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Minecraft Launcher



Release date

November 2, 2016

Beta for


2.0.282-stage (Windows), or 2.1.283-stage (macOS) was a version of the launcher.


  • Now supports running multiple instances of Minecraft at the same time.
  • Can now be kept open while the game is running, allowing access to things like the help page.
  • Now backs up launcher_profiles.json (profiles, logins, etc) before migrating settings to new launcher.
  • Made launch options slightly smaller, so that more of them can fit in the same space.
  • The button to add a new launch option is now at the top of the list.
  • "Keep launcher open" and "Show game log" are now separate settings.
  • Running the launcher from a non-C drive should now work.
    • There are still lingering issues with running the launcher at all for some users.
  • Clicking the .exe again while the game is open now brings back the launcher window instead of doing nothing.
  • Linux support is still underway. We're getting very close - the launcher works, but we're not yet done with distribution.


  • Fixed running modded versions.
  • Resolution settings should now work properly.
  • Fixed an issue where opening the game directory would give an error message even when it worked.
  • Pressing "Del" in input fields no longer removes the rest of the line.
  • Pressing tab on the news page no longer messes with the news carousel.
  • Fixed a crash that would sometimes happen when the game closed.
  • Selecting input with your mouse and hitting backspace on the keyboard should now properly delete the input.
  • The version information page no longer selects all text when you click it.
  • Fixed an issue with the self updater.
    • This may mean that users have to redownload the new launcher to get updates.