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The best Minecraft texture packs to redefine your world's look

Best minecraft texture packs
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The best Minecraft texture packs give the looks of your virtual worlds of full makeover, so even the dullest basic blocks can suddenly sparkle and become all together more pleasing on the eye. There's a wide selection of visual upgrades available, so whether you're aiming for a specific theme to tie your environment together or just switching things up to add some interest to your adventures, there will be an option to meet your needs. Put some of the best Minecraft texture packs alongside the best Minecraft skins we've covered separately, and you could create an end result that looks like a completely new game.

There are both official paid versions as well as fan made Minecraft texture packs available for Minecraft. We're going to help you find the best Minecraft texture packs, and cover the basics of how to install them so you can literally change you world in minutes.

Downloading and installing the best Minecraft texture packs

Texture packs don't come pre-installed on Minecraft, they're separate entities that players have to download and install. Depending on the sort of Minecraft you play, your options may be limited, and it'll certainly change the process and how you go about it.

How to install the best Minecraft texture packs

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Installing Minecraft texture packs depends on what version of the game you're running, as well as whether these packs are official and on the storefront. We've broken our instructions into Java and Bedrock versions, so players can set it up accordingly.

Minecraft Java Edition

1. Download the Texture pack as a ZIP file

2. Open Java Minecraft and press "Options"

3. Click on "Resource Packs", then "Open Resource Packs folder"

4. Drag the ZIP file into the folder

5. Close and reopen Minecraft, then select the pack shown in "Resource Packs"

Minecraft Bedrock Edition

1. Make sure that Minecraft is installed on your device

2. Download a compatible texture pack with the “.mcpack” file extension

3. Double click and open the file and it should automatically be imported into Minecraft

4. Upon opening the game, a notification should tell you the file was "successfully imported".

5. Go to "Settings" and "Global Resources" to find and select the texture pack you want for gameplay

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Of course, this assumes that you're downloading packs, not buying them. The Bedrock Edition of Minecraft has a storefront built in which players can pay for new texture packs, without having to go through the trouble of downloading and installing them. 

Any packs you buy this way will also be in Settings/Global Resources for you to select, but they'll also be tied to your Minecraft account, so no matter which platform you log into the game through, you should be able to access that store-bought texture pack (this won't apply to those downloaded off the internet though).

Of course, knowing how to set up texture packs is only half the battle - now you have to find some with installing in the first place.

The best Minecraft texture packs you can get

There's a lot of good texture packs on the storefront, but considering they're pre-curated to some extent, below we've taken a different angle and gone through some of the best texture packs available online - all of which are still active with recent updates, and should be functional on newer iterations of Minecraft. If you want those blocks to pop, check out some prime selections below.

LB Photo Realism Reload

Best Minecraft texture packs

This is a continuation of the iconic texture pack LB Photo Realism that was very popular in the early days of Minecraft. This lovely texture swap makes trees look fluffy and grass realistic. It's a radical change from the original textures and is good if you want to ground your game in as much realism as possible without it looking completely absurd. Of course, this makes the game more demanding, but that's the price you pay for such an impressive overhaul. Pick it up on CurseForge (opens in new tab).

Sphax PureBDCraft

Best Minecraft texture packs

If you've watched any let's plays of the game or had a poke around in the custom texture community for Minecraft, you will no doubt have heard of PureBDCraft. As well as covering every texture in the game, Sphax's pack has an attractive comic book style that many prefer to Minecraft's original textures. It's been around since the early days of Minecraft, but the holistic nature of the pack, the pleasing comic-book style and the clean edges make this one easy to recommend. Pick it up at the BDCraft website (opens in new tab).

Faithful

Best Minecraft texture packs

Faithful bills itself as the "most popular texture pack in Minecraft" and the numbers are certainly quite compelling. Most of its appeal comes from how little it changes the game. Small refinements are made to smooth out textures and provide an experience that retains the original art direction of the game with a bit more sheen. Pick it up at CurseForge (opens in new tab).

SapixCraft

Best Minecraft texture packs

This texture pack relies on "making your world as clean as possible" and the result is something truly beautiful. Rippling water and flowing grass curate an entirely different atmosphere that brings the magic back to Minecraft, especially if you've been away for a while. Pick it up at the official SapixCraft website (opens in new tab).

Mythic

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If you've got a love for retro fantasy RPGs, the Mythic pack by Fishymint will be right up your dragon's lair. With a focus on pixel art, muted colours and little video game details that feel like they're from another era, Mythic will make you feel like a chosen hero! Well, at least until a creeper sidles up behind you and blows you halfway to Camelot. Pick it up at Resourcepack.net. (opens in new tab)

Modern HD

Best Minecraft texture packs

The Modern HD texture pack is perfect if you're looking to create brutalist structures and prime real estate to turn the wilderness into a far more homely place. It really shines when you're trying to create a cityscape with friends or looking to create a modern abode, a safe haven from the wild country outside your front door. Pick it up on Planet Minecraft (opens in new tab).

CoterieCraft

Best Minecraft texture packs

Another texture pack that seeks to stay true to the original vision of Minecraft whilst refining and improving the textures is CoterieCraft, a much-loved visual overhaul that makes plants and building materials pop. Pick it up on Planet Minecraft (opens in new tab).

Conquest

Best Minecraft texture packs

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Conquest is a medieval-inspired texture pack which is part of a larger resource-pack for Minecraft that warps the game into the distant past. If you're looking to transport your world into a unique setting filled with candelabras, regal thrones and wooden trapdoors, this is the overhaul for you. Pick it up on the Conquest website (opens in new tab).

Wolfhound Fairy

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The Wolfhound Fairy pack by Thistlepack is a favourite of many, and boasts hand-drawn designs that elevate on the original models and give them an intricate, organic, etched quality, but never distorting them so far that they become unrecognisable. Pick it up at Resourcepack.net. (opens in new tab) 

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Jordan Oloman


Jordan Oloman has hundreds of bylines across outlets like GamesRadar+, PC Gamer, USA Today, The Guardian, The Verge, The Washington Post, and more. Jordan is an experienced freelance writer who can not only dive deep into the biggest video games out there but explore the way they intersect with culture too. Jordan can also be found working behind-the-scenes here at Future Plc, contributing to the organization and execution of the Future Games Show.  

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