Minecraft users don’t like being told what they can and cannot build in their blocky, virtual sandbox. Currently the bestselling game of all time, the hit title likely isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It’s as quirky as it is addictive, and with multiplayer Minecraft gameplay and the ability to create your own Minecraft server, it’s a great game to play with friends.
Fortunately, the benevolent Minecraft community has been churning out a fair share of mods since the game’s 2009 release, albeit with levels of increasing complexity and Lego-like adoration with every passing update. And thanks to a bunch of custom-build mod launchers, it’s never been easier to start using them.
Here’s our guide on how to install Minecraft mods for every single platform — whether it’s a full-blown rework on a PC or a simple add-on pack for console players, we’ll show you how to get the job done. We’ve also found the best Minecraft mods to install right now.
[Author’s note: This is a general overview of how to install Minecraft mods, not an all-encompassing guide. Installation can differ from mod to mod, so be sure to follow the download and installation instructions that can typically be found online alongside the download options.]
There are a few different ways to get mods running with Minecraft, but the easiest and most popular method requires an application called Forge. Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Go to the official Forge website and download the recommended version of the software. You can also install the latest version of Forge, but it could have some unresolved bugs that will affect your ability to properly run some mods.
Step 2: Download the mods you want to install from a reliable source. CurseForge is a popular location with hundreds of great mods to choose from. However, not all mods are compatible with all versions of Minecraft, or even with Forge. Make sure to research the specific mod you’re interested in to find out if it’s compatible with your software.
Step 3: Create the “mods” folder in the .minecraft directory. Here’s the target address:
If the AppData folder isn’t visible in File Explorer, click View at the app’s top and then check Hidden Items.
If this is your first mod, there is no “mods” folder within the .minecraft folder. With the .minecraft folder open, right-click within File Explorer and select New followed by Folder on the pop-up menu. Name that folder “mods.”
Step 4: Move the downloaded mod into 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 we mentioned, there are several other mod launchers on the internet besides Forge — such as LiteLoader — so you can always shop around if you don’t like everything it has to offer. That being said, it’s the most popular for a reason, and most new mods are usually compatible with the software.
Mac users can follow steps 1 and 2 from the instructions above, though you should follow these instructions for step 3:
Create the “mods” folder in the minecraft directory. Here’s the target address:
You can quickly access this folder using the Command + Shift + G keyboard shortcut. Alternatively, open Finder, click Go on the menu bar and access the Library folder by pressing the Option key. Open Application Support followed by minecraft after that.
Once there, right-click within that folder, select New Folder on the pop-up menu, and name it “mods.”
Mac users can now go back to following steps 4 and 5 from the above set of instructions.
Unfortunately, mods don’t technically exist for Minecraft on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Instead, players have access to add-ons. Unlike mods, these add-ons aren’t free and are heavily restricted compared to PC mods. However, they’re still better than nothing, and they’re incredibly easy to install.
Step 1: Launch Minecraft on your console and select Marketplace on the main menu.
Step 2: Select a Skin Pack, World, Texture Pack, or Mash-up Pack.
Step 3: Use Minecoins or a credit card to purchase the add-on.
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to use true mods with a handheld version of Minecraft, similar to the limitations you find on consoles. Luckily, you can use a third-party app, such as Add-ons for Minecraft, BlockLauncher, and Mods for Minecraft to let you customize the game how you want. This is how it works:
Step 1: Navigate to the Google Play Store and install BlockLauncher, a popular, useful app that’s widely used to load mods.
Step 2: Follow the app’s directions, as BlockLauncher will give you different instructions based on the type of device you’re on.
Step 3: Return to the Google Play Store and download Mods for Minecraft PE. This app will allow you to download and install your mods quickly and efficiently.
Step 4: Head to the search function and use it to search for the mod you want to download.
Step 5: Once you find the perfect mod for you, click Install. This will automatically install the mod into the game you selected.
Step 1: The first thing you should do is install a few add-ons for Minecraft. These are readily available for download in the App Store.
Step 2: To find and install your add-ons, follow the on-screen steps.
These days, modding Minecraft games is relatively simple. We believe the excellent content you receive is entirely worth the time and effort you put in to download the mods. We can assure you that you’ll fall head over heels for at least one of the mods you come across.