How to Install and use Minecraft Forge

Let the modding begin.

Minecraft Forge is a third-party application that operates as modification software when downloaded and installed with Minecraft Java Edition. With it, you can add items and do other cool things in the game that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do. This guide will show you how to download, install, and use Forge. To begin, head over to the official Forge website.

On the website’s left-hand side, click on the version of Minecraft that you have underneath the Minecraft Version column. You must choose the exact version of Minecraft (Ex. 1.16.3) installed on your computer; otherwise, this entire process won’t work. Hit the Installer button once you’ve selected the correct version.

This will take you to an Ad Focus web page; make sure you do not click anything on the page yet. A Skip’button will appear in the top right corner of the page in a couple of seconds — click on it. Depending on the web browser you’re using, the download process may differ. Your browser could ask if the file is safe; if you trust it, go ahead and accept and install. Additionally, be sure to keep an eye on which file directory it’s downloading into for ease of finding.

Once the download is complete, access the Forge icon installer. It will be in your Downloads file on your computer if you’re having trouble locating it. Once opened, tick the Install client circle, then hit OK.

Open up the Minecraft launcher, click on the dropdown arrow next to the play button, select the Forge profile, and click Play. If the Forge profile isn’t showing up, you may need to head over to the Installations tab at the top of the Minecraft launcher. Once in there, click on the New button. From there, fill out the Name, select the Version dropdown, look for “release 1.16.3-forge,” choose your desired Resolution, and then smash the Create button. Then, select the profile that you just created and click Play.

Congratulations — Forge is all ready to go. Once in the Main Menu of the game, select the Mods button, and you should have two options: Minecraft and Forge. From this point, it’s just a matter of finding the Minecraft mods you want to use online, placing them in your mods folder, firing up Minecraft, and accessing your newly installed mods.