The best Minecraft mods

Minecraft mods

What are the best Minecraft mods? It's a question that's been asked for generations – since a young Plato attempted to tweak his game at the knee of Socrates. Or something. As new Minecraft mods have been steadily flowing out since the game's first public release, there are a whole heap to choose from. That's where we come in with the best Minecraft mods.

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The following list compiles some of the best Minecraft mods out there right now. All the Minecraft mods are divided into sections, depending on what you want to do with the game – from simple changes to deep, intricate Minecraft mods you can get lost in for months.

How do I install Minecraft mods?

Every Minecraft mod on this list comes with its own installation instructions that you should follow closely, and you'll likely also need to downgrade your Minecraft version for many of them – in most cases, version 1.7.10 works best. To help with that, you can try MultiMC – a useful bit of software that lets you manage multiple Minecraft mod installs.

Alternatively, if faffing around in obscure folders isn't your cup of tea, then grab a modpack instead – which comes with everything preinstalled and preconfigured. We recommend either Feed The Beast's Direwolf20 1.7.10 pack (which comes with a YouTube series that'll teach you how to use many of the included mods), the Tekkit Pack, or making your own modpack with Curse Voice. If you have trouble with any of them Google is probably a good bet.

Shall we dig into our list of the best Minecraft mods?

Minecraft interface mods

When you've got lots of Minecraft mods installed you'll probably find that Minecraft's default UI doesn't cut it any longer. The following downloads make playing modded Minecraft a more pleasant experience.

Optifine / Fastcraft

Got a beefy computer? Make Minecraft look incredible with Optifine, which adds support for HD textures and more control over graphical options. Alternatively, if you're playing on a potato, grab Fastcraft – it significantly improves performance on lower-end machines, particularly with lots of Minecraft mods installed.

Journeymap

Everyone likes to know where they're going. Journeymap maps your world as you explore, lets you mark waypoints of interest, and can even warn you when mobs are sneaking up behind you. View the resulting map in-game as a minimap, or in fullscreen, or even in an external web browser.

Not Enough Items

If you need an antidote to the pain of alt-tabbing to a wiki while playing Minecraft then turn to Not Enough Items (or NEI). It lets you look up the recipe for any item from any installed Minecraft mod through a nifty interface on Minecraft's inventory screen.

WAILA

WAILA stands for "What Am I Looking At," and it's a godsend when you've got loads of mods installed. Simply point your crosshair at a block, and it'll tell you what it is, and which mod it comes from. With newer mods, it can also tell you about the state of that block – how full a tank of water is, for example, or the charge level on a battery. You'll need NEI to run it.

Inventory Tweaks

Install Inventory Tweaks and you'll soon wonder how you lived without it. Tools that run out of durability are automatically replaced in your hotbar, stacks of blocks are automatically refilled, and a simple middle-click will sort your chests and inventory. It's also endlessly customisable. 

Minecraft creative mods

For many people, crafting awe-inspiring structures is what Minecraft is all about. The following mods will dramatically expand your creative options, from new types of wood to proper furniture.

Chisel 2

Minecraft only has one cobblestone texture. Chisel has 24. In fact, it adds alternative textures to a huge number of the game's default blocks as well as blocks that come with other mods in this list – letting you create any decor you desire in your in-game constructions.

Carpenter's Blocks

Cubes are great and all, but occasionally you want a slope, right? Carpenter's blocks delivers those slopes, alongside beds, buttons, doors, flowerpots, torches, and more, all of which can be customised with the texture of any other block. Ever wanted a netherrack ladder? This is the mod that'll do it.

Decocraft

If you'd like a bit more variety when it comes to decorating your world, Decocraft is the mod for you. It adds craftable chairs, tables, bowls, bottles, lamps, stuffed toys, beer kegs, and even a kitchen sink. The full list is almost endless, so dive in to the Wiki to see the full range of options.

Bibliocraft

Bibliocraft also offers a bunch of aesthetically-pleasing blocks, but these ones come with their own functionality. Display cases and shelves let you show off your trophies, while a printing press lets you copy in-game books. It even adds a monocle for the distinguished gentlemen amongst you.

