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Delete and reinstall Minecraft: Java edition.

Quite a few problems with Minecraft can be fixed by performing a reinstall. The most effective way is to recreate your minecraft folder. This folder stores your versions, settings and worlds. Follow the steps below to backup your files and reset the folder.

Where’s my Minecraft folder?

Before you can reinstall Minecraft, you need to find your Minecraft folder. Where that folder is, depends on your OS. Our file location guide will help you find, along with the table below:

Windows%APPDATA%/.minecraft
Mac~/Library/Application Support/minecraft
Linux~/.minecraft

Reinstall Minecraft

  • Close the Minecraft launcher.
  • Open the folder containing your minecraft folder.
  • Rename .minecraft to minecraftbackup
  • Open the Minecraft Launcher.
  • Launch Minecraft and once at the menu quit out.
  • Copy the “saves” folder from minecraftbackup back into .minecraft.

That’s it! You can now launch Minecraft and check to see if your issue is fixed.

If you had forge, fabric or optifine installed, you’ll need to reinstall them. Texture packs and/or mods can be copied from minecraftbackup, after you’ve confirmed your issue is fixed.

Need more help?

If Minecraft still isn’t working, check out our Minecraft: Java edition troubleshooting guide, or make a post on r/MinecraftHelp and one of us will guide you through some more troubleshooting. To enable us to help you quicker, make sure you include links to the following info:

If you have been directed here from anywhere on reddit, make sure your reply includes the above info, if this guide hasn’t worked.

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