Getting Started

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Prerequisite: Installing the mods

It is very important to read everything carefully before asking questions. Also, the latest version of this mod may not be compatible with the current Minecraft release.

  1. Install the appropriate Minecraft Forge Recommended Build for your Minecraft version
  2. Download the latest version of ComputerCraft for your Minecraft version
  3. Copy the .jar file into *minecraft folder*\mods\ or into your specified profile. (Tip: If on Windows, on the main screen of Minecraft, go to 'Texture Packs' and click on 'Open texture pack folder'. Go up one folder, there's your Minecraft folder. If on Mac, open Finder, hit Command+Shift+G and type ~/Library/ then hit enter, open 'Application Support' then open 'minecraft')


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Right click on the computer to use it.
Some important key combinations to remember:

Key Combination Usage


+ T

Closes the current program.


+ R

Reboots the computer.


+ S

Forcefully shuts down the computer.

You usually will have to hold down the key combinations for at least 1 second

Attaching hardware

You can a bunch of stuff to your computer. There are 6 sides to the sides of your computer, and the computer can interact with almost anything there that it can interact with. This includes modems (API), disk drives (API), Printers (API), monitors (API), and even redstone (API)! Connect these to the sides of your computer and use the appropriate API to control your hardware.

Using the computer 's shell

Your computer should come with CraftOS as long as you didn't mod the mod. If you have ever used the Linux terminal or Command Prompt or DOS or something similar, shell usage should be pretty simple.

However the CraftOS Shell is even simpler and it only has one thing you can do: Type the name of a program (along with arguments) and it will run.

A few useful programs that will help you magically appear on every computer you use, because they are in the universal rom folder that every computer can access.

cd Changes the current working directory of the shell, so you can do something else.
ls Lists the contents of the working directory, with directories in green and files in white.
rm Removes (deletes) a file or folder
mkdir Makes an empty directory
mv Moves a file to another path
cp Copies a file under another name

Programming your computer

   For programming tutorials, go to: Tutorials

Programming ComputerCraft computers is done with a programming language called Lua. Lua is intended to be pretty simple to use, but if you don't know how, you can check out the programming tutorials on this wiki.

Do you recall that one time ages ago when you looked up "how to play Minecraft", and you got a basic guide: punch trees, make bench, make tools, build house, make torches. But do you remember the end?

The rest is up to you...

ComputerCraft works the same way. The goals and uses for ComputerCraft are limitless, and now you've gotten started. There is no definite thing to do next, the rest is up to you.