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How to Install Mods In Minecraft (12 Easy Steps!!! 1.7.4+)

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Level 58 : Grandmaster Technomancer
So I heard you like mods? Well, here is how to install some of them. (Note: Some mods are installed differently. This is just the classic way of installing them. It's also for windows) YOU WILL NEED 7-ZIP OR WINRAR. Also, this is how to install mods for the new Minecraft launcher, not the 1.5 one.

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Finding the .minecraft folder

1) First, if you have windows 8, go search up %appdata% then click enter
If you have 7, Go to the start menu and type %appdata% and click enter
If you have XP, go to run then %appdata%

2) After this, you should see something like .minecraft (NOTE: you have to have the installed version of Minecraft. Not the online one.)

3) Enter the .minecraft folder and find a folder called versions (Remember, this is for the new 1.6 Launcher)

Copying the Default Folder and Renaming it

4)) Go into the versions folder and find the classic Minecraft release. It is the one that you did not edit at all, and is the version of Minecraft (Ex. 1.7.2) If you don't see one, create one by running a new version manually through the launcher (Create a new profile and select the version. Make sure it matches which version the mod is updated to!!!)

5) Copy the classic folder. You should see "- copy" after you copied it. (ex. 1.7.2 - Copy)

6) Rename the folder to whatever you want. Do the same with the contents inside. Everything has to be the same name!!! Open up the .json file with Notepad. (If you renamed it MC, it should say MC.json, if not, put .json in front of the renamed name.) On the first line, you should see "1.7.2" or whatever the version is. Rename that to EXACTLY what you named the other contents.

Installing the Mod

7) Almost there! Go to your mod and right click it. It should say open with winrar or 7-zip. Do this! If it says 7-zip, click that and do open archive. It should be similar with winrar

8) Do the same with the minecraft jar in the folder you renamed. Remember that the jar should be the same name as everything else! And its the other one, not the .json

9) Now that both are open, drag ALL the contents of the mod INTO the jar. NOTE: Some mods may not tell you to do this, again, it is the classic way of installing mods. Also, they might tell you to delete the META-INF folder. It is optional to do unless they tell you to! I do it anyways though...

Finishing Up and Running Minecraft

10) REALLY CLOSE! Close everything and open the Minecraft launcher.

11) Create a new profile. Select the version you created. (You should see the name you renamed the folder)

12) Select your preferences and ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Update #1 : by BNKookie 12/10/2013 7:28:43 pmDec 10th, 2013

Edited everything except for a few steps.

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06/15/2016 5:06 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Singer_Girl avatar
Sorry to be annoying but when I try to open the mod folder, it doesn't give me the option to open it with 7-zip or winrar.
09/04/2015 5:12 am
Level 1 : New Miner
weatherlemur30 avatar
what do you mean put it INTO (step 9?) I have all the files in the folder and the json file but do I just put the files into the folder???
09/04/2015 5:13 am
Level 1 : New Miner
weatherlemur30 avatar
THe folder is filled with CLASS files. please help!!!
06/13/2015 1:59 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
DriftingGalaxy avatar
I'm trying to get the extrabiomes mod to work, but the file I renamed won't even appear when I try to create a new profile. Help? ;-;
10/14/2014 10:17 am
Level 12 : Journeyman Goblin
Vetis avatar
As if installing a mod was confusing enough, They updated it even more.

It almost feels like they don't want us to use mods anymore, I hope microsoft doe's something right and add's a better mod support for minecraft.
08/18/2014 4:40 am
Level 1 : New Crafter
Jojoman_1 avatar
I want to install the GLSL shaders and the Sildur's Vibrant shaders. I followed the instructions one by one but when I launch minecraft with my forge account it says down on the left ''3 mods installed, 3 mods activated" which are FML, Minecraft Forge and Minecraft Coder Pack. What should I do, BNKookie??
08/18/2014 9:42 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Technomancer
BNKookie avatar
Okay, first of all, shaders are a very different installation process than mods. I will try my best to guide you on how to install it, but I haven't done it many times.

1) Put the ShaderModCore from GLSL shaders in the mods folder, with FML installed.
2) Go back to your .minecraft and create a folder exactly called "shaderpacks"
3) Put the shaderpacks in that new folder (Valid files are .vsh and .fsh)
4) Go into Minecrat and options, then shaderpacks, then select a shaderpack.

This might not have helped, but here are some other links with installation instructions. There are also many videos on YouTube that can help you with installation. 

Link 1- http://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/mapping-and-modding/minecraft-mods/1280299-sonic-ethers-unbelievable-shaders-v10-1
Link 2 - http://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/mapping-and-modding/minecraft-mods/1286604-shaders-mod-v2-3-18-updated-by-karyonix

08/11/2014 2:10 am
Level 1 : New Miner
wolfanite avatar
ok, so I followed all the steps that were required, and I found the launch file and stuff and chose the preferences I needed, but when I open the launcher, and make a new world, it doesnt play the mod for me.. heehee i dont know if im doing something wrong, cause this is the first time i've actuallty gotten a mod to work.. but it aint pulling it up. Could you help me, please? that would mean so much! and thanks! uvu
08/12/2014 3:21 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Technomancer
BNKookie avatar
The mod might require Minecraft Forge, or maybe you aren't running a Minecraft version that is compatible with the mod.
07/15/2014 8:30 am
Level 1 : New Miner
TJosher avatar
I can't open the jar file with 7 -zip or winrar. I am stuck with the mod with the jar and json but not in one. Help me please!
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