Minecraft on PC isn’t free, but there are ways that you can play Minecraft, or at least test it out, without having to pay a dime. I sampled a few methods to see which one would be most effective for getting a free Minecaft experience as close to the full version as possible.
Below are three good options if you want to play Minecraft for free on your PC.
Method #1: Play the Minecraft official demo (Unlimited)
For a while now, Minecraft has had a demo version that you can download after creating an account on the official website. The demo lets you play for nearly two hours in a single world, as well as in survival mode. After two hours though, the demo crashes.
If you don’t have a premium account, you can only run the demo.
There is, however, a simple trick you can use to play longer: open Windows Explorer, type %AppData% and then hit Enter.
Go into the folder marked saves/Demo_World Minecraft and delete the files Level.dat and level.dat_old. If you restart the demo, you should be able to play.
Delete these two files and you’ll be able to cotinue playing the demo.
Method #2: Play Minecraft Classic in your Browser
The original Minecraft was played in a web browser, and although early versions lacked many of the objects and creatures present in the current game, it still has all the essential Minecraft elements.
Luckily, you can still play the free version by clicking here. The Classic version doesn’t let you to save the game, and you can only play in creative mode, but it does have all the essentials of the original Minecraft.
Method #3: Play older versions of Minecraft (betas included)
The new launcher lets you run older versions of Minecraft, even if you haven’t paid for the game. To do this, you just have to create a new profile and allow the use of “Alpha” and “Beta” Minecraft versions (the old ones).
In Use version, you can select any of the older versions (I recommend the old_beta b1.6.4), save the profile, and then click on Play Demo. You’ll see that the game isn’t a demo version, but an older version of the full game.
Yes, you can play the beta version of Minecraft as much as you like without paying a penny.
If you really like it, buy it
These options are good if you want to test out the game or play around a bit before you decide whether or not you want to buy it, but in the end, if you want to enjoy all of Minecraft and everything it has to offer, nothing beats the full, paid version of the game.