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Java Edition

Release date

May 16, 2009





0.0.9a[1][2][3] was a version of Classic released on May 16, 2009, at 19:15 UTC,[4][5] which added a new building mode and a counter for displaying frame rate and chunk updates, and changed the resolution.

Notch did not release versions 0.0.4a through 0.0.8a, assuming they existed to begin with.[note 1]



  • Right click switches between placing and destroying modes.[7]
    • Selecting a block now shows a white overlay on all sides of the block.





2 bugs fixed
  • Fixed a graphical glitch with preview tiles in the newly added build mode.[citation needed]
  • Players can no longer build inside of themselves.


  • The white screen issue from 0.0.3a still affects the game.[8][9]


Videos recorded in the original 0.0.9a:


  1. A screenshot of 0.0.9a was released one hour after Notch announced the release of a new version,[4] which in turn was one hour after the previous version announcement, which was for 0.0.3a.[6]


  1. a b c "Minecraft (alpha)" – Tigsource Forums, May 17, 2009.
  2. "castle.png" (Archive) – jwaap, PhotoBucket; as mentioned in Tigsource and IRC logs ("(16:34:37) jw: http://i382.photobucket.com/albums/oo269/jwaap/castle.png")
  3. a b Archived video (non-functional)
  4. a b TigIRC logs: "(15:15:08) notch: new version out, you can't build in a space you're occupying, and I fixed a small graphical glitch with preview tiles" [...] "(16:11:54) jw: minecraft is awesome D;", "(16:11:57) jw: and in your browser" [...] "(16:15:06) jw: I am so building a castle" [...] "(16:34:37) jw: http://i382.photobucket.com/albums/oo269/jwaap/castle.png" (19:15 to 20:34 UTC)
  5. lwjgl IRC logs: "[13:15:36] <Notch_> i did a small update late last night, but nothing that should fix that, I think" (May 17, 11:15 UTC)
  6. TigIRC logs: "(14:05:16) notch: fartron: I uploaded 0.0.3 with caves. Does it load the new version properly if you reload the page?" (18:05 UTC)
  7. TigIRC logs: "(14:49:37) notch: I'm switching so that rmb = toggle edit mode now"
  8. TigIRC logs: "(04:18:12) SimonTheDigger: all I get is a white screen" [...] "(04:21:12) Super-Dot: I got the white screen too, on Windows" [...] "(04:21:55) notch: If you're on an Eee, that's probably why. I get the same thing on mine" (08:18 to 08:21 UTC, May 17)
  9. TigIRC logs: "(16:59:42) Super-Dot: Hmm, white screen"