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Minecraft Forge

There are two overarching ways to play Minecraft. The original version of Minecraft, or what regular players call vanilla Minecraft, is just what the name describes. It is the most basic version of Minecraft with just the original code. The other way is by playing Modded Minecraft. In this article, you will learn what Minecraft Forge is and what Modded Minecraft is.

Minecraft Forge

What is Minecraft Forge?

To put it in the simplest of terms, Minecraft Forge is a tool for creators. In technical terms, Minecraft Forge is an open-source server that allows modders to create new ways to play Minecraft, and they do this through mods. Minecraft Forge essentially allows users to download and install mods onto their Minecraft world without having to learn how to code or program.

What are Minecraft mods?

Minecraft Mods is pretty simple when you think about it. First of all, “mods” is short for modifications. So just by definition, Minecraft mods mean modifying Minecraft. Mods are ways to get out of vanilla Minecraft and it adds new things to the game. There are so many mods that have been created, but here are a few:

  1. Applied Energistics 2
  2. Extreme Reactors
  3. The Twilight Forest
  4. Tinker’s Construct

Each of these mods adds so much to your Minecraft Realm if you were to install them. Applied Energistics acts as a storage system for your base. You can store any item you want on a computer. You can get it to automatically craft items too.

Big reactor in Minecraft


Extreme reactors, formerly known as Big Reactors, is a mod that adds nuclear reactors to the game. This allows the player to generate tons of energy that they can use to power many different machines from other mods.

Extreme Reactpr in Minecraft

The Twilight Forest is a mod that adds a whole new dimension to explore with new ores, bosses, and dungeons.

Twilight Forest in Minecraft

Tinker’s Construct is a fan favourite that allows you to allow new metals and allows you to make your own custom tools.

Tinker Construct in Minecraft

Mods are a great way to increase the number of things to do in your Minecraft world, but the only way to get them is with Minecraft Forge.

How do I download Minecraft Forge?

Downloading Minecraft Forge is actually really simple and easy. The first thing you need to do is to go to their website:

Once you go to their website, navigate to the correct download files. First, you need to choose your Minecraft version. For this tutorial, we are going to use 1.16. Once you have done that, you need to figure out which download button to click because you need a certain type of file. For windows, you want to click the “installer” option. For mac, you should be able to choose the “universal” option. Once you do that, it will bring up the following window below.

Minecraft Forge download Window

Make sure you don’t click anything here. Anything that shows up could be a virus or malware. To avoid that, click the red “skip” button in the top-right corner. This will give you your download. Remember where that download is because the next section is going to cover that.

How do I Install Minecraft Forge?


Now that you have downloaded Minecraft Forge, how do you install it? Just for future reference, downloading an item means that you get it onto your computer. Installing it means that you have to run it.

So once you run the program that you just installed, a window that looks like the one below will pop up.

Minecraft Forge Installer Window

What you want to do next is to make sure that the “install client” option is selected. Once it is, all you need to do is click “ok.” Now you will have Minecraft Forge installed and you can download mods. If you go to your .minecraft folder, you will see a new folder there called “mods.” This is where you will place all of the new mods that you download.


1. Do I need Forge for Minecraft mods?

The short answer is yes. You need Forge to make the mods compatible with your Minecraft Client.

2. How do I install Minecraft mods without Forge?

The best way to install Minecraft mods without Forge is by installing Modpacks. Modpacks are premade packs of mods made by other users that have been tested. You can download these through apps like Curseforge.

3. Does Optifine need forge?

No, Optifine does not need forge because it has its own download wizard. This essentially means that it has its own forge built into it.


Now that you know how to download and install Minecraft mods, you are urged to download some and try them out. Mods can give you a new experience. You can create factories and explore new worlds, so what’re you waiting for?

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