How To Install Minecraft Mods

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Mods (or to be more specific, the act of modifying a game and its files) are one of the best things out there in the video game industry. Through mods, players can greatly enhance their game and play through it from a completely different angle, an experience that is sure to bring plenty of fun and good times. Due to mods, the game can either have an extended life cycle or become something memorable to the player base and the community. As a result, knowing how to install Minecraft mods is extremely important if you play the game frequently and wish to enhance the overall experience.

Although the main purpose in Minecraft is to try to survive while building various things, mods can really turn the game into a whole new, different experience. Through this guide, we will teach you how to install Minecraft mods into your version of Minecraft correctly.

What Are Minecraft Mods?

Before we can even begin explaining how to install Minecraft mods, it’s best to acquaint ourselves with the mods and understand how they work and what they do.

In Minecraft, players can create their own mods and share those mods with others within the community. However, the fun doesn’t necessarily have to end there, because it is also possible to remix other players’ mods, thus creating a constant evolution of the ways to play the game. A simple and generic mod can become the next big thing within the Minecraft community if a bunch of players download it and enhance it with their very own ideas and designs.

Although there are mods that can, for example, change your inventory or add a new element or feature into the game, there are also mods known as resource packages. Resource packages are images that replace the original versions within Minecraft so that objects end up looking different. For instance, you can install a resource package mod that changes the game’s sky into a far more realistic version, thus adding more depth, realism, and shadow into the game. 

Why Is There a Need for Minecraft Mods?

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Now, before you find out how to install Minecraft mods, there is just one more thing that you need to know, and that is the purpose of Minecraft mods. Why do Minecraft players need mods?

As we have stated at the beginning, mods are generally used to either change or enhance the overall experience and feel of the game. Take the resource packages that we talked about in the previous section. Would you rather survive in a Minecraft world that has the boring, default, and unoriginal sky, or would you rather have a far more realistic sky that makes the world feel more alive and unique?

Resource packages aren’t the only things that can be considered mods in Minecraft. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different mods out there, each one bringing something completely different to the table. Do you have problems with managing items and things you acquire? It’s not a problem, because there is a mod for that! Perhaps you wish to be challenged and want to take on tougher and scarier enemies? Well, there is a mod that takes care of that! Whatever your needs are, there is sure to be a mod for it.

How To Install Minecraft Mods

With the basics of mods and what they are and do out of the way, it’s time to finally answer the question of how to install Minecraft mods. But before you can download and install your favorite mods, there are a few things you need to take care of first.

Back Up Your Game Files and World

Since mods tend to mess around with the game and its files, there is always a chance that something could go wrong, especially if the creator behind the mod is a novice and is inexperienced. As a result of that, it’s best to back up the game’s files and keep them safe from any potential harm that a mod might cause.

The three most important files that pertain to Minecraft are minecraft.jar, .minecraft/saves, and .minecraft/stats. Those are the three files you want to back up. In order to back up those files, all you have to do is simply create a new folder and copy the files into the new folder. That way, if something goes wrong, all you will have to do is copy the files back into the original Minecraft folder.

Now that we have that out of the way, the next thing you want to do is download Minecraft Forge.

Minecraft Forge

Minecraft Forge is a program that is associated with Minecraft and mods pertaining to the game. This is the program you will use to install your mods.

The first thing you will have to do is download the application itself by going to the following website: files.minecraftforge.net. Find the version that you need and then download it and make sure it corresponds with your version of Minecraft. If it is your very first time downloading the application, choose the “Recommended” option.

Once you have downloaded Minecraft Forge, you then have to install the application, and after successfully installing Minecraft Forge, you must open up Minecraft itself. After you have opened up Minecraft, look in the profile drop-down menu, and you should see that you now have a new profile called Forge. Select Forge and launch the game. The good news is that you are now halfway there to knowing how to install Minecraft mods.

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Downloading a Mod

Finding a mod for Minecraft can be done pretty much anywhere on the internet, but that can create a bunch of problems. For example, the mod might not be compatible with Minecraft Forge, might not work at all, or might be corrupted. The safest and best places to download mods are PlanetMinecraft and ResourcePack. The mods from those two websites are safe to download and install without creating any unnecessary problems.

To download the mod, all you have to do is simply download it. All of the mods will either come in a ZIP, RAR, or JAR format. Make sure you have the corresponding program so you can unzip the mod itself after downloading it.

Installing a Mod

Now comes the part of figuring out how to install Minecraft mods.

To properly install the mod, all you have to do is copy the entire zip file of the mod into the mods folder that Forge has created in the .minecraft folder. Once you have managed to transport the mod from its zip file to the Forge file folder, you will need to open up Minecraft again. Minecraft Forge will check the folder to see if there are any changes. If there are, then the mod installation process was done correctly, and you have managed to install your mod.

As far as resource packages go, they are opened from the Options menu within Minecraft itself. Simply navigate to the Options menu, and you should be able to see the resource packages selection on the screen.

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A Few Things to Mention

Before you can begin enjoying your mods, it’s best to keep some things in mind. Always read the instructions that come with each mod. They can be found either on the website where you downloaded the mod or as a text file within the zip file. If Minecraft freezes or crashes when launching the mod, make sure that the mod’s version is compatible with Minecraft’s; the same goes for Minecraft Forge. Make sure that the mod is also compatible with the program.

If the versions do match but the mod still crashes, perhaps the mod needs another mod to run properly. Read the mod’s instructions for possible answers or clues. Again, be sure to back up your three most important files pertaining to Minecraft: minecraft.jar, .minecraft/saves, and .minecraft/stats

Conclusion

You finally know how to install Minecraft mods. Well done! If you followed all the instructions precisely, you shouldn’t experience any problems with Minecraft or any mod you might have downloaded.  

With Minecraft being extremely popular and played by millions all over the world, it’s no surprise it has so many unique mods. And since you now know how to install Minecraft mods, you can now join many other players and have a completely different and unique experience while playing.  If you wish to test the entire installation process, there are two very simple mods you can download right now. Lucky Block is one mod that was inspired by the memorable yellow blocks from Super Mario. This mod provides players with a block that generates a completely random item upon harvesting it. From over 100 different items to choose from, what will the Lucky Block give you?


TooManyItems is a second mod you can use that helps you organize, sort, and manage all the items you collect during gameplay. With additional buttons and a useful inventory search tool, you are sure to feel more comfortable when browsing and searching through your items. Hopefully, the next time you launch Minecraft with mods, you will be able to enjoy a whole new experience.  

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