So you have setup your server, connected clients, and played for hours with the tutorial world. It's now time to step it up even more. Take a look at the following sections to take MinecraftEdu to another level!
- 1 Technical Documentation
- 2 Using Mods
- 3 Customizing Launcher
- 4 Customizing Server Launcher
- 5 Customizing Client
- 6 Creating Resource Packs
- 7 3D-printing and Minecraft
Should you want to dig further on how MinecraftEdu actually works and how it stores files, check out the MinecraftEdu Technical Documentation.
Mods, or modifications, are user made custom changes to the game that either alter aspects of the game such as basic functions, user interface, or add blocks or items. They are not officially supported by Mojang, but are acceptable to use. Some may provide features or functionality to the game that might enhance your school program. MinecraftEdu supports all Forge-based mods. To read more about mods visit the Modding article.
As of MinecraftEdu 1.6.4 build 7 support for adding, managing and getting more mods was made much more fluent with the built-in Mod Manager.
Mods can be a blessing and a curse. On one hand they can take your Minecraft experience to an entirely new level. On the other hand, too many mods can have adverse effects on your experience. If you are not careful with mods, you can crash your game, cause connection issues, and create unnecessary work for yourself.
To properly utilize mods here are a few suggestions:
- Never add more than 1 mod at a time without testing that your server starts and your map is working.
- If adding a mod has caused some issue, stop the server and remove the mod. It may be the mod itself or it may be incompatible with another mod you are using.
- Always make sure the mod you have is compatible with the version of forge you are running. As you upgrade MCEdu, the forge will also get updated from time to time.
- Always use a second install of MCEdu as a testing ground for mods. If there are no issues and you are comfortable, then add it to your primary install.
- Some mods just require too many resources to run, this happens frequently in school settings as they rarely have gaming-quality computers.
- Many mods come with a config file. This is a good place to make adjustments to how the mod works. Always backup the config file before you play with it.
Adding mods to MinecraftEdu
You can either add mods to MinecraftEdu using our online mod library or find and download more mods manually.
Manually downloading more mods from Internet
- FInding Mods:
- First start by downloading the mod (Placing it on the desktop makes it easy to find.)
- They can be zip files or jar files.
- Take note if this mod is a client, server, or both.
- Next, locate the mod on your computer and copy it to the following locations as necessary:
- Client: \minecraftedu\minecraft\mods\1.7.10
- Server: \minecraftedu\minecraft\servertool\server\mods\1.7.10
- DO NOT UNZIP THE FILES
- By default any new mods you install this way will be automatically enabled the next time you start the program.
- If you want to check that the mod was discovered and will be loaded, click the “Mods” button in your Launcher and make sure your new mod is listed.
Managing your mods
Mod Manager can be used to easily manage your MinecraftEdu mods. There are two tabs in this section if you have installed the servertool. One of the tabs will control the client mods and the other will control the server mods.
- A mod that is listed and has a check beside it will be loaded.
- An unchecked mod will not be loaded.
- Use the select all box to select or deselect all the mods at once.
There are two ways to access your MinecraftEdu mods folder for removing unneeded mods. You can either launch your MinecraftEdu Launcher and access the folder or manually navigate into your mods folder.
Using MinecraftEdu Online Mods Repository to remove mods
First launch your Mod Manager. Should you wish to remove a client mod, click the “Client” tab. Should you wish to remove a server mod, press the “Server” tab. After that click the button “Open Mods Folder” and remove the mods you no longer need. Once you are done removing the mods you no longer need, close the file browser and click the Launcher’s “Mods” button again to refresh your mods.
Manually removing mods
Open the following folders within your Minecraftedu installation and simply delete the mod files you no longer want.
- On the client: \minecraftedu\minecraft\mods\1.7.10
- On the server: \minecraftedu\minecraft\servertool\server\mods\1.7.10
The MinecraftEdu Launcher has the most used configuration options accessible through its settings menu. This can be accessed by first starting the MinecraftEdu Launcher, clicking “Client Settings” from top and “Client Settings” from the dropdown menu. This will open up a new panel that contains tabs Basic, Advanced, Launch, Proxy.
The Launcher also has some configuration options hidden from the user which can be accessed through a configuration file. These configuration options include ability to hide certain parts of the Launcher, such as the “Start Minecraft” and “Update” buttons. Read more about these hidden configuration options from here.
Customizing Server Launcher
Like the MinecraftEdu Launcher, the Server Launcher also has the most used configuration options accessible through its settings menu. This can be accessed by starting the MinecraftEdu Server Launcher, clicking “Settings” from top and “Server settings” from the dropdown menu. This will open up a new panel that contains two tabs: Basic Settings and Advanced Settings.
