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How to Install Mods in Minecraft: Step by Step Guide

Many free mods for Minecraft require something called Minecraft Forge and thus you may be wondering what Minecraft Forge actually does. Forge is a modification that allows Minecraft to load thousands of custom mods and content. While Forge does not add anything to your game, it is a gateway to a boundless source of creativity and free, inventive content.


With mods, Minecraft can become a lot more intensive and complex. Overhaul the entire game with an expansion-pack style mod, or make subtle tweaks to enhance and revitalize the base game content. Quality of life changes, difficulty changes, bug fixes and more are available to you once you have Forge installed.


Required downloads to install Minecraft Forge


To install Forge in Minecraft, you will need the following:


  1. Latest version of Minecraft
  2. Latest Minecraft Forge Installer
  3. Latest Version of OptiForge
  4. Chunk Animator
  5. Java


Links to the latest version of Forge will be provided further down this page.


How to install Forge in Minecraft?


In a Nutshell:


Download the latest version of Forge from the official Minecraft Forge website. Open the Forge Installer and follow the instructions.


Step-by-Step Guide (with Pictures):


Step 1- Navigate to the official Minecraft Forge website




Step 2- Identify your desired version and download the installer.



Step 3- Save the file if it comes from this URL only. The version number may be different.



Step 4- To install Minecraft Forge to the client, select the option and press OK.



Step 5- Allow the installation to proceed. It may take a while.



Step 6- You should receive this confirmation message:



Step 7- Finally, open up your launcher and launch the brand new Forge profile!



How to add mods to Forge?


To install mods to your new Minecraft Forge, you need to enter “%appdata%” into the address bar and navigate to the .minecraft folder. Then simply place any mods you have downloaded into the newly created “mods” folder. Forge will automatically check this folder at each startup, so make sure to move the mods here before starting the game. It can also take a very long time to combine these mods together. Each mod placed here must be compatible with the other. We will demonstrate installing the Chunk Animator mod which changes the way that the game builds itself as you play. A gif preview will be shown.



Mods folder within .minecraft



OptiForge, Chunk Animator, and OptiFine are all enabled. You can put any mods in here!



Visual demo of Chunk Animator combined with Optifine for improved performance


Explainer Video


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FAQs


Q. How do I install mods in Minecraft: Bedrock Edition?


Because Minecraft Forge only exists for the Java Edition of Minecraft, you cannot install Forge mods in any version of Minecraft: Bedrock Edition.


Conclusion


Minecraft Forge is designed to extend the existing Minecraft framework. With all of the tools Forge adds, developers can create all kinds of additions to the world of Minecraft. From new creatures, new blocks, music, graphics, and more, Minecraft Forge is a gold mine of free, community created content that is always evolving with each new version of Minecraft. Check out Forge and download some mods today.


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