The Minecraft Forge API is a mod which gives support for other mods like the ModLoader do. In other words, some mods will require you to have installed this API to be working. It gives extra modding capabilities which makes it easy for to developers to include in their mods. Besides this, it also makes it easy to install and configure mods.
When you start Minecraft, you will see that a new menu has appeared called “Mods”. This GUI allows you to see which mods are installed and if there is any problems. This does not solve all issues though, if a mod is not compatible, Minecraft could crash anyway.
This is how the developers describe Minecraft Forge API and Forge Mod Loader.
Minecraft Forge is a common open source API, allowing a broad range of mods to work cooperatively togheter. It allows many mods to be created without editing the main Minecraft code.
It also comes with the Forge Mod Loader, which provides the ability for systems to load mods from the file system. Besides this, it also provide key capabilities for mods to be able to cooperate and provide a good modding environment. The mod loading system is compatible with ModLoder, all your ModLoader mods should work.
Screenshots of Minecraft Forge API (Forge Mod Loader)
Forge API usage
Once installed you will likely wish to install other mods. The Forge API or Forge Mod Loader will not do this for you. You have to follow the instructions of the corresponding mod to do this. The mod will say in the instructions whether or not Forge API or ModLoader is required to run the mod.
How to install Minecraft Forge API
- Download the Forge API installer.
- Run the .jar installer and install.
- Open Minecraft launcher.
- Chose the new profile created – “Forge_”.
- Start Minecraft.