How exactly do I install Minecraft Mods and what is Forge?

I’m having a really, really hard time figuring out how to install mods on Minecraft. I’ve looked everywhere I can think of for help but the information is almost always outdated or unhelpful.

I’ve seen on several sites about the use of something called Forge. The Mod I want to use requires 1.6.4 Forge and I have both Forge and the Mod folders sitting in my downloads folder.

I haven’t installed any kind of mods for any game prior to this and I have little clue to the technical side of Minecraft, so please keep this in mind when you give me an answer please!

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Answer

This is actually a very good question.

“Note” You should have the latest version of Java installed before trying this as you need that to play Minecraft.

For the client version

First you download and run your ‘regular Minecraft’ at least once. This ensures that your .minecraft folder has been made (if you don’t know what that folder means, it’s the folder where the game places most of its essential game files).

The next step would be to download Forge. You can download that here: FORGE.
You just select the right version you want and you run the installer.

Once you downloaded the file you right-click it and select the option to run it with Java.

Click install client and continue

Open the Minecraft launcher once done, make a new profile using the version with Forge- and the version you installed.

Play Minecraft.

For the server version

If you want to run your own server so your friends can join in on the fun, you would need to do some additional steps. The start is the same as the client version.

First you download and run your ‘regular Minecraft’ at least once. This ensures that your .minecraft folder has been made (if you don’t know what that folder means, it’s the folder where the game places most of its essential game files).

The next step would be to download Forge. You can download that here: FORGE.
You just select the right version you want and you run the installer.

Once you downloaded the file you right-click it and select the option to run it with Java.

Click install server and select your server folder.

In the folder rename the Forge-..___.jar to forge.jar

Make a new Text file and rename it start.bat (remove .txt)

In that file type:

java -jar forge.jar -Xmx1024M nogui

Run the start.bat file

To connect in game use the ip localhost.

For port forwarding, so other people can connect watch the VIDEO on how to install forge.

Now for the mods

Since you’ve now successfully installed forge you can start to install some of the mods. If you download a mod it usually comes in either a .Zip, .Rar or something like that. You don’t need to extract this. Just keep it as it is.

So the first step would be to download the mod.

Next, go to your Minecraft folder, located at:

  • Windows: C:\Users\You\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft or %AppData%\.minecraft
  • Linux: ~/.minecraft
  • Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft

If you can’t find the .minecraft folder you can do the following:

  1. Launch Minecraft.
  2. Select “Mods and Texture Packs”
  3. Select “Open Texture Pack folder”
  4. Go up one level

Now proceed to the .minecraft/mods folder (create it if it doesn’t exist) and simply put your zipped/rarred/downloaded file there. (once again don’t extract it just place it there as you downloaded it.)

Now if you run you Minecraft, select the forge profile you made, and create a world, your mod should be just there waiting for you to be explored.

Source : http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/1900774-164-how-to-install-minecraft-forge-client-and-server-port-forwarding-tutorial/

Source: Where is my Minecraft folder on Windows?

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Source : Link , Question Author : Khzunara , Answer Author : Fabian Röling

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