Pig Manure

If Minecraft can be accused of lacking one thing, it’s poo. This humble Minecraft mod solves that problem with aplomb, not just making it so your pigs drop a steaming pile of the proverbial every now and again, but instead providing you with a new resource to master in Minecraft. Collect the droppings and you can use them instead of bone meal to fertilize your crops. Alternatively, you can fire them in a furnace and produce bricks that you can use to build a house – just don’t use them with white wool.

Bacteria Mod

Bacteria simply never goes out of fashion, so it's about time Mincraft modders brought it into the creative sandbox. This mod lets you cultivate a range of different bacterias, each of which will perform different tasks – destructive or creative – and set them loose on the world. Just be sure to contain it properly, especially if you’re experimenting in your own base.

Pam's HarvestCraft

Bring some serious variation to your Minecraft diet with this produce-laden mod that adds over 1,100 new foods and items, including 60 crops, 17 types of fish, tofu for vegetarian and vegan dishes, and 36 fruit or item bearing trees. The end result is a Minecraft diet that’s equal parts lavish and balanced. If you want to make this a necessity rather than just a fun extension to vanilla Minecraft, use it alongside Hunger Overhaul and The Spice of Life, which both punish your poor eating habits.

Minecraft exploration mods

Some people prefer the life of a nomad to that of a builder. The following mods either spice up world generation, add new worlds to explore, or give you the tools you'll need to explore them. To the Far Lands, and beyond!

Biomes O'Plenty

Let's start with the Overworld. Biomes O'Plenty adds a ridiculous 80 new biomes and 12 sub-biomes to Minecraft – from Alps to Wasteland. It also adds a little more variety to tools, armour, food, colour, and adds a few extra blocks to build with. 

LotsOMobs

Working in much the same way as Biomes O Plenty, LotsOMobs adds a staggering 25 new mobs to further enrich your Minecraft world and make your biomes that bit more realistic. Gone are the days when squid were the only creature in the sea and chickens roamed free across the savannah. If you'd like giraffes, narwhal, seagulls, elephants, and even dinosaurs to appear in your game, then this is the mod for you.

CandyCraft

Here’s a great exploration mod for people who avoid the Nether on the grounds of it being just a bit too demonic and hellscapey. CandyCraft offers sweet-toothed Minecrafters a new realm to explore that’s made entirely of candy. There are sugar-coated critters to kill, marshmallow tools to equip, and honeycomb armour to wear as you make your way through this sickly sweet realm. Eat your heart out, Hansel and Gretel.

Galacticraft

Boldly go where no Steve has been before with Galacticraft, an expansive mod that let’s you travel to, explore, and even colonise an entire solar system. Aside from all the interplanetary sightseeing, the main draw of this mod is the sheer amount of effort you'll have to put into it in order to escape Earth and its famously surly bonds. It’s a compelling and brilliantly constructed series of missions that rewards you with gameplay opportunities, like building a moonbase, pimping out your spaceship, and fighting evolved mobs on Mars.

Quiverbow

Not nearly enough mods focus on improving that most ancient and beloved of weapons – the bow and arrow. Quiverbow overhauls the options available to budding archers by providing them with a bounty of projectile-based weaponry. From basic additions like the humble crossbow to snow cannons and firework launchers, this is the ultimate mod for any aspiring Minecraft sniper.

Minecraft automation mods

There's nothing like a good factory setup in your Minecraft base – automatically mining and producing resources so you never run out. The following mods offer everything you need to fully automate almost every aspect of modded Minecraft, and work best in conjunction with some of the deeper mods in the final section.

Rope Bridge Mod

Chasms are a constant inconvenience for Minecraft explorers: you spend minutes jumping up the highest mountain only to find an annoying series of gaps between its peaks. Make mountaineering easier for yourself by installing this handy mod, which provides you with a portable grappling gun that will automatically build a bridge from where you’re standing to where it’s aimed. It’s also particularly useful for building tree-top fortresses.

Caterpillar

Digging is the bread and butter of Minecraft, which is why someone made this automated tunnelling machine, freeing you of the chore so you can explore, kill mobs, and meticulously redecorate your base. You’ll have to build it yourself, but once you do, you’ll be saving hours in virtual labour. The drill head is upgradable too, with different materials offering their own benefits, so there’s some scope for you to get really stuck into this miner’s delight.

