Install Minecraft mods

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Install Minecraft mods
Install Minecraft mods

A mod, short for "modification," is a program that allows you to change the Minecraft game. Most mods use MCP to change the creative part of the game adding different terrains or abilities. This article would like to show you how to install any mod to improve the gaming experience in Minecraft.


Method 1 of 3: Installing mods on a PC

Step 1. Download the mod you want to run

Most of the mods are available through Minecraft forums, so you can rest assured that you are not downloading a fake program. This cannot always be said about downloading via third-party websites.

Step 2. Make sure you have WinRAR or an equivalent program installed to unpack the mod

With WinRAR it is possible to compress, unpack and open.rar and.jar files. If you don't want to use WinRAR, try a similar tool like:

  • 7zip
  • PeaZip
  • The Unarchiver
  • Winzip

Step 3. Open the.minecraft folder

Depending on your operating system, there are several ways to do this:

  • In Windows 7: C:\Users\*Your username*\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft
  • In Windows Vista/XP: C:\Documents and Settings\*Your username*\Application Data\.minecraft
  • In Linux: /home/*Your username*/.minecraft

Step 4. In the.minecraft folder you will find several other folders and files

Look for the bin folder and open it.

Step 5. Now search the bin folder for the minecraft

jar file and extract it with WinRAR or something similar.

Right click on the file and select the program you want to extract the mod with.

Step 6. Download the modloader and/or audio mod, if necessary

Many mods require Risugami's Modloader and/or Audiomod to work. If the mod you've chosen requires one of these programs, you can read more about it in the accompanying README file or on the forum where you found the mod. If so, find and download all the files you need and install them before continuing.

To install modloader you can simply drag and drop the.class files found in minecraft.jar (after opening with WinRar, Winzip or 7zip)

Step 7. Create a temporary folder for the extracted mod in case you make a mistake and want to start over

Step 8. Drag and drop the contents of the mod into the WinRAR window where minecraft.jar is open

Some mods may contain.class files. If so, don't worry - WinRAR will merge the contents of both automatically.

On the other hand, some mods may simply contain folder and an unzipped folder, under the same name. Do not open folder, but drag both folders into your "mod" folder, which you will find in "resources" in your ".minecraft" folder. If you can't find a "mod" folder in "resources", create one and drag the files there

Step 9. Delete the META-INF folder in the minecraft.jar folder if the mod tells you to

This folder can conflict with mods.

Step 10. Now you can start playing Minecraft with the new mods

Method 2 of 3: Installing mods on the Mac

Step 1. Make sure you have downloaded a compression program

A standard program included with OS X is called "Archive Utility," and it opens supported files automatically. If you are not sure if you have this tool, then it is better to download another one such as The Unarchiver.

Step #2. Go to the Finder

Step 3. In the "Go" menu at the top, click "Go to Folder


Step 4. In the Finder's dialog box, type the following:

~/Library/Application Support/minecraft/ and press Enter.

Step 5. Open the "bin" folder

Step 6. Right click on the file "minecraft

jar". Select the "Open with" option. Click on "The Unarchiver" or optionally "Archive Utility".

As mentioned before, The Unarchiver is a free program that can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. If you don't have Archive Utility, or that tool doesn't work, you'll need this alternative program to complete this step

Step 7. Look for a folder "minecraft" and "minecraft.jar"

Remove minecraft.jar.

Step 8. Download the mod you want to install and follow the instructions

Some mods are more difficult to install than others. Make sure to read the installation instructions carefully. If you have any problems or questions about installing a particular mod, don't hesitate to ask for help on one of the Minecraft forums

Step 9. Once you have installed the mods, go back to your "bin" folder and rename the Minecraft folder to minecraft.jar

Step 10. Open Minecraft and have fun with the mods

Method 3 of 3: Identify potential issues

Step 1. Make sure you have installed ModLoader or Audiomod if your mod requires it

Many people forget to install ModLoader or Audiomod and many mods require either one to work.

Step 2. Make sure to delete the META-INF folder in minecraft.jar

Most mods require this folder to be removed in order to install.

Step #3. Make sure all your mods are compatible

Check this on the mod page, where you will find a list of mods that are not compatible, and read the instructions and tips on the mod's webpage on how to fix this.


  • Back up your Minecraft folder before proceeding with installing a mod.
  • Some mods are a bit more complex than others, but don't worry – this article will cover most mods. Look for tutorials, if you can't install a mod.


  • ALWAYS BACK UP YOUR WORLD FILES as some mods can damage your worlds due to using too many mods or having errors in them.
  • Some mods may conflict with other mods you have previously installed. To find out if problems can occur, it is wise to check the mod's forum to see if and to what extent a mod is compatible.

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