Exporting and Importing Shared Packs
Sometimes you might not want to upload your pack to CurseForge as a project, and you may just want to share it with your friends. Alternatively, you may have downloaded a pack either via CurseForge or from a private location for a team server or a friend's server. We fully support this, and thought it might be a good idea to put together a quick article on how to do this.
How do I export a modpack?
The first step is building out your modpack. We have other articles dedicated to this process already. If you've followed along with the "Minecraft Modpack Creation" article (here), then you should already have a ZIP file ready for sharing.
If not, no problem! Exporting is as easy as clicking the Minecraft Tab in the Twitch App, clicking the modpack profile that you want to export and finding the "..." in the top right corner of the modpack description page. From this menu, select "Export Profile".
Clicking this will bring up the following option window:
Generally, if you are just sharing your modpack without worlds, you should only check config and mods. Clicking "Okay" here will ask you where you want to save to and then package your modpack up into an easily importable format for your friends or family. Make sure to save it to a location you can easily find it! I generally export to my desktop.
Once you have the ZIP, you can share this with your friends or your family members. If you have a private server, feel free to share this profile with your players! You can use any number of free file sharing applications to easily provide other users easy access to this ZIP.
How do I import an exported modpack?
If this is something you would like to share with the world, you can always follow our project tutorials and modpack submission tutorial to place it on CurseForge as a project. Obviously, this article is for if that's not something you want, or if it just seems like too much trouble. No problem! Importing is even easier than exporting.
First, click the Minecraft Tab and look for the "Create a Custom Profile" button:
Clicking this will give you the standard "Create Profile" window. If you look towards the top, you will see a link to instead "Import" a profile:
Clicking this button will prompt you to select a file. Navigate to the profile that you would like to import (the file exported at the top of this article, or one that a friend or family member has sent you) and select it. This will automagically install that modpack as a new profile under the Minecraft tab. You don't have to set anything else up, it will install the modpack just as if you had used the Twitch App modpack browser to install it.
That's it! Hopefully, this helps clear up any confusion regarding how to export and import packs without uploading to CurseForge!