LiteLoader is a lightweight mod bootstrap designed to provide very basic loader functionality for mods which don’t need to modify game mechanics. It is designed to run alongside ModLoader and Minecraft Forge and LiteLoader mods will not conflict with ModLoader or Forge mods.
- Simple, easy-to-use client modding API, perfect for client-side mods like Mini Maps, Chat Tools, and other HUD mods.
- Bytecode-based event injection system which provides super-efficient event handling, and can be easily extended by mods as necessary
- Compatibile with Minecraft Forge and FML thanks to dynamic injection
- Built-in mod version validation which allows LiteLoader to identify and load only valid mods – no more crashes caused by accidentally loading out-of-date mods
- Easy to install and compatible with all launchers supporting the Mojang Tweak System (launchwrapper)
- Extensible “LiteAPI” core allows more complex APIs such as BlazeLoader to be built on top of LiteLoader
- Sleek in-game user interface provides mod management, mod configuration panels, error reporting and in-game log viewer:
What is LiteLoader for?
LiteLoader is aimed squarely at mods which only change the client in some way; some good examples might be a mini-map, a mod which overhauls the in-game chat or a client-side macro system. This type of mod doesn’t generally need the awesome power of something like Minecraft Forge to function, so asking players to install an API that’s several times larger than the mod itself doesn’t make sense. It must however coexist peacefully alongside Forge (so that players can use both platforms if they want to!) and LiteLoader does this.
LiteLoader was primarily developed for use by The VoxelModPack Team but is open source to allow mod developers to make their own mods using the platform.
As a modder, if you’re looking for a loader to help you add a new block, item, mob or mechanic into the game, then LiteLoader isn’t for you and you should check out Minecraft Forge. If you want to make a mod that displays something on the screen like a heads-up FPS counter, provides an in-game IRC window, or anything else that doesn’t alter game mechanics then LiteLoader is probably perfect for you!
What on earth are cascadedTweaks?
As you’ve probably noticed, Minecraft 1.10 sees the introduction of a new Launcher from Mojang which is considerably more advanced than the old one. Amongst the improvements was the ability for an installed mod to inject itself into the game at load time as a Tweak. A Tweak basically gets free rein over the game startup process and can inject any code it likes into the game. LiteLoader uses this tweak functionality to load itself, and in turn load any mods that you have installed. This is great because it allows loaders to run without touching the minecraft jar at all!
However there’s a problem: the new launcher only allows one Tweak at a time to be specified, so if you want to run multiple Tweak classes at the same time, such as LiteLoader and Forge Mod Loader (FML), then you have a problem. How do we fix this?
The answer is with cascadedTweaks. This is a special command-line option sent to the game which the LiteLoader tweaker will recognise and will try to load the other Tweaks thus specified. In a nutshell, Minecraft loads the LiteLoader Tweak, and then the LiteLoader Tweak loads the other Tweaks! Simple!
The LiteLoader installer supports creating cascadedTweaks for well-known Tweaks such as FML, or you can add your own by editing the JSON file. I will add more Tweaks to the installer as they become available. If you know of an unsupported Tweak then let me know. To specify cascadedTweaks just check the relevant checkbox when installing LiteLoader.
Note that you still need to install the relevant other mod. For example to cascade to FML you must install FML or Minecraft Forge from their own installer first!
How to install LiteLoader for Minecraft:
Note on installation for GLSL Shaders Mod
GLSL Shaders Mod supports installation stand-alone, and also alongside Minecraft Forge but can easily be installed alongsideLiteLoader even when Minecraft Forge is not in use. If you are creating an installation including Forge simply follow the instructions and download the Forge Edition and put it in your mods directory. If you do not have Forge then download theNon-Forge Edition and put it in your .minecraft/mods/<version> folder where <version> is the version of Minecraft you’re using, eg. for 1.8 it would be .minecraft/mods/1.8
– 1.10.2 (Snapshot)
– 1.10 (Snapshot)
– 1.9.4 (Snapshot)
– 1.9 (Snapshot)
– 1.8.9 (Snapshot)