Modpacks (short for mod packages, or modification packages) are packages of mods. Over fifteen thousand modpacks for Minecraft currently exist, all with various themes. Virtually all modpacks use mods created for the Java Edition.
Due to how complex configuring mods to work together was, modpacks were created. One of the earliest modpacks was Technic, which was released in Beta 1.7. After being spotlighted by The Yogscast, it became very popular, and inspired further modpacks as well as the Technic launcher.
Originally, most modpacks were "kitchen sink" modpacks; they included a number of mods designed to work together, but nothing more. Various modpacks with themes, custom maps, and goals rose over time, such as Feed The Beast Retro, Agrarian Skies, Infinity and Blightfall. Hardcore Questing Mode and similar mods have been frequently used to give modpacks a goal or a storyline.
The original Technic modpack and sequel modpacks did not include express permission from the mod authors to redistribute their mods. This later became a problem when SirSengir introduced malicious code to make the Vindictive Bee destroy blocks around it when the mod jar was inside a "technic" folder. Later modpack platforms, including Feed The Beast and ATLauncher, required all modpacks to have permission from all mods inside their modpacks. Due to Curse, Inc. having permission to distribute all mods uploaded to CurseForge, all CurseForge modpacks created through mods hosted on CurseForge automatically have permission.
Although the legal status of modpacks requiring permission to distribute their mods has never been challenged in court, the general consensus is that it is legally required. Because mods are derivative works of Minecraft, Mojang has the right to regulate them. However, they still can be released under licenses that restrict distribution. Additionally, the use of mods without having express permission is generally seen as unethical in the modded community, although mod authors using restrictive licenses is also commonly frowned upon.
List of modpacks
- https://www.technicpack.net/modpacks?page=500 [There are 20 modpacks per page times more than 500 pages, meaning there is more than 10,000 modpacks] plus https://minecraft.curseforge.com/projects [more than 5000 at the current count]