How to Install Minecraft Launcher on Manjaro 21 Linux

The Minecraft Launcher is the software to connect your system to the Minecraft universe created by Mojang Studios. The Minecraft Launcher provides access to the Minecraft server to play in creative mode with unlimited resources or mine deep into the world in survival mode, crafting weapons and armor to fend off dangerous mobs and much more.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Minecraft Launcher on Manjaro 21 Linux. The tutorial will use the command line terminal with yay AUR helper. Ideally, most users may be using some wrapper for Pacman; for new users, it is essential to install one to keep your packages up-to-date while you learn Arch/Manjaro.

Update Manjaro

Before proceeding with the tutorial, it is good to ensure your system is up-to-date with all existing packages.

sudo pacman -Syu

Install yay Helper

To begin the installation, you must have GIT installed to import the yay repository to install/build. From your command terminal, use the following code to begin the installation.

sudo pacman -S --needed --noconfirm base-devel git

Now clone the yay archive using the following terminal command.

git clone

Next, move the archive to the /OPT/ directory. This is a good location for any other archive installs, keep everything located, and traditionally the directory is a commonly used area for different applications.

sudo mv yay-git /opt/

Now navigate to the yay-git directory location.

cd /opt/yay-git

Build the package using the makepkg command.

makepkg -si

Install Minecraft Launcher

Now that you have installed the package management helper, you can install the software using the following command.

yay -S minecraft-launcher --noconfirm

Remove –noconfirm to manually go through the installation questions instead of selecting the default answers.

How to Launch Minecraft Launcher

Now that you have completed the installation launching, it can be done in a few ways.

Using the command line terminal, you can open the software quickly by using the following command.


Alternatively, run the minecraft-launcher & command in the background to free up the terminal:

minecraft-launcher &

The best way to use Minecraft Launcher for desktop users that prefer not to use the command line terminal is to open the GUI of the application by following the path:

Taskbar > Games > Minecraft Launcher


From here, you can use your Mojan or Microsoft account to sign in; if you do not have one, sign up and join the online sensation.

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How to Update Minecraft Launcher

The best way to upgrade the software is to use the following terminal command.

yay -Syu --devel --timeupdate

Note it is advised to run terminal commands now and then even if you have set up AUR auto-updates using the automatic GUI updater; this ensures you are not missing anything.

How to Remove (Uninstall) Minecraft Launcher

When you no longer want the Minecraft Launcher installed on your system, use the following command to remove it.

yay -Rns minecraft-launcher --noconfirm

Optionally, you can run the following command to clean up any leftover unused dependencies, and this is highly recommended to run so your system does not become bloated.

yay -Yc

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install yay AUR helper quickly and install, maintain, and, if so, remove the Minecraft Launcher on Manjaro 21 Linux series.

The Minecraft Launcher is essential for connecting to the Minecraft universe and playing the game. It provides access to the server, letting you play in creative mode with unlimited resources or mine deep into the world in survival mode, crafting weapons and armor to fend off dangerous mobs. If you’re a fan of Minecraft, be sure to download the Minecraft Launcher so you can start your next adventure today.

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