Gaming Consoles & PCs How to Install Minecraft Forge Many of the best Minecraft mods depend on this flexible framework Share Pin Email Print Consoles & PCs Xbox Buyer's Guide By Jeremy Laukkonen Writer Jeremy Laukkonen is tech writer and the creator of a popular blog and video game startup. He also ghostwrites articles for numerous major trade publications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Jeremy Laukkonen Updated February 12, 2020 Minecraft is great on its own, but installing community-built Minecraft mods opens up brand new ways to play, and some of the best ones are built on Minecraft Forge. We'll show you how to install Minecraft Forge, and provide some tips on what to do once you have it. What is Minecraft Forge? Minecraft Forge is a free application program interface (API) and mod loader for Minecraft: Java Edition. Mod developers within the Minecraft community use the API to simplify the creation of their mods, then players use Forge to automatically load compatible mods. michal-rojek / iStock / Getty When you download and install Minecraft Forge, Minecraft: Java Edition provides you with the option to play the vanilla edition or your Forge-modded edition every time you play. Choosing Forge causes Minecraft Forge to automatically load all of your mods, while choosing the vanilla version allows you to play without any mods. How to Install Minecraft Forge The process of downloading and installing Minecraft Forge is very straightforward. You first need to download the installer from the official Forge website, run the installer with the correct options selected, then launch Minecraft. Once you've done that, you'll be able to install and run any Forge-compatible mod you like. To install Minecraft Forge, follow each of these steps in order: Navigate to the official Forge website. Select Windows installer if you have Windows or click Installer if you have a Mac or Linux computer. If you don't have any specific mods in mind, download the recommended version. Some older mods will only work with older versions of Forge, in which case you need to select show all versions, then locate the compatible version. The next screen will show an advertisement. Wait for the ad timer to run down, then select Skip in the upper right corner. Don't click anything else on the page. Wait for Forge to download, then open the file you downloaded. With the installer open, select Install Client, then select OK. Launch your Minecraft client, and select the up arrow next to the Play button to open the profiles menu. Forge only works with Minecraft: Java Edition. If you're using Windows 10, make sure you have Minecraft: Java Edition installed and not the version of Minecraft sold in the Microsoft Store. Select the profile called Forge, then select Play. Wait for the game to fully load, then exit Minecraft. Loading and exiting Minecraft with the Forge profile selected completes the installation of Forge. Once you've finished this process, you're ready to start installing Forge-dependent Minecraft mods. What Can You Do With Minecraft Forge? As a player, Minecraft Forge is an automated mod loader. It checks for compatible mods, then loads them up each time you play, as long as you choose Forge from the Minecraft: Java Edition profile menu. You can run as many mods as you want, although running too many can cause performance issues, and some mods don't work well with others. Mods can improve or alter the graphics of your game, introduce new game modes and mechanics, improve inventory and crafting systems, and more. There's even a mod to add the same type of virtual reality functionality to Minecraft: Java Edition that Minecraft for Windows 10 has right out of the box. The 15 Best Minecraft Mods You Need to Check Out The best part is that since Forge is an automated loader, all you have to do is download the mod you want, place it into your Minecraft folder, and launch Minecraft. As long as you have the Forge profile selected, your mod will load with no additional configuration or work required on your part.