An InfiniMiner/Minecraft inspired game.
Copyright (c) 2010-2017 Perttu Ahola <email@example.com>
and contributors (see source file comments and the version control log)
In case you downloaded the source code:
If you downloaded the Minetest Engine source code in which this file is
contained, you probably want to download the minetest_game project too:
See the README.txt in it.
- Website: http://minetest.net/
- Wiki: http://wiki.minetest.net/
- Developer wiki: http://dev.minetest.net/
- Forum: http://forum.minetest.net/
- Github: https://github.com/minetest/minetest/
- doc/ directory of source distribution
This game is not finished
- Don't expect it to work as well as a finished game will.
- Please report any bugs. When doing that, debug.txt is useful.
- Move mouse: Look around
- W, A, S, D: Move
- Space: Jump/move up
- Shift: Sneak/move down
- Q: Drop itemstack
- Shift + Q: Drop single item
- Left mouse button: Dig/punch/take item
- Right mouse button: Place/use
- Shift + right mouse button: Build (without using)
- I: Inventory menu
- Mouse wheel: Select item
- 0-9: Select item
- Z: Zoom (needs zoom privilege)
- T: Chat
- /: Commad
- Esc: Pause menu/abort/exit (pauses only singleplayer game)
- R: Enable/disable full range view
- +: Increase view range
- -: Decrease view range
- K: Enable/disable fly mode (needs fly privilege)
- J: Enable/disable fast mode (needs fast privilege)
- H: Enable/disable noclip mode (needs noclip privilege)
- F1: Hide/show HUD
- F2: Hide/show chat
- F3: Disable/enable fog
- F4: Disable/enable camera update (Mapblocks are not updated anymore when disabled, disabled in release builds)
- F5: Cycle through debug info screens
- F6: Cycle through profiler info screens
- F7: Cycle through camera modes
- F8: Toggle cinematic mode
- F9: Cycle through minimap modes
- Shift + F9: Change minimap orientation
- F10: Show/hide console
- F12: Take screenshot
- P: Write stack traces into debug.txt
Most controls are settable in the configuration file, see the section below.
$bin - Compiled binaries
$share - Distributed read-only data
$user - User-created modifiable data
Windows .zip / RUN_IN_PLACE source:
$bin = bin
$share = .
$user = .
$bin = /usr/bin
$share = /usr/share/minetest
$user = ~/.minetest
$bin = Contents/MacOS
$share = Contents/Resources
$user = Contents/User OR ~/Library/Application Support/minetest
- Worlds can be found as separate folders in:
- Default location:
- It is created by Minetest when it is ran the first time.
- A specific file can be specified on the command line:
- Use --help
Compiling on GNU/Linux:
Install dependencies. Here's an example for Debian/Ubuntu:
$ sudo apt-get install build-essential libirrlicht-dev cmake libbz2-dev libpng-dev libjpeg-dev libxxf86vm-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libsqlite3-dev libogg-dev libvorbis-dev libopenal-dev libcurl4-gnutls-dev libfreetype6-dev zlib1g-dev libgmp-dev libjsoncpp-dev
For Fedora users:
$ sudo dnf install make automake gcc gcc-c++ kernel-devel cmake libcurl* openal* libvorbis* libXxf86vm-devel libogg-devel freetype-devel mesa-libGL-devel zlib-devel jsoncpp-devel irrlicht-devel bzip2-libs gmp-devel sqlite-devel luajit-devel leveldb-devel ncurses-devel doxygen spatialindex-devel bzip2-devel
You can install git for easily keeping your copy up to date.
If you dont want git, read below on how to get the source without git.
This is an example for installing git on Debian/Ubuntu:
$ sudo apt-get install git
For Fedora users:
$ sudo dnf install git
Download source (this is the URL to the latest of source repository, which might not work at all times) using git:
$ git clone --depth 1 https://github.com/minetest/minetest.git
$ cd minetest
Download minetest_game (otherwise only the "Minimal development test" game is available) using git:
$ git clone --depth 1 https://github.com/minetest/minetest_game.git games/minetest_game
Download source, without using git:
$ wget https://github.com/minetest/minetest/archive/master.tar.gz
$ tar xf master.tar.gz
$ cd minetest-master
Download minetest_game, without using git:
$ cd games/
$ wget https://github.com/minetest/minetest_game/archive/master.tar.gz
$ tar xf master.tar.gz
$ mv minetest_game-master minetest_game
$ cd ..