Progressive Automation

This mod adds basic automated devices for everything from farming to forestry. The best bit about Progressive Automation is that each machine can be upgraded as you progress, meaning fewer enormous rebuilds further down the line.

Applied Energistics 2

After staying a while in a large base storage starts to become an issue. Applied Energistics 2 lets you turn matter into energy, storing items on hard drives that can be accessed wirelessly from anywhere in your base. It's fantastically useful, especially for the hoarders amongst you.

Big Reactors

Ever wanted to be a nuclear engineer without learning about physics and going through multiple years of higher education? Then Big Reactors is the mod for you. Big Reactors allows you to build massive, fully configurable reactors in order to cope with the power demands of all those other industrial mods you’ve been tinkering with. Better still, it’s designed to interface with ComputerCraft, meaning you can monitor, regulate, and program your power station from a safe distance – should you tinker too much and cause a meltdown that is.

ComputerCraft and RFTools

Finally, we'd be remiss not to mention ComputerCraft. It adds fully-programmable computers and assorted peripherals into the Minecraft world. It also adds RFTools, which lets you monitor and maintain a complex power network. Both are vital tools for any kind of automated base.

Minecraft expansive mods

That just leaves the largest mods – the ones that reward a significant time investment with substantial changes to vanilla Minecraft. We'd recommend tackling just one or two of these at a time, even if they're bundled together in a modpack, for your sanity more than anything else. By the time you reach their endgame you'll be the master of all you survey.

Draconic Evolution

If you’ve managed to clad yourself in diamond and long for some new endgame gear to show off to your friends then you might want to install the Draconic Evolution mod. As well as adding heaps of new high-tier weaponry and armour, Draconic Evolution also has its own energy system that’s essentially Minecraft’s answer to cold fusion. Other features include a weather manipulation system, an enormous chest with built-in crafting facilities, teleporters, and mob spawners. In short, it’s the ideal mod for anyone who’s mastered vanilla Survival mode.

Thaumcraft

Being a wizard is pretty awesome, and that's no different in the world of Minecraft. Thaumcraft lets you manipulate the magic energies found in every in-game item to create powerful wands, golems to do your bidding, and essence-infused items and tools. It hooks beautifully into several other mods. 

Simply Jetpacks

Jetpacks make everything better. Everything. That’s why this humble mod isn’t looking to burden you with countless new systems and recipes to remember, it’s just trying to give ordinary Minecrafters the gift of instantaneous flight. Soar into the skies powered by Redstone Flux, letting you avoid hazards and move around the map much quicker. Higher level jetpacks will also act as armour and even negate fall damage, so there’s plenty of reason to invest a little time into this nifty add-on.

Blood Magic

Occasionally, Minecraft is all a little too cute and fluffy. That’s where modders come in, introducing some ritualistic dark arts to give the vanilla game some edge. Blood Magic – that most heinous of all magics – introduces a few new systems and mechanics based around drawing power from the blood of mobs. Once you’ve harvested enough life essence you can use it at a Blood Altar in order to craft new items like a Dagger of Sacrifice.

Minefactory Reloaded

Arguably the best all-round technology mod is Minefactory Reloaded. It adds heaps of machines and devices that allow you to automate almost everything – from breeding cows to playing in-game records. As an added bonus, it also works particularly well with many of the mods in the previous section.

BuildCraft

Mining by hand is a thing of the past and everyone knows it. That's why there's BuildCraft, a hugely expansive mod that essentially allows you to put vanilla Minecraft through its own industrial revolution. From automated quarries to autocrafting tables that will pump out any desired item with the right ingredients on tap, this mod let's you go full scale with your production lines.

Hats

From the ridiculous to the sublime, this cosmetic mod adds over 100 hats to Minecraft, ensuring you’ve always got some way of surprising and, in some cases, shocking your friends. You’ll have to spend some time hunting the hats down, though, as they’re programmed to randomly spawn on mobs around the world – expect to see a squid with a phone booth on its head or a creeper sporting a sombrero.

