Mods are widely used on Civ servers to optimize gameplay. Many are bundled into modpacks created by other players to utilize mods.
This page serves as a guide and showing you how to download mods for certain versions. Note that installation may be different depending on Fabric/Forge or depending on version, so please keep in mind what version you are looking for.
All mods require one of these mod loaders to run. As of May 2022, Fabric and Forge can't be installed together, so you have to decide which loader you want. This will impact which mods you will be able to install.
Forge is the classic modloader, which has most mods that have been around for ages. It currently has installers for all versions available on Civ.
Fabric is the new modloader that has more of the newer mods that are adapting. It is not compatible with Forge, and has versions from 1.14 to current. Many Fabric mods require the Fabric API, which is another Fabric mod.
Quilt is a hard fork of Fabric intended to have features that are more comprehensive. It is compatible with all Fabric mods, but not with Forge. It has versions from 1.14 to current.
Liteloader is a predecessor to Fabric intended to have a lighter loading module than Forge. It is compatible with Forge, and has versions from 1.8 to 1.12.
Many Fabric mods also require Fabric API to be installed (as a mod), so if you use Fabric, just install the corresponding Fabric API version as well. To install any of these mods, use the installer, and then place any desired mods you want to play with in
[minecraft folder]\mods\[version number]\
If you run into issues installing mod loaders, you may consider installing the Prism Launcher (don't use MultiMC or PolyMC), which provides one-click installs for mod loaders, managing multiple accounts and modpacks, and lots of other Minecraft configurations.
|Fabric||Installer for all versions|
|Quilt||Installer for all versions|
|Effortless Building||Forge||1.12.2||1.16.5||1.18.2||Easy and versatile way to copy common building patterns in order to speed up creative building.|
|Grid (Fabric)||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Shows a grid to show each block|
|Grid (Forge)||Forge||1.12||1.16.4||Shows a grid to show each block|
|Litematica||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||A continuation of schematica, allows you to load schematics and display a template on client-side. Requires MaLiLib (see Dependencies)|
|Schematica||Forge||1.8.9||1.12.2||Allows you to load schematics and display a client-side template|
|WorldEdit||Forge/Fabric||1.8.9||1.12.2||1.16.5||1.18.2||Multiple tools that help modify the world as a whole, for use on creative servers.|
|WorldEditCUI||Liteloader/Fabric||1.8.9||1.12.2||1.16.5||1.18.2||Client-side UI that allows you to visualize WorldEdit selections.|
|Ghostwriter||Forge||1.8.9||1.12.2||1.16.4||1.18.2||Allows loading and saving Minecraft books, great for librarians on the server.|
|Stendhal||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Allows loading and saving Minecraft books as well as including extra features to implement new GUIs and functionality when writing books|
|Textbook||Fabric/Quilt||1.16.5||1.18.2||Allows you to import books from text files (and your clipboard) and export books to text files.|
Remember to follow the botting rules of your server.
|Advanced Macros||Forge||1.12.2||Write Lua scripts.|
|MacroKey Keybinding||Forge||1.12.2||1.16.5||Binds keys to send commands with a press of a button.|
|MacroMod||LiteLoader||1.8.9||1.12.2||Write scripts using an ingame tool.|
|Angelia||(standalone)||Standalone instructions here||A console bot created by Maxopoly that does not require Minecraft to run.|
|AdvancedChat||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2 (Core)||A general chat enhancer mod/set of mods. Prior to 1.18 these mods were all merged into one single mod.
- Core: Mostly internal features, filters profanity and display a time
- Log: Archives and searches through chat history
- Box: Complex suggestion/autocompletion features
- HUD: Formatting & tab features, similar to TabbyChat2
- Macros: Send messages based on macros
|Chat Bubbles||Forge||1.8.9||1.12.2||Adds chat bubbles to proximity chatters|
|CivRelay||Fabric||1.12.2 (CivRealms)||1.16.5 (CivClassic)||Sends messages to discord channels from ingame|
|SkyNet||Forge||1.8.9||1.12.2||Alerts users of other users' join/leave. (Usually not shown on Civ servers)|
|SimpleVoiceChat||Fabric/Forge||1.12.2 (Forge)||1.16.5 (Forge)||1.18.2 (Forge)||Integrates voice chat in Minecraft, allows you to have voice chat conversations with those nearby.
