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Not to be confused with Minecraft Education.
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MinecraftEdu is a sandbox indie educational video game written in Java, developed by TeacherGaming, published by E-Line Media, and licensed by Mojang Studios.[2] It was meant as an educational version of Minecraft.

In the beginning, MinecraftEdu was developed by TeacherGaming, consisting of three developers and three teachers, located in the United States and Finland. Later, TeacherGaming expanded into a team of eight.

MinecraftEdu focuses on allowing the player to explore, interact with, and modify a dynamically-generated map made of one-cubic-meter-sized blocks. In doing so the student with the help of the teacher is supposed to learn a variety of subjects. The teacher can change settings to define where students can place and destroy blocks and the world used on the server.

On January 19, 2016, Mojang announced that they would be acquiring MinecraftEdu from TeacherGaming. At the same time, a new educational version of the game was announced: Minecraft Education has since launched to schools around the world.[3]

Purchase and availability

MinecraftEdu could be purchased for $18 per student (24 or less) or $14 (25 or more) for the User license and $41 for the server license. The server license could be bought as a one-time purchase. Once purchased, the game could be played by downloading the launcher. MinecraftEdu Hosting Beta was also available for $20/month and did not require the user to pay the server software license again.

Hardware requirements

According to and

Minimum Requirements:

  • A Windows, Mac or Linux computer (desktop or laptop)
  • 2 GB of RAM or greater
  • Intel Pentium D, AMD Athlon or greater processor
  • 200MB free hard disk space or more
  • Java 6 Release 45 or later (including Java 7 and 8)

Recommended Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon II (K10) 2.8 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • GPU: GeForce 2xx Series or AMD Radeon HD 5xxx Series (Excluding Integrated Chipsets) with OpenGL 3.3
  • HDD: 1GB
  • Latest release of Java 8 from

Software Requirements:

  • Minecraft Release 1.6 or newer. Older versions must be updated to current versions
  • Please note that some users experience issues playing Minecraft while using a mismatched version of Java for their operating system (32-bit or 64-bit), while using certain versions of Java 7, or while multiple versions of Java are installed.


As of April 5, 2016, MinecraftEdu is no longer for sale. However, customers that have already purchased MinecraftEdu licenses may continue to use MinecraftEdu. Since then, MinecraftEdu no longer receives new updates from TeacherGaming, and Mojang no longer supports MinecraftEdu. Worlds built in MinecraftEdu cannot be ported over to Education Edition.[4]


The objective of the game remains the same as regular Minecraft, where players can build virtual realities in a sandbox-like environment. However, MinecraftEdu also has the goal of an educational use to teach a variety of subjects.


MinecraftEdu differs from the regular version in a variety of ways, such as a tutorial mode, teacher options and exclusive Blocks/items.

Blocks / Items

MinecraftEdu Blocks

These IDs are in the namespaced ID format, with their mcedu namespace omitted.

Block Note Namespaced ID
Information block.png Information block When right clicked, it opens a menu with text that a teacher can write. blockDialogMessage
Spawn Block.png Spawn Block Defines the spawn of the world when placed by teacher. The last spawn block placed determines the spawn. blockSpawnMP
Border block.png Border block Used to define the area students can play in. Students cannot go over, under, or through it. blockBorder
Build allow block.png Build allow block Allows students to build above the block even if the world is set to disallow building. blockBuildAllow
Build disallow block.png Build disallow block Disallows students to build above the block even if the world is set to allow building. blockBuildDisallow
Oak Sign JE1 BE1.png Big sign A three block wide sign. When you place a sign it gives you a choice if you would like a small or big sign.
Information sign.png Information sign Decorative. Used to draw students' attention to important things. blockInfoSign
Foundation block.png Foundation block Measures distance to other foundation blocks. blockFoundation
Teleport block.png Teleport Block Used to teleport large distances to the location you set in the world. blockTeleport
Home Block.png Home Block Used to teleport players to their home. blockHome
Blocks for decoration
Main article: Number Block
Block Namespaced ID
MCEdu Number 0.png Number 0 edunumber_0
MCEdu Number 1.png Number 1 edunumber_1
MCEdu Number 2.png Number 2 edunumber_2
MCEdu Number 3.png Number 3 edunumber_3
MCEdu Number 4.png Number 4 edunumber_4
MCEdu Number 5.png Number 5 edunumber_5
MCEdu Number 6.png Number 6 edunumber_6
MCEdu Number 7.png Number 7 edunumber_7
MCEdu Number 8.png Number 8 edunumber_8
MCEdu Number 9.png Number 9 edunumber_9
MCEdu Add Symbol.png Add Symbol edunumber_add
MCEdu Subtract Symbol.png Subtract Symbol edunumber_subtract
MCEdu Divide Symbol.png Divide Symbol edunumber_divide
MCEdu Multiply Symbol.png Multiply Symbol edunumber_multiply
MCEdu Equals Symbol.png Equals Symbol edunumber_equals
MCEdu Over Symbol.png Over Symbol edunumber_over
MCEdu Less than Symbol.png Less than Symbol edunumber_lessthan
MCEdu Decimal Dot Symbol.png Decimal Dot Symbol edunumber_decimaldot
MCEdu Decimal Comma Symbol.png Decimal Comma Symbol edunumber_decimalcomma
MCEdu Pi Symbol.png Pi Symbol edunumber_pi
Item Note Namespaced ID
BlockInspector.png Block Inspector Displays the name of the block you are looking at on screen. itemBlockInspector

