NOTE MultiMC is a modding-friendly alternate launcher for Minecraft, which is recommended for working with Fabric and can be found here. If you don't wish to use MultiMC or don't know or care what launcher you're using, follow through to the regular client instructions.
Open the download page
and choose the game, mapping and loader versions. Click “Copy MultiMC instance url”.
Generally, choosing the latest mapping version for a given game version is advisable, as mods do not depend on the deobfuscated names staying the same.
The loader should be mostly game version-independent. If this situation changes, it will be pointed out, so don't worry!
Start MultiMC. Click on “Add Instance” in the top-left, then select “Import from ZIP” and paste the URL
in the text field. Don't forget to set the name!
Press OK. Your Fabric instance is ready to go - feel free to add mods to it!
For more detailed instructions visit this guide: Installing Fabric using the MultiMC launcher
Open the installer. In the window you need to configure the mapping and loader version (as per advice in the MultiMC section
) and the install location (the default should be fine on most platforms).
You need to enable snapshots in order to make the installer show mapping options for Minecraft snapshots.
Press Install. A new game version and profile will be created in the launcher's menu, which you can now use to launch Fabric.
NOTE Up-to-date as of Loader 0.4.4+. Older versions choose different techniques. Installer 0.4.0+ required!
Open the installer. Select the “Server” tab at the top of the window.
In the window you need to configure the mapping and loader version and the install location.
NOTE You need to enable snapshots in order to make the installer show mapping options for Minecraft snapshots.
Press Install. In the output directory, a
fabric-server-launch.jar will be created. It expects a
server.jar, which is the vanilla server JAR, generally found on Mojang's version announcement blog posts, next to it, but will also generate a properties file on first launch where you can change the path.
NOTE If you are upgrading your existing server, remember to remove the
.fabric folder if the installer did not remove that for you! Or you will get classloading errors.
The fabric installer has full support from installing the client and the server from the command line. This could be used to automate the installation. The installer has a number of commands that can be used for a headless install.
-snapshot Enables the usage of snapshot versions of Minecraft.
-dir Used to select the installation dir, defaults to the current working directory.
-mappings Used to select the mappings version, defaults to the latest.
-loader Used to select the loader version, defaults to the latest.
Prints out all of the commands available along with the latest mappings and loader versions. Ignores options. Example:
java -jar fabric-installer.jar help
Used to create the required files for a Fabric server. Accepts all options, none are required. Example:
java -jar fabric-installer.jar server
Used to create the required files for a Fabric client. Accepts all options, -dir
is required. Example:
java -jar fabric-installer.jar client -dir “~/Games/.minecraft”