PneumaticCraft

PneumaticCraft swaps out power for pressurized air making for a mod that’s both highly volatile and incredibly rewarding. Whether it’s air cannons, programmable drones, or a range of assembly machines, this mod adds a host of mechanical and automated options to Minecraft.

What do you make of our list? Have we missed off your favourite mod? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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lonereaper321 avatarhuldu avatarKevinJuanRizkyHutomo avatarneo606 avatarcolinvella avatarBasher101 avatar+15
lonereaper321 Avatar
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3 Years ago

where is pixelmon

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huldu Avatar
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2 Years ago

Some of these are quite outdated and you really shouldn't use optifine with mods, it can cause a lot of graphic glitches. In more modern versions of minecraft, 1.6(1.7 for sure) you will barely notice any fps increase. The map addon is severely outdated, you should be using one of these two: Journeymap or Voxelmap. I personally use both because they're good at different things. Journeymap has an amazing, scrollable large map, while voxelmap has a great minimap and a good large scream map that allows you to move while looking at it.

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neo606 Avatar
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2 Years ago

Minecraft has the WORST mod support for users I've ever seen in any game that supports mods... gotta install a billion things, that only work for one crappy version and it's just a shit shit user experience. 4 billion dollars later, this game feels like it gets updated by 1 half homeless dude in the basement that spends his time playing spin the bottle with him and the wall. Honestly shittiest company ever. Notch should be beat up with baseball bats.

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Bendy_Straw Avatar
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6 Months ago

You do know the minecraft team has basically nothing to do with the mod community, right?

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austen Avatar
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1 Year ago

Notch left Mojang a long time ago. It's Jeb you should beat up, but you shouldn't, because the Minecraft team is working as hard as they can.

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JMiles2 Avatar
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1 Year ago

> "the Minecraft team is working as hard as they can"

It sure doesn't show when we look at their lame updates every time...

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67kanew Avatar
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7 Months ago

unless you know how to make a video game with millions of people playing it you have no idea how hard it is! i bought this program to make mods, and it took me over a year to successfully make one item! so stop critizing them unless you made a video game like gta or something

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wagwan replied to 67kanew
7 Months ago

If you're an actual developer who knows how to program (like me), then you'd know how badly Minecraft was made. Its massively under-optimized, ultra-buggy, and the team behind it make billions but haven't fixed problems that have been around since the beginning. Why should I have to install Optifine to get features the game should have built in? Also, you don't have to have made a great game to criticise games, in the same way you don't need to be a 5 Michelin star chef to know a meal is shit.

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bot2595 replied to 67kanew
2 Months ago

I agree with 67kanew all of you guys should stop criticizing Minecraft because in reality it is run by humans and Notch already sold the company to Microsoft, that's why there is a windows 10 version, and Microsoft doesn't only use 100% of it's time planning Minecraft. Actually, most of Microsoft's "Minecraft" time is used on PE so they can get it up to date with PC so everyone can cross-play. And to respond to the smart-man "wagwan", I am also a developer that works to make games from JS and Python and even HTML, Minecraft it not supposed to be some GTA/Call Of Duty. It is supposed to be a creative game where kids and adults of all ages can build and have fun. MC is not perfect, but it's glitch's make the game fun and also what bugs are you talking about becuase Microsoft updates MC somewhere between monthly to every 2 months and everytime they do update it is not to add some new features it is to fix bugs, which, in fact, are created by the updates themselves that they made. Now why do they have bugs? BECUASE THE WHOLE MC COMMUNITY WANTS THE UPDATE FASTER. Also, to you know how hard it is to make just and ordinary MC Zombie. It takes months (the first time they make it) so why should you know how to do this type coding when all you probably make are games on SCRATCH and even with that you probably need help with that too. Also, You don't have to be a big coder to criticize code but you still need to know the basics and the averages of code. How would you know how MC works? DO YOU WORK THERE! NO! You have shook me and probably the 4 other Billion who are part of the fricking MC Community. SO JUST KEEP QUIET!

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bo19287 replied to 67kanew
1 Month ago

bot2595, please enlighten me with how you make games on solely html. This is a rather great discovery if you could.

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KevinJuanRizkyHutomo Avatar
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2 Years ago

What is the seed of the first image?

