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"Beta 1.4" redirects here. For beta versions of Bedrock Edition 1.4.0, see Bedrock Edition 1.4.0/Development versions.
For a guide about all content in this release and the other releases of Beta 1.4, see Java Edition guides/Beta 1.4 releases.

Beta 1.4 was a version of Java Edition Beta released on March 31, 2011,[1] which added wolves, cookies and a new Minecraft logo as well as other changes and fixes.

Beta 1.4 was reuploaded an hour and a half after release to remove debug code.[2]



Chest (S) JE1.png Locked Chests
  • Was an April Fools' gag.
    • It linked to the Minecraft Store, but the link has since been removed.
    • Clicking it instead opens the website that downloads Minecraft.
  • Could not be broken except for explosions.
  • Randomly generates in the world if the date is set to April 1st.


Cookie JE1 BE1.png Cookies
  • New food item.
  • Heals the player for 0.5 hearts.
  • Can be stacked up to 8, making it the first stackable food item.


Wolf Revision 1.png Wolves
  • New neutral mob.
  • Players can tame wolves.
  • When killed, wolves will drop nothing.


Missing content
  • Missing Texture (Windows) JE1.png Added the missing texture.
    • Used if a texture is absent from the game files.
    • Only visible through modding (including removing an image file from the jar)
    • Previously the game would just outright crash if a texture was absent.



Red Bed (N) JE1.png Beds
  • Sleeping in a bed now resets spawn position, though does not work for most users.
    • At the moment the spawn point unintentionally only changes if "Leave bed" is clicked and the function is limited to multiplayer.[3]
Ladder (S) JE1.png Ladders
  • Sneaking while climbing will hang on to the ladder, thus being a handy cave tool.
Wheat JE1 BE1.png Wheat
  • Now grows more quickly.


Cocoa Beans JE1 BE1.png Cocoa beans


Pink Sheep JE1.pngBrown Sheep JE1.png Sheep
Spider JE3 BE2.png Spiders
  • Will no longer trample crops.
  • Have their walking sounds removed.


  • Lots of infrastructure has been implemented.


  • The new default hotkey for the inventory is E.
Menu screen
  • Changed Minecraft logo from Java Edition logo 6.png to Java Edition logo 7.png.
  • Servers can now have a new world seeded with an option in the server.properties file.
  • Scale of UI may now be changed in options.txt located in the .minecraft folder.
  • Lots of infrastructure for statistics lists have been implemented.


4 bugs fixed

  • Zombies and spiders now hurt you in all instances (previously could only hurt the player if they were 1 block above their location).
  • Client-sided slime spawn on multiplayer has been fixed.
  • Arm no longer swings when player cannot place a block.
  • Opening and closing the inventory quickly while swinging no longer removes the character 'swinging' animation, which previously made destroying blocks faster. (Multiplayer only).


Beta 1.4 was reuploaded around an hour and a half after its initial release. The later version removed a small unused section of code added in the initial version which tracks the player's walking distance in memory, presumably testing code accidentally left in the game for Beta 1.5, which added statistics – namely, a statistic that tracks how many meters the player has walked.