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Approved Mods

Mods are modifications to the Minecraft game that make it behave differently. Sometimes they're small, like a minor graphical change; sometimes they're big, like adding new blocks and items; and sometimes they're unfair, like x-ray. In an effort to ensure that Autcraft is a safe and fair place to play, where everyone has similar experiences and opportunities, only some mods are allowed.
This is a list of all of the mods currently allowed to be used on the Autcraft server. If a mod you want to use is on this list, please read the entire section for that mod so that you can see if there are any parts of that mod that are disallowed. Please do not use any mods that are not on this list.

Note: If a mod on this list requires another mod to work, that mod is also allowed.

Mod Loaders
Most mods use either the Fabric or Forge mod loader. To use a mod, you'll usually have to install the mod loader first.

How to Install Fabric

  • Download the Fabric installer. Use the Windows/.EXE method if you are on Windows, or the universal method if you're on another platform (or don't like the SmartScreen warning). Note that to open the .jar file, you'll need to install Java first which you can do here.
  • Open the file that you downloaded. If done correctly, the installer window should appear.
  • Select the Minecraft version you want to use.
  • Click "Install"
  • Open the Minecraft launcher (closing it first if it was already open).
  • A new Fabric installation profile should appear. Select it, put the mods you want to use into a "mods" folder in your Minecraft directory (instructions on how to find it here), and you're ready to play!

How to Install Forge

  • Download the installer for the version of Forge for the Minecraft version you want to use. Note that clicking on the download link will take you to an ad page before letting you download the file, do NOT click on anything on that page except for the "Skip" button at the top-right! If you did that correctly, you should get a file called something like `forge-<minecraft_version>-<forge_version>-installer.jar`.
  • To open the .jar file, you'll need to install Java first.
  • Open the file that you downloaded (with Java). If done correctly, the installer window should appear.
  • Click "OK".
  • Open the Minecraft launcher (closing it first if it was already open).
  • A new Forge installation profile should appear. Select it, put the mods you want to use into a "mods" folder in your Minecraft directory (instructions on how to find it here), and you're ready to play!

A word of safety: NEVER download mods or mod loaders from websites you don't trust! At best, this can lead to installing malware and viruses; at worst, you can lose your Minecraft account. For your safety (and everyone else's), only download mods from the websites listed below unless you are sure you know what you're doing.

OptiFine is probably the most popular and most downloaded mod for Minecraft. It's been around since Minecraft Beta 1.7.3, and was originally a great mod with many optimisations, features, and quality of life improvements. However, in recent years, it's benefits have dwindled and causes many incompatibilities with other mods due to it replacing large amounts of code and being closed-source. In the modern Minecraft modding era, with the Fabric mod loader and community, open-source mods exist to replace most of OptiFine's features. Other mods that optimise the game more than OptiFine exist too, and they work in a way that's more compatible with other mods.

It's not recommended to use OptiFine anymore, but it is allowed as long as Options -> Video Settings -> Performance -> Fast Math is set to OFF (reason why here). OptiFabric is a mod which allows you to use OptiFine on the Fabric mod loader (it isn't supported natively), and is also allowed, though not recommended.

How to Download OptiFine Safely

  • Go to the OptiFine download page.
  • Find the version you want to download in the versions list.
  • Right click the "(mirror)" button link to the right of the "Download" button for the version you want to download.
  • A context menu should have appeared. In it should be an option called something like "Open Link in New Tab". Click it.
  • You should now be on the page with the download link. Click it. There are ads here, so be very careful to click on the right link.
  • You should get a file called something like `OptiFine_<minecraft_version>_HD_U_<letter><number>.jar`.

How to Install OptiFine Standalone

  • Open the installer.jar file. To do this you will need to install Java.
  • Click "Install".
  • Open the Minecraft launcher (closing it first if it was already open).
  • A new OptiFine installation profile should appear. Select it, and you're ready to play!

Allowed Mods

Despite being a simple-looking block game, Minecraft can actually be quite difficult to run because it is incredibly unoptimised. Luckily, the community have recognised this and created mods to help. These mods don't affect gameplay, and only exist to improve performance and so are okay to use on the server.

  • Sodium (Iris Fork, Starline Iris Fork)
    • Rendering engine and client-side optimisation mod, usually even better than OptiFine.
  • Lithium 
    • Server-side optimisation mod, however still providing some benefit when used on a client to join a non-integrated server.
  • Phosphor  
    • Lighting engine optimisation mod.
  • Hydrogen 
    • Memory optimisation mod, particularly effective in highly modded scenarios.
  • Starlight 
    • Lighting engine replacement mod. This provides significantly better performance than Phosphor, but at the cost of potential mod incompatibility.
  • FerriteCore 
    • Memory optimisation mod, generally more effective than Hydrogen and is compatible with Hydrogen.
  • LazyDFU 
    • Startup optimisation mod, providing a significant speed-up in the time it takes to start the game by not compiling DataFixerUpper rules until they're actually needed.
  • Dynamic FPS 
    • Renders Minecraft at 1fps (or not at all) when the Minecraft window isn't focused, as well as improving background performance.
  • Enhanced Block Entities 
    • Improves performance (and slightly visuals) by rendering block entities (such as beds and chests) as normal blocks unless they need to animate (such as when opening a chest).

OptiFine Alternatives
While OptiFine is not recommended to be used, you can still use most of its features by using a mod from this list that adds the feature you want to use.

