Installing Forge-based Minecraft Mods – A Step by Step Guide

Mods are game modifications that can alter the game completely or improve gameplay and replay-ability.

Minecraft is one of the many games that support community modifications. Back when Minecraft was still in the Beta stage, Minecraft mods played a great role in gathering support and players. Today, Minecraft has countless of mods ranging from small improvements all the way to space travel and giant robots.

Minecraft Forge

Minecraft Forge is a community based API that allows mods to work together seamlessly for maximum compatibility. In itself, Minecraft Forge is also a game modification that creates a GUI that allows players to view the mods that are currently installed in the client. Most mods require Minecraft Forge in order to run properly – making Minecraft Forge all the more important.

Installing Minecraft Forge

In order to run most mods, you need to install Minecraft Forge to your client first. Installing Minecraft Forge is very easy, all you need to do is download the Forge version relevant to the Minecraft version you want to modify. The Forge download archive can be found here.


Choose the “Installer” to start the download.

forge API

Once complete, just run the installer and choose “Install client”. Then press “OK” and let the installer do its job.

forge minecraft

After the installation, open your Minecraft launcher and choose the new profile named “Forge” and hit play. Forge will then download the required libraries. When it’s done, you will now notice a new option in Minecraft’s Menu along with some foot notes.

Installing a Mod


Once the steps above are done, open your explorer and type in %appdata% then press enter.

minecraft directory

Find the folder .minecraft and open it (most of the time, it will be on top of the alphabetical folder list). This folder contains all Minecraft files, where you should see the folder “mods”.

The next step would be to find a mod you want to install and download its .zip or .jar file. Copy that file and put it inside your Minecraft “mods” folder (the one you navigated above), restart Minecraft, and BAM! Congratulations!

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