Advanced Creative Tabs

on in Forge Mods for 1.10.2 • 1 min read

Searchable Tab

Let’s make our creative tab searchable, just like the Search Items tab.

There are two main parts to this:

  1. Returning true from the hasSearchBar method of our creative tab class.
  2. Setting the texture name for the background image of our creative tab, so the search bar appears.
package net.shadowfacts.tutorial.client;

import net.minecraft.creativetab.CreativeTabs;
import net.minecraft.item.Item;
import net.shadowfacts.tutorial.TutorialMod;
import net.shadowfacts.tutorial.item.ModItems;

public class TutorialTab extends CreativeTabs {

	public TutorialTab() {
		super(TutorialMod.modId);
		setBackgroundImageName("item_search.png");
	}

	@Override
	public Item getTabIconItem() {
		return ModItems.ingotCopper;
	}

	@Override
	public boolean hasSearchBar() {
		return true;
	}

}

As you can see, we are returning true from hasSearchBar so Minecraft will allow us to type in our tab and filter the visible items.

We’re also calling setBackgroundImageName with "item_search.png". Minecraft will use this string to find the texture to use for the background. It will look for the texture at assets/minecraft/textures/gui/container/creative_inventory/tab_BACKGROUND_NAME where BACKGROUND_NAME is what you passed into setBackgroundImageName. tag_item_search.png is provided by Minecraft, so we don’t need to do anything else.

Searchable Creative Tab

Custom Background

As explained above, we can use custom backgrounds for our creative tabs.

Minecraft will use this string to find the texture to use for the background. It will look for the texture at assets/minecraft/textures/gui/container/creative_inventory/tab_BACKGROUND_NAME where BACKGROUND_NAME is what you passed into setBackgroundImageName.

By passing a different string into setBackgroundImageName and adding the texture into the correct folder of our src/main/resources folder, we can use a custom background.

In our constructor, let’s call setBackgroundImageName with "tutorialmod.png". This will tell Minecraft to look for the texture at assets/minecraft/textures/gui/container/creative_inventory/tab_tutorialmod.png

Download this texture and save it to src/main/resources/assets/minecraft/textures/gui/container/creative_inventory/tab_tutorialmod.png in your mod folder.

That’s it! When you open up the creative tab, you should now see our nice custom texture!

Creative Tab with Custom Background