The 27 best Minecraft mods 2023

27 Minecraft mods for providing an all-new gameplay experience, including fantasy role-playing mods, performance upgrades, and new biomes, blocks, and mobs.

Three cobblestone golems from Max's Miny Golems, one of the best Minecraft mods, stand in the sunlight.

What are the best Minecraft mods in 2023? Every game of vanilla Minecraft might already be very different, but the best Minecraft mods go one step further to provide an entirely new experience over a decade into the game’s lifespan. Whether you love creative building, terrifying survival, or speedrunning the story, there’s sure to be a mod for you. From interface changes, to tools to aid your hours of exploration, and even new mobs, you have the option to make Mojang’s classic even better on PC.

The following list compiles some of the best Minecraft mods out there right now. All are divided into sections, depending on what you want to do with the sandbox game – from simple utility changes to deep, intricate Minecraft mods you can get lost in for months. If you like to browse, the Minecraft CurseForge game mods hub has a whole section dedicated to the best Minecraft mods and add-ons – as well as equivalents for many of the other best PC games right now.

Best Minecraft mod RLCraft: Steve stands in front of new biome, filled with orange, red, and brown trees, with a mossy cobblestone structure in the background.

Our pick of the best Minecraft performance mods:

Here are some of the ultimate Minecraft world mods:

And, finally, some of the best Minecraft building and item mods:

Best Minecraft mods - the same snowy landscape with Optifine on and off, showing clear water and reflected sunlight.

Optifine / Fastcraft

Make Minecraft look incredible with the essential Optifine, which adds support for HD textures and more control over graphical options. You’ll likely need Optifine installed before you can run Minecraft shaders, but even on its own, it provides dynamic lighting, improved textures, and a performance boost. Optifine should be fine on most PC setups, but if you’re playing on a potato, grab Fastcraft instead – it significantly improves performance on lower-end machines, particularly with lots of Minecraft mods installed.

Best Minecraft mods - the Journeymap UI shows a top-down view of the map with all of the terrain types nearby.


Everyone likes to know where they’re going. Journeymap maps your world as you explore, lets you mark waypoints of interest, and can even warn you when Minecraft mobs are sneaking up behind you. View the resulting map in-game as a minimap, in fullscreen, or even in an external web browser.

Best Minecraft mods - the user interface of the Just Enough Items mod, with the player crafting a map and a yellow wool block, and a long list of items on the right and side.

Just Enough Items

If you need an antidote to the pain of alt-tabbing to a wiki while playing Minecraft, then turn to Just Enough Items (or JEI). It lets you look up the recipe for any item from any installed Minecraft mod through a nifty interface on Minecraft’s inventory screen.

Best Minecraft mods - a closed ender chest and the Jade UI showing its contents, a variety of colourful terracotta blocks.


Jade is a super helpful Minecraft mod, particularly when you have a range of texture or world-changing mods installed alongside it. Not only does Jade tell you which item you are looking at, but it provides additional information, too, like the contents of a chest or any status effects applied to a mob.

Best Minecraft mods - Enchantment Descriptions UI describes Sharpness V enchantment in great detail.

Enchantment Descriptions

For those who need a reminder of what the Minecraft enchantments do at a glance, the Enchantment Descriptions mod gives you the description of any enchanted book in your inventory. This mod also supports modded enchantments and will display these tooltips in over 13 different languages.

A creepy, long-limbed mob crawls through a cave behind the player, baring its teeth, in the Cave Dweller Minecraft mod.

Cave Dweller

Think the Minecraft Warden is scary? Well, it’s the least of your underground problems with this terrifying mod enabled. The Cave Dweller mod introduces the Cave Dweller mob (try saying that three times, fast) to the adventure game, and the dark entity follows you as around as you explore the world’s caves. In case you were wondering, no, it can’t sneak up on you, as the spooky cave sounds will grow more intense the closer it gets, but we’re not sure that isn’t worse than a swift death, to be honest. 

Best Minecraft mods - Twilight Forest mod shows how to build a portal in a journal.

Twilight Forest

This gorgeous mod adds a new portal and an entirely new dimension: the Twilight Forest. You’ll need to play as normal until you’ll gathered the materials to build the portal above, but then you can completely overhaul your Minecraft experience with new dungeons, mythical creatures, and so much more.

Minecraft Mods: Yung's Better Fortresses - Image shows a player in full diamond armor in the left hand corner, looking out over a magnificent improved fortress.

YUNG’s Better Fortresses

Yung’s Better Fortresses is only the tip of the Yung’s mod iceberg, as the prolific Minecraft modder has also created Better Witch Huts, Ocean Monuments, and almost any other Minecraft structure you can think of. Put them all together, and you’ll have the most incredible Minecraft world you could imagine.