The Server Launcher also has some configuration options hidden from the user which can be accessed through a configuration file. These configuration options include ability to hide certain parts of the Server Launcher, like the “Start Tutorial World” and “Start Saved World” buttons. Read more about these hidden configuration options from here.
There are some things you can customize in your client. You can change how players look like (skins), create or utilize custom texture packs for changing your menu and game graphics and you can use mods to modify your whole game experience. On top of that MinecraftEdu also adds some special hidden customization options - for example, disabling the singleplayer button. You can read more about these options from our Client article.
Customizing Minecraft Skins
A skin is what another user sees when they look at you. There are currently two ways to use custom skins with MinecraftEdu. Solution 1 (displaying your Mojang profile’s skin) only works if you have an internet connection which permits access to Mojang servers. This is sometimes blocked by school internet restrictions. Solution 2 works offline, but skins made with this solution can only be seen by the player using the resource pack (1.7.10+) or with the altered jar file (1.6.4 and earlier).
Custom Skin Method 1 - Automatic
Custom skins can be uploaded to the Minecraft website for automatic use. However, for the MinecraftEdu client to render them for other users to see, the client settings file must be edited to use a custom skin. You will also need to use MinecraftEdu in online mode (login using the username & password) for this method to work.
Fist navigate to minecraft.net webpage. Once on the the webpage use the login button in the top right corner of your screen. Type in the username and password for the account and if you successfully login you will be sent back to the front page. From the front page click on the "Profile" option at the top of the screen. You'll now be presented with a browse button to browse through your files to find the skin you would like to upload.
Custom Skin Method 2 - Manual
1.7.10 and later
1.6.4 and older
The manual way to change MinecraftEdu skins is the harder way to do it. You need to import your skins into the new version if you wish to use them as they will be modified inside the MinecraftEdu.jar file that is being shipped on every version. You will also need to change the skins in all of your client computers for others to also see the modified skins. To manually modify your MinecraftEdu skins, go to directory %appdata%/MinecraftEdu/Launcher/jar/ and open the file minecraftEdu.jar using some archive program (like Winrar, 7zip, winzip...). Jar files are actually just archives like zip files, so you should be able to open them up with any standard archive program.
After you have opened the minecraftEdu.jar archive, browse to folder mob/. You should see files like EduStudentMale1.png, EduStudentFemale1.png... Modify these files to modify your MinecraftEdu skins that are being shown ingame and also to modify the preview skins that you see when you are connecting to server, you will also need to modify the skins located in folder preview inside the minecraftEdu.jar. Skins are best modified using theSkinEdit. Preview skin screenshots have been also created using the SkinEdit.
Editing your skins
Skins are the texture graphics that are applied to the 3D player avatars. They are very simple to edit and surprisingly small image files saved in a .png format. To change an avatar's skin, you must first log into your account on Minecraft.net, choose Profile, then select and upload a new skin for that account. That information is then "pushed out" and follows that account regardless of what server (or local machine) is used.
You can use any image editing tool to change or create a custom skin.
- GIMP is a free and easy to use solution. However, it is a bit difficult to tell how the final product will actually render.
- NOVA Skin is one that many players use to create (and preview) new skins.
- Skindex.com is a place you can also find a number of already created skins.
- Minecraft-skins.com is another place to find pre-made skins.
Note: Always be sure to preview any skins you download, as they may not be appropriate for school.
Creating Resource Packs
Previously known as texture packs, resource packs are a collection of multimedia assets that replace the game's base assets. They can replace the textures within the game and the sounds you hear. Frequently, they give the textures a different feel such as darker, lighter, smoother, or many other choices. Many of them will come in a variety of resolutions such as 16-bit and 32-bit up to 512-bit, which can give the game a less pixelated feel. For more information on how to create your own resource packs, Click here.
Adding resource packs (1.6.4+)
- note - Student/Teacher skins can only be changed via Resource Pack in version 1.7.10+
1. Download the desired resource pack
2. Copy the zip file to the following location:
- Client: \minecraftedu\minecraft\resourcepacks
- DO NOT UNZIP IT
3. Startup the client
4. Select Options
5. Select Resource Packs
6. Disabled resource packs will be on the left
7. Enabled resource packs will be on the right
8. Click the arrow button to move the resource pack to the right
9. Once you select Done, your resource pack will load
3D-printing and Minecraft
So you or your students have built something amazing in MinecraftEdu and you have this 3D printer at school right? So how do these two wonderful technologies come together? Navigate to our 3D-printing and Minecraft article to learn more.