Minecraft on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors?

Minecraft on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors? 4Yes, Minecraft runs on M1 Macs via Rosetta 2.

In Minecraft, you get to explore unique worlds and create anything you could possibly imagine. But when night comes, you’ll have to fend off monsters and survive.

A genre-defining cult-classic, Minecraft is still one of the most played games right now, even after all these years.

Minecraft on Mac

Minecraft exists in two versions: Java and Bedrock. Each version has its pros and cons, but unfortunately only the Java version of the game is available for macOS.

This means Minecraft on Mac does not support cross-platform multiplayer, but on the flip aside, the Java version has better mod support. You can read more about Java vs. Bedrock here.

Genre: Adventure 64-Bit Support: Minecraft on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors? 5 M1 Support: Rosetta 2
Developer: Mojang API: OpenGL M1 Performance: Good

Minecraft Mac gameplay 2

Is Minecraft worth it? The reviews

Released almost 10 years ago, Minecraft remains one of the most popular games available. It’s often among the Top 10 most streamed games on Twitch and gamers and reviewers alike love it:

9.0 IGN

Minecraft Mac requirements

These are the game’s official Mac requirements:

Minimum Requirements
OS: 10.9
Processor: 3.2 GHz Intel Core i3
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7000 series or better
Hard Drive: 1 GB
64-Bit support is required

Minecraft M1 Mac support

Minecraft on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors? 6Yes, Minecraft runs on M1 Macs with Apple Silicon via Rosetta 2.

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2021:

Minecraft on M1 Mac

What is Rosetta 2? Rosetta 2 is a translation process that enables an M1 Mac with Apple silicon to use apps built for Intel-based Macs.

The game was tested on the following M1 Mac:

  • 13-inch MacBook Air (2020): Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8 GB RAM

As you can see below, the game is still exclusively written for Intel-based Macs, but thanks to Rosetta 2, Minecraft can nonetheless run great on M1 Macs:

Minecraft M1 using Rosetta 2

Tested versions:

  • MacBook Air: MacOS Big Sur version 11.1
  • Minecraft: Java Edition Version 1.16.5

More M1 gaming? Visit our M1 Supported Games list for 100+ Mac games we have tested and confirmed as M1-compatible.

Minecraft M1 Mac benchmarks

These are the Minecraft M1 benchmarks we have gathered so far:

Benchmarks Medium Settings & 900p Max Settings & 900p Max Settings & 1440p
MacBook Air (M1, 2020)  60 FPS 60 FPS 60 FPS

‼️ The game can only run at a maximum of 60 frames per second on our test machine. That is why the FPS averages above are all the same.

As a reminder, this is how we describe the different levels of performance:

  • Below 20 FPS: Unplayable: Laggy gameplay, full of stutters and slowdowns.
  • 20-30 FPS: Borderline: Can be OK in slow-paced games. Still, not optimal.
  • 30-45 FPS: Playable: Acceptable for most (most gaming consoles do this).
  • 45-60 FPS: Smooth: Fluid gameplay, with no perceivable stutters.
  • 60+ FPS: Very Smooth: For hardcore and professional players, a luxury for most.

We usually aim for 30 FPS, because 30 FPS is enough to guarantee a smooth and fluid experience for most casual gamers.

M1 Performance VS Intel Macs

This is how Minecraft runs on M1 Macs compared to equivalent Intel Macs:

Benchmarks 2020 M1 MacBook Air 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro Difference
Medium Settings & 900p 60 60 +0%

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