How To Use The Instant Structures Mod In Minecraft

The use of mods to make a player’s Minecraft experience much more fun and exciting is a well-known concept within the community, which would explain why there are thousands if not millions of different mods out there. Mods can turn the game upside down (quite literally in some cases) and make it far more unique than the original version. If you like to experiment with mods and use a lot of mods in your game, you have probably heard of the Instant Structures mod. You always wanted to give it a try but weren’t able to because you didn’t know what it was or what it does.

Luckily for you, we are here to help you and guide you through the process of using the fun mod. In this guide, we will help you install the Instant Structures mod and tell you how to use it properly, step by step.

What Is the Instant Structures Mod?

At one point or another, you may have heard of the name, but most likely asked yourself what the name means. As you might have already guessed, the name deals with structures within the game and the fact that they can be instantly produced means that the mod’s user doesn’t have to put in any effort into building the structure. Believe it or not, but you would be correct in assuming that. However, there is more to it.

As you already know, Minecraft is full of structures. Whether the structure is a dungeon, a house, a mine, a cave, or anything else, structures are an important feature within the game. As such, it can take some time to build a structure, especially if it’s elaborate and complex, which in that case means it can take much longer to build. Players may not have the time, nor the resources to sit there for hours trying to build a particular structure–that’s where the Instant Structures mod comes in. With just a few clicks, players can immediately put out massive and detailed structures within their game.

Here is another example that can be used to demonstrate how useful the mod is. Let’s say you want to build a city and make it look similar to Manhattan or any other metropolitan city. Normally, it would take you days to accomplish that, but with the mod the whole process just takes a few minutes!

Types of Structures Available

Like we already said in the section above, Minecraft has a lot of structures. As such, it would be logical to assume that certain players would want certain structures for their gameplay. But what kind of structures are there and what is their significance?


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Perhaps the most common structures within Minecraft, villages can be as small as two to three buildings, medium-sized, or in rare cases, be large and robust. Typically, villages can be created in the Plains, Savanna, or Desert environments and use materials that pertain to the specific environment. Of course, with villages, there are villagers, and players can build additional structures for them.

Desert Temples

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In Minecraft, desert temples are structures made from sand, sandstone, and wood blocks and feature a secret hidden chamber rigged with explosive traps. As you may have guessed, the secret chamber has plenty of wonderful and useful treasures inside, and it’s up to the player to get inside the chamber without setting off any of the traps. A player can find a desert temple by wandering around the desert, or while mining. Speaking of mining, if you ever encounter a weird sandstone column, that means you are very close to the temple.  

Jungle Temples

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Just like desert temples, jungle temples also have a secret chamber room protected by traps. However, jungle temples also have redstones—substances that are used to create electrical constructions in Minecraft. One thing that makes jungle temples better than desert temples is that there are plenty of wood resources nearby along with mossy cobblestones.

Witch Huts

Witch huts are some of the simplest structures in Minecraft. Consisting of just a small house, witch huts can be commonly found in swampy environments. Needless to say, the huts have a witch living inside, an aggressive character who will try to attack players. Although there is never any loot inside of a witch hut, there is a crafting table which can be used to construct various things.

Abandoned Mineshafts

Being one of the most useful structures in Minecraft, mineshafts can save players plenty of time because everything has already been dug out for them. Inside mineshafts, players can find fence posts, wood blocks, and mine cart rails, which are all full of harvestable materials. Plus, the mine carts themselves can contain loot for players to take! However, mineshafts can prove to be complex structures because they can fuse with other mineshafts, thus creating a labyrinth-like location that can take hours to explore and fully loot.  


When you think of dungeons, you normally picture a large area full of enemies, treasures, and a boss somewhere within, right? In Minecraft, dungeons are actually between 5×5 and 7×7 blocks wide and contain zero to two chests along with a block that spawns enemies. One notable thing about dungeons is that they are the only area in the game where you can find music discs inside of the loot chests.


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As the name might suggest, strongholds are enormous fortresses and are the most castle-like structures in the game. They are incredibly rare and can prove to be difficult to find although they are definitely worth it. The first reason why a stronghold is important to explore is because it makes for a very durable and secure home, along with having loot like gold, enchanted books, swords, and diamonds. Strongholds also have a Portal Room, a room with a portal which players can use to travel to The End.

These are just some of the most important structures in the game. There are many more different structures such as hills, coral reefs, mountains, and other terrains that players can come across.

In the next section, we will guide you through the process of installing and using the Instant Structures mod so that you can begin choosing and placing your favorite structures in the game and creating fun worlds!

How to Use the Instant Structures Mod in Minecraft

Before you can begin using the mod, there are two things you have to know about it. First, the mod is mainly used to browse thousands of different structures, and two, the mod is used to place those structures. The website from which you can download the mod from, instant-structures-mod, makes a great analogy to Google and Spotify. The mod is like Google because you can use it as a search engine to find things you want, and like Spotify because it stores the structures so that you can easily manage them.

To download and install the mod, go to the website (mentioned in the paragraph above), select for which version of Minecraft you want the mod for, and just download and install it like any other application and program. Next, we will talk about searching for structures and placing them.


Once you open up the Instant Structures mod, you can browse for structures by typing keywords into the search field. After you find the structure you want to use, open the context menu and choose the “Place Structure” option. It’s also worth to note that placeable structures are stored in your library. And that’s all there is to it. Every structure you choose to use will be saved and will also be available to you whenever you open Minecraft!


After you save your structures, open up Minecraft and select the Place Structure item. Next, either right-click or left-click on the screen to place your structure! The Instant Structure mod also allows you to rotate, mirror, and adjust the orientation of the structure, meaning that you can adjust any structure to the area, no matter what it is! Aside from changing the dimensions, you can also flatten a surface and mark an area where the structure will stand.

It’s a good idea to select an area before you place a structure. You want the area to be open enough, especially if you plan on placing multiple structures at the same time. Other than that, it’s that easy! Just download the mod, select your desired structure, and then use the in-game tool to place the structure!


If you are the creative type but don’t have the time to sit there and make your own structures, the Instant Structures mod can be seen as a savior. It saves a lot of time, has elaborate and very detailed structures, and just makes the entire Minecraft experience more fun and exciting! We hope that you manage to find the structures that you are looking for and construct worlds, cities, and towns, that are going to make your fellow Minecraft players and friends excited and intrigued at the same time!

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