See mod page for more information.
|TabbyChat2||Liteloader||1.8.9||1.12.2||Adds tabs to chat similar to AdvancedChat, requires MnmUtils|
|Citadel Mod||Fabric/Forge||1.16.5||(TBA)||Display reinforcement info on the faces of blocks|
|CivModern||Fabric/Forge||1.16.4||1.18.2||Radar messages; macros for using ice roads and holding down mouse buttons|
|CivRadar||Forge||1.8.9||1.12.2||Radar, login/out messages.|
|CombatRadar||Fabric/Forge||1.12.2 (Liteloader)||1.16.5||1.18.2||Radar and login/out messages, with ally/enemy/neutral name colors.|
|Snitch Mod||Fabric/Forge||1.16.5||1.18.2||Display snitch fields in-game, load snitches from /jalist and chat alerts, help place snitches|
|Snitchmaster||Forge||1.12.2||Display snitch fields in-game, load snitches from /jalist and chat alerts, browse known snitches|
|Synapse||Fabric/Forge||1.12.2 (Liteloader)||(TBA)||Help locate and categorize players, and share info in real time with allies|
|Cosmetica||Fabric/Quilt||1.16.5 (Fabric)||1.18.2 (Fabric)||Shows capes, hats, discord tags, and custom messages.|
|Ears||Forge, Fabric, Quilt||1.8 (Forge)||1.12 (Forge)||1.16.5 (Fabric)||1.18.2 (Fabric & Quilt)||Show ears, tails, wings, etc. that are stored on players' skins|
|Hat List||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Shows hat skins on the player tab list.|
|Architectury API||Forge/Fabric/Quilt||1.16.5 (Forge)||1.18.2 (Forge)||Dependency for Roughly Enough Items (REI)|
|Bad Packets||Forge/NeoForge/Fabric/Quilt||1.18.2 (Forge/NeoForge)||Dependency for WTHIT|
|Cloth Config API||Forge/Fabric||1.16.5 (Forge)||1.18.2 (Forge)||A Config API for Fabric and Forge, required for a few HUD and config plugins.|
|MaLiLib||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Dependency for many GUI mods -- note the version number needed, it designates the Fabric version it should be installed with.|
|MnmUtils||Liteloader||1.8.9||Dependency for TabbyChat2|
HUD Mods & PvP
|5zig Reborn||Forge||1.8.9||1.12.2||1.16.5 (dev, Fabric)||Adds various useful HUD additions and cosmetic features, from and FPS counter to rich discord presence|
|AppleSkin||Forge/Fabric/Quilt||1.12.2 (Forge)||1.16.5 (Forge)||1.18.2 (Forge)||Adds food value, saturation and health gain to the hunger and health bar.|
|BetterF3||Forge/NeoForge/Fabric/Quilt||1.16.5 (Forge/NeoForge)||1.18.2 (Forge/NeoForge)||Allows you to completely customize the F3 (or Debug) HUD built in with Minecraft. Requires Cloth Config API.|
|BetterPVP||Forge/Fabric||1.8.9 (Forge)||1.12.2 (Forge)||1.16.5 (Forge)||1.18.2 (Forge)||Shows potion effects, armor and tool durability and other additions making it easier to PVP|
|InventoryHUD+||Forge/Fabric||1.8.9 (Forge)||1.12.2 (Forge)||1.16.5 (Forge)||1.18.2 (Forge)||Allows you to see one's inventory permanently in game, adds other features common in PVP HUDs.|
|MiniHUD||Liteloader/Fabric||1.8.9 (Forge?)||1.12.2 (Liteloader)||1.16.5||1.18.2||Shows in-game block data, most notably light level data (requires MaLiLib)|
|WTHIT (What The Hell Is That?)||Forge/NeoForge/Fabric/Quilt||1.16.5 (Forge/NeoForge)||1.18.2 (Forge/NeoForge)||Shows the name of the block you're looking at on-screen. Continuation of HWYLA and WAILA. Requires Bad Packets. Make sure to turn off "Show Entity Health" and "Show Furnace Contents" in the in-game config to comply with server rules.|
Remember to turn off cavemode if you install a map mod. Most civ servers do not allow cavemode to be used.
Voxelmap: Hit M or your specified full screen map key, and go to Options, then de-select cavemode.
