If you’re speedrunning Minecraft, then you’ll definitely need a timer. Timers keep track of your progress, record how fast you’re going, and can perform a variety of other functions, such as setting splits for various in-game milestones. But what are the best speedrun timers for Minecraft? Below is a short list of the best timers and links to download them.
Please note that speedrun timers are completely independent programs from the Minecraft client and are not officially supported by Minecraft developer Mojang. They’re made by independent developers, and you should always be careful and use your best judgement when installing programs from third-party websites.
LiveSplit is the community standard for speedrun timers. Used in almost all speedruns on PC, the customizable splits (milestones) make it an essential program for any speedrunner. There are premade splits that can be downloaded, and you also have the ability to customize your own. What’s more, there are mods for in-game integration, meaning the timer on LiveSplit will automatically record when you hit certain milestones.
NinjaSnail’s In-Game Timer
NinjaSnail’s timer has the advantage of being incredibly simple to set up and install. All you have to do is download it, extract it, and it’ll work. Load up Minecraft, start the timer program, and you’re ready to go.
This program does have a few issues with authorization, so you may need to make an exception in Windows Defender for it. But since this timer works on Linux and Mac OS, it's a great option for a wide variety of players.
If you don’t want to use an external program, then Splitty is perfect for you. This in-browser application works like LiveSplit, but it is completely functional via a browser.
The advantage with Splitty is being able to easily start speedrunning without any additional Timer downloads or security workarounds. Since it’s just based in a browser, you can record your splits and times online for extra backups. And if you’re playing Minecraft on-the-go or on a different platform, it’s incredibly easy to access Splitty and get your speedrun timings set up remotely.
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