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The best Minecraft texture packs

Minecraft texture pack Dokucraft
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With Minecraft texture packs (now called resource packs), you can completely transform Minecraft's blocky look into what ever style suits you. They'll still stay blocky, of course, but new textures can range from cartoonish to hyper realistic. Want Minecraft to look like an homage to classic Super Mario? You can do that, too. After almost a decade of Minecraft, there's a texture pack for nearly anything you can imagine.

Installing Minecraft texture packs is nice and simple. Just follow the brief guide below and you’ll be up and running in no time. If, however, you find a texture pack that doesn’t work correctly, you may need to roll back your version of Minecraft to an older iteration. You can now do that through the standard Minecraft Launcher under the Installations tab.

Most of the texture and resource packs on this list are made for the Java Edition of Minecraft, meaning the version played through the Minecraft Launcher. The newer Bedrock Edition of Minecraft has custom textures available in the Minecraft Catalog. Some of these packs do actually have Bedrock versions now, which we've marked for you where applicable in case that's the version you play.

We've updated this list for 2020 with a whole new list of the best Minecraft texture packs to play in update 1.16. The Nether never looked better than with all these shiny, new texture and resource pack choices!

How to install Minecraft texture packs

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  • Download the texture pack (It may come as a .Zip file. If so, don’t extract it). 
  • Start Minecraft and click 'Options'
  • Next click 'Resource Packs'
  • Now click on 'Open Resource Packs folder'
  • From here, drag the texture pack file into the folder
  • The texture pack should now appear in the list of usable add-ons

What's the difference between texture packs and resource packs?

As far as most people need to be concerned, there's no difference between a texture pack and a resource pack. If you do want a bit of Minecraft history though, Texture Packs are actually the deprecated system for adding new textures to Minecraft. All of the packs you'll find on this list are technically Resource Packs, the new system that allows you to add all sorts of custom assets to Minecraft like animations, fonts, sounds, and more, instead of just textures. 

Vanilla-inspired texture packs

If you want to freshen up your Minecraft experience without getting acquainted with an entirely new look, a texture pack that's inspired by the game's default blocks is the way to go. These texture and resource packs often use higher resolution files than standard Minecraft but aim to keep the same style and feel.

Faithful Pack

Minecraft teaxture pack - Faithful Pack

(Image credit: Faithful Team)

Version: 1.16 | Resolution: 32x32 | Download
Wait, isn't that just vanilla Minecraft? Nope, but it's no surprise you'd get them confused. The Faithful Pack doubles the resolution of Minecraft's textures while staying true to the source material. If you want a slightly refreshed look for Minecraft without straying far from the original, Faithful is the way to go.

Depixel

(Image credit: Schmueles)

Version: 1.16 | Resolution: 32x32 | Download (Bedrock available)
Depixel is another double resolution texture pack that aims to stick close to Minecraft's original. It does take artistic license in places, like with that skeleton's slightly spookier face, but it does generally stay quite true to classic Minecraft. Consider this just one step past the Faithful Pack on the vanilla to stylized scale.

Bare Bones

Minecraft texture pack - Bare Bones

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Version: 1.16 | Resolution: 16x16 | Download (Bedrock available)
Bare Bones offers the answer to the question "do we really need leaves?" and that answer is "nah." This is another vanilla-inspired pack, though this one takes some extra creative liberty by stripping down the default textures to an even more basic level. It's full of flat colors without any extra shades wasted on silly things like the illusion of texture. It's straightforward and to the point. 

JustTimm's Vanilla Additions

best minecraft texture packs - justimm's vanilla additions

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Version: 1.16 | Resolution: 16x16 | Download
At first glance, Vanilla Additions doesn't appear to change much, but the magic is in the details. This pack is designed to maintain the original look of Minecraft while adding smaller things that liven it up with more variety. More varied mods, textures that change depending on the biome, and more dynamic UI. If you like how Minecraft looks already, this just makes it a bit better. 

Stylized texture packs

These stylish texture and resource packs take lots of artistic liberty with Minecraft's blocky canvas. Some are fantasy themed, others are even more low-res than vanilla, and some are exceptionally cute. These are some of the best stylized looks for Minecraft texture packs.

John Smith Legacy

Minecraft texture pack - John Smith Legacy

(Image credit: John Smith, JimStoneCraft)

Version: 1.16 | Resolution: 32x32 | Download (Bedrock available)
We couldn’t go without mentioning arguably the best fantasy pack out there for Minecraft. Whether you’re looking to build a castle with a sprawling courtyard or fancy creating a western theme park with killer robots, the John Smith pack has all that and more. This pack has become the go-to staple for many players, and if you happen to find yourself looking on YouTube for build guides, it’s likely this is the pack you’ll see used.

Dokucraft

Minecraft texture pack - Dokucraft

(Image credit: Doku, HickeryDickery)

Version: 1.16 | Resolution: 32x32 | Download (Bedrock available)
Dokucraft is a longtime popular Minecraft texture pack for its fantasy RPG style. It's exploded into several equally interesting variations that are all worth giving a try. Up above is the standard Dokucraft Light but there's also the slightly more fantastical Dokucraft High and exceptionally fantasy-inspired Dokucraft Dwarven.

