There are several ways to install MODs on Minecraft for PC, it all depends on the kind of MOD you're dealing with. There are self-installable MODs, others require third-party launchers such as Mincraft Forge or Liteloader. We also have to warn you that the process is different depending on whether your version of the game is earlier or later than 1.6.
Next, we will explain the main ways to install MODs. However, to begin, there is one thing you should keep in mind. Each MOD is developed for a specific version of the game. Pay close attention to the installation instructions the developers have to offer as there may be specific requirements. You may be able to install a MOD in a version of Minecraft that is not compatible, but you are exposed to problems and failures. Also, keep in mind that the MODs are not a native function of the game and, therefore, do not have official support beyond what the creators or other users of that MOD want to provide.
As we have seen, there are several types of MODs. The easier ones are those that can be installed in Minecraft by themselves, which are gradually becoming the majority. In these cases, all you need to do is:
- Step 1: Download the MOD file.
- Step 2: Run the JAR file and follow the instructions on the screen. Typically, you will find a small installation window; click on Install and wait a few seconds until the process is complete.
- Step 3: Launch the Minecraft client.
- Step 4: click on the arrow on the far right of the Play button at the bottom, and, on the list, select the MOD you just installed.
- Step 5: press Play, select your world in the welcome window of the game and enjoy your MOD.
MODs for Minecraft Forge, Liteloader, and other launchers
Many other MODs can only be installed using other MODs or the so-called launchers/utility MODs, such as Minecraft Forge or Liteloader. You will need one or another, depending on the software.
To install a MOD with Minecraft Forge (the process is similar with other launchers) follow these steps:
- Step 1: download and install Minecraft Forge.
- Step 2: download the MOD you want to use. It is a Java file, if you download a ZIP, you will have to extract its content.
- Step 3: copy the MOD file.
- Step 4: run Minecraft, and once you see the start window, look for the Play button at the bottom. Display the green arrow at the right and select the forge option.
- Step 5: click Launch Options at the top and, on the list, select forge.
- Step 6: in the Game Directory section, click on the green arrow at the end to open the folder where the game is saved.
- Step 7: find the mods folder. If it is not there, create it yourself.
- Step 8: paste the MOD file you have previously copied into this folder.
- Step 9: return to the game launcher, click Save in the forge execution options window, and return to the News section.
- Step 10: run the game (make sure you have selected the forge version); if everything went well, you will see the installed MOD when accessing a game.
Versions older than Minecraft 1.6
In older Minecraft versions, the installation of MODs is different:
- Step 1: first, download the MOD you want to install for your version of Minecraft. Make sure it is compatible with your game version, and keep in mind that many need other MODs to be installed. You will need software to unpack the file, such as WinRAR, and you must also configure hidden files and system files in the Windows folder options.
- Step 2: go to the Windows Start menu, select Run... and in the pop-up box type “% appdata%". When you click OK, you will see a directory with different folders, including one called .minecraft. Inside it, there should be another directory called bin. Find the minecraft.jar file inside. Use the context menu to open this file with your usual software to unpack files.
- Step 3: inside the JAR file, you must find and delete the META-INF folder. If you don’t, you will not be able to open the game once the MOD is installed. Note that if you have installed any other MOD before, this folder may have already been deleted.
- Step 4: now go to the folder that stores the MOD files you want to install. In it, you will find a series of files with the extension .class extension, either in the main folder or in the bin subfolder.
- Step 5: drag them into the minecraft.jar file. If there is a Readme file, you should take a look, as it could contain important instructions on how to operate to install that particular MOD. Check that there are no other files that should also be included in the specific installation of your MOD. Some also require a particular configuration that you can find on the author's website or on the download page of your new MOD.
Once you have these steps, close the minecraft.jar file, and launch the game. If everything went well, your new MOD will be installed and ready for use.