Adding Mods and Customizing

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Adding Mods / Customizing the World of Minecraft

One of the easiest places to find information on the most recent game Mods (and the ones that the community is raving about) is actually the official Minecraft Website ( which often features that sort of information and content as part of the news feed there and within the deep links in its Community Section.

New gamers will find the official Blog for Minecraft Creator Notch (, and a link to the official Minecraft Facebook page ( can also serve as a useful resource with respect to the hot mods of the day...  But in the end the real treasure and source for edge-of-the-moment content would have to be the official user forums at Minecraft's Home Site (, where among other things there are links to the Forums themselves (incredible infos) the official Minecraft IRC Channel, and a selection of videos, blogs, and the Wiki...

Having said all that let us ask the question that begs to be asked: What constitutes a Minecraft Mod?

There is no way to answer that question simply, so rather than try and get frustrated, why don't we examine some of the underlying purposes of the more popular mod packages for Minecraft to give you a better idea of what the player-community has actually managed to accomplish as they took what is already a wonderful game and, using it as the foundation for their Mod Project, added some amazing functions to it!  (After all that is the point of modding the game really, to add additional functionality and game play options)...

The following Mods are the most popular available now -- to obtain the most recent version of each simply paste the title line into Google and click search.

--== The Current Crop of Hot Mods ==--

-- Backpacks (by MightyPork)
Additional Requirements: Requires ModLoader and ModLoaderMP
Adds additional portable storage to the game in the form of backpacks.  MightyPork's nearly magical Backpack Mod allows players to craft backpacks out of Leather in the game in two forms -- the regular Backpack and the Magical Backpack (a backpack with Insurance).  When crafting regular Backpacks you can place a dye in the center of the recipe to craft that color of Backpack, and the Mod allows you to craft as many Backpacks as you want/need.  This Mod can be used for Single-Player and SMP Play.

-- CCTV Mod (by Kaevator)
Additional Requirements: Requires ModLoader Package
Video Camera Screen -- Seriously!  This mod allows gamers to place up to 13 CCTV Cameras around their house/den/stronghold and then monitor them using the multi-sized screens included with the mod.  That's right, you can set up a high-security zone with a wall of video displays in your Security Room so that you will KNOW that there is a Creeper lurking near the corner, waiting for you to emerge so he can tell you "Nysssse Wall - BANG!"  And how cool is that?!

-- Elevator Mod (by Exanadu)
Additional Requirements: None.
This package adds a craftable lift to the game that can be used for travel between the levels of your home/den/stronghold/mineshaft, with fully adjustable speed and Block ID designation.  The controls for this device are simplified, and rather than use a switch simply requires the player to right-click the lift to activate it!

-- Magic Wands Mod (by MightyPork)
Additional Requirements: Requires ModLoader and ModLoaderMP
If you cannot watch a Harry Potter movie without wishing you had your own magic wand, this Mod is for you!  The Magic Wands are universal tools that allow the player to use the same tool for many tasks, to build en entire wall in one click, and even an entire rick building in one click!  Each Wand type is used for different types of construction -- watch the YouTube video for more information.

-- MMW Modern Minecraft Weapons V7 Mod (by MERKgamer)
Additional Requirements: Modloader Link AudioMod Link, ModloaderMP Link, and Minecraft Forge Link
Most players expected that it was just a matter of time before guns were introduced to the world of Minecraft -- but hardly anyone was expecting it to be high-powered military arms that feature the use of ammunition clips, sniper scopes, and a level of realism that includes the kick of a round being fired!

This Mod presently includes the following weapons: FN Herstal P90, MP7 L118A Sniper Rifle, Walther P99 Semi-Automatic Pistol, Smag, Glock G18, Barret M82A1 Sniper Rifle, Magnum, MK14 Enhanced Battle Rifle, Heckler-Koch HK G36C, MK46 Crew-Served MG, M79 Thumper, PP90M1 SMG -- basically all of the weapons you would expect to see in a AAA FPS title.

While this Mod is not compatible for SMP play, compatibility for that mode IS being planned, they jusr do not know when it will actually be implemented. 

-- Rope Mod (by djoslin)
Additional Requirements: None.
Have you ever stood on the top of a ravine and thought to yourself -- if Indiana Jones were standing here he would be swinging from a rope?!  Well now you can!  The rope was created for all those times you wanted to rappel down a large cliff or cave -- and when attached to a solid block on top you can do just that!   This just keeps getting cooler by the minute!

-- TNT Mod Package (by Navist)
Additional Requirements: Requires ModLoader Package
A package that adds additional recipes to the game and their effects, including recipes for the items Firebomb, Miner TNT, Napalm, Nuke, and Scatterbomb, which allow you to obtain designer effects for your explosives.  The names for these new items illustrate their function nicely -- and in addition to adding these new recipes, the TNT Mod includes the ability to alter the characteristics and effects of each of these new items within the game.

