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How is Minetest developed?

The Process

Minetest is developed and maintained by a group of volunteers called the core team, consisting of a bunch of people who are trusted to keep Minetest progressing in good condition. The core team is formed of people who have made great contributions to Minetest. Contributions are approved if two members of the core team agree on them.

All development and decisions are made in public, on GitHub and Internet Relay Chat (IRC). Meetings are occasionally held on IRC, with plans and notes made public.

The core team is best contacted on IRC at #minetest-dev @

For more information, take a look at all the rules regarding to development .

Project Structure

Minetest is distributed as an engine, combined with a couple of games. Upstream repositories can be found at

  • The engine (core) is the base for everything. C++ is used for housekeeping and performance-critical stuff, Lua for extensible things.
  • Games define game content: nodes, entities, textures, meshes, sounds and custom behavior implemented in Lua. Games consist of mods that plug into the engine using the Modding API.

For more information, see the terminology or engine overview developer wiki pages.

Roadmaps and Future Plans

As an open source project developed by volunteers, Minetest is mostly iteratively developed rather than formally planned. However, there are some overarching goals, both medium-term and long-term, that have been agreed upon by core developers:


Reporting Issues


Different things related to Minetest are maintained by different people, contacted in different ways. Here you can find where to report issues, bugs and any other kinds of problems regarding to each “product”.

People are generally available on Libera IRC, Discord, the Minetest Forums, GitHub and/or via email.

Program People Responsible Source Issue Tracker
Minetest Engine Core developers Source Issues
Minetest Game Core developers Source Issues
Minetestmapper Core developers Source Issues
Blender B3DExport Core developers Source Issues
Service People Responsible Source Issue Tracker
* DNS celeron55 n/a Contact celeron55. His approval is needed to host under celeron55 Source Issues celeron55 Theme Contact a moderator for concerns about content (Use "report this post" if possible)
wiki/ celeron55 MediaWiki Ask for an account to edit or report issues on the forum sfan5 Source Issues rubenwardy Source Issues sfan5 Source Contact sfan5
Google Play nerzhul aka. nrzkt n/a Contact nerzhul

Minetest doesn't have a legal body to accept donations, and most core developers do not wish to accept donations themselves.

Minetest (team)

The Liberapay team allows you to support multiple members at the same time.


celeron55 (founder)

You can tip money to celeron55. He is the original creator of Minetest, and hosts the forums and wikis. While he isn't involved in active development, he plays an advisory role and breaks ties.

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