Can you play Minecraft for free?

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Minecraft is one of those games that feels like it has been out forever - and it's now available on almost every platform that will support it. Over the last few years, we've seen the block-based builder get a few spin-off games too; Minecraft: Story Mode and Minecraft Dungeons are both solid additions to the growing universe of Minecraft-based titles. However, we're here to talk about Minecraft itself. If you want to play Minecraft for free on your PC, we have everything you need to know.

How can you play Minecraft for free?

There are a few things you should know before trying to play Minecraft for free - the free version of Minecraft that's available online is quite limited. You can only play a browser-based version of 2009 Minecraft's Creative Mode for free - officially and legally, anyway. It isn't a bad thing to mess around on, but it is over 12 years old now.

If you're looking to pick up a paid version of Minecraft, this could be the perfect place for you to start out - a 'try before you buy' type of situation.

All you need to do is head to the following website in order to start playing!

  • classic.minecraft.net
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When you get here, the game will start and your own custom server will be created - from here, you'll have a unique URL you can share with your friends to play together with. This has been around since the 10th Anniversary celebrations in 2019 and you can even see the announcement tweet below:

It's important to note that this is Minecraft with the original 32 blocks and there's no way to save your progress once you close the browser - or even the tab with your Minecraft server open! That means you're going to need to keep your PC on and your Browser open if you want to play this free version of Minecraft for more than one session.

Of course, there are other ways to access Minecraft for free - but they're as risky as they are time-consuming and you still won't be able to fully appreciate Minecraft where it is at the moment. There is so much to do in Minecraft now and so many new updates... It's arguably the perfect sandbox game. We'll keep you updated if the full version of Minecraft is ever free to play, but we wouldn't count on that happening any time soon.