Minecraft on Apple Silicon
In this gist, you can find the steps to run Minecraft 1.16.4 natively on Apple Silicon (AS), without needing Rosetta 2 translation of the dependencies (mainly LWJGL and related libraries).
While it's possible to use a launcher like MultiMC to have a prettier way to run the game on AS, it requires installing even more dependencies (like QT) which take time and are difficult to distribute. Therefore, I've put together a command line-based launcher tool using a couple shell & Python scripts.
To get up and running quickly, follow the steps below. Otherwise, for more detail, watch my YouTube video.
Download my package
To begin, download the Minecraft on Apple Silicon package I've already put together, containing some pre-compiled core dependencies like LWJGL and a convenient set of setup & launcher scripts. Unzip the file, and navigate to it in your terminal. Then follow the next steps.
Download Minecraft client & client libraries
cd libraries sh download.sh cd ..
Download Minecraft assets
passwordwith your actual username & password for Minecraft, but keep them enclosed in single quotes. This data is only used to communicate with Mojang's authentication servers and is never stored. The file containing your authtoken is deleted after the game launches.
sh launch.sh 'firstname.lastname@example.org' 'password'