-- Turret Mod (by djoslin)
Additional Requirements: None.
Sometimes you simply need to apply concentrated fire on a target and nothing short of a turret will do the trick!  The turret was created for just those times -- providing your home/den/stronghold with a mounted gun that includes complete control over the aiming process.  The movement keys control the rotation of the turret, shift allows the aim to move slower, and the spacebar shoots the turret, which includes three types of cannonball: regular cannonball can break through two blocks, piercing cannonball can break through 10, and the napalm cannonball turns blocks into fire and bounces around.

--== Mod and Beyond ==--

The selection of Mods listed above are intended to give you some ideas about what other players have done in adding to and expanding game play and content for Minecraft -- but these are just a taste of the mods that are out there that you can obtain and install! 

Other Mods include PC computers with full-fledged DOS interfaces and screens you can use in the game to play a text-adventure game called Minecraft (grin) as well as use for opening and closing doors, adding passwords to control access to mines and structures and controlling devices with the computer.  There are mods that add better armor to the game, a wide variety of weapons, new enemies (like dinosaurs) -- there is even a Mod called HarryCraft that adds elements from the world of Harry Potter to Minecraft, including a fully-functional Quiditch stadium and flyable brooms!  Seriously! 

The vast majority of the mods out there add things to the game -- items, objects, and even machines -- there are mods that add cars to the game, there are mods that add wireless switches and cell phones, and there are even mods that add other video games to the game!  How about real world sports?  Care to play basketball?  How about bowling? 

While it is certainly not factual to say if you think of it, someone has created a mod for that, the state of Minecraft mods is getting to the point where most really popular ideas from fiction and games have made a dent into its world -- and of course you could always sit down and create your own mod if there is not one that does what you want to do in the game...

--== How do You Install a Mod? ==--

While the complicated answer to this question can be different depending upon the Mod in question, its structure, and the support programs and utilities required to run it, in general the process is pretty similar for the mods for each platform -- though the installation process is a lot different from platform to platform...  And we do not even begin to address the question of how -- or even IF -- you will be able to install Mods to the Xbox 360 LIVE Arcade version of the game since it is still largely an open question as to whether players will be allowed to add mods to it (though it has been confirmed that there will be a mechanism for adding Skins and Texture Packs via the LIVE Marketplace).

The installation process is very basic for most single player mods since it all revolves around the Jar files in the game.  The process for Minecraft 1.1 for Microsoft Windows is different than that on Mac, and Linux is very different indeed...  The Mobile versions (if they have mod packages) are in package format, with each requiring specific unique steps...

Because each Mod Package may have different requirements you are cautioned to read the installation instructions in a package-by-package basis, and follow the instructions contained therein -- and as always, you should back up your data and game files BEFORE applying a mod package just in case things go wrong.

For Microsoft Windows gamers are advised to create a Restore Point in the Admin Utilities before they apply a mod package each time.

The advice above is meant to apply to content mod packages -- when the mod you are considering installing and adding to your game is an interface mod, there are other considerations you will need to factor into the process...

Called "Client Mods" this second type of Mod Package consists of modifications to your Minecraft program rather than to the game content.  These are not custom clients -- that is to say they do not replace the official Minecraft Client -- but rather they are literal modifications to the official client and are applied to the minecraft.jar files.  It should be remarked that these mods are only for the actual program itself, and are not playable or useable via the Web Browser game interface.

Minecraft Client Mods are largely used to change the appearance of the interface -- meaning that they are mostly aesthetic, or they are used to add display of additional information to the main interface .  While some of the client mods add content to the game, for the most part it is more common for them to use existing game features and content in a different way.


Comments for Adding Mods and Customizing

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Added 24th Dec 2014, ID #489599

How do you get modes

Added 22nd Dec 2014, ID #488595

how can u do this for ps3

Added 22nd Dec 2014, ID #488413

TBH I think when they say Jail-broken what they mean is that they have removed the checksum that blocks access to the raw file system. You would have to do that in order to apply mods - but I have no idea HOW you would go about that...

Added 16th Dec 2014, ID #485311

What is a jail broken ps3???

Added 8th Dec 2014, ID #482008

You need a sub port to mod PS3 or Xbox

Added 6th Dec 2014, ID #481348

Hoe dalotun mod
wet mod van mecrefd 360

Added 4th Dec 2014, ID #480224

Why not make a new skin pack that is free for every version

Added 30th Nov 2014, ID #478859

i want to make a new texture thats free for minecraft playstation 3 editioni want to make a new texture thats free for minecraft playstation 3 edition

Added 29th Nov 2014, ID #478114

whach videos on youtube it worked for me. its awesome!!!!!!

Added 28th Nov 2014, ID #477546


The reason that there are no mods for the console versions of the game have to do with the underlying structure of the version and the platforms that they run on.

