What is Minecraft Forge all about and why do you need it? We will explain it to you here!
About Minecraft Forge
Minecraft Forge combines two things: a modloader and an interface for developing mods.
Minecraft Forge modloader
Minecraft Forge is a modloader and thus an interface for mods and the game itself. Forge is thus a tool for mod installations in Minecraft. Therefore, this is also often abbreviated as “FML”, which means “Forge Modloader”. The advantage of Forge is that the mods can then be transferred directly into the game and it doesn’t require any modification or customization of the game. Forge has therefore become the standard for Minecraft mods, so all mods are geared towards Forge.
Minecraft Forge as a developer tool
Furthermore, Forge offers interfaces that can be used to develop mods. Thus, the game code of the individual mods does not have to be changed and Forge simplifies modding for developers. The development is mostly done with Java. As a basis you need the Java SE Development Kit in a suitable version and a development environment, e.g. Eclipse.
Where can I get Minecraft Forge?
Forge can be easily downloaded (for your version of the game) from the Minecraft Forge page.
Note: There is a distinction between recommended and latest versions of Forge. The recommended versions of Forge are very stable, while the latest versions may have problems. Therefore it makes sense to download the recommended version.
After the download you install the modloader Forge on your computer. To do this, use the Forge Installer Client. Once Forge has been installed, it will appear at the bottom of the Minecraft game’s main page and can be played.
Forge is available for all Minecraft game versions.
Insert mod via Forge
To play a mod via Forge, first download your favorite mod, e.g. Pixelmon or Revelation. Click “Show in folder” and the mod will be displayed in the download area of your PC. Cut this mod file and paste it into your Forge profile (with the correct version).
This happens under the “Installations” tab and then on the folder icon. There you will find the mods folder, where the cut mod file will now be pasted.
After you have closed the setup, you can now play the mod normally with the Forge profile as soon as you start it.
Which version of Forge is right for me?
If you always keep your Minecraft up-to-date, you should also install the latest version of Forge. However, if you prefer an older version of Minecraft, you can also find a suitable version of Forge for it. This can be the case if your favorite Minecraft mod is no longer updated or you don’t like certain new features.
Minecraft Forge 1.17
Minecraft Forge 1.16
If you haven’t made the jump to MC 1.17 yet, it’s best to choose Forge 1.16 – 36.2.2. This version covers the Nether update from June 2020 and is still very popular at the moment.
Minecraft Forge 1.12.2
Although the “World of Color” update was released back in 2017, Minecraft Forge 1.12.2 – 126.96.36.19955 is still very popular. If you haven’t updated your Minecraft in a while or you didn’t like the newer updates, this might be the version for you.