  • Iris (Starline Fork)
    • A shader mod with support for OptiFine format shader packs. It's compatible with (and includes by default) Sodium, allowing for much better performance when using shaders than OptiFine.
  • Canvas 
    • An alternative shader and optimisation mod, incompatible with Sodium and Iris.
  • Ok Zoomer 
    • A highly-configurable zoom mod.
  • Logical Zoom 
    • A simple OptiFine-like zoom mod.
  • WI Zoom 
    • The zoom from the Wurst Client as a dedicated mod.
  • Indium 
    • An addon mod for Sodium adding Fabric Rendering API compatibility (which is required for some of the mods below and makes them work with Sodium).
  • LambDynamicLights 
    • A dynamic lights mod. If you hold a torch, the area around you lights up!
  • Connected Block Textures (1.17 port)
    • A connected textures mod supporting MCPatcher/OptiFine format resource packs and including some connected textures by default.
  • ConnectedTexturesMod Fabric 
    • A connected textures mod supporting CTM/Chisel format resource packs and not including any connected textures by default.
  • CIT Resewn 
    • A Custom Item Textures mod (mostly) supporting MCPatcher/OptiFine format resource packs, allowing for items to have different textures depending on information about the item such as its name.
  • Chime 
    • An alternative CIT mod supporting its own format.
  • FabricSkyboxes 
    • A mod allowing for custom skyboxes, allowing for pretty night skies instead of black with white dots. Uses its own format.
  • Fabrishot 
    • Lets you take large screenshots.
  • Kappa 
    • Lets you see OptiFine capes without using OptiFine.
  • LambdaBetterGrass 
    • Recreates OptiFine's better grass and snow features but with extra customisation.

Visual Changing Mods

  • Item Model Fix 
    • A small graphical-enhancement mod that fixes the tiny gaps in item models.
  • Figura 
    • A mod allowing for extensive customisation of Minecraft player models.
  • 'Slight' GUI Modifications 
    • Allows you to customise some parts of the GUI that are normally hard-coded and adds some new animations for things like taking screenshots.
  • Quilt Loading Screen 
    • A tiny mod that changes the loading screen to have several patches from the Quilt logo falling like snow (with an optional pride mode).
  • First-person Model 
    • Enables the third-person model in first-person, so you can see the game from the player's real perspective. Do not enable FirstPerson Settings -> Cosmetics -> Change camera height
  • Not Enough Animations 
    • Adds some missing third-person animations that play in first-person and modifies some existing third-person animations to make them more accurate to how they're rendered in first-person.
  • Skin Layers 3D 
    • Renders the usually flat second layer of player skins as a 3D model.
  • Pretty Capes 
    • Makes capes always render as their elytra version even if an elytra isn't being worn.
  • CapeTweaks 
    • Allows you to disable capes and slightly modify how they behave.
  • Wavey Capes 
    • Makes capes appear wavy!
  • Clear Skies (forge version)
    • Removes the lighter-coloured band around the horizon.
  • Blur (forge version)
    • Lets you customise the normally transparent black GUI background shown when in inventories or in the pause menu by changing its colour, making it a gradient, or blurring what's behind it.
  • Falling Leaves 
    • Adds little particle leaves that fall from trees and move in the wind.
  • MinecraftCapes Mod 
    • A cape mod letting you add custom capes to your Minecraft character. 

Utility Mods

  • Mod menu 
    • Adds a "Mods" button and provides a list of mods and a way to access their configs in-game.
  • LambdaControls 
    • Adds controller support like in Minecraft: Bedrock Edition to Minecraft: Java Edition. If you use this mod, make sure the options "Fast Block Placing" (enabled by default), "Front Block Placing", and "Vertical Reacharound" in Options -> Controls -> Gameplay Options are disabled.
  • ShulkerBoxTooltip 
    • A mod allowing you to see everything that's inside a shulker box by hovering over it in an inventory instead of only seeing a small text list.
  • AdvancedChat 
    • A mod overhauling Minecraft chat allowing for extensive customisation, such as alternating line colours for chat messages, having multiple chat boxes, chat filtering, and much more.
  • MiniHUD 
    • Adds a customisable "mini-F3" screen, with many additional render options showing things like light levels or holographical spheres. If you use this mod, you are not allowed to use the debug water renderer (enabled with Config -> Renderer Hotkeys -> debugWaterEnabled).
  • Item Scroller 
    • Adds many new shortcuts for inventory GUIs allowing you to move items around much quicker than usual. Please be careful not to drop an excessive amount of items onto the ground, particularly when mass crafting, as this can cause lag.
  • No Strip 
    • Adds a toggle to being able to strip logs.
  • Amecs 
    • Allows you to have more control over your keybinds.
  • Extra Sounds 
    • Adds configurable sounds to the Minecraft UI for actions that are normally silent (such as changing hotbar slot or a message appearing in chat).
  • Xaero's World Map and Xaero's Minimap (Fair-Play Edition) 
    • Map mods that work together. They map out the area around you in real-time and let you set waypoints to remember locations. Do not use this in competitive minigames such as bed wars and H&S.
  • Vivecraft 
    • Lets you play Minecraft in Virtual Reality!
  • Just Enough Items (Forge) and Roughly Enough Items (Fabric)
    • JEI and REI is a mod that offers a clean, simple way to view blocks and items, along with their recipes.

Outdated Mods
Mods here are allowed to be used on Autcraft, but do not work on the version of Minecraft needed to connect to the Autcraft server when this page was last updated. If a mod here is 2 or more major versions behind the Minecraft version Autcraft uses, it will be considered abandoned and removed from this list.

  • Varied Mob Textures
    • A Custom Entity Textures and Random Entities Textures mod that lets resource packs change the textures of mobs depending on information about them. Uses its own format.
  • Pop Out Chat (forge version)
    • A mod allowing you to pop the Minecraft chat box into another window.