[Minecraft] Manually Installing Mods

This guide is to help assist players in manually installing most Minecraft mods.  Please be aware that some mods may not work together, or may require additional steps.  So make sure you read all the directions the author gives you. 

This guide will show you:

  • How to manually installl most mods
  • How to install mods to your SP game
  • How to install Forge for installed mods
  • How to install mods for the current version of Minecraft

Installing Forge

We're going to start out by installing what is called Forge.  There are other options (Spigot, Sponge, Glowstone, etc.).  Which one you use is based on if you are doing SP or Server, which mods you want to use, etc.)  For this guide we're going to use Forge.  You will need to check the sites for the other options if you chose to go with one of them and how to install it.

Note: You will need to make sure your mods work with Forge.  Some may not.

You can download Forge from here: https://files.minecraftforge.net/ .  For safety always make sure you are downloading for a legit and safe source.

Note: We're installing for Minecraft 1.10.2 and on Windows. 

For most, you'll want to download the Recommended versions.  You will see there are 2 installers.  If you are on a Windows computer download the Installer-win, and if on Mac or Linux download the Installer.

Double click on the installer.  Once loaded select Install client.  You shouldn't need to change the install path as this will be preset to your .minecraft folder.  Then click OK and let it do its thing.

You should now have Forge installed.

Finding Mods

There are several places you can find mods to install for your SP game. We're going to get ours from Curse's Minecraft Forge Mods.

Link: https://mods.curse.com/mc-mods/minecraft/

Link: https://minecraft.curseforge.com/mc-mods

You can also check out MinecraftForum.net as well.

Link: http://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/mapping-and-modding/minecraft-mods

Most authors will post links to their Forge version of their addons.  So make sure you read the entire description on the mods' page.

You will also need to make sure the mod is updated for the version of Minecraft you are playing.  If downloading from Curse or CurseForge it will note what version of Minecraft the mod supports.

Note: To make things easier for installing you may want to make a "Mods" folder on your desktop to download your mods to before installing.

Installing Mods

Now that you have downloaded the mods you want and any required mode that are needed; let's install them.

To start locate the minecraft application folder.


  • Open Run from the start menu.
  • Type: 
  • Click Run.


  • Open Finder
  • Hold down ALT and click Go then Library in the top menu bar.
  • Open the folder Application Support and look for minecraft.

Drag and drop the mods you have downloaded into the mods folder in your .minecraft folder.  You


Your mods will be either zip or jar format.  You do not need to do anything more with them than dropping them into the mods folder.

Note: Some mods may require more steps.  Please make sure you read through all information mod authors supply for their mods.

Launching Minecraft 

Launch Minecraft like you normally would.  When the Launcher opens; make sure your Profile is set to forge.

Note: You can change this, but your first launch it will default forge.


You should now see a screen showing it's loading Forge.  Be aware that it can take a bit longer than a normal vanilla launch.

You should now see a Mods button as well as mod information.  

Note: Optifine will not show up on the mods list, but can be placed in your mods folder.  It is a Minecraft optimization mod and may be required for some HD resource packs like Conquest.

You Mods button will show you your mod list.

Further Assistance

If you continue to have issues with mods make sure you have read through all the steps the author has posted for the mod (these can usually be found where you downloaded the mod or in a wiki for the mod).

Make sure the mod is updated to support the version of Minecraft you are running, and you don't have any conflicting mods installed as well.

Contact the author.  On Curse and CurseForge, the author may have left a way to contact them on the mod's page.  

See if there are any current posting for the mod on MinecraftForum.net.

Please be aware that our support may not be able to assist you with installing mods or issues with individual mods.