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colinvella Avatar
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2 Years ago

I'll just drop this here :) Fancy Fish Mod!

http://fancyfishmod.weebly.com/

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Basher101 Avatar
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1 Year ago

I was hoping for more mods like Aether, and Pixelmon should probly be in here, but I know pkmn isn't for everyone (or really every other one) cause it is hugely powerful... but pretty damn good list :)

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Parzi Avatar
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1 Year ago

PSWM! An immersive Star Wars experience with planets and mobs and weapons and lightsabers, oh my! http://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/mapping-and-modding/minecraft-mods/2507627-parzis-star-wars-mod-v1-2-11-the-force-awakens

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Kaynew@hotmail.com Avatar
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1 Year ago

Can you please put up a water temple for Minecraft Pe

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martintrap1 Avatar
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11 Months ago

Where is Mekanism?

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S121441 Avatar
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2 Months ago

Tinker's construct and minechem aren't hear! But minechem gos so well with blood magic and Thaumcraft from a mod pack I saw.

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QDP2 Avatar
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1 Month ago

A strong list. My main recommendation for any looking to get into the game would not be hunting/downloading individual mods, but to grab a complete mod-pack. To download 'TechnicLauncher' and hunt for either a pack made by a streamer you enjoy (if you watch any) or a generally popular pack.

I'd recommend The 1.7.10 Pack, as it's been around for many years now and found itself a good balance between features and gameplay difficulty (161 mods at the moment).

The other main advantage of getting a mod-pack is the ease of multiplayer. Be it through online servers or peer-to-peer with friends, it's far easier to point a group of friends to a pack to download and play together than it is to try and list the individual mods, then how to download and install them. TechnicLauncher downloads the entire game with mods attached, so long as you own a MC account all they need to do is hit download/install, and you'll all be on the same build then. It really doesn't get any simpler to introduce friends into the game.

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5 Months ago

look, stop beating up minecraft! It has a ligit community and they will hate you if they hate on them! Plus, face it, if you try to beat up minecraft you're not going to win. Also, your argument is not even a good one! Notch doesn't create mods, heck, he doesn't even own minecraft anymore! If you hate mods, tell the mod owner to improve it, don'tg hate on minecraft! I doubt you actually hate minecraft, you just hate the community! You're just a stupid nobody who hates people!

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2 Months ago

While I wholeheartedly agree with your opinion, I would urge you to to fix your grammar and spelling. Otherwise, your opinion and argument will be ruled as foolhardy and amateur.

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5 Months ago

I have to agree with some of the complaints. If it was one dude, in a basement, with just buddies coming over, it would be one thing but these guys are a company and stuff that should already be in the game (that makes the game so much better) are made by people on the outside....not to mention that the more interesting additions that have come with the latest versions....it's them buying other people's mods and adding them on.

It's the community that's made Minecraft what it is...not the company.

When i first got Minecraft, i played it for a few hours and got bored with it....vanilla is boring as hell no matter how creative you are unless you're just looking to build stuff.

When i found the mods, it made me come back to the game because there was more to deal with and it made the game 100x more interesting and challenging.

I've hung with coders since '85 and a lot of them are in agreement that this company is "milking" their situation to it's absolute limit and a lot of people i know, who play, are only staying it because there was some talk of "Minecraft 2" on the horizon and they're all waiting for it because it's supposed to be some ultimate improvement.

My guess is they will up the rez,make the 1st person better, and buy a bunch of people's mods and release it as their own deal and will milk it for another 8 years. It's been danging in the wind for 3 to 5 years now. And when it comes out, it will be cool but i fear the amount of bugs that will come with it.

No sorry whoever was covering for the guy who owns minecraft....a man with that much money coming in has NO excuses with the staff he "should" have. If he's not got the right people working on it, it's all on him.

I've lived in that world, watched projects rise and fall, seen money exchange hands and hype get thrown to the wind and nothing come of it for over 2 decades now way before Steam and "Early Access" became a freaking "tourist" attraction and basically degrade the test community.

With all the money these people are pulling in....there are NO excuses that will explain the slowness of this games necessary fixes.....they are MILKING this game for everything it is (and isn't) worth.

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