Build a version that runs directly from the source directory:
$ cmake . -DRUN_IN_PLACE=TRUE
$ make -j <number of processors>
- Use cmake . -LH to see all CMake options and their current state
- If you want to install it system-wide (or are making a distribution package),
you will want to use -DRUN_IN_PLACE=FALSE
- You can build a bare server by specifying -DBUILD_SERVER=TRUE
- You can disable the client build by specifying -DBUILD_CLIENT=FALSE
- You can select between Release and Debug build by -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=<Debug or Release>
- Debug build is slower, but gives much more useful output in a debugger
- If you build a bare server, you don't need to have Irrlicht installed.
In that case use -DIRRLICHT_SOURCE_DIR=/the/irrlicht/source
BUILD_CLIENT - Build Minetest client
BUILD_SERVER - Build Minetest server
CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE - Type of build (Release vs. Debug)
Release - Release build
Debug - Debug build
SemiDebug - Partially optimized debug build
RelWithDebInfo - Release build with Debug information
MinSizeRel - Release build with -Os passed to compiler to make executable as small as possible
ENABLE_CURL - Build with cURL; Enables use of online mod repo, public serverlist and remote media fetching via http
ENABLE_CURSES - Build with (n)curses; Enables a server side terminal (command line option: --terminal)
ENABLE_FREETYPE - Build with FreeType2; Allows using TTF fonts
ENABLE_GETTEXT - Build with Gettext; Allows using translations
ENABLE_GLES - Search for Open GLES headers & libraries and use them
ENABLE_LEVELDB - Build with LevelDB; Enables use of LevelDB map backend
ENABLE_POSTGRESQL - Build with libpq; Enables use of PostgreSQL map backend (PostgreSQL 9.5 or greater recommended)
ENABLE_REDIS - Build with libhiredis; Enables use of Redis map backend
ENABLE_SPATIAL - Build with LibSpatial; Speeds up AreaStores
ENABLE_SOUND - Build with OpenAL, libogg & libvorbis; in-game Sounds
ENABLE_LUAJIT - Build with LuaJIT (much faster than non-JIT Lua)
ENABLE_SYSTEM_GMP - Use GMP from system (much faster than bundled mini-gmp)
RUN_IN_PLACE - Create a portable install (worlds, settings etc. in current directory)
USE_GPROF - Enable profiling using GProf
VERSION_EXTRA - Text to append to version (e.g. VERSION_EXTRA=foobar -> Minetest 0.4.9-foobar)
Library specific options:
BZIP2_INCLUDE_DIR - Linux only; directory where bzlib.h is located
BZIP2_LIBRARY - Linux only; path to libbz2.a/libbz2.so
CURL_DLL - Only if building with cURL on Windows; path to libcurl.dll
CURL_INCLUDE_DIR - Only if building with cURL; directory where curl.h is located
CURL_LIBRARY - Only if building with cURL; path to libcurl.a/libcurl.so/libcurl.lib
EGL_INCLUDE_DIR - Only if building with GLES; directory that contains egl.h
EGL_LIBRARY - Only if building with GLES; path to libEGL.a/libEGL.so
FREETYPE_INCLUDE_DIR_freetype2 - Only if building with Freetype2; directory that contains an freetype directory with files such as ftimage.h in it
FREETYPE_INCLUDE_DIR_ft2build - Only if building with Freetype2; directory that contains ft2build.h
FREETYPE_LIBRARY - Only if building with Freetype2; path to libfreetype.a/libfreetype.so/freetype.lib
FREETYPE_DLL - Only if building with Freetype2 on Windows; path to libfreetype.dll
