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Adding Mods and Customizing

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.

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Add crazy cray craft and other mods pllz

Added 17th Oct 2015, ID #617218

Tell me how u do it😃

Added 9th Oct 2015, ID #615032

I am getting a Minecraft Mod!

Added 30th Sep 2015, ID #612798

Can I use a memory stick that plugs into usb?

Added 5th Sep 2015, ID #605444

I've got a ps3 i can install mods,but i can'n download mods

Added 27th Aug 2015, ID #602960

Want the elevator mod for my huge tower that took 3 days on single player. But I don't have a USB so please put that mod in the playstation store.

Added 11th Aug 2015, ID #596781

There are no XBOX 360 specific mods
You need to have a portable storage device for the XBOX in order to download and use mod tools, where you can mod things such as the weather, and survival inventory. You need to unplug the portable storage and plug it in your computer, mod it, and plug it back in to your XBOX.

Added 8th Aug 2015, ID #595460

Why cant they make use pay or somethibg to get mods! ;(

Added 5th Aug 2015, ID #594262

How do you download this?!

Added 2nd Aug 2015, ID #592842

it doesnt work for me i have tried everything but it still does not work someone help i dont know how to do ittttttttt on the ps4 wish i had minecraft on pc it wud definatly be welllllllll easierrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Added 1st Aug 2015, ID #592481

The way to put more on is to put a hard drive in your computer and download the mod on to it and then take it out and the put it in the Xbox or play station

Added 1st Aug 2015, ID #592225


Added 22nd Jul 2015, ID #588046

Very very very.............very Awesome information

Added 20th Jul 2015, ID #586838

Can you give mi aver mod ever egg sister Xbox one

Added 16th Jul 2015, ID #585137

I love it

Added 9th Jul 2015, ID #582326

I want als mod for my ps3

Added 8th Jul 2015, ID #581551

me 2

Added 25th Aug 2015, ID #602217

Lucky block

Added 25th Jun 2015, ID #575351

How do you even do it. It doesn't even work for me

Added 12th Jun 2015, ID #569064

I know

Added 13th Jun 2015, ID #569615

Crazy craft for Xbox 360 plz

Added 9th Jun 2015, ID #568032

Wait...thts it u dont wanna tell us how? talk about dont no wat ur talkin about

Added 6th Jun 2015, ID #566420

How do you use mods on console PlayStation

Added 29th Apr 2015, ID #549305

Can we just get a car update for mine craft xbox 360

Added 6th May 2015, ID #552609

Would you do a walk through of how to add mods it would be really helpful plzplzplzplzplzplz

Added 26th Apr 2015, ID #548311

can you teach me how to make my own mod

Added 19th Apr 2015, ID #545230

Please add a mod that you can dig down 68 blocks in ps3 ps4 and xbox one

Added 19th Apr 2015, ID #545044

Try to insert the disk into your pc and go to computer there should be a folder that reads removable disk or minecraft something like that than you should drag the folder for your mod you downloaded to the folder but go into that folder first (minecraft data) and that should work and next time you play minecraft xbox or ps the mod or map should be added

Added 19th Apr 2015, ID #544962

How do you get minecraft comes alive mod on xbox360

Added 16th Apr 2015, ID #543812

If you know math and algebra you should figure this out

Added 15th Apr 2015, ID #543169

Could you please make a mod with guns for mine craft xbox 360 version.

Added 12th Apr 2015, ID #541940


Added 5th May 2015, ID #552339

how can u get mods for minecraft on ps3

Added 10th Apr 2015, ID #540678

Please tell mee how to make Amos


Added 3rd Apr 2015, ID #536970

Ok I Love It!!!
I Love Ittt

Added 22nd Mar 2015, ID #531699


Added 20th Mar 2015, ID #530924

How can you make a shark and a Pegasus for the minecraft for the Xbox one

Added 17th Mar 2015, ID #529732

How do you download mods please tell me

Added 12th Mar 2015, ID #527791

I would like a mod for PS3 that has guns, turrets, and vehicles if somebody can please do that then you a friend of mine thanks. PS3 version

Added 10th Mar 2015, ID #526761

How to I do it on a PS3

Added 4th Mar 2015, ID #523990

Whoever is making playstation 3 mods could you just put the mods in the playstation store like in the mod packs like the mash up packs for skins and textures

Thanks for listening

Added 3rd Mar 2015, ID #523734

make mod with mob mutants it will be very useful plzplzplzplzplzplzplzplzplzplzplz

Added 25th Feb 2015, ID #521083

I want
A mod for my ps3

Added 24th Feb 2015, ID #520744

Well im just a kid can you do it a easy way for kids under nine years old because they won't understand please listen to me please™

Added 24th Feb 2015, ID #520701

can you add the injustice

Added 23rd Feb 2015, ID #520460

I want mods for xbox 1

Added 23rd Feb 2015, ID #520095

das ist klake

Added 22nd Feb 2015, ID #519614


Added 19th Feb 2015, ID #518249

The link below for minecraft mods for consoles is broken so try this one or search minecraft mods for consoles on Facebook

Added 18th Feb 2015, ID #517593

I have wanted mods on minecraft on xbox for so long and I would buy so many mods like Buildcraft and tinkers construct, and basicly most of the mods in the yogscast complete pack. I belive Microsoft bought minecraft, so by adding mods to console would be very big for the millions of people who play minecraft on console like me or you, and in the first few weeks of this update depending what and how many mods are added there could be thousands to make, and in the first few months they would make it in hundred K's or million. Join my Facebook page here to help bring mods to our consoles.

Added 18th Feb 2015, ID #517589

I have a ps3 but no mods can you help

Added 1st Oct 2015, ID #612982

its fake its for pe ios or android

Added 16th Feb 2015, ID #516808


Added 15th Feb 2015, ID #516467

i want to get mods but i dont know how

Added 14th Feb 2015, ID #515834

how do you download this.soo confusing

Added 13th Feb 2015, ID #515503

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