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How to clean your Minecraft Folder

In this article we'll explain how to clean your Minecraft folder so you have a fresh install of Minecraft.

If you are using MacOS click HERE for instructions.


 Windows

Step 1: Locating Your Minecraft Folder

Firstly, open the Run application. You can do this by pressing the Windows + R keys on your keyboard, or by searching for Run in your Start Menu and clicking the Run application which appears.

Type the following text into the Run window, and either click the “OK” button or hit enter on your keyboard.

%appdata%

This will open the Roaming folder in your AppData on your computer. Usually this folder is hidden, which is why we opened it using Run.


Be careful when browsing this folder as this contains settings and system files for many of the applications installed on your PC. We’re only looking for the .minecraft folder here, so don’t touch anything else.


In the Roaming folder, locate the folder called “.minecraft”. This is the folder which contains most of the files for your Minecraft installation.




Step 2 (Optional): Backup Your Minecraft Files (inc. Worlds, Settings, etc.)

You must do this if you want to keep your Minecraft worlds and you currently use the default directory for storing Minecraft profile data (default, and most common)!


If you have world saves, options, etc. that you want to keep after you reset your Minecraft installation, you need to back those up now. To do this, enter the .minecraft folder. Once inside this folder, select all of the items you wish to save. See the list below for items you may wish to copy:

  • resourcepacks (folder) - Contains the resource packs you have installed on your client.
  • saves (folder) - Contains your Minecraft world saves.
  • screenshots (folder) - Contains your Minecraft screenshots.
  • options.txt (file) - Contains your Minecraft options and settings.
  • servers.dat (file) - Contains your multiplayer server list.

Once you have selected all of the files and folders you wish to backup, right click on them and select Copy from the menu.


Navigate to another folder (outside of the .minecraft folder), such as your Desktop or Documents folders, and paste the files and folders you copied there (right click on an empty space and click paste in the correct folder).


Remember where you put this so you can find it again later.



Step 3: Removing Your Minecraft Folder

If you entered the .minecraft folder in Step 2 to backup your save folder, click the back button now to return to the Roaming folder. If you’ve lost this folder, follow Step 1 to find it again.


Now for the easy part. To reset your existing Minecraft installation, right click on the minecraft folder and select the “Move to Trash” option from the menu. That’s it.


Finally, restart your computer to make sure that any temporary files that might be on your system are removed. This is unlikely to be the case, but it always good as a precaution.



Step 4: All Done!

You can now reopen the Minecraft Launcher (which should still be on your system). You may need to relogin at this point since your client has effectively been reset.


Once this is done, you will be able to click the Play button as normal, which will take a little longer than usual as your client has to download the latest version of Minecraft again.



Step 5 (Optional): Restore Your Minecraft Files

If you backed up your Minecraft saves in Step 2, you should now restore them. Find where you backed your Minecraft files and folders to in Step 2, select all of them, right click, and select the Copy option.


Using the instructions in Step 1, find your .minecraft folder again and open it. Right click in this folder in an empty space (not on another file or folder), and select the “Paste Item” option from the menu. The items you copied should then appear in the folder.


You may be asked if you want to overwrite some of the files and folders you are copying if the Minecraft Launcher created them in Step 4.


 Mac OS

Step 1: Locating Your Minecraft Folder

Firstly, start by opening a Finder window. You can do this by clicking on the icon which looks like a face in your Dock (the bar usually found at the bottom of your screen).






This will present you with a window which should look something like this (yours will probably have files displayed).



Once you have this window open and selected, make sure that you have the Finder window selected, click the “Go” button on the top of your screen, and select the “Go to Folder…” option from the menu.




This will open a prompt in the Finder window asking for a folder. Enter this location and then click “Go” or hit enter.


~/Library/Application Support


Be careful when browsing this folder as this contains settings and system files for many of the applications installed on your Mac. We’re only looking for the minecraft folder here, so don’t touch anything else.


Find the minecraft folder in the folder (Application Support) you just navigated to.




Step 2 (Optional): Backup Your Minecraft Files (inc. Worlds, Settings, etc.)

You must do this if you want to keep your Minecraft worlds and you currently use the default directory for storing Minecraft profile data (default, and most common)!


If you have world saves, options, etc. that you want to keep after you reset your Minecraft installation, you need to back those up now. To do this, enter the minecraft folder. Once inside this folder, select all of the items you wish to save. See the list below for items you may wish to copy:

  • resourcepacks (folder) - Contains the resource packs you have installed on your client.
  • saves (folder) - Contains your Minecraft world saves.
  • screenshots (folder) - Contains your Minecraft screenshots.
  • options.txt (file) - Contains your Minecraft options and settings.
  • servers.dat (file) - Contains your multiplayer server list.

Once you have selected all of the files and folders you wish to backup, right click on them and select the Copy option from the menu.



Navigate to another folder (outside of the minecraft folder), such as your Desktop or Documents folders, and paste the files and folders you copied there (right click on an empty space and click paste in the correct folder).


Remember where you put this so you can find it again later.



Step 3: Removing Your Minecraft Folder

If you entered the minecraft folder in Step 2 to backup your save folder, click the back button now to return to the Application Support folder. If you’ve lost this folder, follow Step 1 to find it again.


Now for the easy part. To remove your existing Minecraft installation (settings, configs, etc.), right click on the minecraft folder and select the “Move to Trash” option from the menu. That’s it.



You may also want to empty your trash folder at this point to make sure that the files are completely removed from your system. To do this, click the Trash icon on your Dock and click the Empty button in the window that appears.


Take note of the files in the trash before clicking empty. All of these files will be deleted on emptying the trash, so always check first to make sure you’re not removing something you might need later! The OS will give you a similar warning when emptying the trash.



Finally, restart your computer to make sure that any temporary files that might be on your system are removed. This is unlikely to be the case, but it always good as a precaution.



Step 4: All Done!

You can now reopen the Minecraft Launcher (which should still be on your system). You may need to relogin at this point since your client has effectively been reset.


Once this is done, you will be able to click the Play button as normal, which will take a little longer than usual as your client has to download the latest version of Minecraft again.




Step 5 (Optional): Restore Your Minecraft Worlds

If you backed up your Minecraft saves in Step 2, you can now restore them. Find where you backed your Minecraft saves folder to in Step 2 and, as you did in Step 2, right click the folder and click “Copy “saves””.


Using the instructions in Step 1, find your minecraft folder again and open it. Right click in this folder in an empty space (not on another file or folder), and select the “Paste Item” option from the menu. The saves folder should then appear in the folder.


You may be asked to overwrite another folder if the Minecraft Launcher created one, which you should be fine doing provided you haven’t created any new worlds since you completed Step 4.


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