WIT Mod 1.13.2/1.12.2 – What Is That?

Author: MrShadyMan
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WIT Mod 1.13.2/1.12.2 (What Is That?) is a lightweight mod similar to WAILA. Think of it as a different flavor, serving a similar function but in a different way. It displays information about blocks and entities when you look at them. WIT also has an API for modders to work with. Note: The 1.13 version still has some issues, mostly due to Forge being incomplete.


HUD Overlay

A little window pops up to tell you about whatever your cursor is on. You need to be within a few blocks of the target. Some things WIT currently displays:

  • The name of the block/entity and the mod it is from.
  • Registry name (“minecraft:stone”, “minecraft:villager”, etc.)
  • Harvestability info
  • Indicates tile entities with “[TE]” after block name
  • Contents of inventories that sync with the client, including Storage Drawers
  • Extra information can be added by mods

Look at blocks and entities for basic information. Sneak for more information. The background also has a fancy sliding animation, just for fun.

Sticky Time

The version for Minecraft 1.13 adds a “sticky time” to the HUD overlay. Whenever something goes out-of-range, the overlay sticks around for a short, configurable time. By default, the sticky time for entities is much longer than that of blocks. This should help with getting details on fidgety mobs, or during combat.


WIT also displays the mod name, tool durability and speed, food values, and ore dictionary entries (1.12.2 and earlier) in item tooltips. You typically need to hold shift to see these. Support for 1.13 item tags is being considered, but it may not be practical to implement.


What is displayed, whether or not it requires sneaking, and the formatting (color) of most elements can be changed in the config file.


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How to install:

  1. Make sure you have already installed Minecraft Forge.
  2. Locate the minecraft application folder.
    • On windows open Run from the start menu, type %appdata% and click Run.
    • On mac open finder, hold down ALT and click Go then Library in the top menu bar. Open the folder Application Support and look for Minecraft.
  3. Place the mod you have just downloaded (.jar file) into the Mods folder.
  4. When you launch Minecraft and click the mods button you should now see the mod is installed.
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