GETTEXT_DLL - Only when building with Gettext on Windows; path to libintl3.dll
GETTEXT_ICONV_DLL - Only when building with Gettext on Windows; path to libiconv2.dll
GETTEXT_INCLUDE_DIR - Only when building with Gettext; directory that contains iconv.h
GETTEXT_LIBRARY - Only when building with Gettext on Windows; path to libintl.dll.a
GETTEXT_MSGFMT - Only when building with Gettext; path to msgfmt/msgfmt.exe
IRRLICHT_DLL - Only on Windows; path to Irrlicht.dll
IRRLICHT_INCLUDE_DIR - Directory that contains IrrCompileConfig.h
IRRLICHT_LIBRARY - Path to libIrrlicht.a/libIrrlicht.so/libIrrlicht.dll.a/Irrlicht.lib
LEVELDB_INCLUDE_DIR - Only when building with LevelDB; directory that contains db.h
LEVELDB_LIBRARY - Only when building with LevelDB; path to libleveldb.a/libleveldb.so/libleveldb.dll.a
LEVELDB_DLL - Only when building with LevelDB on Windows; path to libleveldb.dll
POSTGRESQL_INCLUDE_DIR - Only when building with PostgreSQL; directory that contains libpq-fe.h
POSTGRESQL_LIBRARY - Only when building with PostgreSQL; path to libpq.a/libpq.so
REDIS_INCLUDE_DIR - Only when building with Redis; directory that contains hiredis.h
REDIS_LIBRARY - Only when building with Redis; path to libhiredis.a/libhiredis.so
SPATIAL_INCLUDE_DIR - Only when building with LibSpatial; directory that contains spatialindex/SpatialIndex.h
SPATIAL_LIBRARY - Only when building with LibSpatial; path to libspatialindex_c.so/spatialindex-32.lib
LUA_INCLUDE_DIR - Only if you want to use LuaJIT; directory where luajit.h is located
LUA_LIBRARY - Only if you want to use LuaJIT; path to libluajit.a/libluajit.so
MINGWM10_DLL - Only if compiling with MinGW; path to mingwm10.dll
OGG_DLL - Only if building with sound on Windows; path to libogg.dll
OGG_INCLUDE_DIR - Only if building with sound; directory that contains an ogg directory which contains ogg.h
OGG_LIBRARY - Only if building with sound; path to libogg.a/libogg.so/libogg.dll.a
OPENAL_DLL - Only if building with sound on Windows; path to OpenAL32.dll
OPENAL_INCLUDE_DIR - Only if building with sound; directory where al.h is located
OPENAL_LIBRARY - Only if building with sound; path to libopenal.a/libopenal.so/OpenAL32.lib
OPENGLES2_INCLUDE_DIR - Only if building with GLES; directory that contains gl2.h
OPENGLES2_LIBRARY - Only if building with GLES; path to libGLESv2.a/libGLESv2.so
SQLITE3_INCLUDE_DIR - Directory that contains sqlite3.h
SQLITE3_LIBRARY - Path to libsqlite3.a/libsqlite3.so/sqlite3.lib
VORBISFILE_DLL - Only if building with sound on Windows; path to libvorbisfile-3.dll
VORBISFILE_LIBRARY - Only if building with sound; path to libvorbisfile.a/libvorbisfile.so/libvorbisfile.dll.a
VORBIS_DLL - Only if building with sound on Windows; path to libvorbis-0.dll
VORBIS_INCLUDE_DIR - Only if building with sound; directory that contains a directory vorbis with vorbisenc.h inside
VORBIS_LIBRARY - Only if building with sound; path to libvorbis.a/libvorbis.so/libvorbis.dll.a
XXF86VM_LIBRARY - Only on Linux; path to libXXf86vm.a/libXXf86vm.so
ZLIB_DLL - Only on Windows; path to zlib1.dll
ZLIBWAPI_DLL - Only on Windows; path to zlibwapi.dll
ZLIB_INCLUDE_DIR - Directory that contains zlib.h
ZLIB_LIBRARY - Path to libz.a/libz.so/zlibwapi.lib
Compiling on Windows:
- This section is outdated. In addition to what is described here:
- In addition to minetest, you need to download minetest_game.
