How To Download & Install Modpacks with The CurseForge Launcher

By Nic •  Updated: 04/30/21 •  5 min read

This article is our complete guide on how to download modpacks with the CurseForge Launcher by Overwolf. This launcher replaced the extremely popular Twitch App as the best way to get Minecraft modpacks. From StoneBlock to SkyFactory to RLCraft to hundreds if not thousands of other incredible Minecraft modpacks, they can all be downloaded and install via the CurseForge Launcher. So, without any more delay, here is how to get Minecraft modpacks with the CurseForge Launcher!

How To Download & Install Modpacks with The CurseForge Launcher

Step 1) Download The CurseForge Launcher for Minecraft Modpacks

The first step of getting CurseForge modpacks is downloading the CurseForge Launcher. To do this, click here, and you will be taken to the official CurseForge download page. From there, click on the ‘Download for Windows' button if you are on Windows and ‘Download for macOS' if you are on Mac. In this article, we will mostly be focused on Windows. However, the process is mostly the same for both platforms. When you click this button, the CurseForge installer will download. You may need to keep/save the file depending on your browser.

Step 2) Install The CurseForge Launcher for Minecraft Modpacks

Now, it is time to actually install the CurseForge Launcher. To do this, double-click on the CurseForge file you downloaded to open up the CurseForge Installer. When it opens, click the ‘Next' button, select that you want to make sure the ‘Create a desktop shortcut for CurseForge' tick box is checked. You can check the ‘Create a desktop short for Overwolf' tick as well if you would like. Overwolf is the developer of the CurseForge Launcher, and the Overwolf App has to be installed when installing CurseForge.

Moving on, read the Terms and Privacy Policy for Overwolf, and check the box next to the I have agreed text if you agree with them. Then, click ‘Next'. Now, the CurseForge Launcher and the Overwolf app will install. When they are done, there should be a ‘Launch' button. Click that, and the app will launch. If it doesn't, you can double-click the icon on your desktop.

Step 3) Setup CurseForge for Minecraft

Once CurseForge is open, we can move on to setting up the CurseForge app for Minecraft. When you first open up CurseForge however, there will be little tutorial teaching you about the app and what Overwolf/CurseForge does. Just click Next through as you read and ‘Get Started' to finish the tutorial.

After finishing the tutorial, it is time to get CurseForge ready for Minecraft. On the main screen that is open when you open the app, click on ‘Minecraft'. Then, click the ‘Continue' button. CurseForge will then set itself up for Minecraft modpacks.

Step 4) Install Your CurseForge Modpacks

Getting CurseForge setup for Minecraft is now complete, and we can finally install some Minecraft modpacks with the CurseForge App! This is very, very easy. Just search for the modpack you are looking for in the search box at the top of the page, or click on ‘Browse Modpacks' to see all of the featured and cool modpacks CurseForge has to offer.

When you have found the Minecraft modpack you want to install, just click the orange ‘Install' button to the right of it. The modpack will then begin installing. This could take a while, but luckily, there is a progress bar so you know how long until it is complete.

Step 5) Launching Your CurseForge Modpack

After your CurseForge Modpack has finished downloading, it is time to launch it. This is actually really, really easy. Just click the orange ‘Play' button that appears next to the modpack when it is done downloading.

When you click this play button, the Minecraft Launcher will open up. You will need to log in to the Minecraft launcher in order to play the modpacks. This is going to be the same login information that you use in the default Minecraft Launcher because this is the default Minecraft launcher.

Note: You may need to add more RAM to Minecraft in order to play your modpack. This is outlined in this video and is done via the Minecraft Launcher. 

Step 6) Playing Your CurseForge Modpack

Once you have logged in to the Minecraft Launcher, it is really easy to finally play your CurseForge modpack. The Minecraft Launcher should already have the Minecraft version with your modpack selected. If it does, click ‘play', and Minecraft will open up with your CurseForge modpack installed! It really is that easy.

Modpacks do take a very long time to open up the first time, so be prepared to wait a very, very long time in order to get things opened. After it is open, it's just like vanilla Minecraft. You can create a world in single player, join a multiple player server, and overall have a ton of fun! Congratulations, you now know how to install modpacks using CurseForge.

Thanks so much for reading and using our tutorial on how to download & install Minecraft modpacks using the CurseForge Launcher. You can also check out our video on installing CurseForge Modpacks by clicking here! If you're having any issues, please post in the comment section below, and we will try out best to help you out!


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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