Use ModLoader To Make Installing New Minecraft Mods Very Easy

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minecraft modsTo put it simply, you’re really not enjoying the full Minecraft experience if you’re running the client right out of the box. There are way too many user-contributed modifications that can soup up and trick out your Minecraft, causing an array of additional effects, unlocking new features, and just generally making the game a lot more functional and user-friendly than it already is.

Here at MakeUseOf, we’ve already thrown nine websites that ought to help enhance your Minecraft at you. This time, I’m here to give you a step-by-step walk-through on how to get ModLoader up and running smoothly.

minecraft mods

ModLoader was made by Risugami with hopes to make the process of installing Minecraft mods much simpler. It achieves just that. After installing ModLoader manually, you’ll only have to save the archived files of each new mod that you want to install in a specific folder. No more annoying editing of minecraft.jar!

Windows

The first step is to go and download ModLoader by clicking here. Open the archive and do nothing more.

What you’ll want to do next is go to your Windows Start Menu, go to Run, and input “%appdata%”. This should bring up your applications data folder. From there, go to “.minecraft” and then navigate into “bin”.

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You then need to open minecraft.jar with WinRAR or 7zip, or whatever other archiving program you use. From there, you want to drag and drop the files from the ModLoader archive into the minecraft.jar archive.

mods for minecraft

You can just drag all of the files from the one archive into another. Make sure not to drag them into a folder, but into the “bin” folder root. A window asking if you want to extract may come up and you’ll want to proceed if it does.

After that, there is a folder called “META-INF” in the root of this archive. Delete that entire folder. This is important and necessary.

Macintosh

1. Go to “Applications” then “Utilities” and open the terminal.

2. Type in the following:

cd ~
mkdir mctmp
cd mctmp
jar xf ~/Library/Application\ Support/minecraft/bin/minecraft.jar

3. Away from the terminal now, you’ll want to copy all files into the “mctmp” directory

4. Back in the terminal, type the following:

rm META-INF/MOJANG_C.*
jar uf ~/Library/Application\ Support/minecraft/bin/minecraft.jar ./
cd ..
rm -rf mctmp

Now you’re all done. Instead of having to do a similar procedure every time you want to try out a mod, you now only have to save the mod’s archive in the “mods” folder. This folder is located at “%appdata%/.minecraft/mods”.

Let’s try it out using Rei’s Minimap mod. Simply download and save the archive in the “mods” directory.

mods for minecraft

From there, well, you’re done. Start up Minecraft and let’s see what we’ve got.

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Surely enough, we’ve managed to install a whole new capability by just saving a file into a certain directory. ModLoader handles all the rest of the work for us.

ModLoader is compatible with almost every single mod out there. There isn’t a complete list, but you can find a good bunch to start with at the mod’s official forum thread.

One thing to note is that ModLoader will require reinstallation if you’ve upgraded your Minecraft. What’s awesome is that your mods that have been installed using ModLoader won’t, however. ModLoader is a very useful tool that should make the process of installing mods simple and quick for even the most novice of users.

If you’re just browsing through this post and you’ve yet to pick up Minecraft, here’s why you should. Here are even more reasons, as of recent! If you need help finding the perfect multiplayer server to play on, check out this post.

Drop me a line in the comments and let me know how ModLoader has been working out for you. Leave me any questions or concerns and I’ll be sure to follow up.

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Comments (51)
  • Tantan

    I have a mac. I downloaded it and i have the mod folder inside my minecraft folder, but when i place the zip file (of a mod) inside the mod folder, it doesn’t show up when i play… What do i do?

  • steve

    hey my folder dissaperd when i did a force update how do i install mods

    • Craig Snyder

      Forcing an update completely reverses everything you’ve done in regards to installing ModLoader.

  • Zach

    How do we open the Modloader Archive?

  • TG

    I have tried multiple times to get the mods tab in minecraft. I deleted the meta-inf and placed mod loader in multiple places. I have windows 7 just to clarify. Thanks for your help

    • Craig Snyder

      Hi TG,
      This article was written quite some time ago and I’m inclined to think that the installation process has possibly changed. I’ll look into it shortly and if necessary, have this article updated or submit a new one.

    • TG

      Alright thanks

  • IMNEWHERE65

    MY COMPUTER IS MAC CAN IT WORK

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