Installing Mods for Minecraft Mac 188.8.131.52 opens your game to a world of endless possibilities. But how do you install Minecraft mods? What even is Minecraft Forge? This guide will answer all these questions and more, so you can run the best Minecraft mods in no time.
Before we jump into the action, it’s worth thinking about the different types of mods available. Do you want a new skin pack to freshen things up? Got a super PC? Why not grab some killer lighting and realistic water mods? Bored with pigs oinking on the ground? With mods, you could make them fly! Why you’d want to do that, we’ve no idea, but hey, more options are always a good thing.
Want to make your copy of Minecraft even greater? Then read on for our simple steps on how to install Minecraft mods.
1. How to download Minecraft Forge
This is the most important part of installing Minecraft mods. Mods won’t work in the normal Minecraft, so we need a special version that’s designed for modding.
Head on over to the Minecraft Forge website and download the version of Forge that’s compatible with your chosen mods.
If the mod you’ve got is for version 1.15.2, then download Forge version 1.15.2.
If you’re on Chrome, it may say Forge is a virus. Feel free to ignore that, though. Just click on the Java file once it’s downloaded and install it.
2. Using different Forge versions
If, say, your chosen mod is for version 1.12, you’ll need to manually add it to Minecraft after downloading and installing it.
To do this, open the Minecraft launcher and click on ‘installations’. Next click on ‘new’ and there should be a drop down box, which once clicked, shows not only all the previous different iterations of Minecraft, but also your Forge versions you’ve downloaded.
Click on the Forge you want and save it, then the launcher will download the corresponding version.
Then it’s just a case of heading back to the main screen with ‘play’ on, and to the left is another dropdown box where you can select the Forge version you want to play.
3. Finding your Minecraft mods folder
Load up Minecraft as you normally would. Once you hit the main title screen, the one where you create a new world or play around with options, there should be an option marked ‘mods’. Click on that.
Next, look for where it says ‘open mods folder’. You can access this through Windows Explorer, but our way is much, much easier.
4. Installing Minecraft mods
Close Minecraft while leaving your mods folder open. Now you’re going to want to venture forth to the internet and download the mod or mods you’re after. We’ll get into the safety of that in a second, but for now, just grab what you need and what you believe is safe.
Download the mods for your chosen versions of Minecraft and once they’re downloaded, move the files into the mods folder.
That’s it! Now you’re free to load up your Minecraft Forge version, click on mods, and check to see whether they’re active. Wasn’t that nice and easy?
5. Consider the mods source
OK, this isn’t a step as much as it is a general warning. Be very, very careful who you get your Minecraft mods from. Although there are several trusted sites out there, all it takes is one bad egg to upload a mod with some sort of virus attached.
The best way to check if something is safe is by reading the comments or checking out videos on YouTube uploaded from someone who isn’t the mod creator.
It’s also worth checking to see how well known the creator is. Do they have loads of followers who will vouch for them? Would a virus ruin their Minecraft career?
Always think before you hit download. No mod is worth wreaking havoc on your CPU because some clown wants to mine Bitcoin.
My most popular post of all time by far is a documentation page about how to install Minecraft mods on a Mac. Nothing else I’ve ever written has come anywhere close to the popularity of that post. I guess no one really cares how I spent my weekend but clearly a lot of people want to know how to hack Minecraft.
I wrote that old post after going through the process of installing mods for my then seven-year-old son who was determined to play mods. That was almost four years ago and is now out of date so here’s an updated version. Enjoy!
There are three main steps – install Forge, create a mods folder, install mods. I’m using macOS High Sierra.
- Download the latest version of Minecraft Forge from here (choose the Installer)
- Navigate to the downloads folder and find the file you downloaded. It will end with xxxxx-installer.jar. Right-click the file with your mouse and choose “Open”.
- Select “Install Client” from the next screen and click OK.
Create mods folder
- Open Finder on your Mac and go to Go > Library in the menu.
- Go to Application Support > minecraft in Finder and create a new folder called mods. This is where your mods will go.
- Find the mod on the web you want to install and download the file to your computer. It will be a file ending in .jar.
- Drag and drop the downloaded file into your new mods directory in the ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft/mods folder.
You’re now ready to play the new mod!
When you launch Minecraft be sure to select Forge from the Play menu.