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How to Install and use the Minecraft OpenBlocks Mod

Last modified on Nov 3, 2022 in Mods

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Since Minecraft was first released, the community and developers have worked together to improve the game. The developers try to include the most popular requests, but some suggestions get left behind. Luckily Minecraft’s active modding community works hard to bring popular items and mechanics into the game through mods like OpenBlocks. The OpenBlocks mod brings together an eclectic collection of items like sleeping bags and XP storage that many players have been wanting to see in the base game. In this guide, we will show you what features OpenBlocks has available, and how you can install it on your Apex Hosting server.

Downloading the Mod

There are several different versions of OpenBlocks available to download. Which one you need will depend entirely on the version of the game you want to play.

  1. Navigate to the OpenBlocks page over on CurseForge.
  2. Click on the Files tab at the top of the page.
    CurseForge files tab
  3. Click on the View All button on the next page, then find the Game Version you are wanting to play on from the list of files.
    Mod file download
  4. Click on the download button next to the version you want to download immediately.

You should now have a file named something similar to OpenBlocks.jar. This is the file for the mod itself. You will need it to install the mod on both your server and your client.

Server Installation

  1. Open your server’s control panel and change the Game File to Forge
  2. Restart the server so the changes can take effect.
  3. Open your server’s control panel and click on the FTP File Access tab.
    Mod file upload
  4. Login using your control panel password, then click on the mods folder
  5. Use the upload tab to add the mod to the mods folder.
  6. Panel mod upload
  7. Once the upload is completed, head back to the main page of your control panel and restart the server one more time. The server will load the mod for you as it restarts.

Client Installation

  1. Download Forge from the Forge Download page.
  2. Install Forge according to our guide here.
    Mod folder in-game
  3. Once installed, start the game and click on the Options button on the main menu.
  4. Click on the Resource Packs button, then Open Resource Pack Folder
  5. From the new window, navigate to your main Minecraft directory, then drag the mod into your mods folder.

Once you have placed the mod into your mods folder, restart the game to complete the installation. The game will load the mod for you and you can see which mods are installed by clicking on the Mods button again.

In-game mod menu


OpenBlocks adds a ton of new items that have been popularly requested but were never added to the game. The mod features a little bit of everything including graves, elevators, and automated utility blocks. Here is a list of some of the most notable features of the mod.

Guide Book

OpenBlocks guide book

The guide for this mod, titled “World Domination with OpenBlocks” is the best option for learning about the different features the mod includes. You can create the guide by combining a book and a ball of clay at any crafting table. Each item has its own page with a recipe and instructions on how to use it.


Grave of the dearly departed author

Graves are a popular feature that makes experiencing kinetic energy a bit less irritating. Whenever you die a grave will be placed at the location where your tragic accident occurred. You no longer have to make a mad dash to get your items before they despawn. Once you make your way back you can right-click on the grave to get all of your items.


Elevator in action

Elevators have existed in Minecraft since the game was still in beta, but making them has always required some skill with redstone or harvesting soul sand. OpenBlocks makes them much simpler by adding elevator blocks to the game.

Elevator recipe

Elevator blocks can be made from eight blocks of wool and an ender pearl as shown in the recipe above. If you dye the wool you can make the elevator block any color you like to fit in with your build. Place the blocks on each floor you want to access and they will be ready to use immediately. To use the elevator all you have to do is stand on the block and press jump to go up and crouch to go down.

Mini Me

Minime in action

The Mini-Me is a new companion to keep you company while you travel. The mob will follow the player around and pick them up. While you are riding the Mini-Me you can steer it the same way you would a horse in the base game.

Golden egg recipe

It is hatched from a golden egg that is created using the recipe above. Place the egg anywhere on the ground and it will begin to spin. It will spin faster as it gets closer to hatching and starts lifting other blocks up into the air. When the egg hatches it will set off a small explosion so be careful where you place it.

Vacuum Hopper

Vacuum hopper recipe

The Vacuum Hopper is a unique item that will make item sorters and farms much more user-friendly. The block will pull in any item or XP dropped within a 7-block radius. You can use it with any kind of storage or redstone contraption to fit your needs, but it isn’t cheap to make. Creating a Vacuum Hopper requires a normal hopper, a block of obsidian, and an eye of ender as shown in the recipe above.


OpenBlocks adds all of the small items we want to have in the game but have been passed over by the developers. This mod contains a plethora of random features and blocks that can enhance your overall experience with the game without breaking it. It is possible to create anything from Hang Gliders to your own personal Mimic pet to protect your items. With the help of this guide and the features we have listed above you are ready to start building with OpenBlocks on your Apex server.

Useful Links

How to change your server version
Just Enough Items Mod
OpenBlocks on the FTB wiki
OpenBlocks CurseForge Page

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