In this article, I am going to walk you through step-by-step how to download and install Forge in Minecraft. Getting Forge up and running will allow you to play most mods that Minecraft has to offer. From Optifine to TooManyItems, they all require Forge. Because of this, Forge allows you to truly start customizing Minecraft with any of the mods you would like. Thus, let's get it right on into. Here is how to download & install Forge in Minecraft!

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How To Download & Install Forge In Minecraft

How To Download & Install Forge in Minecraft in Order To Play Minecraft Mods

Step 1) Download Forge

In order to install Forge, you will need to download it. You can find the download link below.

Click here to download Forge!

Forge has been around for a while, so there are many different versions for you to choose from starting with Minecraft 1.13.2 all the way through the most recent version of the game. Forge has been the staple of modded Minecraft for a long time. Select which version you want on the right side, I would recommend the most recent version unless you are using older mods. For example, if you are using Minecraft 1.12.2, you'll want to select the 1.12.2 version of Forge. After selecting your version, click the “Windows Installer” if you are on a Windows computer. If you are on a Mac or Linux computer, you'll want to click the “Installer” button. For the purposes of this tutorial, we will be using the Windows Installer.

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Step 2) Get Through The Ad-Wall

Now, the creators of Forge have to make some money if they want to keep it up and running. Because of this, you must get through an ad-wall in order to download Forge. After clicking the download button, you will be taken to a site that looks like the one above. No matter what the content on the page says, do not click ANYTHING except the red “SKIP” button that will appear after a few seconds in the top right. Once you see and click the red skip button, Forge will begin downloading.

Step 3) Open The Forge Program

Once you've downloaded the Forge program, it's time to open it. Do this by simply double clicking on the icon. Windows Defender or your antivirus of choice may pop-up a warning notice. If this happens, just click “more info”, and then click “run anyway”. Forge has been downloaded by millions of people, and it is 150% safe. You've got nothing to worry about.

Another issue you may run into when opening Forge is that you don't have the correct/most updated version of Java installed. Forge is a Java-based program just like Minecraft, and because of that, it needs you to have the correct version of Java install to work. If you don't have the correct version, Forge should show you an error and open up the correct page. If it doesn't, you can download the most recent version of Java here.

Opening The Forge Program - How To Install Forge in Minecraft

Step 4) Install Forge & Let It Download

After you've got the Forge program open, it's time to install it into Minecraft. This is very easy to do. Just make sure “Install Client” is selected at the top, and then click “OK” at the bottom of the program. It will now download and install Forge in Minecraft. For this to work, you must have played the vanilla, non-modded version of the version you are trying to install. For example, if you are installing the 1.13 version of Forge, you will need to have run the 1.13 version of vanilla Minecraft for it to work.

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Step 5) Open Up Minecraft & Select Forge

Once Forge is installed, you need to open up the Minecraft Launcher that we all know and love. From there, you need to click the arrow to the right of the play button and select “forge”. After you've done that, simply click play. Minecraft will now launch with Forge installed. Congratulations! You now know how to download & install Forge in Minecraft, and you are ready to start playing modded Minecraft using Forge.

Step 6) Install Some Mods

Forge is needed for Minecraft mods, but Forge itself doesn't do much of anything. It just gives you the ability to install mods. It doesn't, however, come with any mods already installed or anything like that. Because of that, you'll need to know how to download and install some Forge mods. Lucky for you, we've got a tutorial on how to do exactly that. Click here to learn how to download and install Forge mods in Minecraft!

Step 7) Have Fun!!!

After your mods are installed, it's time to have fun! No matter what mods you've decided to try, Minecraft will most likely be completely different for you now, so enjoy it! From minimaps to Lucky Blocks to PVP mods and everything in between, you can now install it all into Minecraft. We hope this tutorial helped you out. If you have any questions, please let me know below. We're happy to answer any questions you have!

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  1. Martin Erlandsson

    I know your probably not gonna read this, but for the jarfix everything was working but I don’t see any skip button on the advertisement page

    • The Jarfix has no skip ad. However, on Forge, it will be after you click ‘installer’. It will appear in the top right after about 10 seconds.

  2. Casen Lumpkin

    I tried to download Forge several times now but there’s not icon that I can click on; it always opens the files of Forge instead of giving me a file name. What should I do?

  3. I download it and its just fine, I go to open it and it crashes, says “exit code 0”. I’ve done jarfix I’ve redownloaded it and everything I’m unsure.

    • You need to remove the mods that are in your mods folder. Note that this will make them stop working in game. You can redownload them for the version of Forge you are using, and the should continue to work.
      Here is how to find your mods folder and remove the mods.

  4. I was able to download it but when i selected it on minecraft and tried to play it, i couldnt, it just said that it was non existence

  5. Roman Enzo

    So whenever I try to load in to the homepage of Minecraft it says mod essenicals requires Minecraft 1.13.2 is there any fix for this? ps I’m using mc 1.15.2

    • You are trying to install a 1.13.2 in 1.15.2. In order to fix this, you need to use 1.13.2 Forge. Otherwise, the author of the mod needs to update it to the newest version.

  6. So when I tried to download forge, we did everything we were told. I had both minecraft and Java, but when I tried to open my downloaded file of Forge, it was opened to Adobe and it would not allow me to open it because of a either damaged or a not supported file type. Any suggestions?

  7. when i download forge the file becomes a notes so i cant do that thing with install client (step three i think)

  8. I was not able to download forge. Would you be able to send it to my email? Please. Thank you, and sorry for taking up your time

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