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Freeminer is an open source sandbox game inspired by Minecraft.

Freeminer is based on Minetest which is developed by a number of contributors from all over the globe.

It aims to make the game fun while trading off some bits of perfectionism.


Further documentation

Default controls

  • W A S D: move
  • Space: jump/climb
  • Shift: sneak/go down
  • Q: drop item
  • I: inventory
  • Mouse: turn/look
  • Mouse left: dig/punch
  • Mouse right: place/use
  • Mouse wheel: select item
  • Esc: pause menu
  • T: chat
  • Z: zoom
  • Tab: player list
  • ~: toggle console


Install dependencies. Here’s an example for


sudo apt-get install build-essential libirrlicht-dev cmake libbz2-dev libgettextpo0 \
libsqlite3-dev libleveldb-dev libsnappy-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev libluajit-5.1-dev libgmp-dev libspatialindex-dev \
libpng12-dev libjpeg-dev libfreetype6-dev libxxf86vm-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libvorbis-dev libopenal-dev
# First  - needed always
# Second - recommended for servers and singleplayer
# Third  - needed for client only

# optional:
sudo apt-get install libhiredis-dev cmake-curses-gui


# the first five is the closest to Debian/Ubuntu build-essential
sudo yum install make automake gcc gcc-c++ kernel-devel cmake \
irrlicht-devel bzip2-libs libpng-devel libjpeg-turbo-devel freetype-devel \
libXxf86vm-devel mesa-libGL-devel sqlite-devel libvorbis-devel \
openal-soft-devel libcurl-devel luajit-devel leveldb-devel snappy-devel \
gettext-devel msgpack msgpack-devel spatialindex-devel bzip2-devel

Arch Linux:

sudo pacman -S curl irrlicht leveldb libvorbis luajit openal sqlite cmake msgpack-c freetype2


emerge -av media-libs/libvorbis media-libs/openal dev-games/irrlicht \
dev-libs/msgpack dev-libs/leveldb sci-libs/libspatialindex


brew install cmake freetype gettext hiredis irrlicht jpeg leveldb libogg \
libvorbis luajit msgpack

Recommended irrlicht version: 1.8.2

Download source code:

git clone --recursive
cd freeminer

Recommended minimum compiler version: gcc 4.8 or clang 3.3

Build it (GNU/Linux):

mkdir _build && cd _build
cmake ..
nice make -j $(nproc || sysctl -n hw.ncpu || echo 2)

or for debian based:

curl | sh

Build it (OS X):

mkdir _build && cd _build
cmake .. -DGETTEXT_LIBRARY=/usr/local/opt/gettext/lib/libgettextlib.dylib -DGETTEXT_INCLUDE_DIR=/usr/local/opt/gettext/include
make -j8 package

(if the make command doesn’t work on OS X install bsdmake)

Build it (windows):



Play it!

cd ..

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