Journeymap: Hit J or your specified full screen map key, and go to Options, under Minimap Preset 1 there should be an option for Show Caves, de-select that option. Note: using the [ or ] keys can change between map modes in Journeymap, be cautious of switching to cavemode.
Xaero's Minimap: Hit Y or your specified settings keybind, and go to Block Map Settings, in this menu there is the cave mode option, click it a few times until it says Cave Mode: Off.
|Journeymap||Forge/Fabric||1.8.9 (Forge)||1.12.2 (Forge)||1.16.5 (Forge)||1.18.2 (Forge)||Best-looking interface, very customizable;
some other mods require it (MapSync, SnitchMod, Synapse)
|Voxelmap||Forge/Fabric||1.12.2 (Forge/Liteloader)||1.16.5 (Forge)||1.18.2 (Fabric)||Waypoint icons; world map can be zoomed out very far||Discord|
|Xaero's Minimap||Forge/Fabric||1.8.9 (Forge)||1.12.2 (Forge)||1.16.5 (Forge)||1.18.2 (Forge)||Shows a minimap of the world, smoothest experience,
has relatively basic features
|Xaero's Minimap (Fair Play)||Forge/Fabric||1.8.9 (Forge)||1.12.2 (Forge)||1.16.5 (Forge)||1.18.2 (Forge)||Fair play version of the above, removes features to be
universally compliant with other servers.
|Xaero's World Map||Forge/Fabric||1.8.9 (Forge)||1.12.2 (Forge)||1.16.5 (Forge)||1.18.2 (Forge)||World map view in combination with Xaero's Minimap|
|Map Sync||Forge/Fabric||1.18.2||Synchronize map data with friends live as you explore.
Requires Journeymap (v5.8.3+) or Voxelmap (v1.11.2).
Marketing, Appearance, and Replay
Remember to follow your server's rules on world downloading.
|Iris Shaders||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Shader mod that intends to be compatible with Optifine shader packs|
|Oculus||Forge||1.16.5||1.18.2||Port of Iris Shaders to work with FML, recommends using Rubidium|
|MoreChunks||Forge||1.12.2 (beta)||Increases terrain render distance on servers with low-render distance, does not increase performance|
|ReplayMod||Fabric/Forge||1.8.9 (Forge)||1.12.2 (Forge)||1.16.5 (Fabric)||1.18.2 (Fabric)||Records game sessions and replay afterwards at any perspective.|
|World Downloader||Liteloader/Forge||1.12.2 (Liteloader)||1.16.4 (Forge)||Downloads world content from the client|
|Chunky||Standalone||up to 1.18.2||A rendering tool that creates realistic images of Minecraft worlds|
|Minecraft World Downloader||Standalone||Standalone downloads here||Decrypts network traffic to create a world map of the server|
|Better Beds||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Optimizes bed rendering -- low impact on performance|
|DashLoader||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Improves asset loading by caching the games content.|
|DynamicFPS||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Reduces the speed as which Minecraft renders when it's not focused.|
|Enhanced Block Entities||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Increases performance on rendering block entities.|
|Entity Culling||Forge/Fabric||1.8.9 (Forge)||1.16.5 (Forge)||1.18.2 (Forge)||Optimizes entity rendering by not loading any mobs not visible -- medium impact on performance|
|FastChest||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Optimizes chest rendering -- low to medium impact on performance|
|FerriteCore||Forge/Fabric||1.16.5 (Forge)||1.18.2 (Forge)||Reduces memory usage of Minecraft -- high impact on performance|
|FPS Reducer||Forge||1.8.9||1.12.2||1.16.5||1.18.2||Reduces rendering load when Minecraft is not focused -- low impact in game, medium impact while in another window|
|Hydrogen||Fabric||1.16.5||Reduces memory usage of Minecraft -- high impact on performance (replaced by FerriteCore)|
|Lithium||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Optimizes the internal game server to reduce tick usage -- medium to high impact on performance|
|No Fade||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Removes the fade out from loading screens -- low impact on performance|
|Magnesium||Forge||1.16.5||1.18.2 (alpha)||Forge rewrite of Sodium -- provides better graphical rendering on computers (also see Rubidium)|
