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Welcome to the Minetest Developer Wiki, here you learn how Minetest and games and mods for Minetest are developed.

Minetest is a game engine inspired by Minecraft, Infiniminer and others. It's licensed under the GNU LGPL 2.1, with artwork generally covered by CC BY-SA 3.0. There are two major parts to the system, the first being a core engine written in C++, the second being a modding API that exposes useful functions to a Lua environment.

The Minetest Wiki for players is located at

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Content Index

Before you start, you should look at the terminology.

Modding API

Tips and tricks:

Misc articles…




Design and planning

For users

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Getting started