- If you wish to have sound support, you need libogg, libvorbis and libopenal
- You need:
* MinGW or Visual Studio
* Irrlicht SDK 1.7:
* Zlib headers (zlib125.zip)
* Zlib library (zlibwapi.lib and zlibwapi.dll from zlib125dll.zip):
* SQLite3 headers and library
* Optional: gettext library and tools:
- This is used for other UI languages. Feel free to leave it out.
* And, of course, Minetest:
- Select a directory called DIR hereafter in which you will operate.
- Make sure you have CMake and a compiler installed.
- Download all the other stuff to DIR and extract them into there.
("extract here", not "extract to packagename/")
NOTE: zlib125dll.zip needs to be extracted into zlib125dll
NOTE: You need to extract sqlite3.h & sqlite3ext.h from sqlite3 source
and sqlite3.dll & sqlite3.def from sqlite3 precompiled binaries
into "sqlite3" directory, and generate sqlite3.lib using command
"LIB /DEF:sqlite3.def /OUT:sqlite3.lib"
- All those packages contain a nice base directory in them, which
should end up being the direct subdirectories of DIR.
- You will end up with a directory structure like this (+=dir, -=file):
- sqlite-amalgamation-3130000.zip (SQLite3 headers)
- sqlite-dll-win32-x86-3130000.zip (SQLite3 library for 32bit system)
- 110214175330.zip (or whatever, this is the minetest source)
+ gettext (optional)
- Start up the CMake GUI
- Select "Browse Source..." and select DIR/minetest
- Now, if using MSVC:
- Select "Browse Build..." and select DIR/minetest-build
- Else if using MinGW:
- Select "Browse Build..." and select DIR/minetest
- Select "Configure"
- Select your compiler
- It will warn about missing stuff, ignore that at this point. (later don't)
- Make sure the configuration is as follows
(note that the versions may differ for you):
BUILD_SERVER [ ]
WARN_ALL [ ]
- If CMake complains it couldn't find SQLITE3, choose "Advanced" box on the
right top corner, then specify the location of SQLITE3_INCLUDE_DIR and
- If you want to build 64-bit minetest, you will need to build 64-bit version
of irrlicht engine manually, as only 32-bit pre-built library is provided.
- Hit "Configure"
- Hit "Configure" once again 8)
- If something is still coloured red, you have a problem.
- Hit "Generate"
If using MSVC:
- Open the generated minetest.sln
- The project defaults to the "Debug" configuration. Make very sure to
select "Release", unless you want to debug some stuff (it's slower
and might not even work at all)
- Build the ALL_BUILD project
- Build the INSTALL project
- You should now have a working game with the executable in
- Additionally you may create a zip package by building the PACKAGE
If using MinGW:
- Using the command line, browse to the build directory and run 'make'
(or mingw32-make or whatever it happens to be)
- You may need to copy some of the downloaded DLLs into bin/, see what
running the produced executable tells you it doesn't have.
- You should now have a working game with the executable in
Windows releases of minetest are built using a bat script like this:
cmake %sourcedir% -G "Visual Studio 10" -DIRRLICHT_SOURCE_DIR=%irrlichtpath% -DRUN_IN_PLACE=TRUE -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=%installpath%
if %errorlevel% neq 0 goto fail
"C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\MSBuild.exe" ALL_BUILD.vcxproj /p:Configuration=Release
if %errorlevel% neq 0 goto fail
"C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\MSBuild.exe" INSTALL.vcxproj /p:Configuration=Release
if %errorlevel% neq 0 goto fail
"C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\MSBuild.exe" PACKAGE.vcxproj /p:Configuration=Release
if %errorlevel% neq 0 goto fail
exit /b 0
exit /b 1
License of Minetest textures and sounds
This applies to textures and sounds contained in the main Minetest
Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Authors of media files
Everything not listed in here:
Copyright (C) 2010-2012 celeron55, Perttu Ahola <firstname.lastname@example.org>
License of Minetest source code
Copyright (C) 2010-2017 celeron55, Perttu Ahola <email@example.com>
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
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the Free Software Foundation; either version 2.1 of the License, or
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but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
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You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License along
with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc.,
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