For now, though, we’re focusing on our personal favorite, Yung’s Better Fortresses. As you can see from the image above, this Minecraft mod transforms the terrifying Nether by greatly extended its existing Fortresses into even bigger, more magnificent structures, spanning multiple floors, and featuring castle-like main buildings. In vanilla Minecraft, these fortresses might be wide, but they don’t really extend up and down. Yung’s better fortresses, on the other hand, include Lava Halls, a part of the structure which extends deep underground.

Best Minecraft mods - in the Biomes O'Plenty mod, there is a Fungal Jungle biome full of orange mushrooms.

Biomes O’Plenty

If there aren’t enough vanilla Minecraft Biomes to keep you busy, Biomes O’Plenty adds masses of new biomes across both the Overworld and the Nether – from Alps to Wasteland, and everything in between. It also adds a little more variety to tools, armor, food, color, and adds a few extra blocks to build with.

Best Minecraft mods: a menagerie of animals of all shapes and sizes in Alex's Mobs.

Alex’s Mobs

We know from Minecraft’s now-annual mob vote that players are always clamoring for additional animals, monsters, and humanoids to be added to vanilla Minecraft. Well, you don’t need to wait for the next big Minecraft update with Alex’s mobs‘ 84 new animals. This mix of both realistic and fictional creatures includes kangaroos, tigers, and something called a bone serpent – and each of them has its own unique mechanic and drops.

Best Minecraft mods - a Nether portal in the overworld, showing a basalt delta and magma cubes on the other side.

Immersive Portals

It can be pretty scary throwing yourself headfirst into a Minecraft Nether or end Portal without knowing what’s on the other side. Thankfully, Immersive Portals changes that by showing you exactly what awaits on the other side.

The Waystones mod is one of the best Minecraft mods because it allows you to teleport between named destinations.


With such a massive open world, getting back to where your home base can sometimes be a huge hassle. However, with the Waystones mod, you can craft Waystones in survival mode and place them to allow travel between them. You can also make Warp Scrolls or Warp Stones to teleport from anywhere. The mod also allows for random generation in the world of these items and global Waystones for multiplayer servers or adventure maps.


Best Minecraft mods - in RLCraft, a purple biome with structures and new mobs.


Still the most popular Minecraft mod of all time, RLCraft plays into the world’s love of fantasy with dragons, fairies, and more added to your Minecraft world. But that’s not all. In addition to the range of terrifying and adorable new mobs, RLCraft features new biomes, new auto-generated structures like towers and dungeons, and an all-new survival experience.

Best Minecraft mods - Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble are standing on sand near a wall of materials.


If there’s anything better than one of the most popular game franchises of all time, it’s two of the most popular game franchise’s of all time coming together. Pixelmon does just that, bringing all your favorite Pokemon to the world of Minecraft.

Best Minecraft mods - in SkyFactory 4, a floating landscape featuring different farms and trees.

SkyFactory 4

SkyFactory is one of the most classic Minecraft mods and is based on the popular SkyBlock map. Combining the original SkyBlock experience with industrial autonomy, SkyFactory 4 lets you lose on a floating Minecraft world full of unique devices and machines, new crops, and even magic.

Best Minecraft mod - the Better Minecraft logo over new neon nether biome.

Better MC

The maker’s vision of what Minecraft should have been, Better MC adds multiple bosses, mobs, crops, items, dimensions, quests, and more to give you the comprehensive Minecraft experience you never knew you needed. We’re not saying we don’t still love the base game, but Minecraft will never be the same again once you’ve tried Better MC.

Minecraft mods: Good Ending is a mod that changed the wilderness, and the image shows a beautiful biome with new flora on top of water, new plants, and new green blocks, adding to the lush landscape.

Good Ending

Good Ending by modders Orcinus and Ninni overhauls the Minecraft wilderness, making the survival game even more beautiful than it already is. In fact, if you were one of the players disappointed when fireflies were scrapped from the Wild Update, then Good Ending is for you, as the modders have implemented the popular mechanic instead, meaning both the daytime and nighttime atmospheres are incredible in this stunning mod.

Best Minecraft mods - inside a cavernous vault filled with water, stalagmites, and stalagtites.

Vault Hunters

Finally, our last pick of the list is Vault Hunters, another completely game-changing mod pack. Made by popular Minecraft YouTuber and Hermit Iskall85, Vault Hunters takes you deep into thrilling, procedurally-generated vaults, in which you have to battle your way to valuable loot, armor and weapons. There’s a fully-playable story to Vault Hunters, too, with the goal of combining its 25 artefacts to unlock one final, deadly vault.

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The Supplementaries mod is an excellent complimentary mod to use alongside vanilla Minecraft and adds a bunch of new Redstone items, decorative blocks, and other tools and equipment. If you ever felt like you needed a pulley system, or a weather vein that produces a Redstone signal, then Supplementaries has it. Want to lock something up with a key or proudly display your Netherite tools on a pedestal? It has that, too. To use Supplementaries, you must also install the Moonlight Library mod.

