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Best Forge version for development?


Romejanic
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Hello all!

 

It's been a while since I posted (5 years in fact!), and I'm looking at trying to get back into modding.

 

Considering that a lot has changed since I stopped modding a lot, and it's a little hard to pick a Forge version to work with, I just wanted to ask from a developer standpoint what is the best Minecraft version to make mods for in 2020?

 

The main factors I'm looking at is stability, ease of development, player base, etc.

Thanks so much!

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Romejanic

 

Creator of Witch Hats, Explosive Chickens and Battlefield!

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If you're looking to pick a version and stick with it you're not going to have a good time.

Minecraft and Forge are ever-evolving pieces of software and we only provide user/modder support for the most recent major version and the most recent old version (currently 1.16.X and 1.15.X, respetively).

 

Most people who picked a version and stuck with it are in one of two places:

  • 1.12.2 was the latest version for a long time before 1.13 came out and some people still complain that their favorites haven't been ported and they refuse to leave them behind and find new mods.
  • 1.8.9 was the last version before 1.9 changed combat to not favor auto-clickers and some people can't get over that

 

Note that we still get support requests from both of these groups even though we repeatedly say that we only support modern versions

This is my Forum Signature, I am currently attempting to transform it into a small guide for fixing easier issues using spoiler blocks to keep things tidy.

 

As the most common issue I feel I should put this outside the main bulk:

The only official source for Forge is https://files.minecraftforge.net, and the only site I trust for getting mods is CurseForge.

If you use any site other than these, please take a look at the StopModReposts project and install their browser extension, I would also advise running a virus scan.

 

For players asking for assistance with Forge please expand the spoiler below and read the appropriate section(s) in its/their entirety.

Spoiler

Logs (Most issues require logs to diagnose):

Spoiler

Please post logs using one of the following sites (Thank you Lumber Wizard for the list):

https://gist.github.com/100MB Requires member (Free)

https://pastebin.com/: 512KB as guest, 10MB as Pro ($$$)

https://hastebin.com/: 400KB

Do NOT use sites like Mediafire, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, or a site that has a countdown before offering downloads.

 

What to provide:

...for Crashes and Runtime issues:

Minecraft 1.14.4 and newer:

Post debug.log

Older versions:

Please update...

 

...for Installer Issues:

Post your installer log, found in the same place you ran the installer

This log will be called either installer.log or named the same as the installer but with .log on the end

Note for Windows users:

Windows hides file extensions by default so the installer may appear without the .jar extension then when the .log is added the log will appear with the .jar extension

 

Where to get it:

Mojang Launcher: When using the Mojang launcher debug.log is found in .minecraft\logs.

 

Curse/Overwolf: If you are using the Curse Launcher, their configurations break Forge's log settings, fortunately there is an easier workaround than I originally thought, this works even with Curse's installation of the Minecraft launcher as long as it is not launched THROUGH Twitch:

Spoiler
  1. Make sure you have the correct version of Forge installed (some packs are heavily dependent on one specific build of Forge)
  2. Make a launcher profile targeting this version of Forge.
  3. Set the launcher profile's GameDir property to the pack's instance folder (not the instances folder, the folder that has the pack's name on it).
  4. Now launch the pack through that profile and follow the "Mojang Launcher" instructions above.

Video:

Spoiler

 

 

 

or alternately, 

 

Fallback ("No logs are generated"):

If you don't see logs generated in the usual place, provide the launcher_log.txt from .minecraft

 

Server Not Starting:

Spoiler

If your server does not start or a command window appears and immediately goes away, run the jar manually and provide the output.

 

Reporting Illegal/Inappropriate Adfocus Ads:

Spoiler

Get a screenshot of the URL bar or copy/paste the whole URL into a thread on the General Discussion board with a description of the Ad.

Lex will need the Ad ID contained in that URL to report it to Adfocus' support team.

 

Posting your mod as a GitHub Repo:

Spoiler

When you have an issue with your mod the most helpful thing you can do when asking for help is to provide your code to those helping you. The most convenient way to do this is via GitHub or another source control hub.

When setting up a GitHub Repo it might seem easy to just upload everything, however this method has the potential for mistakes that could lead to trouble later on, it is recommended to use a Git client or to get comfortable with the Git command line. The following instructions will use the Git Command Line and as such they assume you already have it installed and that you have created a repository.

 

  1. Open a command prompt (CMD, Powershell, Terminal, etc).
  2. Navigate to the folder you extracted Forge’s MDK to (the one that had all the licenses in).
  3. Run the following commands:
    1. git init
    2. git remote add origin [Your Repository's URL]
      • In the case of GitHub it should look like: https://GitHub.com/[Your Username]/[Repo Name].git
    3. git fetch
    4. git checkout --track origin/master
    5. git stage *
    6. git commit -m "[Your commit message]"
    7. git push
  4. Navigate to GitHub and you should now see most of the files.
    • note that it is intentional that some are not synced with GitHub and this is done with the (hidden) .gitignore file that Forge’s MDK has provided (hence the strictness on which folder git init is run from)
  5. Now you can share your GitHub link with those who you are asking for help.

[Workaround line, please ignore]

 

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8 hours ago, Romejanic said:

ease of development

In terms of that, usually older versions will have more documentation (with the number of archived forum posts), but newer versions are easier to work with, such as with the new Deferred Registry system. That's probably obvious, but it's worth mentioning.

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Thanks for the responses guys!

 

I think i'll pick a newer version to work with. It might not have as big a player-base but it sounds like the API will be a lot better to work with and it'll be easier to keep it up to date rather than stagnating on 1.12.

 

Thanks again!

Romejanic

 

Creator of Witch Hats, Explosive Chickens and Battlefield!

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