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Sometimes creating Add-Ons can be a pain, especially when you’re just starting out. Fear not, for making the Beginning as comfortable as possible is the exact reason of this Guide’s existance.

Beginners Guide

What is this guide?

The guide is a beginner tutorial, created to make it possible for more people to start ‘modding’ Minecraft Bedrock Edition. The guide will guide you from the very fundamentals to being able to create advanced packs yourself.

What exactly are Add-ons?

An add-on is basically the Minecraft Bedrock Edition(Windows 10, iOS, Android, Console) equivalent to Java mods. However, it’s API’s development is done officially by Mojang, who plan to make it so everything that is in the game will eventually be possible to fully recreate with Add-ons.

What do I need in order to create Add-ons?

This guide will be focusing on creating add-ons on a Windows 10 PC for any Bedrock platform. However, the process is much the same when working on Android or iOS, even if it’s not preferrable in some cases. If something works differently on a mobile device, a note will state that.

Currently the latest stable release of Minecraft is 1.16.0 - everything in this Guide will work flawlessly in this version (you can check your minecraft version in the bottom-right corner of the start screen). Many things won’t work in previous versions, and some will be changed in later ones. We will keep the guide as up-to-date is possible, so no need to worry.

Content

Let’s start by setting up your tools, which you will use throughout the development of your add-ons. In this section I’ll show you exactly what software is needed, where to set up your add-ons, how to create a workspace and where to get additional info on the syntax.

You will make your first steps in creating an add-on here, by learning to create manifests and pack_icons (a.k.a initializing an Add-On), as well as learn to use some of the .mc file extensions. No previous coding experience required. After you’ll create a testing World where you’ll be able to test the first feature of your add-on - a custom /function. We’ll also learn about transpiling Add-ons and other .mc file extensions.

Now it’s time to begin writing the first features of you add-on. In this section you’ll create a simple “Gem” item, and a custom food, as well as learn to link textures via short names.

Next up are custom blocks. You’ll create a simple block, an animated block with a flipbook texture, a “Compass” block that has different textures for every direction and a block that imitates a Log.

Since you can now easily create custom blocks and items, it’s time to learn about their custom Loot Tables and Recipes. While we’re about it, we’ll take a short look on entity Spawn Rules too.

Now we’re finally ready to create… Custom Entities. Make sure to polish your existing knowledge a bit before starting this chapter, as it will be a bit more complicated. First, we’ll be using Blockbench to create the visuals, and then we’ll define the Behaviors!

And, additionally, a short Trading attribute tutorial:

It’s time to learn controlling how your Entity renders and what animations are played on a higher level:

The next sub-chapter: Here you’ll create custom particles and sounds and learn to trigger them via animations are auto triggers.

Let’s move to something way different now: World generation!

And, something way different from everything we’ve done before: the creation of custom Skin packs!

What to do next:

Note: A template Add-On, containing all code examples from this guide can be downloaded here.


The guide will be updated regularly, in order to eventually lead you from “Beginner” to “I can create whatever I want”.


Timeline
  • 13.04.2020: The guide has been originally written and published by KaiFireborn#1551 on Discord here.
  • 04.05.2020: Accessible by the domain/link guide.bedrock.dev thanks to destruc7i0n.
  • 09.23.2020: Migration/porting of the Guide to the Wiki agreed upon and started with SirLich. Maintanence of the original website discountinued.
  • 18.10.2020: Migration officially finished mostly thanks to ckhrysze and KaiFireborn. Currently, the Guide is fully OSS and accepting contributions from you.


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