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This is not an official version history or changelog. For the official list, please visit Release Changelogs – Minecraft Feedback.
For the development versions, please visit Snapshot Information and Changelogs – Minecraft Feedback.
For versions 1.12.2 and prior, please visit the Minecraft Official Site.
For versions 1.11 and prior, please check an archived version of the Mojang website.
For versions prior to Beta 1.8, please check an archived version of Notch's blog, The Word of Notch.

Starting in the period between Beta 1.7.3 and Beta 1.8, Mojang Studios began to publicly release testing versions of full updates in order to get major feedback, especially for bug reporting. This enabled the official updates to be considerably more stable.

Mojang Studios generally releases snapshots on Wednesday. The day had been Thursday, until the release of 14w26a on June 25, 2014, in the middle of development for 1.8.[1]

Development versions

A list of snapshots per year.

All versions of Minecraft Java Edition until 1.18.1.

Availability

For instructions on how to install a snapshot, see Tutorials/How to install a snapshot.

These versions are publicly available, though they are not auto-installed by the launcher unless the Enable snapshots checkbox is ticked in the profile editor, and then it will only download the current version's development's set of snapshots and pre-releases. The player is able to change to other snapshots through the profile editor.

Naming

There are several development builds of Classic versions of the game which were never released to the public. Some of them are now available through the launcher. In-game, the versions were labeled as their public release counterparts (e.g. 0.0.14a), but had distinct differences from the versions released to the public. Classic 0.24 is the only exception to this rule, as it was labeled simply "0.24" in-game, whereas the full release was labeled "0.24_SURVIVAL_TEST"

There are several builds of Indev 0.31 20091223-1 which were never released to the public. Most were still labeled "0.30" in-game.

The day before Beta 1.6 was released, Mojang created a Test Build version that was never released, but was nonetheless a development version for Beta 1.6. Between Beta 1.7.3 and Beta 1.8, Mojang began to issue pre-release versions, specifically for Beta 1.8 and what then was known as Beta 1.9. As Beta 1.9 came to be re-designated as release version 1.0.0, candidates subject to release were designated with the prefix "RC#".

The weekly snapshots for release 1.1 and onward are named by using the format YYwWWn. "YY" is the two-digit year, "w" simply stands for "week", "WW" is the two-digit week number within the year, and "n" is a unique letter identifier – starting with "a", then "b", and so on – for when there is more than one release per week. Currently the highest letter reached is "e", a tie between 12w30e, 13w47e and 15w35e. The naming convention is, however, broken by 13w12~. The update that has the most snapshots is release 1.9, with a total of 56 snapshots. The update that has the most pre-releases is release 1.13, with 10 pre-releases.

Pre-releases were originally named as version number Pre-release x, where x was either blank or a revision number; this format was used during development of Beta 1.8 (e.g., Beta 1.8 Pre-release 2). Pre-releases for 1.0.0 removed the hyphen in the word "Pre-release" (e.g., Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3). Pre-release versions until 1.7.4 were released as full versions and incremented the minor version number for each pre-release (for example, 1.4 and 1.4.1 were both pre-releases for 1.4.2, and the pre-release for 1.4.7 is identical to the full release of 1.4.7). From 1.7.6 to 1.13.2, pre-releases had the format version number-prex, where x is the revision number (e.g., 1.12-pre2). 1.14 started naming pre-releases as version number Pre-Release x (where the word "release" may or may not be capitalized, starting from Java Edition 1.15 Pre-release 1), where x is the revision number (e.g., 1.14.1 Pre-Release 2).

Release candidates were re-introduced with 1.16 Release Candidate 1. These are intended to be the last version before the full release, unless a major game-breaking bug is discovered.[2] Release candidates are formatted as version number Release Candidate x, where x is a revision number.

Experimental snapshots were introduced with 1.14.3 - Combat Test. This type of snapshot is released only on special occasions, when Mojang developers want to get testing and feedback on a particular set of features that are outside the scope of a data pack, but which they cannot currently include in a normal snapshot or in Bedrock development versions. As they are exempt from the typical standards of other development versions, there has not been a standard format for the naming of experimental snapshots.

Promotional screenshots

Erik Broes (Grum) appeared in promotional screenshots on the Mojang blog for a number of snapshots and pre-releases. He was often hiding, and occasionally simply his player head was present. These were:

Jens Bergensten (Jeb) has appeared in several promotional screenshots as well:

Nathan Adams (Dinnerbone) has appeared in:

Michael Stoyke (Searge) has appeared in:

Ryan Holtz (TheMoogle) has appeared in:

Thomas Guimbretière (ProfMobius) has appeared in the 1.10 release.

