Welcome to the GOAT beta! We’re excited to give you a sneak peek at new experiences coming to Minecraft: Education Edition.
What to know before getting started?
- If you are on Windows or Mac, you will need to remove your current version before downloading and installing the Beta. Before you remove the current version, it is recommended that you back up your worlds, or the worlds will be deleted. See the Importing and Exporting Your Worlds article for more information.
- You may need to add URLs that are associated with Minecraft: Education Edition to your networks list of allowed URLs. See the FAQ: IT Admin Guide for more information and a full list of URLs to allow.
- Beta builds may have some instabilities. The What happens if something doesn’t work the way I expect it to? section and following questions address known issues, however you may be the first to discover a new one!
- Multiplayer will work across devices and platforms, but all players must be running the beta to play in the same worlds.
- Note: Multiplayer is optimized for use in the classroom with all players on the same network. Review the How to Setup a Multiplayer Game at Home article for information about connecting from a home network.
- Not all features in the beta have had language localization.
- Worlds opened in the beta cannot be reopened on previous versions of Minecraft: Education Edition. We recommend that you back up your worlds, see the Importing and Exporting Your Worlds article for more information.
What new features and functionality are available in the beta?
We call this the GOAT (greatest of all time) beta for a reason and we are so excited to bring this to you. With this beta, we bring you both the Nether updates AND the first release of the Caves and Cliffs updates! You can explore the many biomes of the Nether, use new items in your lessons like copper that weathers, lightning rods, spyglasses, and candles, and meet all the new creatures like goats, axolotls, glow squids and piglins. We’ve also added other features to help improve the classroom experience like multiplayer with up to 40 people, new Teams integrations, a new UNESCO Global Build Challenge world, and new subject kits and worlds for Sustainability and Climate in the Library. There’s lots to explore! To learn more, check out the Beta Feature Walkthrough for more detail on the new features.
What happens if something doesn’t work the way I expect it to?
While we anticipate that the beta release will work well for you and your school, it is possible that you may encounter a bug or two along the way. If you do, we want to hear about it. Please report any issues or general feedback you have about the release to our Beta feedback thread.
If you have a blocking issue, there are instructions in the How to Contact Support article about how to open a support ticket. If you are using the Windows desktop app, we recommend you run the diagnostic tool and export the log so that you can share it with us.
How will I get the updated regular version after the beta?
Check out our article, Download Minecraft: Education Edition Beta, to learn more about supported platforms and how to install a Minecraft: Education Edition on your platform.
How can I get future beta releases?
- Chromebook, iOS and Windows Desktop users will automatically get notified when future betas are coming and can choose to keep receiving betas or remove themselves from participating.
- Windows Store and MacOS users will have to manually install new beta versions.
Still have questions?
Check out the Join the Minecraft: Education Edition Beta article for additional details.
We hope you enjoy the beta!