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A Snapshot is a testing version of Minecraft, periodically released by Mojang AB. These versions of the game with "unrefined" features are available for players to try out so they may provide feedback and bug-reports to Mojang before the features of the snapshot are implemented into an official update. Snapshots are only available for PC and Mac versions of Minecraft.
How to use a snapshot
You can determine the current snapshot of Minecraft here
- Start your Minecraft launcher
- Click Add Profile or Edit Profile (Edit changes the currently selected profile)
- For snapshots: click "Enable experimental development versions ('snapshots')". For beta versions: click "Allow use of old 'Beta' Minecraft versions (From 2010- 2011)". For alpha versions: click "Allow use of old 'Alpha' Minecraft versions (From 2010)".
- Start up Minecraft
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: What is included in new snapshots?
- Q: Do I have to name my profile something special?
- A: No, name it whatever you want. A good name for it is just "Snapshots", "Beta", or "Alpha" so you can locate it easily in the future.
- Q: SNAPSHOT: It shows I'm playing on Minecraft 1.X.X! Why am I not playing on a snapshot?
- A: There may not be a snapshot newer then the current version on Minecraft. Don't worry, you'll be able to play on a snapshot as much as you want once it is released. Snapshots are released on Wednesdays, if there is not a new snapshot on a Wednesday it could mean that a Mojang developer is on a vacation, that there was a holiday, or that snapshots are not yet being released for the new version.
- Q: Can I run old Minecraft worlds on a snapshot or old version or vice versa?
- A: While it is possible to do both, the latter is not recommended, as the snapshot could change things like world generation, so loading the world into an older Minecraft version could corrupt it. If you are going to load an old Minecraft world into a snapshot it is recommended that you make a backup of that world before doing so, as the snapshot may be unstable.
- Q: Should I run snapshots or old versions in the .minecraft folder?
- A: You can, but it is recommended that you run it in a different folder so the snapshot or old version won't mess up anything important in your .minecraft folder.
- Q: How do you backup worlds?
- A: Go to your Minecraft files (It should be windows button + R then search for %appdata%) then make a copy of your world file and save it somewhere you will remember.
- Q: What chance is there that when you start playing all your worlds will corrupt?
- Q: How can you stop that from happening, will backup-ing help?