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How To Install Minecraft Modpacks Manually

Last modified on Oct 12, 2021 in control panel

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Overview

One of the best ways to play Minecraft with your friends is with the use of modpacks. Modpacks are a collection of Minecraft mods that create an overall theme. Using modpacks can completely change what you know Minecraft to be as they modify Minecraft well past its normal gameplay. While playing with modpacks are great, knowing how to install these packs on your server can be quite difficult.

If you host with Apex, we have many modpacks that you can add with just one click! With thousands of available modpacks out there, unfortunately, we do not have a way to add every one of these to our installer. If you want a modpack on your server that we do not have available, you can still install it manually! Installing a modpack manually can definitely be confusing if you have not done it before. That is why we will be going over each step on how you can manually install a modpack.

This guide assumes you will be working with a modpack that has prepared a server version for you. Not all modpacks will provide one. If this is the case you will need to convert the client version into a server version. You can find our guide on doing this here. This guide will also be needed if you have manually created a modpack that you want to upload to the server.

If you want a custom modpack created but do not know how to, check out our modpack creation addon here!

How to manually install a modpack

Downloading Modpacks

Knowing which modpack you would like to download is the first step in finding the perfect pack for your server. Modpacks can come from a variety of sites such as CurseForge, Technic, FTB, or ATL. When you find a modpack you would like to download, you will need to check for a server download. If the modpack does not have one, you will need to convert it.

CurseForge

  1. Head to the CurseForge website and find the page of a modpack you want.
  2. On the modpack page, click on the “Files” tab. Look for a section labeled “Additional Files” for a “Server Pack”, this is the version of the modpack designed to be used on servers.
  3. Once you find the server packs tab, click on the grey download icon on the latest file.
  4. Save the file somewhere you can find it later.

CurseForge-Overwolf App

  1. Start the CurseForge launcher and use the “Browse Modpacks” tab to search for the pack you want.
  2. On the modpack page, click on the “Files” tab, click on the “Download Server Pack” button next to the orange “install” or “play” button.
  3. The app will open your browser and begin downloading the server pack.
  4. Save the file somewhere you can find it later.

Technic

  1. Head to the Technic site, click “Modpacks”, and search for the pack you want to download.
  2. Once you are on the modpack page, check the panel on the right side of the page you. You should see a button that says “Server Download”.
  3. Click on the “Server Download” button to download the server pack. Be sure to save the file somewhere you can find it later

ATLauncher

  1. Head to ATLauncher’s website, click “Download” and download the launcher.
  2. Open/install the ATLauncher, then the accounts tab to the right of the screen, and add your Minecraft account.
  3. Make sure you have the account selected from the bottom dropdown.
  4. Click on the “Packs” tab.
  5. Find the modpack you want and press “Create Server”
  6. Head to the “Servers” tab and click “Open Folder”. This is the directory where the server files are saved. Take note of the directory as you will need to come back to it for later use.

Prepping the Pack

Not all modpack downloads are going to be the exact same. Some of them may have different file names, but the steps should be pretty similar to the ones we are going to cover.

  1. Unzip the modpack and locate the “mods”, “config”, and “scripts” folders. They may be inside another folder called “overrides”. Not every pack will have these folders.
  2. Create a new zipped file on your desktop or somewhere easily accessible
  3. Copy the “config” and “mods” folders into your new zip folder

Uploading the Pack

There are a few different methods to upload your pack to the server. We recommend using an FTP Client like FileZilla to handle larger files and modpacks. You can learn more about connecting to your server with an FTP Client here.

FTP Client (recommended)

  1. Go to your server’s control panel and stop the server.
  2. Change your server version to the one needed by the modpack. Be sure to create a new world when prompted, but do not restart the server yet.
  3. Connect to your server using FileZilla.
  4. Click and drag your new zip folder into the server files. Be sure to drop it into blank space and not into another folder on the server.
  5. In your server’s control panel, go to FTP FIle Access and login using your control panel password.
  6. Locate and select your zip folder by clicking on the checkbox next to it.
  7. Scroll up to the top of the page and click on the “unzip” button. Hit submit on the next page.
  8. Make any changes you need for world generation mods like Biomes O Plenty.
  9. Start the server.

FTP File Access

  1. Go to your server’s control panel and stop the server.
  2. Change your server version to the one needed by the modpack. Be sure to create a new world when prompted, but do not restart the server yet.
  3. Click on the FTP FIle Access and login using your control panel password.
  4. Click on the “upload” button in the menu on the left side of the screen.
  5. Click and drag your new zip folder into the large grey box on the right side of the screen, or click on “Add Files” to locate it in your explorer.
  6. Wait for the upload to complete. A progress counter will appear in the thin grey box on the left side of the screen. Once it shows 100% you are ready to continue.
  7. Go back to FTP File Access and locate your zip folder.
  8. Select it by clicking on the checkbox next to it.
  9. Scroll up to the top of the page and click on the “unzip” button. Hit submit on the next page.
  10. Make any changes you need for world generation mods like Biomes O Plenty.
  11. Start the server.

Common Issues

I can’t upload the zip through FTP File Access
The file is very likely too big for the website to upload. Try using the FileZilla method above, or contact a member of the support team for further assistance.

The server crashes on start
The modpack probably has some client-side only mods in it. Client-side mods are mods that can only be run on your computer and cannot be used on a server. Open up your mods folder and look for mods such as Custom Main Menu and Dynamic Surroundings. If you are still having difficulty you can contact our support team to get further assistance.

The modpack has a resourcepack, what do I do with it?
If the modpack comes with a resourcepack you can either install it on your client like any other, or you can follow our guide to install it on your server so your players are prompted to download it.

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