Getting started

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Firstly, download Minetest for your operating system and extract it somewhere you can access it.


Installation will differ depending on your operating system. Here are instructions for each OS:

Windows Installation

Open the extracted folder and look for the bin folder. Open bin and run minetest.exe.

OS X Installation

Open the extracted folder and run the .app.

GNU/Linux Installation

If you can, download the version already compiled for your distribution of GNU/Linux. If you can't find one, you can compile it yourself from here.


Now that you have it installed you can either; play singleplayer, play on a local server or play online by connecting to a server.

Play Singleplayer

To play singleplayer simply create a world and click Play.

You can choose minetest_game or minimal development test. While minetest_game is just the normal game, minimal development test is a start with some resources and a Tester Tool.

Play Online

The select password screen
To play online you must enter a username, a password for yourself, and the server address (and port). If it is your first time connecting to that server it will create a player for you with your chosen username. Using a password is strongly recommended to stop others griefing your character.

Creating a password/account is done by:

  1. Login to a server (it can be local, but not singleplayer) without a password (this is for the first time setup only)
  2. Once connected to the server, press Esc and click the "Password" button.
  3. Enter your desired password here, leaving the "Old Password" box empty.
  4. You have now created a Minetest account! To log in with this name in the future you must use your chosen password.

Basic Controls

Most of these can be changed in the “Change Keys” menu. For a more complete and accurate list of controls, see Controls.

The default and most important controls are:

  • W/A/S/D: Move
  • Space: Jump
  • Left mouse button: Attack, mine blocks, move a stack of blocks/items in inventory
  • Right mouse button: Use (open chest/furnace), place blocks, drop item, move one or split blocks/items in inventory
  • Middle mouse button: Move 10 blocks/items in inventory
  • Mouse wheel: Select block/item in hotbar
  • 1-9: Select block/item in hotbar
  • Q: Drop block/item
  • I: Inventory
  • T: Chat
  • Shift: Descend on ladders or when flying, sneak/walk slower


See this video for the basics about Minetest.

See also

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