Whether you’re looking to improve visuals with some fancy shaders or increase mob and biome diversity, mods are a great way to keep Minecraft feeling exciting after sinking in hundreds of hours into the game. However, to use most mods you’ll have to first install a modding API and loader.
The go-to one for Minecraft is Minecraft Forge, a free and open-source modding tool that allows you to access community-made mods within the game as well as create your own mods.
Here, we’ll show you how to install and use Minecraft Forge to make the entire modding process a lot easier. If you would like more Minecraft guides and recommendations, check out the following:
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How To Install Minecraft Forge
Minecraft Forge is designed to be as accessible as possible, and that includes the process for setting it up. Keep in mind that Forge is currently only compatible with Minecraft: Java Edition, so if you’re looking to mess around with modding, you’ll have to use that version.
To get started with installation, head over to the official Minecraft Forge website and download either the latest or recommended version that matches your game version.
Navigate to the downloaded file’s location on your PC, which should be ‘C:Users\[username]AppDataRoaming\.minecraftmods’ by default, and open it up. The installation process will begin, and when prompted, select ‘Install Client’ and then ‘OK.’
From there, you should be good to go and can start adding mods to your game. Thankfully, Forge receives an update every time Minecraft does, ensuring the tool remains compatible with the latest version of the game.
How To Use Minecraft Forge
After you’ve installed Forge, open up the Minecraft launcher and switch the profile to ‘Forge.’ Upon starting up the game, you should now see a new ‘Mods’ section added to the main menu. Select it to pull up a list of mods you have installed and toggle the ones you wish to use.
To ensure any mods you install show up in Forge, you’ll want to make sure to save them to the correct folder. The location of this folder will vary depending on which platform you’re using:
- Windows – Select Start > Run, type %appdata%, select Minecraft and then locate the mods folder. Send any mods you want to use to this location.
- Mac – Select the desktop, press Command+Shift+G, type ~/Library and hit enter; Open Application Support, select Minecraft and locate the mods folder. Send any mods you want to use to this location.
- Linux – While in a terminal window, type “xdg-open ~/.minecraft” or “cd ~/.minecraft” (if you’re working from the command line) and locate the mods folder. Send any mods you want to use to this location.
Once that’s done, you should be able to see every mod you have installed from the Mods menu within the game.