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The following is a list of major patches and updates provided to Minecraft. For the minor updates and full changelogs, visit the Official Minecraft Wiki.

Pre-classic

Pre-classic is the earliest of the development phases and lasted from May 10 to May 16, 2009.

Classic

Classic is the second phase in the development of Minecraft, which lasted from May 16 to November 10, 2009.

Indev

Indev (short for In Development) lasted from December 23, 2009 to February 23, 2010.

Infdev

Infdev (short for Infinite Development) was named because the terrain generation in this development phase was infinite and procedurally generated rather than finite. This phase lasted from February 27 to June 30, 2010.

Alpha

Lasting from June 30 to December 3, 2010, this phase of development introduced The Nether dimension, different biomes, Redstone circuitry, and multiplayer.

Beta

Lasting from December 20, 2010 to November 11, 2011, this is the final development phase before the game's official release on November 18, 2011.

Official release

Minecraft was officially released on November 18, 2011 and continually receives updates.

  • 1.0.0 "Adventure Update (Part 2)" – released November 18, 2011
  • 1.1 – released January 12, 2012
  • 1.2.1 – released March 1, 2012
  • 1.3.1 – released August 1, 2012
  • 1.4.2 "Pretty Scary Update" – released October 25, 2012
  • 1.5 "Redstone Update" – released March 13, 2013
  • 1.6.1 "Horse Update" – released July 1, 2013
  • 1.7.2 "The Update that Changed the World" – released October 25, 2013
  • 1.8 "Bountiful Update" – released September 2, 2014
  • 1.9 "Combat Update" – released February 29, 2016
  • 1.10 "Frostburn Update" – released June 8, 2016
  • 1.11 "Exploration Update" – released November 14, 2016
  • 1.12 "World of Color Update" – released June 7, 2017
  • 1.13 "Update Aquatic" – released July 18, 2018
  • 1.14 "Village and Pillage" – released April 23, 2019
  • 1.15 "Buzzy Bees" – released December 10, 2019
  • 1.16 "Nether Update" – released June 23, 2020
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