LiteLoader is an API required for several popular Minecraft mods. It provides basic loading functionality for mods which don’t edit core game files or central game mechanics.
Unlike most other mod launching programs, LiteLoader is designed to work alongside Minecraft Forge and Forge Mod Loader (FML), which means you won’t need to mess around with your current Minecraft installation or change which mods you use.
The creator of LiteLoader promises that “LiteLoader mods will virtually never conflict with Forge mods.” That’s a huge benefit. Installing a LiteLoader mod (and developing one yourself) tends to be fairly easy.
Some examples of LiteLoader mods include minimap mods, in-game chat mods, and client-side macro system mods. A general theme among all of these mods is that they only change client-side files and generally don’t have trouble getting along with other mods.
LiteLoader obviously doesn’t do much on its own. It’s an API designed to help other mods and will not edit your game in any way. However, installing LiteLoader mods will, understandably, change your game.
All mods with the file extension .litemod will be recognized by LiteLoader. When downloading LiteLoader mods online, be sure to save them as “.litemod” files before placing them in the appropriate folder. Some browsers will see these files as .zip files and save them like that, but this will prevent the mods from properly working.
Most mods released today use Minecraft Forge for installation support. A growing number of mods, however, use or require the LiteLoader API. If you need the LiteLoader API, follow the instructions below to download and install it today.
How to Install LiteLoader API for Minecraft 1.6.4/1.7.2/1.7.4/1.7.5
Step 1) Download the latest version of the LiteLoader installer for your chosen Minecraft version (Download HERE)
Step 2) Close Minecraft if you currently have it running, then run the LiteLoader installer
Step 3) The installer should automatically detect your Minecraft installation folder, but if it doesn’t, then you can click ‘…’ to find it yourself
Step 4) Extract the loader jar if you wish (it’s optional and should only be extracted if you’re editing LiteLoader or really know what you’re doing)
Step 5) Check off any additional LiteLoader tweaks you want to apply, including Cascading to Minecraft Forge
Step 6) Click OK to creator your profile
Step 7) The installation should complete and state that it was successful
Step 8) Launch Minecraft and choose your LiteLoader profile