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How to install/add Mods to Minecraft

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Minecraft is undoubtedly one of the most exciting games developed in recent times. It is prevalent because it gives you the ability to add new characters, terrain, collectibles, change colors, and has many other interesting features. All this is possible thanks to the mods.

In this article, you will see how to explore the world of Minecraft mods and understand how to install them on your device for a whole new gaming experience.

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What are mods?

Mods are alterations and expansions that help you 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.

Some of the features produced by the mods include:

  • Stock your Hotbar with new tools.
  • Add custom carpenter blocks, including slopes, beds, doors, flowerpots, windows, and more.
  • Adjust your game speed.
  • Change the way tools or mobs appear throughout the game.
  • Grant new powers and abilities to characters.
  • Change the terrain and landscape.

Why are Minecraft mods so popular?

Before mods came, games were very similar to movies. They would only offer a single predictable storyline and you had no choice but to stick to what was delivered. Furthermore, the reward system was fixed and predictable. As a result, the games would become boring and repetitive rather quickly.

Enter the world of mods and the possibilities are endless! 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 gaming device.

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Preparation for the installation of the Minecraft mod

Before modifying Minecraft, there are a few things you need to do.

  • Make sure your device can handle mods. If you’re playing on a PC, for example, you might want to update your graphics to the latest version available.
  • Make sure your device has sufficient storage space. As with all installations, mods take up space.
  • Familiarize yourself with the standard external program download process.
  • You know the edition of the game you are playing. Some mods are more suitable for specific editions.
  • Learn how to add mods to Minecraft.

Mods are simple to download and install, but it’s important to note that not all editions of Minecraft use mods. If you want to use mods, you need to use the Java edition of Minecraft. Consoles, as well as the Bedrock edition, do not support mods. However, programmers have come up with add-ons that can be added to the Bedrock edition, with the same purpose as mods.

Assuming you’re using the Java edition of Minecraft, installing the mods is straightforward. However, there is a problem. Mods don’t work in normal Minecraft. First, you need to install Forge. This program is specialized and designed to integrate mods into Minecraft. Fortunately, Forge is widely available on the Internet and its installation is simple.

When you download Forge, choose the installation file that matches the version requirements of the selected mods. If your mods are created for version 1.15.3, you need to download and install Forge version 1.15.3.

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 are using Mac / Linux, you will need to use “Installer” to add Forge. If you are using Windows, you are free to download Forge using the Windows version of the installer.
  2. Once the download is complete, double click on the installer and press “Run”.
  3. Select “Install Server”.
  4. Choose a location where you want to install Forge. For easier access, we recommend that you use a temporary folder on your desktop.
  5. Please click on “OK” to download the file Forge. Avoid interrupting the process until all files are downloaded.
  6. Within the Forge files, locate a file named “Forge Universal JAR”. Rename the file to “custom.jar”.
  7. At this point, upload the generated files to your server via FTP. An FTP client is preferable to the web FTP interface because you are uploading multiple files. Once the upload is complete, visit the “Control Panel” and select the “Custom JAR” option located under “Server Type”. And this is all. Are you done!

How to add mods to a Minecraft server

After you have downloaded and installed Forge on your Minecraft server, add the mods you want.

  1. Download the mods you prefer. As noted, these should match the version of Forge already installed.
  2. Using FTP, upload your mods to your server’s “/ mods” directory. You can use “FileZilla” or its alternatives for this purpose.
  3. Once your mods are finished uploading, reboot the server to complete the process. It is important to remember that most mods must also be installed on your computer.

How to add mods to Minecraft on Windows 10

Adding mods to Minecraft on Windows 10 is simple.

  1. Download the mods you want 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 mod, you can also google it by name.
    Locate the Minecraft directory by typing the following in File Explorer:
    C: Users [yourname] AppDataRoaming.minecraft
  2. Create the mod folder in the Minecraft directory. For convenience, call the “mods” folder.
  3. Move the mods you downloaded earlier to the “mods” folder.
  4. Close the mod folder and run Minecraft.

How to add mods to Minecraft on Mac

Adding Minecraft mods to Mac is similar to the Windows 10 process.