Chroma Hills

Minecraft texture pack - Chroma Hills

(Image credit: SycloneSJS)

Version: 1.16 | Resolution: 128x128 | Download
Chroma Hills is another medieval RPG-style texture pack that's in a higher resolution than some other options, giving it a slightly more realistic feel. 

Rodrigo's Pack

Minecraft texture pack - Rodrigo's Pack

(Image credit: Rodrigo AI)

Version: 1.16 | Resolution: 8x8 | Download
Rodrigo's pack is a simplified, cartoon-y look with lots of color. The edges of blocks are all outlined, giving Minecraft an even blockier look than before (amazing that was somehow possible). Its textures are styled as 8x8 blocks instead of Minecraft's already small 16x16 pixel squares, making it one of the smallest resolution packs. That's part of what makes it so dang cute!

Pastel Craft

Minecraft texture pack - Pastelcraft

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Version: 1.16 | Resolution: 16x16 | Download (Bedrock available)

Just look at those flat, pleasant textures. Pastel Craft adopts an exclusively pastel color palette, as you'd expect, and the results are pretty magical. 

JoliCraft

Minecraft texture pack - Jolicraft

(Image credit: Andre Jolicoeur)

Version: 1.16 | Resolution: 16x16 | Download (Bedrock available)
Jolicraft is a cute and whimsical pack with a sort of storybook quality to it. With its yellowish hue and paper-y menus and a sun that looks like a painting, its definitely an even craftier version of Minecraft.

HD and Realistic texture packs

If you want exceptionally-detailed textures for your 3D block worlds, some creators have made texture packs with resolutions of 512 pixels (or more) with a focus on realism. Some HD texture packs require using Optifine and most recommend using a shader pack for ultimate beautification. These screenshots were taken with SEUS shaders, but you can pick your own favorite from our list of best Minecraft shaders

There are a lot of work-in-progress HD texture packs out there, some of which you'll have to pay to get the complete versions of. We've included the best free options here for you, but if you're dedicated to the HD life, you may also want to keep an eye on Umsoea, Stratum, and Realistico.

LUNA HD

best Minecraft texture packs

(Image credit: Luna HD)

Version: 1.16 | Resolution: 512x512 | Download
LUNA HD is one of the best realistic texture packs for Minecraft. To get access to the high-end packs you'll need to sign up to the team's Patreon, you can download the 32x pack as a taster and then sign up for higher resolutions. 

Default Photo Realism

Minecraft texture pack - Default Photo Realism

(Image credit: Marcolow)

Version: 1.16 | Resolution: 512x512 | Download
DPR doesn't include textures for animals and mobs just yet, but the terrain and caves sure do look great. Even without shaders enabled, it keeps the vanilla Minecraft vibe while adding tons of detail to each block.

LB Photo Realism Reload

Mineraft texture pack - LB Photo Realism Reloaded

(Image credit: 1LotS, Scuttles, GKrond, Misa)

Version: 1.16 | Resolution: 512x512 | Download (Bedrock available)
LBPR may be the best all-around HD texture pack choice thanks to the years of work and history from various artists that it's been built on. Animals, villagers, ores, trees, and terrain are all represented in high resolution textures with some stylistic choices that deviate from the vanilla look.

Novelty and Themed texture packs

If you want to really mess around with your Minecraft experience, these themed texture packs make Minecraft look like it belongs in a totally different game universe.

Retro NES

(Image credit: Puffcap, Befarrar)

Version: 1.16 | Resolution: 16x16 | Download (Bedrock available)

Minecraft evokes that feeling of 8-bit nostalgia that all of us over a certain age are susceptible to. With the Retro NES pack, you can turn the clock back and relive your youth. It's a little hard on the eyes but it sure is fun. Now you just need to get to the Nether and turn the whole place into one big Bowser fortress. 

Wind Waker Edition

Minecraft texture pack - Wind Waker

(Image credit: Pavlovs_Walrus)

Version: 1.16 | Resolution: 16x16 | Download
For even more Nintendo flair, the Wind Waker pack harkens to the Zelda game whose style is probably most compatible with Minecraft. It's an extremely bright and colorful pack that riffs on Wind Waker's cartoony style. Most often it will feel like any other stylized Minecraft texture pack, but the villagers and mobs have very Zelda-inspired colors and designs that are a nice reminder of its roots.

Minecraft but make it cute✿

Minecraft

(Image credit: aricrossingww / mariicx / Mojang Studios)

Version: 1.17 | Resolution: 16x16 | Download
Minecraft but make it cute✿ is a collection created by aricrossingww of their own texture packs placed together with some other community-made packs. The result is an ultra-adorable, pastel dream world that's so cute it even transformed Minecraft's hellish Nether into a pink kawaii paradise.