plays in the meadow, snowy slopes and lush caves biomes, as well as the menu screen.
      • "Wending" plays in the grove, jagged peaks, stony peaks and dripstone caves biomes, as well as the menu screen.
      • "Infinite Amethyst" plays in the grove and dripstone caves biomes, as well as the menu screen.
    • By Kumi Tanioka (谷岡 ...美): "Floating Dream", "Comforting Memories" and "An Ordinary Day":
      • "Floating Dream" plays in the jagged peaks and lush caves biomes.
      • "Comforting Memories" plays in the grove biome.
      • "An Ordinary Day" plays in the snowy slopes, dripstone caves and lush caves biomes.

NBT tags

  • Spawners now have a new CustomSpawnRules tag, which lets players override the spawn rules of the spawned mob.
    • In the tag, players can specify BlockLightLimit, which indicates the highest block-light the spawners will spawn mobs at.

Options

  • Can now disable lightning flashes, which prevents lightning from making the sky flash. Lightning bolts themselves will still appear.
  • The device the game outputs audio to can now be chosen in-game.
  • Added "Chunk Builder" to video settings.
    • Determines as to which chunk sections are updated synchronously in a single frame.
    • Three options: Fully Blocking, which corresponds to how chunk sections were updated before 21w37a, and Semi Blocking and Threaded, which reduce stuttering when placing or removing blocks. However, the latter two options may cause rare visual delays in world updates.
  • Added "Simulation Distance" video setting, a new slider.
    • Entities, blocks and fluids will not be updated outside of simulation distance.
    • Allows higher render distance with less CPU load.
    • Lower limit is 5 chunks.
  • Added "Autosave Indicator" to video settings, for singleplayer worlds, which allows to toggle the indicator on / off.
    • The indicator appears in the bottom right of the screen whenever the game is saving the world file.
    • Defaults to on.
  • Added Online Options as a separate screen:
    • The "Realms Notifications" option has been moved to this screen.
    • Contains the new "Allow Server Listings" option.
      • When deactivated, the player name will not show up in server online player listings.
    • Contains the new "Server Difficulty" option, to indicate the difficulty of the current server.

Particles

  • Added block_marker, to replace light and barrier.
  • Renders with texture declared in particle slot for model assigned to configured block state.
  • Summoned with same syntax as block particle (i.e. block_marker wheat[age=2]).

server.properties

  • Added simulation-distance.
  • Added hide-online-players, which when set to "True", will not send a player list on status requests.

Subtitles

  • Added subtitles for various bundle sounds.
  • Added a new subtitle for the crop sound of shears.

Tags

  • Added the animals_spawnable_on block tag.
    • Contains grass block.
    • Animals can spawn on blocks in this tag.
  • Added the axolotls_spawnable_on block tag.
    • Contains clay.
    • Axolotls can spawn on blocks in this tag.
  • Added the azalea_grows_on block tag.
    • Contains #dirt, #sand, #terracotta, snow block, and powder snow.
  • Added the azalea_root_replaceable block tag.
    • Contains #lush_ground_replaceable, #terracotta and red sand.
  • Added the big_dripleaf_placeable block tag.
    • Contains #dirt, #small dripleaf placeable, and farmland.
    • Big dripleaf can be placed on blocks in this tag.
  • Added the dirt item tag.
    • Contains dirt, grass block, podzol, coarse dirt, mycelium, rooted dirt, and moss block.
  • Added the foxes_spawnable_on block tag.
    • Contains grass block, snow, snow block, podzol and coarse dirt.
    • Foxes can spawn on blocks in this tag.
  • Added the goats_spawnable_on block tag.
    • Contains stone, snow, snow block, powder snow, packed ice and gravel.
    • Goats can spawn on blocks in this tag.
  • Added the mooshrooms_spawnable_on block tag.
    • Contains mycelium.
    • Mooshrooms can spawn on blocks in this tag.
  • Added the parrots_spawnable_on block tag.
    • Contains grass block, air, #leaves and #logs.
    • Parrots can spawn on blocks in this tag.
  • Added the polar_bears_spawnable_on_in_frozen_ocean block tag.
    • Contains ice.
    • Polar bears can spawn on blocks in this tag when in the frozen ocean biome.
  • Added the rabbits_spawnable_on block tag.
    • Contains grass block, snow, snow block and sand.
    • Rabbits can spawn on blocks in this tag.
  • Added the replaceable_plants block tag.
    • Contains grass, fern, dead bush, vine, glow lichen, sunflower, lilac, rose bush, peony, tall grass, large fern, and hanging roots.
  • Added the terracotta block and item tag.
    • Contains terracotta and the 16 variants of colored terracotta.
  • Added the wolves_spawnable_on block tag.
    • Contains grass block, snow and snow block.
    • Wolves can spawn on blocks in this tag.

Telemetry

  • Readded, previously a part of game known as "snooper" until 18w20c.
    • Only implemented in world load event now.
    • Sent data when loading singleplayer world or connecting to multiplayer server.
    • Contains following information:
      • Launcher identifier
      • User identifier (XUID)
      • Client session ID (changes on restart)
      • World session ID (changes per world load, to be reused for later events)
      • Game version
      • Operating system name and version
      • Java runtime version
      • If client or server is modded (same information as on crash logs)
      • Server type (single player, Realms or other)
      • Game mode
      • Cannot be disabled,[5]

Changes
Blocks:

