How to install Minecraft mods on Windows PC

How to install Minecraft mods on Windows PC How to install Minecraft mods on Windows PC

Since its release in 2011, Minecraft has gained a lot of popularity due to its authentic visuals and captivating gameplay. Nowadays, when everything in the gaming industry revolves around quality graphics and engaging storylines, Minecraft still manages to live on and give its numerous players a great dose of the 90’s video games nostalgia.

An interesting aspect about Minecraft is that you’re offered the possibility to choose how and when to proceed with the available choices in content as there are no rules or predefined gameplay directions or structure. You can place blocks, explore the Minecraft world, gather resources, etc. The possibilities are endless.

Being such a popular sandbox game, it was only a matter of time until diehard players started releasing mods for Minecraft. Most of the available mods consist of custom maps, texture packs, or new items which enhance gameplay.

Minecraft With ModMinecraft With Mod

Note: You need to take into consideration the risks of losing your Minecraft copy if you decide to install any mods. Mod creators don’t offer you any guarantees as to whether their client modifications actually work or not. Not to mention, Mojang, the company behind this popular game, doesn’t approve the installation and use of mods in their product and won’t provide you with assistance if you break your Minecraft copy. So, the best thing to do is to back up your Minecraft copy before installing mods.

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You will need to download and install the following application to keep up with this guide.

Download Minecraft Forge

Important Note: Make sure you select the “Install Client” option while installing Minecraft Forge on your computer.

These are the easy steps you need to complete in order to install Minecraft mods:

Step 1

Launch Minecraft and select the Forge profile. Click the “Play” button.

Selecting Forge ProfileSelecting Forge Profile

Step 2

The next thing you need to do is to download and install the Minecraft mods. There’s always a risk you might download a mod that’s infected. You can fetch mods and resource packs from these websites Minecraft Forge Forum, Planet Minecraft, or Minecraft Resource Packs. The formats need to be ZIP, RAR, or JAR, so make sure you pay attention to what type of files you download.

Very popular mods are the least likely to bring you issues. A good idea would be to scan the downloaded mods and resources packages with an antivirus utility before installing them.

Step 3

Reveal the Run window by hitting the Windows+R keys. Write “%appdata%” and hit the Enter key. Open the Roaming folder and then double-click “.minecraft”. You should see the mods directory.

Run %appdata%Run %appdata%

Step 4

Copy the files you downloaded into the mods directory.

Optional: To make the resource packs available in the game, you need to go to Options -> Resource Packs in Minecraft’s menu. Open "Resource packs...".

Opening Resource PacksOpening Resource Packs

Here are 2 screenshots showing Minecraft gameplay before and after applying a mod and a resource package:

SixtyGig Texture PackSixtyGig Texture Pack

SEUS modSEUS mod


Congratulations! You have successfully installed a Minecraft mod on your PC. As you can see, you don’t need much computer experience to complete the aforementioned steps. You just need to be extra careful which mod or resource package you download and install.

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