Options/ Menus

Teacher options

(Can open by pressing M. On older versions, it can be opened by pressing P.)

Image Option Description
MinecraftEdu Personal Settings.png Spectate Mode When enabled, makes you invisible to others.
Creative Mode (Self) When enabled, double-tap space to fly, unlimited blocks in inventory, destroy blocks instantly.
Movement speed Adjust how fast you walk or fly.
MinecraftEdu World Settings.png Gamemode MinecraftEdu, Survival and Creative
Difficulty Peaceful, Easy, Normal, Hard
Allow Fire & TNT When enabled, fire can burn objects and spread, TNT can detonate and explode.
Allow Weather Effects When enabled, rain and snow storms may occur randomly.
Generate Structures When enabled, structures and buildings are created when world is being generated.
Allow Other Dimensions When enabled, players can travel to other dimensions like nether and the end.
Allow Animals When enabled, peaceful animals spawn.
Allow Villagers When enabled, villagers spawn.
Allow Monsters When enabled, monsters are generated and may attack players.
MinecraftEdu Player Settings.png Enable PvP When enabled, players can engage in combat with and injure one another.
Allow Student Respawning When enabled, students can teleport themselves back to the spawn location using a button on the student menu.
Allow Student Surfacing When enabled, students can teleport themselves to back to the surface directly above their heads using a button on student menu.
Students Can Build When enabled, students can place or destroy blocks anywhere except on top of Build Disallow Blocks.
Freeze Students When enabled, students cannot move, destroy blocks or place blocks.
Mute Students When enabled, students cannot use the in-game chat.
Keep Inventory When enabled, users don't lose their inventory content on death.
Students Can Always Fly When enabled, students can fly in any gamemode.
MinecraftEdu Player Management.png
MinecraftEdu Give.png
MinecraftEdu Assignments.png
MinecraftEdu Stations.png
MinecraftEdu Building Tools.png Build Mode When enabled, you can fly with precise movement control and you can move through solid blocks
Long Distance Building When enabled, you can place/dig blocks up to 60 blocks away.
Fill/Clear tool When enabled, place two blocks in opposite corners to completely fill the defined area with that block and hold nothing in your hands and right-click the corners to clear an area.
Place Amount Set how many blocks are placed in a column when you place blocks.
Dig Amount Set how many blocks are destroyed in a column when you dig blocks.
Undo Last Fill Reverts the most recent fills.
Undo Last Place Reverts the most recent blocks placed.
Undo Last Dig Reverts the most recent blocks destroyed.

Tutorial mode

  • MinecraftEdu comes with a tutorial world that teachers may select from the server menu, that goes through the basics of controls, placing/destroying blocks, teacher options, and more.


  • MinecraftEdu comes prepackaged with Minecraft Forge for easy mod installation.


  • Instead of having customizable skins, the student picks their skin from one of the many default skins that come with MinecraftEdu (in addition to Steve and Alex) when first joining a server or creating a world.



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