Mods require the player to be in a position to - and the ability to - edit the raw data files that are part of the game.

On PC these files are part of the supporting library that the game uses to load that content - as needed - whereas for the mobile version that information is coded into the main game files.

As a consequence of that, the player would need to essentially edit and modify binary files - an action that in addition to violating the ToS for both the game and the device, is also an action fraught with peril.

In other words modding the mobile version is too complicated and potentially dangerous to be worth it.

Added 12th Nov 2014, ID #470552


Added 11th Nov 2014, ID #470490

There are no legitimate mods for the Xbox 360 version of the game.

To add mods to the game you have to access and alter the live file system and you are not only not meant to do so on console, it actually violates your ToA for the game.

Added 8th Nov 2014, ID #468743

How do u get mods easily for xbox 360 without usb or computer just legit on the game??????

Added 6th Nov 2014, ID #468112

Some expansion content has come out but the mods have not as far as I know. Fingers still crossed.

Added 3rd Nov 2014, ID #466766

Hey CMBF, have they came out with the console (xbox/ps) mods yet and can I get mods for my minecraft xbox 360 edition yet or do you know if I can or not? I ask because you said that they were working on it months ago.

Added 31st Oct 2014, ID #465507

hi crazy

Added 27th Oct 2014, ID #463979

How do I get this

Added 22nd Oct 2014, ID #461734

Well you can count horses but I am not sure what you mean?

Added 30th Sep 2014, ID #453280

what about horses dose that count.

Added 23rd Sep 2014, ID #451088

With respect to the HALO Theme and its associated items pack, that was created by 4J studios expressly FOR the Xbox 360 Edition of Minecraft - as a unique feature so as (it appears) to draw players into the game who are fans of the HALO series and who might not ordinarily be interested in playing otherwise.

The fact that 4J announced - at the time that the HALO Mashup Pack was launched for the 360 - that it WOULD be launched for the Xbox One version when it comes out (note it is out now) AND that anyone who bought the HALO Mashup Pack for 360 and later switched to Xbox ONE as their prefered platform for Minecraft WOULD get the HALO Mashup Pack on Xbox One for FREE. So how about that?

Added 16th Sep 2014, ID #448569

This is too confusing somieone give a simple answer on how to do it.

Added 1st Sep 2014, ID #443162

I cant get mod it suck

Added 28th Aug 2014, ID #441844

how do u do it on ps3?

Added 28th Aug 2014, ID #441643

This is pretty much in answer to all of the questions with respect to console (Xbox and PS): You can't mod them.

Mods in Minecraft are exclusive to the PC version for a simple reason, and that is you actually have to have full and unrestricted access to the file system AND the ability to run the patching tools in order to install the mods to the game.

For both the Xbox 360 AND the PS3 you do NOT have access at that level. But take heart - there is an effort as we speak to do it. Unfortunately right now it means loading an illegally modified version of the game and that requires you to do something that voids the license. So for now, the answer is still no mods for console.

Added 6th Aug 2014, ID #431906

f it I cant do it

Added 28th Jul 2014, ID #426940

Minecraft modus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Added 22nd Jul 2014, ID #423149


Added 14th Jul 2014, ID #418576

Can i get blood and bones or crazy craft on my ps3 ?

Added 2nd Jul 2014, ID #410814

what mods are there for ps3 that i can get?

Added 29th Jun 2014, ID #408652

I am trying to figure out how to get mods for my xbox 360...I need help necause my son is driving me crazy wanting to get the girlfriend mod on the game

Added 20th Jun 2014, ID #402842

very informational and it has a lot of information but it did not include the way to put mods on xbox minecraft the only thing that you were telling us about were the mods for minecraft PC but not how to put them on xbox. I did notice that you said they might be adding xbox 360 modding which depending on the date of this article may have already happened and if that is the case then you should update your article. Thankyou for reading my comment.

Added 16th Jun 2014, ID #400543

this article is a lot of words that tell you nothing! Congratulations!

Added 10th Jun 2014, ID #397220

I like to have a mod for xbox minecraft it is cool

Mine lord dj
Added 7th Jun 2014, ID #395456

I am an offline gamer meaning i do not play my xbox online and i love the idea of modding minecraft, but i have no idea how to start. with the software method or how to put it onto the xbox. someome please help me !

Added 5th Jun 2014, ID #394404

how do i put mods from the pc to xbox

Added 13th Apr 2014, ID #374383

I did everything! Forge, Modloader, MagicLauncher! NOTHING WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1[size=36][/size]

Added 10th Apr 2014, ID #373486

How do u set mods

Added 18th Jan 2014, ID #345163


Added 16th Jan 2014, ID #344472

How do I do it on ps3

Added 3rd Jan 2014, ID #338938

Im looking for

Added 22nd Sep 2013, ID #310709

How do you do this for Xbox

Added 30th Jun 2013, ID #293850


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