Mods / Better Crates

Category: #Storage
Author: Dauron
Side: Both
Created: Feb 18th 2021 at 3:07 PM
Last modified: Jun 13th at 1:45 PM
Downloads: 8468
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Updated 1-22-22: New version 1.4.1 compatible with Vintage Story 1.16.1+ ONLY

This mod introduces a new storage block with a new mechanic for Vintage Story. These "Better Crates" can only store one type of item but they store much more of it than a wooden chest.


  • No GUI element but instead shows the item model with quantity on the label.
  • Interact by left clicking to take items out and right clicking to insert items. They can only be broken with an axe.
  • Upgradable to the next tier by using an upgrade item on them, no need to put into crafting window to upgrade.
  • Fully multiplayer compatible. Including claim protected, reinforcement and locking mechanic.
  • Compatible with hoppers and chutes. Bottom side is the output. All other sides can be inserted into.
  • Rotates when placed. Can also be placed into the floor to face up or ceiling to face down.
  • Detailed Handbook information with links to each new block/item. Just search for "Better Crate".
  • Reactive block interaction overlay information.
  • Compatible with Carry Capacity mod. Highly recommended! Note: Crates can only be carried by hand.

Known Issues:

  • While nearly all blocks/items display correctly, some blocks that have overlays such as soil with grass will display without the grass. This only applies to creative mode as you can't have those blocks in survival. There is always the possibility with mods and newer game versions that new blocks/items may not display correctly.
  • Very rarely when broken the label quantity text will not get destroyed. This seems to only happen in creative mode. This will fix if you restart the game.
  • Anvil work items in 1.14+ will not display properly. I feel this is a rare case usage and have not devoted time to fixing the issue for now.


  • As of version 1.4.1 the display range of models and info of the labels can now be configured. Default is 50 block range.
    The "BetterCratesConfig.json" file will be in your VintagestoryData\ModConfig folder after loading into a world with the mod one time.
    This file can be edited with common text editors such as Notepad.

Version For Game version Downloads Release date Changelog Download
v1.4.2 471 Jun 13th at 1:45 PM Show
v1.4.1 2499 Jan 22nd at 9:06 PM Show
v1.4.0-rc.2 620 Dec 25th 2021 at 4:53 PM Show
v1.4.0-rc.1 81 Dec 25th 2021 at 4:50 PM Show
v1.3.4-rc.2 541 Nov 15th 2021 at 7:01 PM Show
v1.3.4-rc.1 133 Nov 15th 2021 at 6:58 PM Show
v1.3.3-rc.2 578 Sep 25th 2021 at 7:06 PM Show
v1.3.3-rc.1 131 Sep 25th 2021 at 7:05 PM Show
v1.3.2-rc.2 664 Aug 16th 2021 at 6:47 PM Show
v1.3.2-rc.1 143 Aug 16th 2021 at 6:46 PM Show
v1.3.1-rc.2 485 Jul 18th 2021 at 6:41 PM Show
v1.3.1-rc.1 162 Jul 18th 2021 at 6:40 PM Show
v1.3.0-rc.2 253 Jul 7th 2021 at 1:56 PM Show
v1.3.0-rc.1 158 Jul 7th 2021 at 1:55 PM Show
v1.2.7-rc.2 793 Feb 27th 2021 at 11:57 PM Show
v1.2.7-rc.1 249 Feb 27th 2021 at 11:53 PM Show
v1.2.6-rc.2 251 Feb 27th 2021 at 11:57 PM Show
v1.2.6-rc.1 202 Feb 27th 2021 at 11:57 PM Show

16 Comments (oldest first | newest first)

Tels, Jun 15th at 2:32 PM

Hello Dauron,

would it be possible to have crates that have a label/sign on two opossite sites? I'd like to use the crates as a wall, and it would be cool if one could use a better crate and a linen to "upgrade" it to have two labels so each room has the contents visible.

Dauron, Jun 13th at 1:56 PM

New version 1.4.2 compatible with VS 1.16.1+

- Modified crate upgrade process code to support modding. Modders can now add new crates and upgrades as long as their name match. For example: upgrade-diamond & bettercrate-diamond

Pamela, Mar 13th at 10:48 PM

Any chance we could get this updated to work with cotton from Hide & Fabric mod??

Dauron, Jan 22nd at 9:08 PM

New version 1.4.1 compatible with VS 1.16.1.

- Carry Capacity mod integration done through patching now. Separate versions of this mod are no longer needed.
- Display range of models and info of the labels can now be configured. Default is 50 block range. Config file will be in your VintagestoryData\ModConfig folder after loading into a world with the mod 1 time.
- Wind no longer affects item and block models on the Better Crate labels

Dauron, Dec 25th 2021 at 4:55 PM

New version 1.4.0 compatible with VS 1.16.0-rc.2+ ONLY.

Dauron, Nov 16th 2021 at 6:25 AM

New version 1.3.4 compatible with VS 1.15.9 ONLY.

- Fixed an issue with modded crocks storing together.

Dauron, Sep 25th 2021 at 7:04 PM

New version 1.3.3 compatible with VS 1.15.6 ONLY.

-Creative Mode now requires an axe in the player's hand to break a crate. This allows removing items from crates while in Creative Mode.
-Can no longer put wallpaper on the label side of a crate.
-Fixed some issues in the label renderer code.

OmegaHaxors, Sep 24th 2021 at 5:56 AM

Would it be possible to cancel the breaking of these blocks if you're in creative and not holding an axe?

Dauron, Aug 17th 2021 at 12:41 AM

New version 1.3.2 compatible with Vintage Story 1.15.5 ONLY.  Fixed visual issues with wallpapers and rope.

QPTECH, Jul 20th 2021 at 4:36 PM

A very well done and very useful mod. One of those that feels like it should be in vanilla almost :)

Dauron, Jul 7th 2021 at 2:00 PM

Updated to version 1.3.0 for VS 1.15. Also Added Steel Crate that has 512 slots.

l33tmaan, May 16th 2021 at 5:21 PM

Integration with Mystic Metals for some truly large crates would be awesome, too.

Zaldaryon, May 16th 2021 at 2:59 PM

Suggestion: add another 2 upgrade tiers: meteoric iron and steel crates.

Juliusvanvern, Apr 30th 2021 at 8:27 AM

To learn more about this Mod, check my Video: 


Dauron, Feb 27th 2021 at 11:56 PM

From now on for versions of this mod: rc.1 will be the one without Carry Capacity and rc.2 will be the one with Carry Capacity config. Until I can figure something else out. I also may end up in the future only doing the Carry Capacity version or if Carry Capacity becomes integrated into Vanilla that will solve it as well.

This change will also make the 1.2.6 versions not compatible with previous 1.2.6 versions

Craluminum, Feb 25th 2021 at 12:30 PM
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