Use Mods for Minecraft
Edited by Sean, Eng
Using Mods in Minecraft
Back in my day (I say in an old man voice) Minecraft had no fancy mod managers or utilities that made modifications so very easy to install and play. However, these days you can grab a mod manager, download a mod and be playing it in less than five minutes. This guide is going to focus on three of the biggest mod managers, and utilities, out there in order to show you how easy it is to get playing some of the best mods Minecraft has to offer.
On a side note, there are certain mods that require no mod managers or their own tools specifically, like the popular Terrafirmacraft, but I'm not going to cover those here for obvious reasons. For information on installing and playing Minecraft, then check out our how-to guide on Installing, setting up and playing Minecraft.
Curse is one of the easiest programs to deal with but it doesn't offer the same options as the other two. Curse mainly offers hosting and easy installs for many modifications and texture packs for Minecraft, but it isn't quite as straight forward as the other programs and it is PC only. However, it does have a huge variety available and it is quick to install everything. To see some of the mods they have to offer take a look at this list.
To install and get Curse up and running here is what you need to do:
- 1Open up your web browser, any of them, and go to www.Curse.com/clientAdvertisement
- 2Click on the big blue button that says Download For PC.Advertisement
- 3The setup.exe should download to your Downloads folder (the default download location for most browsers).
- 4Run that setup file, which is straight forward and doesn't give you many options.
- 6From there you can easily install texture packs and to look at mods check out this impressive list on Curse.com.
Curse is actually involved in the development of many launchers for other tools, like Feed the Beast. Now onto the other two very different mod clients and tools.
Feed the Beast
Feed the Beast is often called FTB and it is my favorite tool for mods and texture packs. Not only does it have it's own client like Curse, but it gives descriptions for each mod, is very user friendly and has some pretty impressive mods available to download. FTB is the newest tool on this list and as a result is one of the easiest, simplest and smartest mod clients for Minecraft. However, it is also PC only.
To install Feed the Beast and to get it running here is what you need to do:
- 1Open up your web browser, any of them, and go to www.feed-the-beast.com
As you can see, with FTB you have three categories: FTB Modpacks, 3rd Party Packs and Maps and Textures. These do require some instruction:
- Whenever you install anything from FTB Modpacks or 3rd Party Packs you will likely need to go into Maps and Textures to go find the corresponding pack for whatever mod that is.
- Maps and Textures is where the map, and texture packs, are located for any of the mods hosted in 3rd Party Packs and FTB Modpacks.
- Everything is very easily installed by just clicking Launch once you have it selected.
Feed The Beast has a lot of great mods and texture packs, but it doesn't have everything and Technic is another launcher that will provide a lot of options.
If you are going to play mods for Minecraft then you have to try out Tekkit at some point, because who doesn't want to create a futuristic complex with computers, automated quarries, laser beams and jet packs? Technic is the platform/launcher that handles Tekkit and plenty of other mods. It is very user friendly, links directly to your Minecraft account and unlike the other two the Technic Launcher is for PC, Mac and Linux.
To install Technic Platform and to get it running here is what you need to do:
- 1Open up your web browser, any of them, and go to: http://www.technicpack.net/download
- 3The Techniclauncher.exe (or Jar for the other versions) should download to your Downloads folder (the default download location on PC for most browsers).
- 4Find that file and run it.
- 5You should get asked about where you want to install files for Technic, and normally I'd just leave it at the default location unless you have something else in mind.
- 6Now you will be asked to login in using your Minecraft account, which will link the two programs together.
- 8Click on whichever mod you want to run and press Play, it will automatically download the files and do the rest.
The Technic Platform is pretty great because of how easy it to use and how automated it is. The big drawback to it, like FTB, is that it doesn't have that many mods attached to it, but the mods it does have are some of the best Minecraft mods around and offer some very unique experiences.
Between Technic Platform, Curse and Feed the Beast you will have a huge variety of mods available to you and in an easily accessible way. If you want to get a little more specific then you'll have to find the mods specifically and use whatever launcher/program they have associated with it. If you want to actually mess and combine mods then you will want to take a look at Forge, which everything uses, but you normally don't actually do anything with as a mod user compared to a mod creator or tweaker.
Now, get out there and start playing some Minecraft mods! There are many great options and if you have any questions about any of this then feel free to ask.