The video game Minecraft is a lush, colorful, and delightfully retro game. One of the great things about Minecraft on the PC is the ability to change the overall look and feel of the world. Downloading and installing a texture pack is a great way to enhance your Minecraft gaming experience. If you’re bored of the overworld’s graphics in Minecraft, you can load texture packs into the game to change the scenery. Go here to learn how to load a texture pack. There is currently no way to add texture packs to the mobile game version of Minecraft.
Do to the constanly changing nature of Minecraft, with all of it’s updates and the changing nature of the game, we’re now going to be picking and adding new texture packs to this list, but some will get moved down to the bottom in the “discontinued” section. Let’s face it: working on a texture pack as an author is a long and often-demanding process and not everyone has the time to keep up with all the newly added features to Minecraft over time. Some authors have abandoned their work, but the version in which is currently works with still looks awesome, so while we aren’t going completely dismiss this, the pack is going to be moved down to the bottom where it can hang out and if you are interested, you can check it out and install it to see how it feels, even on the current version of Minecraft; you just won’t be able to see any of the new blocks in game (often times they will appear at bright pink or grey blocks in the game).
Make sure to install any HD (High Definition) texture packs using the Minecraft Mod MCPatcher. If you don’t use this, your HD texture pack will look strange in game and often times, the text will look incorrect, be off centered, or not even there at all.
Here’s a selection of the best texture packs, hand-picked for your convenience. We’re going to be adding more texture packs here. Feel free to leave a comment below on any texture packs you would like to see listed here.
Featured Minecraft Texture Packs
These texture packs are mostly up-to-date within the last update or so (1.0 compatible to 1.1 compatible) and feature a rich variety of colors, styles and tones. Some packs are bright and vibrant, looking very different from the overall background of the default kit that comes with Minecraft. Others are more subtle, but you might find that you like these more and more as you use them. The featured texture packs are broken down into a couple different categories:
Video Game Themed Texture Packs
These packs are all based upon a video game other than Minecraft. There are some real gems in here that you’ll find yourself using over a long period of time.
A faithful and amazing homage to the puzzle-based video game, Portal. This texture pack comes in two versions, a “precisely portal” version which is exactly the way the Portal game is and then a “modified” version which has only changed some of the textures, so that you can play with the portal elements but still be able to understand what’s going on in your Minecraft world.
Original Texture Packs
These texture packs are original ideas and backgrounds made simply for the love of Minecraft. The author has really went all out making these packs look the best they can in line with their artistic vision.
High Definition (HD) Texture Packs
Default Minecraft texture packs come in 16×16 pixel sizes, meaning that every side of every block in the game has a texture graphic that is 16 pixels across and 16 pixels tall. With the mod MCPatcher, you can install higher quality texture packs that really transform the world of Minecraft into a game that is even hard to recognize at first glance. 32×32, 64×64, 128×128 and even 256×256 texture packs have been built out for Minecraft. Be warned: these higher quality packs can bog down your system and bring it to its knees if you don’t have the RAM to handle it.
Retired or Discontinued Texture Packs
These texture packs have either not been updated to the latest version of Minecraft or the author. If you don’t mind installing a pack that has some of the newer blocks not built out, you can find some real gems in here.
A Mario-Brothers-themed texture pack featuring two different styles; an outline version featuring black lines around each block and a softer version without the hard-edged lines around each block. Unfortunately, this has yet to be updated since the early beta days.
Like HD 32×32? Standard 16×16? How about 1×1? That’s right, this texture pack is as simple as it gets, reducing every blocks colors down to simply one color. If you have performance issues with running Minecraft on your computer, this can help speed up your game as well as give it a nice, minimalist look.