How to Make Minecraft Show in Steam

UPDATE: This method works both before and after the 1.6 Horse Update.

For at least a year, we’ve been trying to figure out how to get Minecraft to show up in Steam’s friend list. The problem was that adding the exe normally as a non-Steam game resulted in a green “now playing” for a few seconds before returning the user’s status back to the blue “Online”. We have finally discovered a method, using both the Minecraft exe and jar file, and have documented it below.


  • This issue affects users with Java 64-bit installed on their PC.
  • Do not use this walkthrough if you are running only Java 32-bit – it will actually give you this issue. Add the exe normally as a non-Steam game, i.e. stop at step 2 below.
  • This is not for getting the in-game overlay to work properly. Steam overlay just does not like Minecraft; it will usually not function at all and may even lock up or crash your game.

1. Downloading the Minecraft exe and jar files

  • Go to the Minecraft download page here.
  • Download Minecraft.exe in the “Minecraft for Windows” section.
  • Click the small link “Show all platforms” under the “Minecraft for Windows” section.
  • Download Minecraft.jar in the “Minecraft for Linux / Other” section.
  • Move the two files into the folder you want to run Minecraft from.

2. Adding Minecraft to your Steam games library

  • Open your Steam library.
  • Click “ADD A GAME…” in the bottom left of the window.
  • Click “Add a Non-Steam Game…”
  • Click “BROWSE…” and locate the folder with the two files.
  • Click on Minecraft.exe and press Open. Minecraft should now be checked in the Add a Game window.
  • Click “ADD SELECTED PROGRAMS”. Minecraft should now be in your Games list.

3. Using the jar file to launch Minecraft and fixing the icon

  • Scroll down the Games list and locate Minecraft.
  • Right-click Minecraft and click Properties.
  • Click “CHOOSE ICON…” at the top.
  • Click Minecraft.exe and press OPEN. The icon should now have a shortcut arrow.
  • Under Target, change “…\Minecraft.exe” to “…\Minecraft.jar” and click CLOSE.

You can now play Minecraft through Steam and show your friends what awesome game you are enjoying.


  • If you get stuck at the white Mojang screen, navigate to “C:\Users\[account name]\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft\bin” and delete the jinput.jar file. (AppData is a hidden folder.)
  • Double-check the Java version you have installed on your PC. Stop at step 2 if you only have Java 32-bit. Follow the entire walkthrough if you have Java 32 AND 64-bit OR if you have only Java 64-bit installed.
  • Download and install Java 64-bit manually (it’s called Windows Offline (64-bit)), as we have had issues in the past using versions downloaded with Firefox and Chrome.
  • Make sure that you have downloaded the files for the correct platforms.
  • Make sure the two files are in the same folder.
  • Make sure when adding a non-Steam game, to choose the exe and not the jar file.
  • Make sure to choose the icon first before changing the target.


  • Internet Explorer 9, 32 and 64-bit, to download Java.
  • Java, Version 6 Update 30, 32 and 64-bit.
  • Java 32-bit only, Java 32 and 64-bit concurrently, and Java 64-bit only, with the exe and exe+jar files.
  • Windows 7 OS, 64-bit.

Last updated on July 13, 2013.

(5) Comments

  • Goofmobber
    22 Dec 2011

    Hi, quick question:

    I did everything as instructed, but when I launch Minecraft, my name stays green for about 2 seconds, before going back to blue. Is there any way to fix that? Or is it because of 64-bit java?


  • Wolf
    23 Dec 2011

    Thank you for the feedback, Goofmobber. I’ve gone through and done a more thorough testing with the Java and Minecraft clients, adding to the walkthrough accordingly. Could you please reply with which Java and OS type (32 or 64-bit) your PC is running?

  • John
    06 Mar 2012

    No luck, mine goes back to status-online after a couple of seconds.

    java version “1.7_0_02” SE 64-bit
    Windows 7 64-bit

  • Sarah
    26 Mar 2012

    Works perfectly for me. Thanks a bunch!

  • brandon
    29 Jun 2013

    for me when I changed the “minecraft.exe” to “minecraft.jar” it didn’t locate the jar and wouldn’t work so then I went back and put the “miencraft.exe” back and it stays when I open from steam or short cut. I am running from a 64 bit java and I think my pc runs a 86 bit. im not really sure why it worked but it did…….

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