You have already seen how easy it is to install Forge for Minecraft 1.11.2. Its installer simply creates a new profile (the uses of which we have already covered). In this article, I will show you how to install Liteloader, which is actually just generating a new profile in the same way that Forge did.
You can find the download for the latest 1.11.2 version on this page. Note that it is currently a ‘snapshot’ release, so it is only rated 4/5 for stability by the Liteloader developers and it might be buggy.
If an option for the version of Minecraft that you want doesn’t pop straight out at you, then you need to click on the link to the development builds at the bottom of the screen or simply click here to access them. Remember that these builds could also be buggy.
Go ahead and download the latest Snapshot installer (you can use the EXE for Windows and the JAR for a Mac).
Once downloaded, run the installer. You should see this window open:
In the “Extend from:” drop-down box change the selected profile to the Forge profile we created previously. The name will not be what I called it (“1.11.2 with forge”) but should instead show the Minecraft build and the Forge build. It might look something like this: “1.11.2-forge1.11.2-184.108.40.2061”.
You could just choose the default 1.11 profile, but then your new profile wouldn’t work with any Forge mods. With the Liteloader mod-loader being installed on top of Forge, you have created an installation profile which will support most popular mods that you might try and install for 1.11.2.
Rename the new profile to “1.11.2 with Forge and Liteloader” as shown and click ‘OK’. You now have a new profile in your launcher (if you can’t see it then restart the Launcher). Once again, change the Java Executable path and JVM arguments if required (copy from the Forge profile), or check out the previous article on Java if you’re unsure.
We can now load the new Liteloader profile by booting up Minecraft with the profile we generated and renamed. Forge will not list any additional mods besides from the ones it includes by default. This is because Liteloader is not a Forge mod; it is a separate mod-loader that runs alongside it. Both of them work in the background to support mods and ensure that they are all compatible with one another.
In the top right of the start screen, you can now just see the Liteloader tab. Click on that chicken icon to expand it into a full menu.
In my 1.11.2 screenshot below you can see the Liteloader mods that should be active when I log into EMC. I’ve jumped ahead and installed VoxelMap so you have an example. If you don’t see a Liteloader mod, even though you have added it to the .minecraft mods folder, then you probably tried to install a mod for the wrong version. You can learn more about that in the next article when we will actually install some mods!
Click on the chicken again to close the menu. If you want, log on to Empire Minecraft to check that your installation works properly on the server.
We’ve now installed our two main mod-loaders!
In the final part of our series on Minecraft 1.11.2 Mods we will actually start adding popular mods, so check back soon. Huzzah!