  1. Download the mods you want to use.
  2. Locate the Minecraft directory. There are several ways to do this:
    Option 1: Open Finder and select “Go” in the menu bar. Then, press the “Option” key to access the “Library”. Next, select “Application Support” and then track “Minecraft” in the pop-up list.
    Option 2: Use the keyboard shortcut: “Command + Shift + G”.
  3. Create the mod folder in the Minecraft directory. For convenience, call the “mods” folder.
  4. Move the mods you downloaded earlier to the “mods” folder.
  5. Close the mod folder and run Minecraft.

How to add mods to Minecraft on Xbox One

  1. The first step is to download the mods to a computer.
  2. Zip files and host them in a cloud service.
  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 the file you want to download is named appropriately for ease of access.
  5. Press “Start” to download the files.
  6. Open the local storage folder.
  7. Unzip the files, then select and copy them all.
  8. While you are out of the storage folder, right click and select “Paste”.

How to add mods to Minecraft on Android

When it comes to portable versions of Minecraft, there is still no way to download and install the actual mods. However, you can get add-ons from third-party apps like BlockLauncher, Mods for Minecraft PE, and add-ons for Minecraft. Here’s how you can install add-ons for Minecraft on Android.

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  1. Visit the “Google Play Store” and install “BlockLauncher”. It works very similar to Forge by integrating add-ons into Minecraft.
  2. Visit the Google Store again and install “Mods for Minecraft PE”. This software helps you to access, download and install mods.
  3. Open “Mods for Minecraft PE” and select the mod you want. Then, click “Install”.

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

On an iPhone, mod installation is simple.

  1. Visit “iOS App Store” and search for “Mods for Minecraft PE”.
  2. Tap “GET” to go to the app and install it.
  3. Select “Install” to get the desired mod.

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

How to add mods to Minecraft on PS4

There are currently no mods available for PS4. However, players have access to the add-ons, but you must purchase them from designated sources. Here’s how to get add-ons for Minecraft on PS4.

  1. Launch “Minecraft” on your console and visit “Marketplace” in the main menu.
  2. Select a world, mash-up pack, skin pack, world or texture pack.
  3. Proceed with the purchase of the selected add-on using Minecoins or your credit card.

How to add mods to Minecraft Realms

“Minecraft Realms” offers mods, but they come at a cost. Here’s how to add mods in Minecraft Realms.

  1. Launch “Minecraft Realms” and visit “Marketplace” in the main menu.
  2. Select a world, mash-up pack, skin pack, world or texture pack
  3. Proceed with the purchase of the selected add-on, using Minecoins or your credit card.

How to add mods to Minecraft Bedrock

If you’re playing the Bedrock edition of Minecraft, you can grab the add-ons directly via the Marketplace. However, you will have to shell out some cash to get your hands on the good ones. The upside is that you get reliable, high-quality mods, and there is very little chance that your add-ons will ship with viruses.

How to add mods to Minecraft Java 

To use the mods on the Java edition, please follow the steps below.

  1. Download and install Forge.
  2. Download Java mods from a reliable source.
  3. Create the mod folder in the Minecraft directory. For convenience, call the “mods” folder.
  4. Move the mods you downloaded earlier to the “mods” folder.
  5. Close the mod folder and run Minecraft.

How to add mods to Minecraft Forge

  1. Download the mods you want to use.
  2. Create the “mods” folder in the Minecraft directory.
  3. Move the mods you downloaded earlier to the “mods” folder.
  4. Close the mod folder and run Minecraft.

Additional FAQs

Can you add mods to Minecraft on Nintendo Switch?

Unfortunately, you can’t 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 want. Add new mods to an existing mod pack and drop the mod’s Jar file into the mods folder. You should then be able to use the new mods after starting Minecraft.

Can you add mods to an existing Minecraft world?

In most cases, the new mods will integrate with the existing world without any problems. However, sometimes the mod can come with the world generation. In this case, you should reset the blocks to see all the changes.

Is it safe to install mods on Minecraft?

As with all tools obtained from the internet, there are questions about mod safety and security. Fortunately, most mod packs are safe and pose no threat to your device. 

However, it is always good to stick to reputable sources. Mods from shady sources can include viruses that can damage your device, ruin your world, or expose crucial data to third parties.

What’s the easiest way to get Minecraft mods?

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

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