How to Play "Minecraft" Without Downloading

By Seth Amery

Updated September 22, 2017

Originally exclusive to the PC, Minecraft's popularity soared exponentially as it made its way to several other platforms. If you're interested in trying out the game before buying it, you can play a limited browser-based version of the blocky building game on the website.

Creating a Mojang Account

When you first arrive on the Minecraft website, you'll need to register for a Mojang account. Click "Register" at the top of the site and fill out the form, which asks for your name and birth date. You will also need to validate your email address before being able to play "Minecraft," so be sure to include a valid account you can actually get mail from.

Minecraft Demo Technical Requirements

To play the demo, you will need up-to-date Java and a modern Web browser; common browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer will all run the Minecraft demo. Users with lesser-known browsers or out-of-date Java may run into problems, including the inability to play at all.

Playing Minecraft

Return to the main site and click "Play the Demo" to try out the demo mode. As a free-of-charge version, there are several restrictions in place; for example, you can't generate unique worlds or use unlimited building blocks.

Clicking "Store" at the top of the Minecraft website will let you purchase the full version for download if you like what you've played.