Today I was watching a video of iDeactiveMC and found out that there is a old version of Minecraft called Minecraft Indev.

Please explain me exactly what Minecraft Indev is?


Indev, literally meaning "in development", was the pre-beta version of Minecraft between December 2009 and February 2010. It was succeeded by Infdev, and then Alpha.

Basically, Minecraft development moved through a number of phases.

There was:

  • The "pre-classic" era in mid 2009. The game was strictly single player creative.
  • The multiplayer and survival tests a few months later.
  • Indev, starting in early 2010 (version 0.31, though the version number wasn't being bumped to match releases for the later part of this)
  • Infdev through mid 2010, which added infinite world generation (there used to be a hard limit on world sizes)
  • Alpha, after June 2010, starting with 1.0.0. As I understand it, this was the point when people could actually buy the game.
  • Beta 1.0 starting in December 2010, and going until November 2011
  • And finally the release series, starting at 1.0.0 and stretching on to today.

There's not a whole lot to explain beyond this and the linked wiki article :)

  • Can you please explain a little bit more? – DeMize May 2 '16 at 15:32
  • Sure, edited. The link to the Minecraft wiki article there will give you the nitty gritty details, but here's a short timeline. – Mikey T.K. May 2 '16 at 15:37

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