All the minecrafters out there, this is to show you where to get the Mods from and how to make them run so you can add modifications to your game – make your minecraft more interesting!
You buy minecraft, go through the landscape, formulate constructions using blocks as you set out but end up wanting more than just what it is. That is exactly why you would want Mods.
Modding for Single-Player
For a single-player, getting these mods is a pretty complex process since the steps for one particular mod might be different from another. Although the instructions for a mod might be specific but the basic technique is almost the same. Let’s take a case of installing a mod on Windows. ‘Jamioflan’s World War 2 Guns’ is something that will put in weapons like bazookas, MP40s and the related to equal the zombies and creepers that keep ganging up to much of your annoyance.
There are proper links on Jamioflan’s forum that also give access to three essential tools needed for the correct performance of the mods, exclusively made by the Minecraft community. Before initiating the process, you must get a compression tool like WinRAR or 7-Zip.
Let’s start! The first thing to do is to find a file, ‘minecraft.jar’. For this, click the famous Start button. Into the search window, type this: %appdata% . Don’t forget to add a space before and after the typed phrase. This should lead you to Windows application data folder, you will see ‘.minecraft’ folder on the top. Look for the one that says ‘bin’ and open it. Here, find a folder ‘minecraft.jar’- this is what you actually need!
Once you get the file, form a copy and store it someplace before doing anything with it so as to have a safe copy incase anything goes unexpected. Go back to the original minecraft.jar file, don’t open it rather just right-click it and open the archive with either Win-RAR or 7-Zip. A long list of files will appear in another window. At this stage, you must follow the instructions given by the mod since they are case specific. As for this example of WW2 Guns mod, copy every one of the ‘.class’ files from the mod, AudioMod, ModloaderMP and ModLoader into the minecraft.jar archive that you opened earlier.
We have come to the most vital step of the process which also happens to be the last step. You must delete the folder named ‘META-INF’ in the minecraft.jar file to prevent Minecraft from crashing each time you launch it. When you are through with that, you can close the file. You are done!
If you want to check if it works or not, you can build a new world in the Create mode and see for yourself by throwing some new guns in!
Modding for Server clients
This is much less tedious than for a single player client.
Start off with installing CraftBukkit and run it. You will get straightforward instructions and some applications offered by ‘Bukkit wiki’ that will aid you by side stepping the code-hassle.
Your first choice is to download a batch file ‘How to Install Bukkit (Newb Friendly)’. This file will fill up your server with any server mods it can find and will also enable them. Once you have downloaded it, just double-click the html shortcut file that says Latest CraftBukkit Download: it will get you the latest executable version of the CraftBukkit Java available.
Put that and your initially installed CraftBukkit Starter.bat file into your minecraft server followed by double-clicking the batch file. A console window will appear, now either construct a new world or go into your already set up one and initiate your server.
There is another option to do the task that involves a Windows-only application: ImminentFate’s CraftBukkit Installer. After installation, it will find plug-ins and list all of them. It is definitely more helpful as it has appreciable features like an option to automatically update the plugins in use.
In either case, the summary of what you need to do to get the mods is to download a mod and put it into the ‘plugins’ folder made by any of the two applications.
By now you know how to install these mods but the question is where to find them? For the popular ones you might want to look up the ‘official Minecraft forums’ Mods section’ that offers you from simple tooling mods to complete conversations that absolutely transforms your Minecraft familiarity. Depending on how you intend to use them, you can also come across many cheat-mods that locate rare minerals and offer commands for controlling health levels etc.
For the server clients, an impressive site would be Bukkit dev that hordes a multitude of mods that are in turn set in categories that leaves the mod hunt extremely simplified!
‘Dynmap’, on the other hand, is unmatchable on Minecraft server because once you install it, you have the liberty to position a browser to a URL and what will you get? A map of the server! It is inclusive of real-time updates and chat-function. Let it stay open and you can be deep in the crypts but still have a bird’s eye view of what’s happening on the surface. It also enables you to spot everyone, in case you are planning to coordinate work.