How to install Minecraft Forge on your server

If you're looking to run a modded version of the game on your server, you'll need to install Forge. Forge provides all the tools to mod developers to easily create their mods and allow users such as yourself to run them on their servers and their clients simultaneously. This article will guide you through the process of installing Forge on your server.

NOTE: To install forge on your server, you will need to login to the panel and access your files. You can read our guide about this here

If you are looking to install plugins on your server, you'll need to install some form of spigot which we have an article on found here There are some custom jars that will allow you to run Forge mods and spigot plugins simultaneously, for this we suggest checking out our guide: (Coming Soon!)

For this guide, we will be using the file manager to upload and manage the files required for Forge. You can also use SFTP to achieve the same result.

Step 1: Stop your server and delete all existing files

Due to the nature of Forge impacting the backend of your server, it will most likely not be possible to keep existing worlds and server configuration. There are exceptions that may apply, but in general it is ideal to start with a clean slate. The files can be deleted in the panel's file manager with the first check box to select all files, then can be deleted by selecting the "Mass Actions" button in the top right of the file manger. From there, select the delete option.

Step 2: Download the desired version of Forge.

Forge versions are broken down by the version of minecraft followed by the version of forge. It is best practice to choose the recomended version of Forge for the version of MC you'd like to use. Note that your client will need to be running the same exact version of forge. Head to https://files.minecraftforge.net/ to pick the desired version. For this tutorial, we'll be choosing Minecraft version 1.12.2 and Forge version 14.23.5.2854.

From here you'll be greeted with a few different download options. You'll need to choose the installer version. Below is a picture showing downloads page.



Step 3: Prepare the server on your local computer

On your computer, first create a new folder which can be named anything at all. Next run the installer, choose "install server" and change the path to the folder you just created. The popup should look something similar to the image below.



Step 4: Upload the contents to your server and ensure they are in your root directory

If you are using the file manager, you will want to compress your folder, upload to the server, then decompress the folder. If you take this route, also ensure to move the contents to the home directory of your server.

If you are using SFTP, you'll just have to upload the contents as is and no compression is needed.

Step 5: Rename jar and boot

Lastly, you'll need to rename the jar that's (in our case) named forge-1.12.2-14.23.5.2854.jar to server.jar

From here, simply boot your server and enjoy.

As always, if you're struggling to login or access the panel please do not hesitate to contact us via a discord ticket or a standard ticket
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