Minecraft is a game that encourages creativity, and mods are big part of that creativity. Some mods change the way that the game looks or add in new items, others change the way it plays, and there are even mods that let you play the game in virtual reality.
Installing mods on Minecraft works differently depending on the version of the game you have, but it doesn't have to be a difficult or frustrating experience.
The basic steps involved in installing Minecraft mods, if you're playing the original Java version on a Mac or PC, are:
1. Download and install Minecraft Forge (we'll explain that further down below, if you don't already have it.)
2. Download a Minecraft mod from a trusted source.
3. Place mod into your Minecraft folder.
4. Launch Minecraft like you normally would.
With Minecraft Forge, the process really is that easy.
If you're playing Minecraft on a different platform, like Xbox One, then mods, skins, map packs and other additions are all referred to as add-ons. On these platforms, the process is even easier:
1. Launch Minecraft.
2. Click Store.
3. Click an add-on that you want.
4. Click Unlock to purchase the add-on.
How Do You Choose a Minecraft Mod to Use?
Choosing a minecraft mod is a matter of personal preference, since it really depends on what you want to change about Minecraft.
If you're totally new to modding, then the best place to start is checking out a list of the best available Minecraft mods, or visiting a reputable source for mods.
The best way to figure out what Minecraft mod to download and install is to ask yourself a few questions:
1. What would you like to add or change about Minecraft?
2. Are you interested in purely cosmetic changes, or do you want major game play changes?
3. Do you just want new recipes to craft, or do you want to experience a brand new adventure or world?
Since the pool of mods to choose from is so massive, there's a good chance that if you think of something you'd like to do with Minecraft, you'll be able to find a mod that can help.
Another great way to choose a Minecraft mod is to check out YouTube videos. There are a ton of popular Minecraft YouTubers that test out different mods, so this is an easy way to see what looks like fun.
How to Download Minecraft Mods
Downloading Minecraft mods is extremely easy, and there are a number of relatively safe sources to find mods.
Some modders have webpages where you can download a mod directly from the source, but it can be tough to tell whether or not a personal site like that is safe.
The safest way to download Minecraft mods is to go to a source like The Minecraft Forum where mod creators upload their mods. The flip side of that is that you should avoid locations where people have uploaded mods that they didn't create, since there's no way to tell if the files have been altered.
Downloading a Minecraft mod is as simple as locating a mod you want on one of these sources and downloading the mod file. The mod will then be saved to your computer, and you'll be able to install it.
How to Install Minecraft Mods?
There are a lot of different ways to install Minecraft mods, but the most popular one is a program called Forge. This method requires you to download Forge, and it isn't compatible with all mods, but it is extremely easy.
How to download and install Forge:
1.Navigate to the official Forge website.
2.Click on Windows installer if you have Windows or Installer if you have a Mac.
3.The next screen will show an advertisement. Wait for the ad timer to run down, and click Skip in the upper right corner. Do not click anything else on the page.
4.Wait for Forge to download, open the file that you downloaded, and click Install Client.
5.Launch Minecraft, and check the profiles drop-down menu.
6.Click the profile called Forge, and then click Play.
7.Wait for the game to fully load, and then exit Minecraft.
How to install a Minecraft mod with Forge:
1.Locate a mod that you have downloaded, or download a new mod. If downloading a new mod, make sure to choose one that it is compatible your versions of both Minecraft and Forge.
2.Locate the folder on your computer that contains Minecraft.
3.Copy the .jar or .zip mod file from the first step into the mods subfolder inside the Minecraft folder that you located in the second step.
4.Launch Minecraft, make sure the Forge profile is active, and click Play.
5.Click the mods button to verify that the mod was properly installed.
Safety Concerns About Minecraft Mods, Textures, Skins and Modpacks
While Minecraft mods are usually pretty safe, there are always risks involved with downloading and installing files that you find on the Internet. Some of the most important concerns are:
#The mod itself might contain malware, spyware, or a virus.
#The site you download a mod from might be infected or could be a malicious site that intentionally infects your computer.
#The mod could contain inappropriate content or not work as advertised.
#The mod could potentially mess up your Minecraft game through some unforseen interaction between the game files.