Minecraft mods: an oak tree with a face in the Mystical Oak Tree mod.

Mystical Oak Tree

While we’re at it, here’s another one from the maker of Supplementaries – Mystical Oak Tree. We couldn’t resist including this mini-mod, in which you can interact with a wise old talking oak. Keep your eyes peeled for an oak tree with a face in any one of the overworld biomes, and interact with the tree to hear jokes, facts, and more. Be careful not to talk to them during the day, though, as they don’t take kindly to be woken from their sleep. And definitely don’t try to attack them – they’ll fight back.Five plank golems from Max's Miny Golems, one of the best Minecraft mods, stand in a row surrounded by flowers and grass.


Max’s Miny Golems

If you’ve jumped into Minecraft Legends since its release, you might be familiar with the cute golems you can recruit to aid you in battle in the strategy game. Well, those mobs now appear in the original Minecraft thanks to the Max’s Miny Golems mod.

While Max’s Miny Golems has some familiar faces from Legends, there are some differences. Firstly, there are more than the three base Legends golems here, as Max has added some of their own, with plans to add Beehive and Slime golems in the future. New items have been added as well in order to be able to craft these cute companions, including new slabs, flowers, and grindstone variants.

A frog sits in a pet bed, and is accompanied by text displaying its enchantments, extra health, charismatic, and bubbling, in the Minecraft mod Domestication Innovation.

Domestication Innovation

From the same people that brought you Alex’s mobs, Domestication Innovation improves upon player interaction with mobs – both vanilla and modded. Enchant your pets, tame otherwise untameable mobs, use them in battle, and send them to sleep in their own beds. The different enchantments available can make your domesticated mobs do some extraordinary things, like pull entities close, send enemies flying, and strike hostile mobs with lightning. Domestication Innovation doesn’t just work on vanilla mobs and Alex’s mobs, but other creator’s mods, as well.

Best Minecraft mods - a detailed bar with stools and wine bottles in the LittleTiles.

Little Tiles

To kick off the building mod section of this guide, we’re going right in at the deep end. While the limitations of Minecraft’s blocks may be part of the fun for many, LittleTiles allows those who want more flexibility the chance to build with pixel-sized tiles. With LittleTiles, therefore, the only limitation is your imagination. This mod’s teeny blocks can even be used to make moveable parts, twinkling lights, and so much more.

Best Minecraft mods - the Chisel UI allowing players to see the new battery.


Chisel gives you access to, well, a chisel, which allows you to change the texture of any block. With a huge range of industrial-style textures to choose from, Chisel allows players to build the most complex and intricate of mechanical builds.

Best Minecraft mods - in FramedBlocks, an arrangement of Minecraft modded blocks.


Cubes are great and all, but occasionally you want a slope, right?FramedBlocks adds a ridiculous number of new shapes to the Minecraft inventory for you to work into your unique builds. Even better, though, is that they also have customizable textures. Simply right-click on your slope, slab or step with any other Minecraft block, and it will take on that texture. Want a flower pot made of wool? You got it.

Best Minecraft mod - Decocraft items, pumpkins, chair, table, toys, and cactus.


If you’d like a bit more variety when it comes to decorating your Minecraft house, Decocraft is the mod for you. It adds around 3,000 new customization items, including craftable chairs, tables, bowls, bottles, lamps, stuffed toys, beer kegs, and even a kitchen sink. To keep up to date with all those items, you can join the mod’s official Discord.

Best Minecraft mods - in Bibliocraft, here is a set of shelves filled with books, armour, and weapons.


Bibliocraft also offers many aesthetically pleasing blocks, but these ones come with their own functionality. Based originally around customizable bookshelves, Bibliocraft also offers display cases, and shelves let you show off your armor and trophies, while a printing press lets you copy in-game books. It even adds a monocle for the distinguished Minecrafters among you.

Best Minecraft mods - an assortment of fruit and vegetables in Pam's Harvestcraft 2 UI, list of crops.

Pam’s HarvestCraft 2

Not so much a mod for building but one that does introduce new items to the menu, Pam’s Harvestcraft 2 brings some serious variation to your Minecraft diet. A follow-up to the original Pam’s Harvestcraft – which can still be used in Minecraft versions up to 1.12 –  PH2 is split into four separate mods: Food Core, Crops, Trees, and Food Extended. The end result is a Minecraft diet that’s equal parts lavish and balanced. If you want to make this a necessity rather than just a fun extension to vanilla Minecraft, use it alongside Hunger Overhaul and The Spice of Life, which both punish your poor eating habits.

With all those mods to choose from, hopefully, you’re ready to get lost in Minecraft all over again. If you need a handy tool to manage your mods, our guide to installing and using Minecraft Forge will help you organize your modding needs. If that’s still not enough diversity from the vanilla game, check out our list of the best crafting games on PC.