Fix: These Libraries Failed to Download (Forge)

Forge installer may show libraries failed to download error mainly due to an outdated Java version. Moreover, ISPs’ restrictions and corrupt Java/OS installation can also cause failure at hand.

The affected user encounters the error when he tries to Install Forge and gets the error message that specific libraries failed to download. This issue is not OS-specific, i.e. it can happen on Windows, macOS, or Linux. Also, this issue is not version-specific, i.e. it can happen on any version of Forge with any version of Java. Moreover, it is not limited to a particular set of libraries.

These Libraries Failed to Download. Try Again

Before diving in the detailed solutions to fix Forge installer, restart your system and try to relaunch the Forge installer. Make sure you have a working and stable internet connection. Also, if you are using a beta version, then try to use a stable release. Check if you are using the latest version of the installer and Minecraft. Furthermore, if you want to use a mod that works only in a specific version of Forge, then try to use that version of the Forge installer.

Solution 1: Update Java on Your System to the Latest Version

Java is updated regularly to satiate the ever-evolving technological developments. You may encounter the libraries failed to download error if the Java version on your PC is outdated. In this context, updating Java to the latest version may solve the problem. For elucidation, we will discuss the update process for a Windows PC.

  1. Press the Windows key and type Java. Then in the search results, click on Configure Java.
    Open Configure Java
  2. Now click on the Update tab and then click on the Update Now button.
    Click Update Java in the Update Tab
  3. After updating Java, check if the Forge issue is resolved.

Solution 2: Use a VPN Client

ISPs use different techniques and methods to safeguard their users. Many ISP block specific types of traffic on a particular kind of internet connection, e.g. gaming would not be accessible on an internet connection provided to a school. If an essential resource for Forge gets blocked during this process, you may encounter the error under discussion. In this context, either you should contact your ISP to check for any restriction or use a VPN client to bypass any such restrictions.

  1. Download and install a VPN client as per your liking.
  2. Then launch the VPN client and connect to a preferred location.
  3. Now, check if the Forge installer is clear of the error.

Solution 3: Allow the Setup Files Through the Antivirus/Firewall

The antivirus/firewall applications play the most pivotal role in the security of your system and data. You may encounter the error under discussion if an antivirus/firewall blocks essential files/services for the Forge installer. In this case, either disable your antivirus/firewall (temporarily) or add an exception for the Forge files in the antivirus/firewall settings.

Warning: Proceed at your own risk as disabling antivirus/firewall or adding exceptions for the files may expose your system to threats like viruses, trojans, etc.

  1. Disable your firewall and turn off your antivirus. Check if Windows Defender takes over the role of antivirus/firewall. If so, either disable it or add exceptions for the Forge installation files in Windows Defender settings.
  2. You can also add an exception for the installer files in the settings of your antivirus/firewall. Moreover, add an exception for the Java files in the antivirus/firewall settings, particularly the Javaw.exe file, which is usually located at:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre1.8.0_251\bin
    Add Exception for Javaw.exe in the Antivirus/Firewall Settings
  3. After that, check if the Forge installer is clear of the libraries’ download failed error.

Solution 4: Reinstall Java

If the Java installation itself is corrupt, then Forge may show the download failed error. In this scenario, uninstalling and then reinstalling Java may solve the problem. For elucidation, we will discuss the process for a Windows PC.

  1. Click on the Windows button and in the search bar, type Control Panel. Then in the results shown, click on Control Panel.
  2. Then, click on Uninstall a Program.
    Uninstall a Program
  3. Now right-click on Java and then click on Uninstall.
    Uninstall Java
  4. Now follow the prompt shown on your screen to complete the uninstall process and then restart your system.
  5. Upon restart, download the latest version from the official webpage.
    Download Java
  6. Now, install the downloaded version and then check if Forge is operating fine.

Solution 5: Reset Your System to Factory Defaults

You may encounter the error at hand if the system files of your OS are corrupt. In this case, resetting your system to the factory defaults may solve the problem. For illustration, we will discuss the process for a Windows PC. Make sure that you backup your data just in case. Do note that all user accounts will be removed.

  1. Reset your system to the factory defaults. You can opt to use the Keep Files option when resetting.
    Select Keep My Files or Remove
  2. After resetting the PC, check if your system is clear of the error.

Kevin Arrows

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