How To: Download & Install Minecraft 1.9.5 Pre-Release Today

Download & Install Minecraft 1.9.5 Pre-Release Today

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UPDATE: Minecraft 1.9.6 has been leaked!

It's time for another pre-release folks! This time it's 1.9 Version 5, and it's better than ever. 

Confirmed changes include:

  • Melons drop more slices when broken.
  • Grass is slightly different.
  • While in creative mode, mobs only attack if provoked.
  • Iron blocks have a new look.
  • New lighting changes.
  • F9 adds a fixed camera angle—this is great for filming.
  • Y, M, N, U, O, and H change camera angles and depth of field view—also great for filming.
  • You receive a warning when changing render distance too far.
  • Items retain their enchantments if a chest is destroyed.
  • You can now look around without a mouse using: I, J, K, and L.
  • Slimes not restricted to y0-16 anymore.
  • Game Crashing piston glitch fixed.
  • Player bow drawback animation improved.
  • Silk touch does not work on spawners.
  • Instant Heal splash potions damage zombies.
  • Passive squid animation is now vertical.
  • Lily pads are no longer gray in inventory.
  • You now have mushroom biome grass in your creative inventory.
  • Fence Posts no longer connect to leaves.
  • More achievements.
  • Stair glitch fixed.
  • Option to disable clouds in menu.

We'll report more changes as they are revealed, so stay tuned! 

Jeb Wants Your Help!

As mentioned in a Twitter update, Jeb of Mojang wants players to report if Minecraft 1.9 Version 4 Pre-Release bugs are fixed in this Version 5 update. You can do so by editing the corresponding wiki article here, and putting an "F" next to bugs that you find fixed. You'll be helping Mojang and ensuring a successful release!

Also for a full report of ongoing bug fixes and possible changes, be sure to check the Reddit thread on the subject.

How to Download and Install the 1.9.5 Update

Download the update by clicking here. Save the file in a folder somewhere with easy access, like your desktop.

  1. The quickest way to open your .minecraft folder is to open your start menu and in the search bar type, "run". Your computer's Run program should appear. When it does, open it and type "%appdata%" in the "Open Tab" and click "OK". Your appdata/roaming file should be open before you.
  2. Open the .minecraft folder, and then open your bin folder. 
  3. Inside your bin folder you will see a file named "minecraft". Right-click on the file and hit "rename". Now this is your old minecraft.jar file, so be sure to name it something you'll remember like "minecraft-old" or "minecraft2". 
  4. Finally, drag and drop the 1.9 Version 5 file you downloaded into your bin folder. Be sure that it is named "minecraft" exactly, not "minecraf.jar" or anything else. 

You're done! Now you can open Minecraft and play 1.9 Version 5. If and when you decide to play your old version of Minecraft, which you will need for any servers that are not currently 1.9 Version 5, just rename your current minecraft.jar something like, "minecraft1.9.5". Rename your OLD jar file "minecraft", and you will be able to play the old version again.

Solutions to Frequently Reported Problems

Here are some tips if you're having trouble. 

  • If you are having trouble finding your .minecraft folder, here is an alternative method:
  1. Run Minecraft like you're going to play it, and select "Mods and Texture Packs".
  2. You will see a list of your current installed texture packs and below, a button that says "Open Texture Pack Folder". Select this.
  3. When the link opens, you will be in your .minecraft/texturepacks folder. From there you can navigate to your bin folder by clicking .minecraft in the navigation bar above. It should say something like User>Appdata>Roaming>.minecraft>texturepacks. Select .minecraft.
  4. Now that you are in your .minecraft folder, open your bin folder. In it you will find your "minecraft" file.
  • Remember you are NOT opening this Minecraft file. You are only placing it in your bin folder and renaming it "Minecraft" (without the quotations).
  • If you cannot see or access your .minecraft FOLDER try this: 
  1. Open your start menu and select "Control Panel".
  2. There should be a search feature in the upper right hand corner. In it, type "Hidden files" and press enter. A file named "Folder Options: Show Hidden Files and Folders" should appear. 
  3. Click on "Show Hidden Files and Folders" and a menu will appear. In the menu there will be a prompt that says, "Hidden Files: Don't Show / Show". Select the "Show" button and click "Apply". I've included a picture of the selection below.

How to Download and Install Minecraft 1.9 Version 4 Pre-Release

If All Else Fails

If you are getting a frozen screen that says, "updating Minecraft" while trying to launch the game or any other errors in which it seems that the game will not launch or run this Pre-Release, try this:

  1. Move your save and texturepack files to another folder.
  2. Delete your .minecraft folder entirely.
  3. Open and run Minecraft and let it download all its files.
  4. Close Minecraft.
  5. Re-add your saves and texturepack folders to your .minecraft folder. When asked to overwrite, select "yes" or "ok".
  6. Now try the installation process over again. Be sure to follow the steps carefully.

Please be patient if this does not work the first time. If you have any further questions, leave a comment below or PM me for help.

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This is an update to Minecraft, so yes when you purchase the game this is the newest edition of the full version.

When ever I try to open the update after I download it, it says: Failed to load Main-Class manifest attribute from C:\Users\Noell\Documents\minecraft.jar

I have tried all the steps but it still won't work.

You don't need to open the update, you only have to move it into the /bin folder and rename it.

when i start the game it says ''UPDATING MINECRAFT'' and its just froze like that why?

Try this: Move your save and texturepack files to another folder.
Delete your .minecraft folder entirely.
Open and run Minecraft and let it download all its files.
Close Minecraft.
Re-add your saves and texturepack folders to your .minecraft folder. When asked to overwrite, select "yes" or "ok".
Now try the installation process over again. Be sure to follow the steps carefully.

i did that so many times and it still does the ''UPDATING MINECRAFT''

I tried the "updating minecraft fix thing" 6 times and it still hasnt worked for me, what do you think i should do?

What errors or problems are you running into specifically?

um this is annoying i cant update i got windows vista jeb i want a refund!

it says when i do it file can't be open then my computer freezes

ALL, I ran into the same issue. It freezes at about 95% and says update done. Just close out, go to the %appdata%\.minecraft folder. Rename the minecraft file to minecraft.jar. Fire it back up and it should say "Minecraft Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5". ENJOY!!!!!!

One day before I've deleted the .minecraft folder by mistake.What should I do to have it back in my computer?

You might be out of luck, Anna. Just re-downloading the game from the website and running it will automatically re-populate your computer with the .minecraft folder, but any personalized things you used to have in it are probably gone for good unless you still have them in your Recycle Bin.

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