Any computer can actually run Minecraft, even with low processor and graphics card. All these information are taken according to the Minecraft Help Center. However, for an enjoyable experience, it is encouraged to consult the recommended requirements.
Java 16 is required, though the game comes with its own version of Java, so no manual installation is required.
The below requirements are for the unmodified/"vanilla" versions of the game. Mods, resource packs and custom maps can have significantly higher requirements.
|Minimum||Intel Core i3-3210 / AMD A8-7600 APU or equivalent||4GB||
||1 GB on HDD||Windows: Windows 7 and up|
macOS: OS X Mavericks (10.9) or newer
Linux: Any modern 64-bit distros from 2014 onward
|Recommended||Intel Core i5-4690 / AMD A10-7800 APU or equivalent||8GB||Any modern non-entry-level graphics card with OpenGL 4.5.
||4 GB on SSD||Windows: Windows 10 and up|
macOS: macOS Sierra (10.12) or newer
Linux: Any modern distros from 2014 onward
- Comparing hardware models can be quite confusing, since the models usually start with a "generation" number. Entry level graphic cards ending with "10" are almost always not worth the money: just because "910M" is higher than "780" doesn't mean this entry GeForce card beats the highest-end card from the 7th gen. The "GFLOPS" number provided for almost every card can give you a quick idea how beefy it was, but for a meaningful comparison you should ask a benchmark website.