Minecraft | Java for OS X Yosemite and Minecraft 1.8


Minecraft | Install Java on Apple Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10 for Minecraft 1.8

Can’t run Minecraft 1.8 on the Apple Mac OS X Yosemite operating system? This video can help you out. Apple provides a link in Yosemite to install Java 6 to allow Minecraft 1.8 to work. The Apple web site links to Java 6, specifically 1.6.0_65, a 64 bit version.

The website link appears from the pop-up window with the text: “To open “Minecraft” you need to install the legacy Java SE 6 Runtime. Click “More info…” to visit the legacy Java SE 6 download website.”

The Apple web site http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1572 links to Java 6, specifically 1.6.0_65, a 64 bit version.

If the page does not open (seems to be blank in Safari), you can select shift+command+option while clicking the link or go to http://support.apple.com and via the search (top right with magnifying glass) type in

“Java for OS X”

Then you can find the page with the title “Java for OS X 2014-00″

Otherwise try a different browser to get there.

A direct link to the file is


Another “possible” solution (but not in video) is to go to http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk8-downloads-2133151.html and download the latest version of Java 8. But some on Apple Support Communities don’t recommend this.


Support Page: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1572

Linked Java 6 File from Apple: http://support.apple.com/downloads/DL1572/en_US/JavaForOSX2014-001.dmg

Java 8 Download Page (Scroll down to Mac OS X x64): http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk8-downloads-2133151.html

Useful Apple Support Communities

Java SE 6 on Yosemite? https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6601242
Re: Java too new? https://discussions.apple.com/message/26867061


The Apple Support Page: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1572
Linked Apple Java 6 File: http://support.apple.com/downloads/DL1572/en_US/JavaForOSX2014-001.dmg

Apple Support Community discussions:
Java SE 6 on Yosemite? https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6601242
Re: Java too new? https://discussions.apple.com/message/26867061

Mojang Bugs Page describing issue: https://bugs.mojang.com/browse/MCL-2628



About Minecraft

Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things. It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea. You can buy Minecraft for PC/Mac, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition on the XBLA Marketplace, and Minecraft: Playstation 3 Edition on the Playstation Network. Minecraft: Pocket Edition is available for iOS andAndroid. Minecraft is coming out for Playstation 4, Playstation Vita, and Xbox One soon, but we don’t have release dates for those versions yet. So far 16,539,914 people bought the PC/Mac version of the game. Phew.

About Apple

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

OS X Yosemite – Every bit as powerful as it looks.

An elegant design that feels entirely fresh, yet inherently familiar. The apps you use every day, enhanced with new features. And a completely new relationship between your Mac and iOS devices. OS X Yosemite changes how you see your Mac.
And what you can do with it. Upgrade for free at the Mac App Store.

About Java

Java for OS X 2014-001 includes installation improvements, and supersedes all previous versions of Java for OS X. This package installs the same version of Java 6 included in Java for OS X 2013-005.


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  1. The Java 8 JDK linked will work fine. It’s just bigger than it might need to be, because it includes tools for writing Java programs.

    • Yes, it worked for us too, we will make a video about this in case people want to make sure they have the latest version but make sure that people skip 7 which seems to be the problem.

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