The blocky Minecraft world we’ve all grown up with holds some of our fondest memories inside those 2009 textures that took Notch less than a week to make. But, in the game’s lifetime, there have been several texture packs that have improved its look without changing the gameplay. Here are some of the best Minecraft texture packs.
How to Add Texture Packs to Minecraft
Finding your installed texture packs
While most veteran Minecraft players have dozens of texture packs installed on their hard drives, new players might not know how to add one to the game. Thankfully, adding texture packs to Minecraft is pretty easy:
- Download your desired texture packs from a reputable site like CurseForge.
- Launch Minecraft and click on “Options”.
- Select “Resource Packs…” and click “Open Pack Folder”.
- Drag the texture pack file (usually a .zip one) to the folder.
If you’ve done everything correctly, the texture pack should appear on the left column inside the game. All you need to do is select it and wait for the game to reload with it enabled!
Top 10 Minecraft Texture Packs in 2023
Now that you’ve learned how to add a texture pack to Minecraft let’s take a glimpse at some of the most beautiful and unique ones. Some of these might require OptiFine to run correctly, so ensure that you have it installed on the Minecraft version you’re running.
SapixCraft Texture Pack
SapixCraft is considered by many as the best Minecraft texture pack for combining vibrant colors with a minimalistic art style and a complete overhaul of the game’s look.
Faithful Texture Pack
If you just want to see a polished version of Minecraft’s original look, Faithful will provide you with the best experience with its resolution improvements.
BetterVanilla Texture Pack
Keeping the same resolution, BetterVanilla improves upon the game’s foundation by adding tons of new colors and making the game much more lively.
Bare Bones Texture Pack
If you want to make the simple Minecraft graphics even simpler, all you need is the Bare Bones texture pack.
X-Ray Texture Pack
Veterans of anarchy servers like 2b2t are very familiar with the X-Ray texture pack, which demolishes the hassle of finding Diamonds and Netherite by giving you x-ray vision.
Winthor Medieval Texture Pack
While there are hundreds of medieval texture packs in Minecraft, the Winthor Medieval one adds beautiful, vibrant colors to an incredible, archaic look.
John Smith Legacy
John Smith Legacy Texture Pack
If the Winthdor texture pack seems too lively, you can opt for the darker John Smith Legacy one, considered by many as the best medieval Minecraft texture pack.
Mystic Texture Pack
As the name suggests, the Mystic texture pack adds a dark fantasy tone to Minecraft, making the game unrecognizable (in a good way) even for experienced players.
Flows HD Texture Pack
Tons of colors, minimalistic blocks, and wonky villager eyes are all Flows is about, being a less resource-heavy version of SapixCraft.
ModernArch Texture Pack
If you want to see how Minecraft would look if it were built this year, ModernArch is the texture pack for you. Keep in mind that the highest resolutions of this one are locked behind a paywall, but the free x128 version is still incredible.
Texture packs are an incredible way to relive Minecraft uniquely or stunningly. Plus, most of them are free! If I missed your favorite one, or you have a beautiful texture pack and shader combination to share, feel free to post it over at the Minecraft Forum!