How to Add Mods to Minecraft

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How to Add Mods to Minecraft

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Minecraft is undoubtedly one of the most exciting games developed in recent times. It’s particularly popular because it gives you the chance to add new characters, terrain, collectibles, change colors, and has many more exciting features. All this is possible thanks to mods.

In this article, we are going to explore the world of Minecraft mods and tell you how to install them on your device, for a completely new gaming experience.

What Are Mods?

Mods are alterations and expansions that help you to customize various aspects of the original version of Minecraft. Currently, there are hundreds of mods that have been developed over time by the benevolent Minecraft community. Here’s a list of some of the functionalities mods can help you to reconfigure in Minecraft:

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  • Restocking your Hotbar with new tools
  • Adding customized carpenter’s blocks, including slopes, beds, doors, flowerpots, windows, and more
  • Adjusting your playing speed
  • Changing the way tools or mobs appear during gameplay
  • Granting characters new powers and skills
  • Altering the terrain and landscape

Why Are Minecraft Mods so Popular?

Before mods came along, games were very much like movies. They would only offer a single predictable storyline and you had no choice but to stick to this. In addition, the reward system was fixed and predictable. As a result, games would quickly become boring and repetitive.

Enter mods, and the possibilities are literally limitless! Talented programmers have ensured that almost every aspect of the game is customizable to give you a new experience every time you pick up your playing device.

Preparing for Installation

Before jumping right in to mod your game, there are a few things you need to do:

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  • Ensure that your device can handle mods. If you’re playing on a PC, for example, you might want to upgrade your graphics to the latest version available.
  • Make sure your device has enough storage. As with all installations, mods take up space.
  • Familiarize yourself with the standard process of downloading external programs.
  • Know the game edition you’re playing on. Some mods are best suited to specific editions.

How to Add Mods to Minecraft

Mods are simple to download and install, but before jumping in, it is important to note that not all Minecraft editions use mods. If you want to use mods, you must be using the Java edition of Minecraft. Consoles, as well as the Bedrock edition, do not accommodate mods. However, programmers have come up with add-ons that serve the same purpose as mods, which can be added to the Bedrock edition.

Assuming you’re using the Java edition of Minecraft, installing mods is simple, but there’s a catch. Mods do not work in the normal Minecraft. First, you have to install Forge. This is a specialized program designed to integrate mods into Minecraft. Luckily, Forge is widely available on the internet, and its installation is straightforward.

When downloading Forge, you’ll have to make sure that you choose the version of Forge that matches your chosen mods. Let’s say the mods you want are built for version 1.15.3. That means you’ll have to download and install version 1.15.3 of Forge.

How to Install Forge on Your Minecraft Server

  1. Visit http://files.minecraftforge.net/ and download the version of Forge that matches your mods. If you’re using Mac/Linux, you’ll need to use “Installer.” If you’re using Windows, you’re free to download the “Windows Version” of the installer.
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  2. Once the download is complete, click on the installer and hit “run.”
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  3. Click on “Install server.”
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  4. Pick a location where you want Forge to install. For ease of access, we recommend that you use a temporary folder on your Desktop.
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  5. Click on “OK” and Forge files will start downloading. Avoid interrupting the download process until all files have been downloaded.
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  6. Inside the Forge files, locate a file named “Forge Universal JAR.” You should rename this file as “custom.jar.”
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  7. At this point, upload the generated files to your server via FTP. An FTP client is preferable over the web FTP interface because you’re going to be uploading multiple files. Once the upload is complete, visit the Control Panel and pick the Custom JAR option under “Server Type.” And that’s it, you’re done!

How to Add Mods to a Minecraft Server

Once you’ve downloaded and installed Forge on your Minecraft server, you can now add the mods you want.

  1. Download the mods of your choice. As noted, these should match the version of Forge already installed.
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  2. Using FTP, upload your mods to the /mods directory of your server. You can use FileZilla or its alternatives for this purpose.
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  3. Once you’re done uploading your mods, restart your server to complete the process. It’s important to mention that most mods also have to be installed on your computer.
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How to Add Mods to Minecraft on Windows 10

Adding mods to Minecraft on Windows 10 is straightforward:

  1. Download the mods you’d like to use. There are several websites dedicated to this service, including:
    https://www.minecraftmods.com/
    https://mcreator.net/
    https://www.curseforge.com/minecraft/mc-mods
    If you’d like a specific mode, you can also type search it by name on Google.
    Locate the Minecraft directory by typing the following into File Explorer:
    C:Users[yourname]AppDataRoaming.minecraft
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  2. Create the mods folder in Minecraft’s directory. For convenience, name the folder “mods.”
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  3. Move the mods you downloaded earlier into the “mods” folder.
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  4. Close the mods folder and run Minecraft.
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How to Add Mods to Minecraft on Mac

Adding mods on Windows 10 and Mac has a lot of similarities.

  1. Download the mods you’d like to use.
  2. Locate the Minecraft directory. There are several ways to go about this:
    Option 1: Open Finder and select “Go” on the menu bar. Then, press the “Option” key to access the “Library.” After that, select “Application Support” and then trace “Minecraft” on the pop-up list.
    Option 2: Use the keyboard shortcut: Command + Shift + G.
  3. Create the mods folder in Minecraft’s directory. For convenience, name the folder “mods.”
  4. Move the mods you downloaded earlier into the “mods” folder.
  5. Close the mods folder and run Minecraft.

