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This article is about the editions of Minecraft. For the games, see Minecraft (franchise) ยง Games.

Minecraft has several editions, some of which are discontinued.

Java Edition

Minecraft: Java Edition (formerly just Minecraft) is the original version of Minecraft, developed by Mojang Studios for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Notch began development on May 10, 2009, publicly releasing Minecraft on May 17, 2009. The full release of the game (version 1.0.0) was on November 18, 2011, at MINECON 2011. The latest version is 1.20.2.

Bedrock Edition

Minecraft: Bedrock Edition (only Minecraft on most platforms and in-game) refers to the multi-platform versions of Minecraft developed by Mojang Studios, Xbox Game Studios, and SkyBox Labs and based on the Bedrock codebase. The latest version is 1.20.32.

Legacy Console Edition

Legacy Console Edition is a discontinued term that refers collectively to several nearly identical editions of Minecraft developed by 4J Studios for game consoles. It comprises of:

Legacy Console Edition introduced new features such as a simplified crafting system, in-game tutorials, leaderboards, built-in mini games and split-screen multiplayer,[except PS Vita] as well as online multiplayer for up to 4‌[PS Vita only]/8[Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, & Switch only]/16‌[Xbox One & PS4 only] players, which required the console's paid subscription service.[except Wii U] As with all editions, updates were free of charge.


Minecraft 4k

Minecraft 4k was an edition of Minecraft developed for the 2010 Java 4K contest, where the entry games were required to be within four kibibytes (4096 bytes) in size.[1]


MinecraftEdu is a sandboxindieeducational video game written in Java, developed by TeacherGaming, published by E-Line Media, and licensed by Mojang Studios.[2] It was meant as an educational version of Minecraft. The final version was 1.8.9 Build 3.

Pi Edition

Minecraft: Pi Edition is a edition of Minecraft developed for the Raspberry Pi. It is based on Pocket EditionAlpha v0.6.1 but slightly cut down, containing a revised feature set and support for multiple programming languages. Pi Edition is intended as an educational tool for novice programmers. The final version was v0.1.1 alpha.

Minecraft Education

Minecraft Education (formerly Minecraft: Education Edition) is an educational edition of Minecraft specifically designed for classroom use. It is developed by Mojang Studios and Xbox Game Studios and has features that make Minecraft easy to use in a classroom setting. The latest version is 1.20.12.

China Edition

Minecraft: China Edition is a localized edition of Java and Bedrock editions for China, developed by Mojang Studios and NetEase. The latest version is for Windows, for Android, and 2.8.5 for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS.

New Nintendo 3DS Edition

Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition is the edition of Minecraft developed by Other Ocean Interactive and Mojang Studios for the New Nintendo 3DS/2DS systems, but is not compatible with the original Nintendo 3DS/2DS systems. The final version was 1.9.19.

Minecraft Classic

Minecraft Classic is a JavaScript remake of Classic 0.0.23a_01, made to celebrate 10 years of Minecraft and was uploaded to the Minecraft website (built with Babylon.js library). This version can be played at classic.minecraft.net for free.


Java EditionBedrock Edition
[note 1][note 2]
Legacy Console Edition
[note 3]
Other editions


WindowsChromeOSXbox OneNintendo SwitchPlayStation 4PlayStation VR
Pocket EditionAndroidiOSiPadOSFire
Windows 10 EditionWindows 10


Minecraft EducationWindowsmacOSChromeOSAndroidiOSiPadOS
China EditionWindowsAndroidiOSiPadOSmacOS
Minecraft Classic๐ŸŒ


Pocket EditionGalaxy StoreWindows Phone 8.1Windows 10 MobileFire Phone
Gear VR EditionGear VR
Apple TV EditiontvOS
Fire TV EditionFire TV

Xbox 360 EditionXbox 360
Xbox One EditionXbox One
PlayStation 3 EditionPlayStation 3
PlayStation 4 EditionPlayStation 4
PlayStation Vita EditionPlayStation Vita
Wii U EditionWii U
Nintendo Switch EditionNintendo Switch

Minecraft 4kJava๐ŸŒ
Pi EditionRaspberry PiLinux(ARM only)
New Nintendo 3DS EditionNew Nintendo 3DS


Release Candidate

Pocket Edition Alpha
Pocket Edition

Merged with LCE
[note 4]

Xbox One EditionXbox One
Nintendo Switch EditionNintendo Switch
PlayStation 4 EditionPlayStation 4


EditionReleased onDiscontinued onVersion
Java EditionWindowsmacOSLinuxMay 17, 2009โ€”1.20.2
Bedrock Edition
๐Ÿ“ฑPocket EditionAugust 16, 20111.20.32
Windows 10Windows 10 EditionJuly 29, 20151.20.32
Gear VRGear VR EditionApril 27, 2016September 3, 20201.16.40
tvOSApple TV EditionDecember 19, 2016August 7, 20171.1.5
Fire TVFire TV EditionDecember 19, 2016April 22, 20211.16.221
Xbox OneSeptember 20, 2017โ€”1.20.32
Nintendo SwitchNintendo SwitchJune 21, 20181.20.32
PlayStation 4PlayStation 4December 10, 20191.20.32
PlayStation VRSeptember 22, 2020
ChromeOSJune 7, 20231.20.32
Minecraft EducationWindowsmacOSChromeOSAndroidiOSiPadOSNovember 1, 20161.20.12
China EditionWindowsAndroidiOSiPadOSmacOSAugust 8, 2017See China Edition
Legacy Console EditionXbox 360Xbox 360 EditionMay 9, 2012April 30, 2019TU75
Xbox OneXbox One EditionSeptember 5, 2014December 3, 2019CU58
PlayStation 3PlayStation 3 EditionDecember 17, 2013April 15, 20201.84
PlayStation 4PlayStation 4 EditionSeptember 4, 2014September 9, 20191.95
PlayStation VitaPlayStation Vita EditionOctober 14, 2014April 15, 20201.84
Wii UWii U EditionDecember 17, 2015March 19, 2019Patch 43
Nintendo SwitchNintendo Switch EditionMay 11, 2017June 21, 20181.0.17
Other editionsJava๐ŸŒMinecraft 4kDecember 2, 2009December 4, 2009N/A
WindowsmacOSLinuxMinecraftEduNovember 5, 2011April 5, 20161.8.9 Build 3
Raspberry PiLinux(ARM only)Pi EditionFebruary 11, 2013v0.1.1 alpha
New Nintendo 3DSNew Nintendo 3DS EditionSeptember 13, 2017January 15, 20191.9.19
๐ŸŒMinecraft ClassicMay 7, 2019โ€”N/A


  1. โ†‘The official Bedrock Edition for PCs, mobile devices, consoles, TVs, and VR devices.
  2. โ†‘Before the release of the Better Together Update, the Bedrock Edition was split into many different platform editions.
  3. โ†‘The official Legacy Console Edition for consoles.
  4. โ†‘The Xbox One and Nintendo Switch editions, unlike the other editions listed, could not be updated directly into Bedrock Edition. Bedrock Edition had to be bought separately from the Legacy Console Edition versions, excluding the PlayStation 4 Edition. However, those who purchased said Legacy Console Editions received a free digital copy of the Bedrock Edition upon it coming to the console, and things like worlds and skin packs could be transferred to the Bedrock Edition.


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