  • Anvil
  • Slightly changed the hammer texture on its GUI.
  • Big Dripleaf
  • Restricted big dripleaf placement to clay, coarse dirt, dirt, farmland, grass blocks, moss blocks, mycelium, podzol and rooted dirt.
  • Carrot crop
  • Texture of crop stage3 was changed from Carrots Age 3 JE2 BE2.png to Carrots Age 3 JE3.png, removed an extra pixel.
  • Cartography Table
  • Texture was changed from Cartography Table JE2 BE1.png to Cartography Table JE3.png, to match the plank texture updated in the texture update.
  • Cave Vines, Kelp, Twisting Vines, and Weeping Vines
  • Now stop growing if shears are used on the tip.
  • This action changes the age block state of the tip to 25.
  • Changed cave vines plant texture from Cave Vines Plant JE2.png to Cave Vines Plant JE1 BE1.png.
  • Cocoa Beans
  • Textures of cocoa pods (stage0 and stage1) were changed.
  • Conduit
  • Now has an assigned tool, the pickaxe.
  • Copper Ore
  • Now drop 2-5 Raw Copper when mining instead of 2-3.
  • Dirt Path
  • Side texture was changed to match its top texture.
  • Doors
  • Changed spruce door's model, to fix top/bottom texture.
  • Changed textures of oak door and iron door, to remove the extra horizontal line.
  • Enchanting Table
  • Now emits a light level of 7.
  • Changed the texture of the lapis icon in the GUI from Lapis Lazuli (enchanting slot) JE1 BE1.png to Lapis Lazuli (enchanting slot) JE2.png.
  • Glass Pane
  • Top texture was changed to match its side texture.
  • Lectern
  • Base texture was changed to match the plank texture updated in the texture update.
  • Logs
  • Top textures of crimson stems and warped stems were changed, to match Bedrock Edition.
  • Changed the top texture of dark oak log.
  • Changed the side texture of stripped dark oak log, to match the color of its top texture.
  • Magma Blocks
  • Slightly increased the frequency of underwater magma.
  • Redstone Comparator
  • Changed the base texture of lit comparators from Powered Redstone Comparator (S) JE4.png Powered Subtracting Redstone Comparator (S) JE5.png to Powered Redstone Comparator (S) JE5.png Powered Subtracting Redstone Comparator (S) JE6.png.
  • Stained Glass
  • Changed textures of blue stained glass and red stained glass, to match transparency of other types of stained glass.
  • Stonecutter
  • Block of Copper can be converted to 4 Cut Copper using stonecutter.

Items:

  • Beetroot Seeds and Melon Seeds
  • Textures were moved down by 1 pixel.
  • Campfire and Soul Campfire
  • Changed the item textures from Campfire (item) JE1 BE1.png Soul Campfire (item) JE1 BE1.png to Campfire (item) JE2.png Soul Campfire (item) JE2.png.
  • Doors
  • Changed the item textures of all doors except crimson and warped from Oak Door (item) JE3 BE2.png Birch Door (item) JE3 BE1.png Spruce Door (item) JE3 BE1.png Jungle Door (item) JE4 BE2.png Acacia Door (item) JE3 BE1.png Dark Oak Door (item) JE3 BE1.png Iron Door (item) JE2 BE2.png to Oak Door (item) JE4.png Birch Door (item) JE4.png Spruce Door (item) JE4.png Jungle Door (item) JE5.png Acacia Door (item) JE4.png Dark Oak Door (item) JE4.png Iron Door (item) JE3.png.
  • Item Frames and Glow Item Frames
  • Changed the item textures from Item Frame (item) JE2 BE2.png Glow Item Frame (item) JE1 BE1.png to Item Frame (item) JE3.png Glow Item Frame (item) JE2.png.
  • Signs
  • Changed the item textures from Oak Sign JE2 BE2.png Spruce Sign JE1 BE1.png Birch Sign JE1 BE1.png Jungle Sign JE1 BE1.png Acacia Sign JE1 BE1.png Dark Oak Sign JE1 BE1.png Crimson Sign JE1 BE1.png Warped Sign JE1 BE1.png to Oak Sign JE3.png Spruce Sign JE2.png Birch Sign JE2.png Jungle Sign JE2.png Acacia Sign JE2.png Dark Oak Sign JE2.png Crimson Sign JE2.png Warped Sign JE2.png.

Mobs:

  • Axolotls
  • Texture of the wild axolotl was changed.
  • Now only spawn in water above clay blocks in lush caves.
  • Now have their own mob cap.
  • Cod, Salmon, Pufferfish, Tropical Fish, Squid, and Dolphins
  • Now only spawn in water from Y=50 to Y=64.
  • Additionally, tropical fishes now also spawn in lush caves at any height.
  • Drowned
  • Now can spawn in aquifers inside dripstone caves.
  • Evoker, Pillager, Vindicator, and Illusioner
  • Will no longer attack baby villagers.
  • Removed hoods in the textures of evokers and vindicators.
  • Removed a few misplaced pixels in the illusioner's texture.
  • Glow Squids
  • Now only spawn in water blocks under Y=30.
  • Goats
  • Now only spawn in snowy slopes, jagged peaks, and frozen peaks biomes.
  • Horses, mules, and donkeys
  • Now follow players holding golden carrots, golden apples, and enchanted golden apples.
  • Llamas
  • Now follow players holding hay bales.
  • Parrots
  • Models were changed to all parrot variants, their wings are not reversed now.
  • Witches
  • Removed hoods in their textures.
  • Wither
  • Tweaked the wither skull's texture to use the new wither face from the Texture Update.
  • Zombie Villager
  • Tweaked the armorer zombie villager's and weaponsmith zombie villager's textures to remove stray villager pixels.

General:

  • Hostile mobs will only spawn in areas where the light level is equal to 0.
  • This change only affects block-light and not sky-light.[6]
  • Optimized AI for Axolotls, Goats, Hoglins, Zoglins, Piglins, Piglin Brutes and Villagers.
  • All feedable mobs (except sheep) named Dinnerbone will now look at the player correctly.