Minetest

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Minetest
Minetest cover
Developers
Perttu "celeron55" Ahola and contributors
Engines
Irrlicht Engine
Release dates
Windows December 6, 2012
macOS (OS X) December 6, 2012
Linux December 6, 2012
Taxonomy
Monetization Freeware

Key points

Free and Open Source Software
Cross-platform multiplayer.
Good modding support and community.
Great performance even on low-end devices.
Game is pretty basic without any mods or modpacks. Additional player-made game modes which feature mods and mod packs can be downloaded though.

General information

Official website
Official wiki
Source code
Bugs can be reported in official forums in Bug and Problem sub forum.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website
DRM-free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Publisher website
DRM-free
Linux

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\minetest.conf[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Linux ~/.minetest/minetest.conf
A custom path to a configuration file can be specified in command line using the option --config /path/to/minetest.conf.[1]
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\worlds[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Linux ~/.minetest/worlds
Unknown if XDG is being followed (partially, completely, not at all)

Video settings[edit]

In-game settings menu
In-game settings menu

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Can be set in minetest.conf[1]
Windowed
Native Fullscreen option is not available
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be set in minetest.conf[1]
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Locked to 60 FPS by default; Custom FPS can be set with fps_max in minetest.conf[1]

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Can be set in minetest.conf[1]
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Can be set in minetest.conf[1]
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Belarusian
Simplified Chinese
Listed as Chinese (China)
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Estonian
French
German
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Lithuanian
Malay
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Brazilian Portuguese
Romanian
Russian
Slovak
Slovenian
Spanish
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Also available in Kyrgyz and Swahili. Translations for other languages exist, but may have translated less than 30% of the game interface. Translation progress can be checked at Minetest/Minetest @ Hosted Weblate page.

Network[edit]

Cross-platform multiplayer between Windows, OS X, Linux and Android is possible, even without varying game versions. Only host (server) is required to have the mods installed.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 30000 (default)
UDP 30000 (default)
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9 Some shaders don't work with Direct3D 9 renderer.
OpenGL 4.4
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bitARM Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
ARM requires fanmade nightly builds or building from source.[2]
Linux
[3]

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP[4]
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 512 MB[4]
Hard disk drive (HDD)
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 512 MB?[4]
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Linux
Minimum
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 512 MB?[4]
Hard disk drive (HDD)

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 minetest.conf - Minetest Wiki
  2. \[macOS Big Sur\ Jordach's Universal Binaries + Homebrew Self Compilation Guide] - last accessed on 2021-05-30
  3. Debian -- Package Search Results -- minetest - last accessed on 2020-11-20
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Minimum Minetest Hardware Requirements Thread - Minetest Forums