How to Add Mods to Minecraft on Xbox One

  1. The first step is to download the mods on a computer.
  2. Compress the files into a zip file and host it on a file hoster.
  3. Open “File Downloader” on Xbox and copy the download link.
  4. Open Xbox One Smartglass on your computer, then paste the download link. Make sure that the file to be downloaded is named appropriately for ease of access.
  5. Press “Start” to download the files.
  6. Once the files have been downloaded, open the local storage folder.
  7. Unzip the files, then select and copy all of them.
  8. While outside the storage folder, right-click and select “Paste.”

How to Add Mods to Minecraft on Android

When it comes to hand-held versions of Minecraft, it is still not possible to download and install true mods. However, what you can get are add-ons from third-party apps like BlockLauncher, Mods for Minecraft PE, and Add-ons for Minecraft. Using BlockLauncher and Mods for Minecraft PE as examples, here’s how you can install add-ons to Minecraft on Android:

  1. Visit the Google Play Store and install BlockLauncher. This acts pretty much like Forge, by integrating add-ons into Minecraft.
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  2. Visit Google Store once again and install Mods for Minecraft PE. This software will help you to access, download, and install mods.
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  3. Open Mods for Minecraft PE and select the mod you want. Then, select “Install.”
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Once a mod has been installed via Mods for Minecraft PE, it will automatically apply to Minecraft.

How to Add Mods to Minecraft on iPhone

With iPhones, mods installation is straightforward.

  1. Visit the App Store and search for “Mods for Minecraft PE.”
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  2. Tap on “GET.” proceed to the app and install
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  3. Proceed to the app and install select “Install” to the desired mod.

Again, all installed mods should apply to your game automatically.

How to Add Mods to Minecraft on PS4

Currently, there are no mods available for the PS4. However, players do have access to add-ons, but you have to purchase them from designated sources. To add add-ons to Minecraft on a PS4,

  1. Launch Minecraft on your console and visit “Marketplace” on your main menu.
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  2. Select a World, Mash-up Pack, Skin Pack, World, or Texture Pack.
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  3. Proceed to purchase the selected add-on, using Minecoins or your credit card.
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How to Add Mods to Minecraft Realms

We do have mods for Minecraft realms, but these come at a cost. In fact, there was no way to add mods to Minecraft realms until very recently. To do this:

  1. Launch Minecraft realms and visit “Marketplace” on your main menu.
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  2. Select a World, Mash-up Pack, Skin Pack, World, or Texture Pack
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  3. Proceed to purchase the selected add-on, using Minecoins or your credit card.
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How to Add Mods to Minecraft Bedrock

If you’re playing the Bedrock edition of Minecraft, you can grab add-ons directly via the Marketplace. However, you’ll have to fork out some money to get your hands on some good ones. However, the advantage is that you’re assured of quality, and there’s very little chance that your add-ons will come with viruses.

How to Add Mods to Minecraft Java     

To use mods on the Java edition:

  1. Download and install Forge.
  2. Download Java mods from a reputable source.
  3. Create the mods folder in Minecraft’s directory. For convenience, name the folder “mods.”
  4. Move the mods you downloaded earlier into the “mods” folder.
  5. Close the mods folder and run Minecraft.

How to Add Mods to Minecraft Forge

  1. Download the mods you’d like to use.
  2. Create the “mods” folder in Minecraft’s directory.
  3. Move the mods you downloaded earlier into the “mods” folder.
  4. Close the mods folder and run Minecraft.

Additional FAQs

Can You Add Mods to Minecraft on Nintendo Switch?

Unfortunately, you cannot add mods to Minecraft on Nintendo Switch. However, you can add as many add-ons as you want.

How Do You Combine Minecraft Mods?

The good thing about Minecraft mods is that you can combine as many as you would like to. To add new mods to an existing mod pack, drop the mod’s Jar file into the mods folder. You should then be able to use the new mods after launching Minecraft.

Can You Add Mods to an Existing Minecraft World?

In most cases, new mods will integrate with the existing world with no problems. However, sometimes the mod may come with its own world generation. In this case, you should reset chunks to see all the changes.

Is It Safe to Install Mods on Minecraft?

As with all tools obtained from the internet, there will always be questions about the safety and security of mods. Fortunately, most mod packs are safe and do not pose any threats to your device. However, it’s always good to stick with sources with a good reputation, some of which we have mentioned in this guide. Mods from certain shady sources may come with viruses that can damage your device, your world, or expose crucial data to third-parties.

What Is the Easiest Way to Get Minecraft Mods?

If you’re playing on Windows or Mac, CurseForge would be a good place to start. If you’re playing on Android or iPhone, you can get dozens of mods on Google Play Store and App Store, respectively.

Use Mods to Unleash Your Creativity

Modding Minecraft today is one of the easiest ways to keep you motivated and hungry for more success while playing. With this guide, you are now in a position to get your hands on the best Minecraft mods on the market. Which mods do you like best? Have you experienced any challenges while trying to add Minecraft mods to your device? Let’s discuss in the comments section.

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