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tutorial:setup

Setting up a mod development environment

Prerequisites

Steps

  1. Copy the starting files from fabric-example-mod (or from the Kotlin version, if you wish to use Kotlin,) excluding the LICENSE and README.md files - as those apply to the template itself, not necessarily to your mod.
  2. Edit gradle.properties:
    • Make sure to set archives_base_name and maven_group to your preferred values.
    • Make sure to update the versions of Minecraft, the mappings and the loader - all of which can be queried through this website - to match the versions you wish to target.
    • Add any other dependencies you plan to use in build.gradle.
  3. Import the build.gradle file to your IDE. Follow these instructions to import the project to Visual Studio Code.
  4. For IntelliJ, press Add Configuration… and then select Minecraft Client and press OK. For Eclipse, If you would like to have the IDE run configs you can run gradlew eclipse.
  5. Happy modding!

You can generate the Minecraft sources for reference (since IDEA already has a decompiler this is only useful for searching through the code) : Run the genSources Gradle task. If your IDE doesn't have Gradle integration, then run the following command in the terminal: gradlew genSources (or .gradlew genSources on Linux/MacOS).

Getting started

Try adding an item or a block. It's also a good idea to visit Applying changes without restarting Minecraft.

Advice

  • While Fabric API is not strictly necessary for developing mods, its primary goal is to provide cross-compatibility and hooks where the game engine does not, and as such it is highly recommended!
  • As Fabric is in early development, occasionally, with development of fabric-loom (our Gradle build plugin) issues may crop up which require a manual clearing (deleting) of the cache (which can be found in .gradle/caches/fabric-loom). Those will generally be announced as they are identified.
  • Don't hesitate to ask questions! We're here to help you and work with you to make your dream mod a reality.

Troubleshooting

Missing sounds

Sometimes, when importing the Gradle project into an IDE, the assets might not download correctly. In this case, run the downloadAssets task manually - either using IDE's built-in menu or by simply running gradlew downloadAssets.

tutorial/setup.txt · Last modified: 2019/11/16 19:14 by fudge