Installing Texture Packs

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In this guide, we’re going to show you how to install texture packs for Minecraft Java Edition. Texture Packs are the same as Resource Packs, the name has changed somewhere along the way.

Installing a texture pack is the easiest way to completely change the look and feel of Minecraft, without using shaders of course. There are many different resolutions available for texture packs too, such as 16x, 32x, 64x, 128x, 256x and 512x. If you’re running a lower ended system, it’s best to stick to a pack that’s 128x or below.

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Step 1: Find a Texture Pack

Firstly, you’re going to need to find a texture pack you like online. One of my personal favorites is Sphax PureBDCraft. It’s a texture pack which is cartoonish in style, but has a lot of compatible add-ons for mods, as well as different texture resolutions to choose from.

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Preview of Sphax PureBDCraft Texture Pack

Of course, you can use any texture pack of your choosing. Though you should make sure to find one that is compatible with your version of Minecraft. If you don’t, then some blocks might use the Vanilla textures still.

Step 2: Install the Texture Pack

When you download a Minecraft Texture Pack, you’ll receive a ZIP file. You don’t need to do anything with this file, so don’t bother extracting it. Instead, we need to move this into the default Minecraft directory.

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The easiest way to get there is to open Minecraft. From the main menu, choose Options, then Resource Packs. In this screen, press the ‘Open Packs Folder’ or ‘Open Resource Packs Folder’ button.

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Open Resource Packs Folder Button

This will open up the ‘resourcepacks’ folder in your Minecraft directory. Just place the ZIP file in here, and the texture pack will now be installed.

Step 3: Turn on the Resource Pack

Now all you need to do is open Minecraft. Select Options again, then Resource Packs and select the Texture Pack which you just installed. Then press Done.

It might take a few seconds, but the texture pack will be turned on, and you can start playing Minecraft again. If the Texture Pack doesn’t show up in the list, then it’s possible that you have either placed it in the wrong folder, or placed the wrong file type in.

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Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!