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How to Make/Install a Texture Pack

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This is focused on Macs, but it will work for anything with Java.

Step 1: Get to your Minecraft folder
Open Finder, and in the menu at the very top of your screen, click on Go, then go down the list until you get to Go To Folder. Click on this, and enter ~/Library/Application Support. Once there, look for the Minecraft folder. Open it.

Step 2: Create a new resource pack
In the folder, look for the resourcepacks folder, and open it. Make a new folder and name it whatever (this will be the in-game name of your pack). Open it. Then, in the search bar, look for TextEdit. Create a new document, then go to Format > Make Plain Text. After you do this, copy and paste the following into it:
"pack": {
"description": "*This is the in-game description for your pack*",
"pack_format": 5
Once you have this, click File > Save. This is the important part, so pay attention! For file type, select Western (Windows Latin 1), and uncheck the "If no extension is provided, use .txt." After you do this, for Save As, type pack.mcmeta and make sure it actually saves as a .mcmeta. Put this file into your resource pack folder (the one you made, not resourcepacks).

Step 3: Getting the textures
Go back to the Minecraft folder and look for Versions. Once in this, find the current version. Open it, and look for the X.Y.Z.jar (XYZ being the version). Open it, but you'll need an unzipping tool (I recommend The Unarchiver). Once in it, look for the Assets folder (go ahead and scroll, but there are hundreds of things in the folder, so just search for it). Once you've found it, copy the folder, go back to your resource pack folder and paste it in. Open it.

Step 4: Picking which things you'll need
First of all, you have to delete everything you're not going to change. I would start off by deleting everything except the Textures folder. If you plan on modifying something else (like block and entity models), I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO THAT, so you'll have to look elsewhere for a tutorial. Once you've done this, open the Textures folder. Again, delete anything you won't be changing, so that you can stack multiple packs.

Step 5: Make your textures!
This is the fun (and most tedious) part! When making the textures, remember to NEVER CHANGE THE NAME OF ANYTHING! If you change the name, it won't be able to use your texture. Well, if you just came here to figure out what to use to make your textures, that's not what this tutorial is about. I use Pixlr E, but there are many other ways to do it.
Important! The textures must be 16x16, 32x32, 64x64, 128x128, 256x256, or 512x512. Any other sizes and it won't work.
To make an image for your pack (the one displayed in the Resource Packs menu), just make an image (with the same sizing rules) and name it pack.png, then put it in your resource pack folder (same one as the pack.mcmeta).

Step 6: Test it out!
Open Minecraft, and go to Options > Resource Packs. Look for yours, and move it to the active packs. Now go into a world or server (I recommend a creative mode world, so you can access everything), and test out the textures. Do they work? If so, yay! If not, reread this tutorial and try to find what you screwed up on. Warning: sometimes the pack.mcmeta will glitch, and not register. I don't know what causes this, and to get around it, I duplicate the pack.mcmeta from a pack that does work, and change the stuff. This is legal.

Step 7 (Optional): Upload it

Go back to Resourcepacks and find yours. Duplicate it, and move the duplicate to your downloads folder. Go to your downloads and find it. Right click on it and select Compress "XYZ" to make it into a .zip (the only thing Planet Minecraft supports). Once you have it as a .zip, go to your profile on Planet Minecraft, click on My Submissions, and then New Texture Pack. Upload the .zip you made of it, and fill in the rest. If you need screenshots of it, go back into Minecraft and take a few in spectator mode (/gamemode spectator). Use spectator mode to hide the little + in the middle of the screen, along with GUI. Pop your screenshots into the Media Gallery on Planet Minecraft, then save it! You've got a downloadable texture pack!

I hope this tutorial was helpful to Mac users that want to make their own textures. Here is a good tutorial for Windows.

How to install packs
ep 1: Find a texture
Chances are, you'll get it as a .ZIP file. Extract this (it will be a folder then).

Step 2: Get to your Minecraft folder

Exactly the same as before. Go to step 1 for the previous tutorial.

Step 3: Locate the "resourcepacks" folder, and put the pack in it
Now the unzipped folder with the texture pack should be in there. If this is the first pack you've gotten (excluding Default and Programmer Art), it should be the only thing in the resource pack folder.

Step 4: Launch Minecraft
If you already had it running, quit it and relaunch. Now go to Options > Resource Packs. You should see it there! Click on the right arrow to move it to "Active Packs." Now you have it installed!

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03/02/2021 9:19 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Farmer
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I needed this! I'm making one for my subs.
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