Maria Lemón (Excited) has appeared in:

Agnes Larsson (LadyAgnes) has appeared in 1.11 snapshot 16w43a.

Other

These snapshots are experimental and not available in the Minecraft Launcher.

Combat Tests

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1.18 experimental snapshots

Deep Dark experimental snapshots

Full release

1.19

The Wild Update

1.19

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1.18

Caves & Cliffs: Part II

1.18.2

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1.18.1

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1.18

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1.17

Caves & Cliffs: Part I

1.17.1

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1.17

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1.16

Nether Update

1.16.5

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1.16.4

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1.16.3

1.16.2

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1.16.1

1.16

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1.15

Buzzy Bees

1.15.2

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1.15.1

1.15

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1.14

Village & Pillage

1.14.4

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1.14.3

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1.14.2

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1.14.1

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1.14

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1.13

Update Aquatic

1.13.2

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1.13.1

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1.13

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1.12

World of Color Update

1.12.2

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1.12.1

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1.12

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1.11

Exploration Update

1.11.1

1.11

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1.10

Frostburn Update

1.10

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1.9

Combat Update

1.9.3

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1.9.1

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1.9

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1.8

Bountiful Update

1.8.8

1.8.2

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1.8.1

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1.8

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1.7

(1.7.2) The Update that Changed the World

1.7.10

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1.7.6

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1.7.4

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1.7.2

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1.6

(1.6.1) Horse Update

1.6.4

1.6.2

1.6.1

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1.5

Key
  Unavailable in the launcher, but on legacy download site
  Missing pre-reupload.
Update Version Snapshot
Redstone Update(Guide) 1.5.2 1.5.2-pre
1.5.1 (View all) 1.5.1-pre
13w12~
13w11a
1.5 (View all) 1.5-pre
13w10b
13w10a
13w09c
13w09b
13w09a
13w07a
13w06a
13w05b
13w05a
13w04a
13w03a
13w02b
13w02a
13w01b
13w01a

1.4

Update Version Snapshot
Pretty Scary Update (Guide) 1.4.7 1.4.7-pre
1.4.6 (View all) 1.4.6-pre
12w50b
12w50a
12w49a
1.4.5 1.4.5-pre
1.4.4 1.4.4-pre
1.4.3-pre
1.4.2( View all) 1.4.2-pre
1.4.1-pre
1.4-pre
12w42b
12w42a
12w41b
12w41a
12w40b
12w40a
12w39b
12w39a
12w38b
12w38a
12w37a
12w36a
12w34b
12w34a
12w32a

1.3

Update Version Snapshot
1.3 (Guide) 1.3.2 1.3.2-pre
1.3.1 (View all) 1.3.1-pre
1.3-pre
12w30e
12w30d
12w30c
12w30b
12w30a
12w27a
12w26a
12w25a
12w24a
12w23b
12w23a
12w22a
12w21b
12w21a
12w19a
12w18a
12w17a
12w16a
12w15a

1.2

Update Version Snapshot
1.2 (Guide) 1.2.5 1.2.5-pre
1.2.1 (View all) 1.2-pre
12w08a
12w07b
12w07a
12w06a
12w05b
12w05a
12w04a
12w03a

1.1 (View all)

Update Version
1.1 (Guide) 12w01a
11w50a
11w49a
11w48a
11w47a

1.0.0 (View all)

Update Version
Adventure Update (Part 2) (Guide) RC2
RC1
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2
Beta 1.9 Prerelease

Beta

Key
  Unavailable in the launcher, but archived elsewhere.
  Missing pre-reupload.
  Not archived. Video/image proof exists.

Beta 1.8 (View all)

Update Version
Adventure Update(Part 1) (Guide) Beta 1.8 Pre-release 2 ;)
Beta 1.8 Pre-release
Beta 1.8 (preview)

Beta 1.7

Update Version
Beta 1.7 (Guide) Beta 1.7 (preview)

Beta 1.6

Update Version
Beta 1.6 (Guide) Beta 1.6 Test Build 3
Beta 1.6 (preview)

Alpha

Key
  Not archived. Video/image proof exists.

Alpha 1.2

Update Version
Alpha 1.2 (Guide) Alpha v1.2.0-preview

References

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