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Minecraft MineColonies Mod

Last modified on Sep 2, 2022 in Mods

mc head By Dalton Whalen


Throughout Minecraft, locating or constructing villages can be an entertaining pastime for both aesthetics or to feel a sense of completion. Normally, you would be responsible for constructing all of the buildings yourself and the villagers would act no different from their original placement. This all changes with MineColonies, an interactive building mod that features many custom structures and unique job opportunities for the NPCs that live in your town. Use varying palettes, build houses, jobs, and guard towers to improve functionality and interaction between the townsfolk. With Apex Hosting, installing a mod is as simple as using our panel upload function, so this tutorial will guide you through the steps to install and get started with MineColonies.


MineColonies is a mod that spans across version 1.10 up to some of the latest versions available. It is owned by H3lay and authored by someaddon, with the mod having over 25 million downloads on CurseForge. Build up your town, allocate citizens to jobs, and create an interconnected network of items to allow for smoother gameplay. Ensure guards are trained, however, as raiders could strike at any time.

Mod Download

  1. Navigate to the MineColonies CurseForge page.
  2. At the top, proceed to Files to view all downloads.
    MineColonies Files
  3. Scroll down to the Recent Files section, then press the View All button.
  4. Here, search for and select the latest download for your desired game version.
    MineColonies Game Version
  5. Press the Download button in the top-right to begin installing the .jar file.


Mod Dependencies

  1. Return to the MineColonies version page that featured the download button.
  2. In the changelog, make note of any required dependencies and versions.
    MineColonies Changelog
  3. These may include:
  4. Structurize
    Domum Ornamentum

  5. Like with the main mod, visit the Files and View All section for each dependency.
  6. Ensure the required version listed in the changelog is downloaded for each file.
    MineColonies Name


Server Installation

  1. Navigate to the Apex Server Panel, then stop the server.
  2. Scroll down to the Game File section, then open the dropdown.
    MineColonies Version
  3. Select the Forge version that matches your mod.
  4. Follow the prompts, then choose to restart later.
    MineColonies Restart Later
  5. In the left-hand menu, enter the FTP File Access.
  6. Here, locate or create the mods folder, then enter it.
  7. Press Upload in the top-left, then drag + drop all mod files.
    MineColonies Upload

Once this has been completed, you can now return to the main panel page and start to server. This will load up and use your desired mod.

Client Installation

  1. Visit the Forge Download page.
  2. Install Forge for your system as seen in our guide here.
  3. Once installed, open your Minecraft launcher for your system.
  4. Proceed to Installations at the top, then highlight your Forge version.
  5. Press the folder icon to the right to open up your file browser.
    MineColonies Folder
  6. Here, locate or create a mods folder, then enter it.
  7. Finally, add your mod files to this folder.
    MineColonies Client Mods

You can now start the game using your Forge profile, which will load up Minecraft using your desired mods!

How to Get Started

Upon first spawning in, nothing will be different right away. You must first construct an outpost that allows you to obtain the necessary tools.

Supply Camp and Ship

MineColonies Supply Ship
MineColonies Supply Camp

One of the first items you will need to craft is either the supply camp or supply ship. Both of these have the same result, however one is meant for large bodies of water, while the other is meant for flat land. Using either boats or chests, craft whichever one works for you

Learning the Placement Controls

MineColonies Placement

Upon attempting to use either supply item on a block, a new GUI will appear. This GUI will allow you to change the palette of blocks, as well as allow you to move and rotate the supply structure to your preferred preference. If visibility is not great, you can press Escape to close the menu, then right-click the item to re-open the GUI. Once you are ready, press the green box to place the structure.

Gathering your Tools

MineColonies Items

With either your supply camp or ship placed, you can now enter it to find a chest. This chest will have the two most important tools in this mod, the build tool and the town hall. Take both of these items, then find the location where you wish to begin your town.

The Build Tool

MineColonies Builder Tools

When you are ready to place your town hall, interact with the build tool in your hand to open the previous GUI menu. Select townhall in the top-left box, then use the middle box to choose the style. Optionally, you can use the top-right box to see the various upgrade levels. Like before, position the building, then press the green box.

Creating the Colony

MineColonies Citizens

This time, the structure will not immediately appear, leaving just the town hall block. Right-click the block, then press Create Colony to begin. Within a few minutes, your first 4 citizens will spawn, allowing you to truly begin.

Builders Hut

MineColonies Build Hut 1
MineColonies Build Hut 2

In order to build your town hall and all other structures, you will first need to craft and place the builder’s hut. This block will allow you to manage workers, then use the Build Options to start creating the hut.


From here, you can visit the MineColonies Wiki page in order to view all of the available huts that can be made for your town. As you continue to expand, you may find yourself being bottlenecked and need to upgrade further huts. In order to increase construction speeds, you will need more workers, but will need citizen houses to increase population. It can be difficult to get started as you will need to provide tools, food, and items to your workers manually, but overtime everything can be automated and optimized. With the newfound knowledge of how to install MineColonies and get started, you can begin creating your empire!

Helpful Links

Minecolonies CurseForge
Installing Forge Client-Side
Minecolonies Wiki Page

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