As some might be aware of, there are some compatibility issues with Minecraft on Mac. You are prompted to download the old Java 1.6 SE to make it work. With a simple applescript and Java 8 JDK, you can use the latest Java.
Update: The official Minecraft Launcher for Mac has now been updated to no longer require Java.
For your convenience I’ve already made a launcher app you can use, just copy it to your “Applications” folder, side by side with the actual “Minecraft” app. (Note, you still need the original app!!)
You also need Java JDK 8 (64bit) which you can get from here:
Java JDK for Mac (Click accept, then download and install “jdk-8u45-macosx-x64.dmg”)
This is the code for the Applescript, if you want to make your own:
do shell script “/usr/bin/java -d64 -Xmx2048M -jar /Applications/Minecraft.app/Contents/Resources/Java/Bootstrap.jar”
Save this as a “Program”. You still need to add a icon if you want it to look nice, and then maybe attach it to the dock for convenience. Note “Xmx2048M”, this means that Java is allowed to use up to 2GB ram. Minecraft only uses 1GB, unless you specify otherwise in the official Minecraft Launcher, which is rarely needed.