|Phosphor||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Rewrites the Minecraft lighting engine to better render lighting & shadows -- high impact on performance|
|Optifine||Forge||1.8.9||1.12.2||1.16.5||1.18.2||Provides an FPS booster, HD texture and shader support -- Consider using Magnesium or Rubidium as an alternative.|
|OptiFabric||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Fabric wrapper for Optifine (not recommended, follow instructions on how to install OptiFabric)|
|Rubidium||Forge||1.16.5||1.18.2||Forge version of Sodium -- provides better graphical rendering to reduce framerate|
|Rubidium Extras||Forge||1.16.5||1.18.2||Add-on to Rubidium and Magnesium, increases performance on heavily modded environments, Zoom key, etc.|
|Sodium||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Optimizes graphical rendering on computers, and greatly reduces framerate & stuttering -- medium impact on performance|
|Smooth Boot||Forge/Fabric||1.16.5 (Forge)||1.18.2 (Fabric)||Changes multithreading performance on Minecraft -- medium impact on performance|
|Better Sprinting||Forge/Fabric||1.8.9||1.12.2||1.16.3||Adds more toggle keybinds for sprinting|
|Boosted Brightness||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Adds an increased slider for brightness beyond 100%.|
|Chest Tracker||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Remembers chest contents on client side.|
|Critical Orientation||Fabric||1.16.5||Perfectly place ice boats.|
|Ding||Forge||1.8.9||1.12.2||1.16.5||1.18.2||Adds a 'ding' sound on loading and joining servers, great for long loading times.|
|Full Brightness Toggle||Forge/Fabric||1.16.5 (Forge)||1.18.2 (Forge)||Simple toggle button to increase gamma.|
|Gammabright||Liteloader||1.8.9||1.12.2||Turn brightness to increase gamma.|
|GammaUtils||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Allows you to change the gamma value in game, and have fully client side effects.|
|GJEB||Forge||1.16.5||Turn brightness up to 1000%.|
|In-Game Account Switcher||Forge/Fabric||1.8.9 (Forge)||1.12.2 (Forge)||1.16.5 (Forge)||1.18.2 (Forge)||Allows you to switch accounts in the game, without having to restart Minecraft.|
|I Know What I'm Doing||Forge/Fabric||1.12.2 (Forge)||1.16.5 (Forge)||1.18.2 (Forge)||Suppresses in-game tooltips.|
|Just Enough Items (JEI)||Forge||1.8.9||1.12.2||1.16.5||1.18.2||Recipe & item shower. (Note: does not show Factory recipes)|
|Roughly Enough Items (REI)||Forge/Fabric||1.16.5 (Forge)||1.18.2 (Forge)||Fabric equivalent of Just Enough Items, with a Forge version for some reason? Requires Architectury API|
|Krypton||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Optimizes the Minecraft networking stack -- low to medium performance|
|Magnesium Dynamic Lights||Forge||1.16.5||1.18.2||Adds dynamic lighting compatible with Magnesium and Rubidium|
|Mod Menu||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Adds a mod menu for Fabric, showing all the mods installed (it's built into Forge.)|
|Notes||Forge||1.12.2||1.16.5||1.18.2||Write notes for yourself in game.|
|Notes for Fabric||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Write notes for yourself in game.|
|OAuth||Forge/Fabric||1.12.2 (Forge)||1.16.5 (Forge)||1.18.2 (Forge)||Attempts to reauthenticate your client and allows you to log into multiple accounts.|
|Ok Zoomer||Fabric/Quilt||1.16.5 (Fabric)||1.18.2 (Fabric)||A comprehensive Zoom mod that gives a configurable keybounded zoom key.|
|Pling||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Adds a sound when Minecraft is done loading.|
|Screenshot to Clipboard||Forge/Fabric||1.12.2 (Forge)||1.16.5 (Forge)||1.18.2 (Forge)||Allows you to send screenshots to the clipboard. Not compatible with Optifine.|
|Time Changer||Fabric||1.16.5||1.18.2||Allows you to change the time on the server, visible on client-side only.|
|WI Zoom||Fabric||1.12.2 (Forge)||1.16.5||1.18.2||A comprehensive zoom mod with configurable key and zoom magnification.|
- The previous Voxelmap maintainer (MamiyaOtaru) has disappeared without handing off the project, so the new maintainer (Tobi) isn't allowed to post his 1.18+ updates to CurseForge, Modrinth, or any other popular mods listings. Forge versions exist for 1.12-1.17 only.