I'm starting out creating Minecraft mods with my son.

I've seen one YouTube tutorial which sets up project with Eclipse.

Since I don't like Eclipse much, I ask: how would I setup IntelliJ or Android Studio(if feasible) to develop Minecraft mods?

My son specifically want to create roller coaster mods.

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    – Vaillancourt
    Dec 15, 2019 at 3:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ Download Forge. Open the readme. Follow the "if using IntelliJ..." instructions. \$\endgroup\$ Dec 15, 2019 at 5:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Draco18s thanks, can you make it an answer so I can accept.. \$\endgroup\$
    – eugene
    Dec 15, 2019 at 8:45

2 Answers 2

  1. Download IntelliJ
  2. Download Minecraft Forge from https://files.minecraftforge.net/, you'll want the MDK
    • Depending on your needs, the recommended version is fine, but as changes are being made regularly, downloading the most current might be beneficial.
  3. Extract the zip into a new folder, I use a nested structure where I have one folder called "Minecraft Mods" and inside that a folder for each version of Forge (e.g. "Forge 1.12.1-2462" and "Forge 1.14.4-39"). Inside each of those is another folder that contains the zip archive contents (I used to skip this inner folder, but the project setup changed and Eclipse didn't like things; not sure how IntelliJ plays). I use this structure so that when I update from one version to another, I have an old workspace that still runs.
  4. Open the readme and follow the directions:

If you prefer to use IntelliJ:

  1. Open IDEA, and import project.
  2. Select your build.gradle file and have it import.
  3. Run the following command: "gradlew genIntellijRuns" (./gradlew genIntellijRuns if you are on Mac/Linux)
  4. Refresh the Gradle Project in IDEA if required.

There may be additional issues if you are on a Mac (because of the auto-generated .DS_Store files that us Windows folk hate cleaning up; Minecraft will attempt to parse these as resources, and I can't find a posted solution atm) and you might run into an issue with assets (solution linked).


A plugin on IntelliJ is available for mods and plugins development (here).

I didn't make mods yet, but the plugin development is 👌

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