Mods

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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.

Modloader Installation

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.

1.8 1.12 1.14 1.16 1.18
Forge 1.8.9 1.12.2 1.14.4 1.16.5 1.18.2
Fabric Installer for all versions
Fabric API* 1.14.4 1.16.5 1.18.2
Liteloader 1.8.9 1.12.2
Quilt Installer for all versions

Mod List

Building Mods

Mod name Loader 1.8 1.12 1.16 1.18 Description
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.

Bookkeeping

Mod name Loader 1.8 1.12 1.16 1.18 Description
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 1.16.5 1.18.2 Allows you to import books from text files (and your clipboard) and export books to text files.

Bots

Remember to follow the botting rules of your server.

Mod name Loader 1.8 1.12 1.16 1.18 Description
Advanced Macros Forge 1.12.2 Write Lua scripts.
JSMacros Forge/Fabric 1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.16.5 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Forge)

Write Javascript, Python, or 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.

Chat

Mod name Loader 1.8 1.12 1.16 1.18 Description
AdvancedChat Fabric 1.16.5 1.18.2 (Core)

1.18.2 (Log)

1.18.2 (Filters)

1.18.2 (Box)

1.18.2 (HUD)

1.18.2 (Macros)

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

- Filters: Manipulates incoming messages, can be scripted using Javascript

- 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)
TabbyChat2 Liteloader 1.8.9 1.12.2 Adds tabs to chat similar to AdvancedChat, requires MnmUtils

Civ-Specific

Mod name Loader 1.8 1.12 1.16 1.18 Description
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

Cosmetic

Mod name Loader 1.8 1.12 1.16 1.18 Description
Cosmetica Fabric/Quilt 1.18.2 (Fabric) Shows capes, hats, discord tags, and custom messages.
Dab Mod Forge 1.12.2 https://giphy.com/gifs/squidward-dab-dabbing-lae7QSMFxEkkE
Ears Forge, Fabric, Quilt 1.8 (Forge) 1.12 (Forge) 1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.16.5 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric & Quilt)

1.18 (Forge)

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.

Dependencies

Mod name Loader 1.8 1.12 1.16 1.18 Description
Architectury API Forge/Fabric 1.16.5 (Forge)

1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

Dependency for Roughly Enough Items (REI)
Bad Packets Forge/Fabric 1.18.2 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

Dependency for WTHIT
Cloth Config API Forge/Fabric 1.16.5 (Forge)

1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

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

Mod Name Loader 1.8 1.12 1.16 1.18 Description
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 1.12.2 (Forge) 1.16.5 (Forge)

1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

Adds food value, saturation and health gain to the hunger and health bar.
BetterF3 Forge/Fabric 1.16.5 (Forge)

1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

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)

1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

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)

1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

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/Fabric 1.16.5 (Forge)

1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

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.

Mapping

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.

Mod Name Loader 1.8 1.12 1.16 1.18 Description Support
Journeymap Forge/Fabric 1.8.9 (Forge) 1.12.2 (Forge) 1.16.5 (Forge) 1.18.2 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

Best-looking interface, very customizable;

some other mods require it (MapSync, SnitchMod, Synapse)

Discord
Voxelmap Forge/Fabric 1.12.2 (Forge/Liteloader) 1.16.5 (Forge)

1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Fabric)[1] 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)

1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

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)

1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

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)

1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

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).

Discord

Marketing, Appearance, and Replay

Remember to follow your server's rules on world downloading.

Mod Name Loader 1.8 1.12 1.16 1.18 Description
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

Optimization/Performance Mods

Mod Name Loader 1.8 1.12 1.16 1.18 Description
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)

1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

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)

1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

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)

1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Fabric) Changes multithreading performance on Minecraft -- medium impact on performance


Miscellaneous

Mod Name Loader 1.8 1.12 1.16 1.18 Description
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)

1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

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)

1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

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)

1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

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)

1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

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)

1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

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)

1.18.2 (Quilt)

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)

1.16.5 (Fabric)

1.18.2 (Forge)

1.18.2 (Fabric)

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.

References

  1. 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.