Frequently asked questions about Add-Ons Minecraft.
WHAT ARE ADD-ONS? WHAT DO THEY ADD TO THE MINECRAFT EXPERIENCE?
Add-Ons give you the ability to change the way things in your game look and behave. Using Add-Ons, you can change the rules, appearances and mechanics of things in the game. At a basic level, you can change the way mobs look. But you can also change the way they behave. For example, you can change a chicken to behave like a creeper – to attack and explode. Add-Ons can help you bring new gameplay ideas to life. They are the first step on our journey towards a fully customizable Minecraft.
DO YOU HAVE ANY EXAMPLES OF WHAT ADD-ONS CAN ENABLE?
We are releasing two sample Add-Ons available for free download on minecraft.net/addons. One was created by our devs here at Team Minecraft, and one was created by community members SethBling, BlockWorks and the Mindcrack crew. You can try them yourself on your iOS, Gear VR, Android, Oculus Rift, or Windows 10 device. Add-Ons work in a single-player game or with friends on multiplayer or on a Realm. Just download the Add-Ons from minecraft.net/addons and follow the installation instructions there.
HOW DO I USE ADD-ONS?
You can download Add-Ons from the internet or create your own. To install new Add-Ons, follow the instructions at minecraft.net/addons. Once you’ve installed them, you can apply them to different worlds by navigating to the Behavior Pack or Resource Pack tabs in the World Settings. To create your own Add-Ons, Minecraft's unmodified files are a good place to start. Download these zips of the resource packs and behaviour packs and get creative
CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT HOW ADD-ONS WORK?
All mobs are made up of components that define their appearance and behavior. For instance, a chicken has behaviors that make it attracted to seeds, and a model that makes it look like a chicken. With Add-Ons, you can take any existing component of a mob and remix them across other mobs. For example, you could add a ridable component to the chicken to ride it.
WILL ADD-ONS RUN ON MY VERSION OF MINECRAFT?
Add-Ons will work on any platform that runs the Windows 10 Edition Beta or Pocket Edition – you can even experience them in VR with the Gear VR Edition and on Oculus Rift with the Windows 10 Edition Beta. They’ll also work in multiplayer and on Realms, so you can play with friends.
HOW DO I USE ADD-ONS ON REALMS?
To use Add-Ons on Realms, follow these steps:
- Open Minecraft and click “Play”
- Apply an Add-On to a world (for instructions on how to do this, see “How do I use Add-Ons?”)
- Go to the “Realms” tab and select the “edit world” icon to the right of the world name.
- Click “Replace World,” and chose the world to which you’ve just applied the Add-On.
If you connect to a Realm from any Windows 10 or Pocket Edition device, you will automatically get any Add-Ons applied to that Realm.
WILL THERE BE A WAY TO CREATE AND EDIT ADD-ONS DIRECTLY IN THE GAME?
We have no plans to support creating or editing Add-Ons in-game.
WILL THERE BE AN OFFICIAL MARKETPLACE FOR ADD-ONS?
We don’t have an official marketplace for Add-Ons at this time, but encourage you to create and share your own on community sites.
ARE ADD-ONS EDITABLE ON MOBILE PHONES (IOS, ANDROID, ETC.) AS WELL AS ON WINDOWS 10 PCS?
We recommend editing Add-Ons on PCs. However, depending on the operating system your device supports, you may be able to edit on mobile.
IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE EDITING OR CREATING AN ADD-ON, WILL IT BREAK YOUR WORLD?
We recommend experimenting with Add-Ons on new worlds before using them on existing worlds. As you’re learning to use Add-Ons it going to be possible to do awesome things…like blowing up your world or creating a monster that fills your world with fireballs or lava. You may be so good at creating monsters that those splendid new mobs end up eating your worlds before you can stop them. Builders beware. ;)
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MCWORLD AND MCPACK FILES?
.McWorld files are worlds that contain Add-Ons. .McPack are Add-Ons that you can apply to your worlds.
We’ll be continuing to develop Add-Ons over the next year as we work towards a fully customizable Minecraft. In the coming months we’ll be working on unlocking behavior change for blocks, and even more ways you can modify gameplay. Let us know what you think about the Add-Ons system and what you’d like to see at feedback.minecraft.net.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I EDIT EXISTING ADD-ONS?
If you apply an Add-On to a world, and then go back and edit the original Add-On, your changes will not appear in the original world. You can either remove the old Add-On from the world and apply the new, or apply the new Add-On to a new world. For instructions on how to apply Add-Ons, see “How do I apply Add-Ons” above.
ADDITIONAL HELP WITH ADD-ONS
For support, please visit our Help Page
UNOFFICIAL HELP RESOURCES
There are lots and lots of other Minecraft players out there so it’s quite likely that someone else has already encountered the same problem as you. Therefore the Minecraft community is also a great help resource, especially when it comes to dealing with more technical issues.
Minecraft Forum - Talk with other Minecraft enthusiasts about almost anything
Add-on – Official Minecraft Wiki - Most likely the biggest Minecraft knowledge base around
#MineCraftHelp on irc.esper.net - If you’re into IRC, this channel is where you can get help from other Minecrafters (Minecraft: Java Edition help only)
Curse's Add-Ons page - Curse have created a page and an app for uploading, downloading and browsing Add-Ons.
SUGGESTING IDEAS FOR MINECRAFT
The best way to present your idea for Minecraft to its developers is by submitting your suggestion to the Minecraft Suggestion Box on Reddit.
If you have specific feedback about Add-Ons, we'd love to hear it. Drop us a line here.
If you’ve found an issue with Minecraft that you’d like to report to us you can do so in the appropriate bug tracker. Remember, if you don’t report it we can’t fix it!