Minecraft users don't want to know what they can and can't build into their blocky, virtual sandbox. Currently the best-selling game of all time. The hit title probably isn't going anywhere anytime soon. It's as quirky as it is addicting, with highly customizable gameplay and features that have paved the way for an onslaught of modifications that will take the game's performance and player in any number of directions.
Fortunately, the benevolent Minecraft community has released a slew of mods since the game was released in 2009, albeit with increasing complexity and Lego-like adoration with each update. And thanks to a number of custom mod launchers, it's never been easier to use.
Here's our guide to installing Minecraft mods for each individual platform – whether it's a complete makeover on a PC or a simple add-on package for console gamers, we'll show you how to get your job done.
(Editor's note: This is a general overview of installing Minecraft mods, not a comprehensive guide. The installation can vary from mod to mod. So be sure to follow the download and installation instructions that are usually found online next to the download options.)
Install Minecraft Mods on Windows and Mac
There are several different ways to get mods working with Minecraft, but the easiest and most popular method requires an application called Forge. This is how it works:
Step 1: Go to the Forge official website and download the recommended version of the software. You can also install the latest version of Forge, but you may encounter some unresolved bugs that will affect your ability to run some mods properly.
Step 2: Download the mods you want to install from a reliable source. CurseForge is a popular place with hundreds of great mods to choose from. However, not all mods are compatible with all versions of Minecraft or even Forge. Make sure to search for the mod you are interested in to see if it is compatible with your software.
Step 3 (Windows): Create the "mods" folder in the .minecraft directory. Here is the destination address:
C: User (your name) AppDataRoaming.minecraft
If the AppData folder is not visible in File Explorer, click on "View" at the top of the app and enable "Hidden Items".
If this is your first mod, there is no "Mods" folder in the .minecraft folder. With the .minecraft folder open, right-click in File Explorer and select New followed by Folder from the pop-up menu. Name this folder "Mods".
Step 3 (Mac): Create the Mods folder in the Minecraft directory. Here is the destination address:
~ / Library / application support / minecraft
You can quickly access this folder using the keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + G. Alternatively, open Finder, click Go on the menu bar, and press the Option key to access the Library folder. Open Application Support followed by Minecraft.
Right-click in that folder there, select the "New Folder" option from the pop-up menu and name it "Mods".
Step 4: Move the downloaded mod to the Mods folder.
Step 5: Run Minecraft, but first make sure your Forge account is active. If not, your mods won't load properly.
That's it! As mentioned, there are a few other mod launchers on the internet besides Forge – such as LiteLoader – so you can always shop if you don't like all that it has to offer. That being said, it's the most popular for a reason, and most of the new mods are usually compatible with the software.
Installing Minecraft Mods on Consoles and Windows 10 (App)
Unfortunately, there are technically no mods for Minecraft on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Instead, players have access to add-ons. In contrast to mods, these add-ons are not free and are very limited compared to PC mods. However, they're still better than nothing and incredibly easy to install.
Step 1: Start Minecraft on your console and select the "Marketplace" option from the main menu.
Step 2: Choose a Skin Pack, World, Texture Pack or Mash-Up Pack.
Step 3: Use Minecoins or a credit card to purchase the add-on.
Installing Minecraft Mods on iOS and Android
Just like consoles, the handheld versions of Minecraft don't allow real mods. Thankfully, there is still a way to get add-ons using third-party apps called Mods for Minecraft PE, BlockLauncher, and Add-Ons for Minecraft. This is how it works:
For Android only
Step 1: Install BlockLauncher from the Google Play Store. This is a custom launcher for loading mods.
Step 2: Follow BlockLauncher's instructions to set up the software for your particular device.
Step 3: Install mods for Minecraft PE from the Google Play Store. This tool downloads and installs mods.
Step 4: Search or browse the hundreds of mods until you find one you like.
Step 5: Click the Install button. This should automatically apply to your game.
iOS and Android
Step 1: Install add-ons for Minecraft from the App Store or Google Play Store.
Step 2: Follow the on-screen instructions to select and install add-ons.
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