How To Download & Install Mods in Minecraft Using Forge

By Nic •  Updated: 12/08/17 •  3 min read

This tutorial is going to teach you how to download & install mods in Minecraft using Forge. Forge is the number one mod platform for Minecraft, so most of the mods you encounter require Forge to run. Because of that, it's import to know how to download and install them. Here, we will show you how to do exactly that!

How To Download & Install Mods in Minecraft Using Forge

Installing Forge in Minecraft to play Forge Mods

Step 1) Install Forge

Before you can get any Forge mods up and running, you must first install Forge. While the process of installing Forge is not difficult, it does warrant another tutorial. Luckily for you, we've got you covered! Click here or the link below to see our in-depth tutorial on downloading & installing Forge in Minecraft!

Click here to learn how to download & install Forge!

After you've got Forge up and running, it's time to move on to actually installing Forge mods.

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Step 2) Download Your Mods of Choice

From Optifine to NotEnoughItems and everything in between, there are thousands of mods that work with Forge. Pick whichever one you think looks the best to you. You can check our list of the top 15 Best Minecraft Mods by clicking here if you need some inspiration. One thing to look out for, however, is that all of the mods you want to install are for the same version of Minecraft. If they are not, they will not work.

 How To Download & Install Forge Mods in Minecraft

Step 3) Getting To The .minecraft Folder

You've downloaded the mods you want to play, and you've made sure they are all for the same version of Minecraft/Forge. Now, how do you actually go about installing them?!? From here, it's actually pretty simple. Hit the “Windows Key” on your keyboard, and “R” at the same time. This will open up the “Run” program. In the search box, type “%appdata%” and then hit enter. This will open your App Data folder, and in it, there should be a folder called “.minecraft”. Open up that folder, and then move on to the next step!

 - How To Download & Install Minecraft Mods

Step 4) Installing The Mods

At this point, any difficulty when it comes to installing Minecraft Forge mods is done. Now, all you need to do is open the “mods” folder and drag and in the mods you've downloaded. Wait, what? You don't have a mods folder!?! No worries. Just create one like in the gif above. Right-click anywhere in the .minecraft folder, and create a new folder titled “mods” all lower case. Then, open the new folder you've created and drag and drop in the awesome Forge mods you downloaded earlier in this tutorial!

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Step 5) Launch Minecraft & Have Fun!

And you are done! Your mods are now installed. Just go to the Minecraft Launcher, select the Forge version you have installed, and get to having fun and playing some games! Also, if you have any problems setting up Forge and getting your mods to work, post in the comments below. We are more than happy to help you get your mods up and running!

If you prefer tutorials in a video format, click here to see our video on How To Download & Install Mods in Minecraft Using Forge. Also, please remember. If you want an awesome Minecraft server, check out SimpleGameHosting.


I have been playing and modding Minecraft since 2010. In 2014, I started getting interested in creating Minecraft servers and teaching people how to do it online. This led to thousands of videos covering how to do anything and everything in Minecraft!

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