How to install Minecraft mods

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-blow 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.]

Installing Minecraft mods on Windows and Mac

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 impact 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 (Windows): 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 3 (Mac): Create the “mods” folder in the minecraft directory. Here’s the target address:

~/Library/Application Support/minecraft

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.”

Step 4: Move the downloaded mod into the mods folder.

Minecraft Forge Installed

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.

Installing Minecraft mods on consoles and Windows 10 (app)

Minecraft Marketplace

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.

Installing Minecraft mods on iOS and Android

Mods Addons for MCPE

True mods aren’t possible with the handheld versions of Minecraft, just like with consoles. Fortunately, there are the third-party apps Add-ons for Minecraft, BlockLauncher, and Mods for Minecraft to help you get the mods you desire. Check out how it works:

Android only

Step 1: Head to the Google Play Store and download BlockLauncher, an effective app commonly used to load mods. 

Step 2: Follow BlockLauncher’s specific instructions, as they will offer different steps depending on the device you’re using. 

Step 3: Go back to the Google Play Store and install Mods for Minecraft PE. You can use this to download and install the mods. 

Step 4: Now, use the search function to browse tons of mods until you come across one you want to install. 

Step 5: Then, click Install. Doing so will automatically apply the mod to your game of choice. 

iOS and Android

Addons for Minecraft Android

Step 1: First, you need to download a few Add-ons for Minecraft. You can get these from the App Store or Google Play Store

Step 2: Next, follow the step-by-step instructions on the screen to find and download the add-ons. 

Nowadays, modding Minecraft games is a straightforward process. The exceptional new content you get is totally worth your time and effort. We know for a fact that you’ll fall in love with at least one. 

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