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in the old format for versions that don't support the new system (1.7 and below)
in the old format for versions that don't support the new system (1.7 and below)
=== Utilities ===
* [https://github.com/rmheuer/McAssetExtractor McAssetExtractor] (Java) A tool to download and extract assets from Mojang's API
[[Category:Minecraft Modern]]
[[Category:Minecraft Modern]]

Revision as of 22:00, 21 July 2022


All available versions of the game itself are listed on https://launchermeta.mojang.com/mc/game/version_manifest.json

The location of the information JSON file for a specific version is included in the version manifest above, which includes requirements to run the client, minimumLauncherVersion, and the download link for the server, client, and assets.

Warning.png Do not use the old endpoint (https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download) as it has been disabled indefinitely.


The libraries which can be used for all Minecraft versions and are downloaded by the launcher are located at


The JSON file downloaded above is used in order to determine which libraries to download. Inside the file is a key, libraries which contains information about each library required. Example:

  "name": "org.lwjgl.lwjgl:lwjgl-platform:2.9.1-nightly-20130708-debug3",
  "natives": {
    "linux": "natives-linux",
    "windows": "natives-windows",
    "osx": "natives-osx"
  "extract": {
    "exclude": [
  "rules": [
      "action": "allow",
      "os": {
        "name": "osx",
        "version": "^10\\.5\\.\\d$"

The name key is used to determine the url from which to download the library from. The format of this string is


The corresponding URL would look like this:


where path is the result of replacing all the periods in package with slashes.

It also download a hash, in sha1, the url is:


Warning.png http://libraries.minecraft.net/ will NOT work - you must use https

The natives key provides a string for each specific platform to be inserted between the .jar and the <version> of the filename, resulting in a filename with the format:


This is applied to any file with the natives key.

The natives string may contain ${arch}, which should be replaced with 32 or 64.

The extract key provides rules for the extraction of the file.

The rules key is used to determine which platforms to download the file to. When the action is allow, the file will be downloaded to the platform stated in os. When the action is disallow, the file will not be downloaded to the platform stated in os. If there is no os key, the rule is default for non-specified platforms.

In the example above, on an OS X platform, the full download path would be


The file would be extracted but the META-INF file would not be. Additionally, the file would only be downloaded if the computer was running OS X 10.5.


The game itself downloads further resources from


The asset index for each version is linked in the <version>.json. An example url to the asset index could look like this


Each resource in the file has a name (the field name of the resource object), a SHA1 hash, and a file size. The client currently downloads all resources in the index from

http://resources.download.minecraft.net/<first 2 hex letters of hash>/<whole hash>

and stores them in

.minecraft/assets/objects/<first 2 hex letters of hash>/<whole hash>

and a copy is stored in


in the old format for versions that don't support the new system (1.7 and below)