Disclaimer: these instructions are not suitable for Mac users.  I only have Windows on my system so I’m not able to provide any guide to installing mods on anything other than a Windows operating system.

Important to know

Now we have that out of the way, let’s start with the basics.

When you download a mod, the first thing you need to do is read the instructions that accompany it.  Read them very carefully!  Some mods will mention that they depend on other mods in order to work.  This is not unusual at all, but thankfully there are only a few “base” mods that tend to be used most of the time so once you have them installed you should be good to go.  Let’s consider an example: DungeonPack Mod.  This mod mentions in the description that it requires a helper mod called ForgeAPI.  This means you need to visit that mod’s page first and install that one before you continue installing DungeonPack Mod.

Now, a little information about Minecraft. When you first download Minecraft you get a single file called “minecraft.exe”.  When you run this, you will see the launcher where you log into your Minecraft account. When you click the Login button, Minecraft will begin downloading the files it needs to run.  Now, this is the important bit.  Those files all get placed into a folder that you will need to find before even thinking about using any mods.  The good news is, finding that folder is easy!

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key + R to open a dialogue called “Run”
  2. In that dialogue, type exactly this: %APPDATA%
  3. In the folder that opens up, you’ll see a folder called: .minecraft
  4. That’s it!  You found it!  I told you it was easy!

Installing mods

We can now move onto the process of actually installing a mod.  There are three different approaches you can use for installing Minecraft mods, ordered here from easiest to hardest:

  1. Installing a mod manager and then installing the mods using that (recommended)
  2. Installing a modding API and then placing mods into your ‘mods’ folder
  3. Installing the mods directly into your “minecraft.jar” file

At Mod Minecraft we highly recommend the first option, so that’s the one I’ll be helping you out with.  Let’s get started!

Using a mod manager

As above, we’re going to use the DungeonPack Mod as an example.  To get started, download MCPatcher and run it.  Take a moment to look at the options available.  The important thing we want to note is the list of mods, each one with a tickbox next to it to enable or disable them.  Obviously the list available to begin with is pretty small and only includes a few mods that come pre-packaged with MCPatcher.

Looking at the download page for DungeonPack Mod, we can see that the mod requires another mod called Forge API - so we’ll go to Forge API’s download page first and download that as well.  Doing this will give us two files, one for DungeonPack and one for Forge.  Since DungeonPack Mod requires Forge, we should install that first, so let’s go ahead and do just that.

In MCPatcher, click the big plus sign below the mod list.  This is the button you use to add a new mod to the list.  You need to use the screen that pops up to browse to your Forge API download and select it.  The next screen might seem a little strange if you’re not familiar with how mods work.  You will be asked to “Select folder to add to minecraft.jar”.  This is to cover cases where there may be extra stuff inside the mod’s zip file that you don’t need – this will almost never be the case, so as a general rule don’t change anything and just click OK.  The next screen will tell you which files are being installed, no need to worry about this screen either – just click OK. You should now see Forge in your list of mods.  In my case it was called minecraftforge-universal-1.4.7- but don’t worry if yours is slightly different, it just depends on the name of the zip file you selected.

At this point, the mod still isn’t applied to your Minecraft.  To do this simply click the “Patch” button.  That’s it!  You have now installed and activated your very first mod!  Now we can proceed with installing the DungeonPack Mod.  The process here is the same as above: click the plus sign, select your mod, click OK twice and presto, your mod will appear in the list.  Click “Patch” one more time to apply the changes and you’re now good to go.  Start Minecraft and enjoy your modded game!