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Iris and Sodium for Minecraft move to Modrinth away from CurseForge

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Do you use the popular Iris and Sodium mods for Minecraft? Well there's been a bit of an issue lately, so the developers have dropped support for CurseForge and fully moved over to Modrinth.

What are the mods? Sodium is a free and open-source rendering optimization mod for Minecraft 1.16+ which greatly improves frame rates and stuttering while fixing many graphical issues. While Iris is an open source shaders mod. Both rather well-known for Minecraft fans.

What's going on? Well, according to the official Twitter account for Iris, they explained they were having technical issues with CurseForge along with difficulty in actually uploading anything. Apparently the newer CurseForge is quite broken and according to the Iris team CurseForge are "prioritizing modpacks that rip off out mod's branding in search results" and their revenue from CurseForge has been declining "despite the fact that the number of downloads has been increasing month-over-month". In a later Twitter post, the Iris team mentioned that "Effective immediately, Iris and Sodium have been pulled by Overwolf for encouraging users to download from Modrinth and archiving files. Modpacks will be broken.".

So now they're recommending all users move over to Modrinth, an open source mod hosting platform, that works directly with many popular Minecraft launchers like Prism that work great. Here's a shot I took with Iris, Sodium and Complementary Shaders v4:

OOOoo pretty!

Seems like a messy situation, hopefully the move to Modrinth will go well. Modrinth overall seems like a good platform for Minecraft modding, putting the power more in the hands of everyone.

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sonic2kk Apr 17
Modrinth is pretty great, maybe this will give CurseForge the push it needs to improve.

Also, Iris and Sodium are pretty great. Fantastic open source alternatives to Optifine that I have come to prefer.
Kithop Apr 17
Considering the debacle with CurseForge blocking launchers like Prism from dowloading the constituent mods of a modpack, only for them to have to come up with a gross workaround that spam-opens a dozen+ browser windows and uses those to download, and now hearing that they're quietly decreasing the revenue share, and that their own launcher still doesn't have Linux support last I checked...?

Here's hoping this is the start of a move away from the private, profit-motivated CurseForge to something much more open, transparent, and for the community. I hadn't even heard of Modrinth until now, but I'm already impressed with what I'm reading.
TheSHEEEP Apr 17
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Modders and drama is like bread and butter.
You can have one without the other, but the experience is either stale or really weird.
mr-victory Apr 17
Curseforge is so annoying on Windows. It has ADS in the application window!
Termy Apr 18
About time - curseforge really is long dead because of their annoying ideas...
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