How to Install Fabric for Minecraft

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Fabric is a mod loader for Minecraft, and more and more mods have been supporting it lately. In this guide, we’re going to show you how to install Fabric, and start playing it. Fabric is an alternative to the Forge Mod Loader

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Step 1: Download Fabric

Firstly, you’re going to want to download the Fabric installer. There are two versions available. One is a Windows installer (EXE File), and the other is a Universal Installer (JAR File).

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Fabric Downloader

If you are on Mac or Linux, you’re going to want the JAR File, but for the purpose of this tutorial, we’ll use EXE. Once the file is downloaded, open it.

SmartScreen Error

If you are on Windows, there’s a chance that you get a popup about ‘Windows protected your PC’. All you need to do is click ‘More info’, then the ‘Run anyway’ button will become visible, which you should click.

Step 2: Install the Fabric Loader

With the Fabric Installer open, there are two options available. These are the tabs at the top, and are for ‘Client’ and ‘Server’. No matter what, you’re going to need to install the Client, as this is the single player version. If you want to create a Fabric server, then you’ll obviously need to install the Server option too.

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fabric installer window

You can leave the loader version alone, as well as the install location (unless you’ve changed the default Minecraft directory). You can choose your Minecraft Version that you want Fabric to use, then press the ‘Install’ button.

Step 3: Run Minecraft with Fabric

Next, open up the Minecraft Launcher. In the bottom left corner of the screen, you can find all of your Minecraft profiles. Select the dropdown, then select the ‘Fabric Loader’ profile.

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Select the Fabric Profile

When you press the Play button in the Minecraft Launcher, it will launch with Fabric installed and ready to use. If you want to install mods, these can go into the mods folder of your default Minecraft directory.

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Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!