The best Minecraft mods

Since its release in 2011, more than 176 million copies of Minecraft have been purchased, making it one of the best-selling video games of all time. To keep youngsters and veteran gamers alike engaged with the game — despite the number of popular Minecraft clones — thousands of fans have developed mods to make Minecraft a virtually never-ending experience. We’ve sifted through the masses and put together a list of our favorites. Whether you’re looking to better manage your inventory or imbue your world with a bit of moss, these are the best mods for Minecraft you can check out right now.

If you need help implementing the aforementioned mods, we’ve also put together a guide on how to properly install Minecraft mods, so you can spend less time scouring forums and more time schlepping blocks to the outer regions of Mars.

The Essentials

Journeymap

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Journeymap allows you to map your world in real time while you travel, and it gives you an in-game mini map. If you don’t want the real-time map to take up your screen while you play, however, you can open it up in a separate browser or on your iOS or Android device. This simple but useful feature makes traversing large, unknown maps far more manageable.

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Applied Energistics

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Everyone is a bit of a hoarder in Minecraft, and Applied Energistics makes it easier than ever to become one. The ultra-convenient mod stores all of your items by turning them into energy, which is then stored on hard drives in your base. All of your items are wirelessly accessible from anywhere in your base, and the storage capabilities are virtually endless.

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Not Enough Items

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The days of looking up recipes and scouring your inventory for an item are long gone thanks to Not Enough Items, a utility that showcases all of your items in an icon-based list. The mod also adds a search bar that allows you to find any item or recipe in just a few keystrokes.

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Inventory Tweaks

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Sort through your many chests in a matter of seconds with the OCD gamer’s dream mod, Inventory Tweaks. The mod allows you to access and manipulate all of your chests at any time, making it easy to move and grab items from across any storage space. With just a single click, you can quickly sort your chests to your liking, and when a tool you’re using breaks, the mod will automatically replace it with another one from your inventory. There are a lot of organization mods out there, but Inventory Tweaks’ automation functionality is second to none.

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Minefactory Reloaded

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Minefactory Reloaded streamlines automation for pretty much everything you want to do, from harvesting to ore processing to animal breeding. To get the most out of the mod, download the Thermal Expansion mod along with it. Thermal Expansion adds new metals, processing resources, power storage, and a host of other components to Minecraft, and you’ll need some of those parts in order to complete some of the mechanisms you’ll be making with Minefactory Reloaded.

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Fastcraft

Playing on an old computer? Then you’ll be happy to learn about Fastcraft. Rather than adding anything new to the game, this mod improves the performance of Minecraft on older systems. No matter your specs, you should be able to run Minecraft with this mod installed.

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Controlling

Once you’ve installed a bunch of mods, it can be hard to manage all the extra features — and keep track of how to use them. The Controlling mod is a straightforward addition to Minecraft that lets the user pull up a search bar to find actions and the key they are mapped to. Controlling keeps the game organized and is essential for anyone using dozens of mods.

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Expand your world…

Chisel 2

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Minecraft‘s standard block designs are bare, to say the least. Thankfully, Chisel spices up your block choices by offering a plethora of new designs, each of which you can easily integrate into your next great Minecraft masterpiece. The latest Chisel update also adds two new effects: “Ball O’ Moss” and “Cloud in a Bottle.” Throwing the “Ball O’ Moss” at a set of blocks will imbue them with a moss effect, and throwing the “Cloud in a Bottle” will create an array of clouds.

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Pam’s HarvestCraft

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Why settle for raw beef and mushroom soup when you can have a bacon cheeseburger and piña colada? Along with adding more than 275 recipes, foods, and drinks to choose from, the Pam’s HarvestCraft mod also gives you new crops that automatically regrow after you pick them.

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Hunger Overhaul

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Dealing with hunger in Minecraft is more annoying than anything else. Hunger Overhaul turns a minor inconvenience into a fun challenge by drastically reducing the supplemental values of all the food in the game. In order to fend off starvation, you’re going to have to eat a variety of foods. The Pam’s HarvestCraft mod is super helpful if you want to take the challenge to new heights.

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Caterpillar

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Caterpillar gives you the tools you need to build an automated tunneling machine, one that does all the digging for you. Sure, you have to build the mechanism. Once you do, though, you’ll able to upgrade the machine’s drill head, which helps you save even more time during your mining endeavors.

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Simply Jetpacks

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For a world as expansive as Minecraft, it only makes sense to use something as cool and efficient as a jetpack. There’s not much else to the mod beyond its namesake; however, it does allow you to build four types of jetpacks, which have different max speeds and armor ratings.

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Carpenter’s Blocks

A simple mod that allows you to customize most blocks in the game. Not only does Carpenter’s Blocks let you add slopes to your world, but you can also modify items with textures from other objects. That means you can create explosion-proof obsidian stairs or build a glowstone that’s shaped like a pyramid.

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…Or check out new ones

Galacticraft

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Take on the final frontier with Galacticraft, an expansive mod that lets you travel to and colonize space. Galacticraft makes for a rewarding experience because it turns space travel into a fun challenge, one that requires you to build your own spaceship, explore the solar system, and even fend off monsters.

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Mystcraft

Taking your Minecraft world to another dimension is as simple as reading a book. Mystcraft lets you jump between a variety of breathtaking, magical, and (sometimes) gravity-defying dimensions by picking up and reading an assortment of “linking books.” The places you get transported to with Mystcraft are unforgettable and sometimes frightening, so travel at your own risk.

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Forever Stranded

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Forever Stranded is basically Cast Away, but with less Wilson and more desert. Oh, and zombies. The mod places you in the middle of a desert with nothing more than a few sporadic resources and a downed plane. The goal of the mod is to build up an ecosystem while you fight off heat exhaustion, hunger, and the hordes of zombies that come after you at night.

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Minecraft Comes Alive

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Minecraft Comes Alive turns your world into a Sims-esque adventure title, adding A.I.-controlled villagers you can talk to, trade with, marry, and start a family with. Once your children are old enough, they’ll be able to mine, farm, cut trees, and even hunt for you. The game’s forum page also hints at a secret feature that will “change the way you play hardcore mode forever.”

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Dungeon Pack

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If you’re coming back to Minecraft after scouring dungeons in Breath of the Wild, then Dungeon Pack is the perfect transition mod for you. The mod adds more than 20 different types of dungeons to the game, which are sporadically placed throughout your world. Once you complete a dungeon, you’ll earn all of the resources needed to build it.

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