Ubuntu 12 - Fix Minecraft (blank screen)


Before trying the steps below, see if just linking your jwgl files will work first as this is easier. I know it states 'tekkit' in the linked post, but this is just a version of minecraft.

Problem: When I log in, everything is fine but after that I get the "updating minecraft" screen for about 5 seconds, then the screen goes black.
In Minecraft 1.2.5,the LWJGL files were updated. Mojang forgot to update their database with the new LWJGL linux files. You need to update them yourself(this will be fixed in MInecraft 1.3).
    In the lwjgl-X.X.X.zip that you just downloaded, there should be two folders, named jar and natives. You should replace the files in .minecraft/bin and .minecraft/bin/natives with the versions from the .zip. The '.' at the beginning means that these folders are 'hidden' you will need to be able to view hidden files and folders in nautilus, or just navigate there using the terminal.

    In .minecraft/bin/

    • jinput.jar
    • lwjgl.jar
    • lwjgl_util.jar

    In .minecraft/bin/natives/

    • libjinput-linux.so
    • libjinput-linux64.so
    • liblwjgl.so
    • liblwjgl64.so
    • libopenal.so
    • libopenal64.so


  • http://askubuntu.com/questions/129241/minecraft-goes-black-on-12-04
  • http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Tutorials/Update_LWJGL


  1. THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU, I needed this so much for ftb ultimate. I have been trying to get it to run for so long now. again thankyou so very much. You win the internets. :D

    1. I'm glad that this has helped at least one other person. :)

  2. Hi I am very new to linux and am just getting the hang of zorin os do you by any chances know the command to install the java version minecraft directs you to when you dont have it? i think it was java or jre 1.6.0 anyways I tried this code below and I think i did something wrong cause nothing happend

    sudo apt-get install Java 1.6.0

    please let me know if you know how to fix this.

    1. I believe zorin os is ubuntu based, so the way I would install java is with the following commands

      sudo apt-get install python-software-properties software-properties-common -y
      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java -y
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer -y

      Alternatively, swap the 7 with an 8 to install java 8.