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Just Enough Items

Last modified on Sep 13, 2021 in Mods

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Overview

Minecraft is a big, complex game, and modded Minecraft even more so. There are hundreds of items and recipes, and keeping track of each and everyone can become quite a daunting task. Newer versions of the game come equipped with an in-game recipe book, but it’s often clunky and difficult to navigate, and many mod recipes won’t even show.

This is where the JustEnoughItems mod comes into play.

JustEnoughItems’ features

JustEnoughItems, often abbreviated as JEI, is an item and recipe viewing mod. It allows you to easily view, sort, and search through all of Minecraft’s items, far easier than with the in-game recipe book — whereas the recipe book only lets you view 25 items at a time, JEI can show you hundreds, all neatly sorted by their function and source. Clicking on an item will either show you all the way of obtaining it, or give you the item if you have cheat mode enabled.

By design, JustEnoughItems is compatible with any other mods you might have installed alongside it. JEI was designed with robustness and compatibility in mind. Upon launching Minecraft, it goes through all of your mods and builds a database of any new additions, and they’ll be added to the list of items and recipes.

Server-side and Client-side

JustEnoughItems functions as both a server-side and a client-side mod. The server-side and client-side denote where the mod’s main functions happen — on the server, on the player’s computer, or on both. Most mods need to be installed on both the server and the player’s computer to function and for the player to even be able to join the server. However, JustEnoughItems is an exception.

Because it only requires the data that’s already on the player’s computer to run, it will work perfectly well even if the server the player is connecting to doesn’t have it installed. Of course, certain features will be disabled — namely inventory management, as that requires access to the server — but besides that, it is perfectly functional.

How to install JustEnoughItems

If you’re sold and want to add JustEnoughItems to your game, you can follow the steps below to install it.

Installing JustEnoughItems to your Minecraft game is reasonably easy — it’s just a few downloads away. However, the process differs if you’re adding it to a base, Vanilla Minecraft, or to an already-installed modpack. Most most packs already come with JEI with them, but in case yours does not, follow the instructions below to add JEI.

Downloading JustEnoughItems

  1. Head over to JustEnoughItems’ download page
  2. Under the Game Version dropdown list, select your version of Minecraft.
  3. Download the newest JustEnoughItems’ version from the list.
  4. Put the file in an easy-to-reach location. We’ll be needing it for later!

 

How to install JustEnoughItems from scratch

To add JustEnoughItems to an unmodded vanilla Minecraft, we’ll first need to download and install Forge, a Minecraft mod loader that will load JustEnoughItems for us. If you’re unsure how to install Forge, we have a handy guide on doing so right here.

Afterwards, it’s as easy as pie.

  1. Open your Minecraft installation folder.
  2. If you’re on Windows, press the ⊞ Windows Logo Key + R, then type in %APPDATA%\.minecraft and click OK.
    Windows
  3. For those on Mac, press ⌘ Command + Space, type in ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft and press Enter.
    MACOS
  4. On Linux, issue the following command into the terminal: cd ~/.minecraft
    Linux
  5. If a folder called mods does not exist, create it.
  6. Drag-and-drop JustEnoughItems’ .jar file you’ve downloaded into the mods folder.

And that’s all there is to it! After placing the files in the mods folder and launch Minecraft with the Forge profile, JustEnoughItems will load alongside your game.

How to add JustEnoughItems to a modpack

Adding JustEnoughItems to an already-existing modpack isn’t too different from adding it manually; we’ll just be opening the modpacks mods folder, instead of Minecraft’s own. This is quite easy with modpack launchers.

Overwolf

  1. Open the Overwolf App and locate your modpack, then right-click on its thumbnail.
  2. Click Open Folder
  3. In the folder that opens, head into the mods subfolder.
  4. Drag-and-drop JustEnoughItems’ .jar file into the mods subfolder.

 
Technic

  1. Open the Technic Launcher and go to the Modpacks tab at the top, then click on your modpack.
  2. Click Modpack Options on the top right.
  3. Press the Open button to the right of the directory listing
  4. In the folder that opens, head into the mods subfolder.
  5. Drag-and-drop JustEnoughItems’ .jar file into the mods subfolder.

 
ATLauncher

  1. Open the ATLauncher and navigate to the Instances tab to the right of the launcher.
  2. Scroll down to your modpack and click Open Folder.
  3. In the folder that opens, head into the mods subfolder.
  4. Drag-and-drop JustEnoughItems’ .jar file into the mods subfolder.

 
Voidswrath

  1. Open the Voidswrath Launcher and locate your modpack.
  2. Click Advanced.
  3. Click Edit Mods.
  4. Drag-and-drop JustEnoughItems’ .jar file into the mods subfolder.

 
FTB

  1. Open the FTB launcher and navigate to the “My Modpacks” tab.
  2. Hover your mouse over your modpack and click on the three dots.
  3. To the top right of the page, click on Open Folder.
  4. In the folder that opens, head into the mods subfolder.
  5. Drag-and-drop JustEnoughItems’ .jar file into the mods subfolder.

And you’re done. With the right files in the right location, JustEnoughItems will launch as part of your modpack.

Using JustEnoughItems

Once you’ve installed JustEnoughItems, using it is as easy as pie. To access the JEI interface, all you have to do is open your inventory screen.

JEI Interface

To the side of your inventory, you’ll be greeted by the searchable item list, the main feature of JEI. You can go through the pages of items by scrolling your mouse’s scroll-wheel, or by clicking on the arrows above the list. Underneath it, you’ll find a search bar. Searching is fairly straightforward, though there are ways to make it more advanced that we’ll cover later in this guide. To the right of the search bar is the configuration screen.

Left-clicking on an item in the list will bring out its recipe screen. This will show you all the ways this item can be crafted in-game. You can click on any of the items in its recipe to jump to their recipes, too.

Recipes

Right-clicking on an item will show you all the ways it can be used. In essence, it’s the opposite of the recipe viewer — it will show you all the recipes this item can be used in.

Hovering over an item and pressing the bookmark key (A by default) will make it so the item always shows on the panel on the left side.

Searching

Searching

Basic searching is easy enough, but what if you want to exclude only specific recipes from your search, or search by a mod? JEI has you covered.

To exclude specific items from the search, add a – in front of them. For example, -stair.

To search by mod, type in the mod’s name with an @ in front. For instance, @Thaumcraft will bring up all the recipes from a mod that has “Thaumcraft” in its name.

If you want to find items that have a space in their name and don’t want JEI to search for both terms individually, put them under quotes to create a string. For example, “creeper egg”.

Config Menu

To open JEI’s config menu, click on the wrench to the right of the search bar. Within it, you can

Config menu

By enabling Cheat Mode, you switch JEI’s functions as a recipe viewer into one as an easy-to-use item giver. If you’ve got cheats enabled or you’re an operator on the server, clicking on items with Cheat Mode enabled will give them to you to use in-game. Left-click gives one item, shift-left click gives you a whole stack.

Common issues

JustEnoughItems isn’t showing items added by my mods on a server!

If you currently have any mods installed that the server you’re playing on doesn’t, JEI won’t show them as they won’t be currently loaded in-game. If it’s your server, make sure your mod lists match!

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