How to Install a Resource Pack in Minecraft

Resource packs are one of the most unique aspects of Minecraft, easily allowing for everything from entirely different visual or auditory experience to subtle tweaks that enhance gameplay – all with just a few easy steps. Installing a Resource Pack in Minecraft is easy, just follow our step-by-step guide!

This guide is for the Minecraft Java Edition and works in all versions from 1.7 and newer. This includes 1.14.4 which is the newest version at the time of this guide’s creation. And if you’re reading this in the future, don’t worry! This isn’t likely to change any time soon.

Installing a Resource Pack

  1. First you need to find the resource pack you’d like to use! You can find lots of packs and discussion on the Minecraft Forum
    • We’re using the “Flows HD” Resource Pack by Exevium as our example in this guide
  2. Download and save the Resource Pack to your computer
    • It will ALWAYS be a .zip archive file. If it’s anything else, delete it immediately and try again
    • Make note of where you saved it! Most browsers default to your Downloads folder, but you can also choose where to save it
  3. After the .zip archive is finished downloading, open Minecraft
  4. On the main menu, click “Options…”
  5. From the Options Menu, click “Resource Packs”
  6. Click “Open resource pack folder” at the bottom of the screen
    • This will open a folder that exists on your computer. If this is your first time installing a pack, it will be empty
  7. Move or copy the .zip file you downloaded into this folder
  8. Do NOT unzip the file! Your resource pack folder should look something like this:
  9. Close this folder, and return to Minecraft
  10. Exit and re-enter the Resource Packs menu
  11. You should now see the pack you downloaded listed as one of the options in the Resource Packs menu on the left-hand side
  12. Hover over the icon and you should see a > arrow

    Click it. The pack should now be moved to the right-hand column
  13. Click “Done” at the bottom of the Resource Packs menu
  14. After a moment’s wait, the textures should change
  15. Enjoy playing Minecraft!

Troubleshooting

The Pack isn’t appearing in the in-game list!
The most common explanation is that the pack is improperly formatted by the creator. You’ll need to contact the pack’s creator and tell them that they need to make their pack function as a .zip file.

It’s also possible you downloaded the wrong file by accident. Verify that it’s a .zip file using your file browser. It might be referred to as a “Zip Archive” in your file manager, or else something similar that’s specific to your archive management software. (e.g. “WinRAR ZIP archive) If it isn’t, then delete that file and try again.

I added multiple packs and things are suddenly weird looking!
Resource packs aren’t always designed to work together. Packs of different types (texture packs, sound packs, language packs, etc.) will generally play nice, but there’s no guarantee that two texture packs will play nice with each other. For this reason, it’s recommended that you only have ONE pack of any given type active at a time.

There are exceptions to this. Some pack makers create “add-on” packs for their main pack. If you’re using these, make sure that the main pack is at the bottom of the left-hand column (above the default pack, of course) and that all of the add-ons are above that.

Minecraft runs slowly after installing a resource pack!
You may have noticed a number in the description of resource packs like 16x, 32x, 64x, etc. This is the resolution of that pack. Generally speaking, the higher the number the more of a strain the pack will put on your computer. If a resource pack is causing your computer to run slowly then you either need a better computer or a lower resolution resource pack.

Something weird happened! (All white textures, weird graphics glitches, etc.)
There are a number of causes for this and every computer is unique. Unfortunately, there’s no easy guide to fixing these issues because it could be any number of things. We recommend posting about the issue in a dedicated help forum like Minecraft Forum’s Java Edition Support forum with as much information as you can get. The specs of your computer, the version of Java you’re running, what resource pack you’re attempting to install, and of course the version of Minecraft you’re using.

I installed a Resource Pack and now it’s crashing my game!
The only thing to do in these cases is remove the pack. To do this, you’ll need to find the folder and remove the pack. This is different depending on your operating system.

For Windows users, hold the Windows key + R. In the box that comes up type “%appdata%/.minecraft/resourcepacks/” without the quotes. This will take you directly to the default Resource Packs folder.

For Mac users, open your Libraries folder and click on Application Support. In there you’ll find your Minecraft folder, and within that the Resource Packs folder.

In either case, you’ll likely have to have Minecraft closed in order to delete the pack.

The installation instructions for a pack say to unzip it. Should I?
No. As stated above there’s never a reason to have a resource pack that can’t run as a .zip file. If a pack “needs” unzipped, there are two explanations:

The first is that the pack artist is simply lazy or else just really new at making packs. In these cases it’s probably best just to find another, better pack. You can also try contacting the pack maker and inquiring about getting the pack to be zipped properly.

The other possibility is that the pack is malicious. See, viruses and malware can be inside of a .zip file but can’t attack your computer from inside of one. Minecraft acts as a safeguard in these instances, loading only the files that it wants and leaving the bad stuff safely contained. By unzipping a file, you allow everything in the .zip file to become “active” on your system, opening the potential for infection. This is why it’s NOT recommended to unzip packs: When you do you’re taking your computer’s safety into your own hands.

Unzipping packs is usually safe. Most of the Minecraft community are really nice people, and on sites like Minecraft Forum most of the content gets a thorough community inspection quickly. However for packs downloaded from Youtube or other less vetted sites there’s no telling what they contain. In any case, it’s a risk that you should be aware of. When in doubt, do NOT take the chance!