The 11 best Minecraft texture packs to download in 2023

Change how your game looks with the 11 best Minecraft texture packs to download for version 1.20, from pastoral delights to overly saturated retro Nintendo.

A pillager outpost in the smooth, colourful, and cartoonish anemoia Minecraft texture pack

Looking for the best Minecraft texture packs for 1.20? These colorful and game-altering texture packs can turn your world into an entirely new experience. Of course, Minecraft’s low-fi charm is part of the draw, but texture packs range from subtle changes to an all-over reskin, so you can choose just how much you want to leave vanilla Minecraft behind.

Just like the best Minecraft mods and shaders, texture packs can help give an entirely new feel to one of the best PC games of the last decade, and it is just one of many ways of keeping the sandbox game feeling fresh after all these years. While some mods can alter gameplay, and shaders change the quality and style of the graphics, texture packs allow you to add a new skin to existing blocks. Included in our list of the best texture packs, you’ll find realistic blocks, cartoonish overhauls, and cute changes to the way Minecraft mobs look.

The best Minecraft texture packs are:

Best Minecraft shaders: The image shows a Minecraft landscape with and without the anemoia texture pack, which adds pink trees, fluffy 2D clouds, and pastel shades.


Latest version: 1.19.2 (Optifine required)

Installing Anemoia is like stepping into a psychedelic dream world. Anemoia’s vivid textures are bold and cartoony, yet soothing – with cool tones of blue, purple, and green everywhere, as if your whole map is underwater. This pack embraces the surreal, with dyeable dogs and friendly-looking alien villagers.

Best Minecraft texture packs: The image shows a Minecraft savannah biome with and without the faithful texture pack installed, in which the grass, wood, and leaves are slightly altered.

Faithful 32x

Latest version: 1.20

We forgive you for thinking there’s absolutely no difference between these screenshots – but look closely, and you’ll see a little more detail in every cube. This is because the Faithful texture pack is a 32×32 version of the default Minecraft texture pack, so it has double the resolution, but remains faithful to the original. You’ll notice the bricks look rounder, the trees are fuller, and the grass is tuftier. If you want more, then there is even a Faithful 64x, as well.

Minecraft texture packs: A village house and iron golem in Digs' simple pack, in which every block texture is eight pixels by eight, instead of sixteen, making it look simpler.

Digs’ Simple Pack

Latest version: 1.20

In complete contrast to the pack above, Digs’ Simple Pack offers a downgraded 8×8 texture, which looks smooth and plasticky, giving a more cartoonish look to your Minecraft world. We absolutely love how some of the items look with a less detailed texture, like carved pumpkins and grass, but while the blocks and items look incredible, the shining stars of this pack are actually the inventory icons, each still instantly recognizable from their new toned-down look.

Best Minecraft shaders: The image shows a Minecraft landscape and pigs with and without the Mythic texture packs, which adds a rustic, mediaeval look to the sandbox game.


Latest version: 19.3

A few packs in the wild offer a darker or grittier theme, but the Mythic texture pack turns that up to 11 with some incredibly dark fantasy vibes. As you can see from the image above, Mythic’s main changes focus on the mobs you can encounter along the way, and you can’t see that the UI is also given a medieval-style revamp, and so this pack is perfect for those looking to embrace the grim darkness of Minecraft.

Best Minecraft textures packs: A side by side of wooded badland with the Epic Adventures resource pack on and off, showing realistic trees and a round sun.

Epic Adventures

Latest version: 1.19.3

Epic Adventures is right up your cobblestone alley if you’re looking for something a little more realistic but still retaining the quintessential Minecraft vibe. Its 32x resolution means it has double the detail – those are some mighty fine-looking leaves, we must say, not to mention the gloriously glowing sun.

Best Minecraft texture packs: A before and after of the Jicklus texture pack underground, showing brighter ores, lava, and slimes.


Latest version: 1.19.2

Jicklus’ pack isn’t too different from Minecraft’s default look – it makes everything look a little warmer, like a wash of rustic sepia – there’s an elegant hotbar, too, and various mob reskins. Just look at the brighter, teal slime above. Ores are brighter, lava is brighter, and all of this is reflected above ground, as well as the Nether and the End. It’s perfect for fantasy RPG-style maps, or simply building a relaxing Minecraft farm with just slightly different livestock.

Best Minecraft texture packs: The sapixcraft texture pack is shown in a side by side image of a snowy taiga, with ice, snow, and grass blocks all more colourful and cartoony.


Latest version: 1.19.2

Sapixcraft is a bright, eye-catching Minecraft resource pack in a range of resolutions – we’ve gone for 32x, but resolutions all the way up to 512x are available via their website. The pack is clean and incredibly vibrant, making it easy to distinguish between blocks. There’s even a Christmas add-on for the festive season.

best Minecraft texture packs: A half and half image shows a Minecraft Nether landscape with and without the bright, bloom, and retro texture pack.

Bloom, Bright and Retro

Latest version: 1.18.2

Throw a splash of bright paint over your Minecraft worlds – Bloom, Bright and Retro is an eye-catching resource pack that turns your textures up to 11, in a high-contrast, old-school Nintendo style. There’s also an add-on that will let you wield the Master Sword from Zelda, so you can go and save the realm like the hero you were born to be.

best Minecraft texture packs: A half and half image shows a Minecraft landscape with and without the RetroNES texture pack, which makes the world look like a classic Nintendo game.


Latest version: 1.17

We’re going even further back in time with this texture pack – RetroNES is one of the coolest resource packs around, with a lovingly crafted old-school color palette and chunky black outlines. The original artist stopped working on it a while ago, but thankfully, it’s been recently revived and updated for 1.19 – though if you want the retro sound pack to go with it, you’ll have to stick to version 1.8.

Best Minecraft texture packs: An image shows Minecraft trees and mobs with and without the Jolicraft texture pack, with a muddy pig, a swirling round sun, and a different colour palette.


Latest version: 1.17

Jolicraft has been a fan-favorite Minecraft texture pack for years, and it’s easy to see why – the ‘whimsical texture pack’ has buckets of charm. Many Minecraft texture packs have a theme that they try to nail, but Joli’s is about personal expression.

It’s a sort of twee fantasy world that best reflects his own happy demeanor: the swirling sun is definitely a sight more cheerful than the default, squat square. The color palette is entirely different, so you might prefer the greens in vanilla Minecraft – but you can’t beat a cute muddy pig.

Best Minecraft texture packs: An image shows Minecraft spruce trees, oak trees, and birch trees with and without the beastrinia texture pack, which makes the world more colourful, pastelised, and adds pink leaves.

Annahstas Beastrinia

Latest version: 1.16.4

Annahstas Beastrinia is a Minecraft resource pack designed to reproduce the Minecraft Pokémon/Pixelmon aesthetic. Its textures are extra detailed, thanks to its 32x resolution – and its color palette is soft, focusing on low saturated colors. There are even Pokéballs in every bookcase.

Best Minecraft texture packs: The resource packs selection screen in Minecraft.

How to install Minecraft texture packs

Not sure how to download and install one of these new texture packs? Don’t worry; we can help you with that. In the years since Minecraft first launched, it’s become a lot easier to install Minecraft texture packs and get them running with minimal fuss.

Here’s how to download and install texture packs for Minecraft:

  • Download the texture pack you want.
  • Launch the Minecraft Launcher.
  • Make sure you choose the latest stable version of Minecraft Java (and not one of the Minecraft beta versions, called ‘snapshots’).
  • Click to play Minecraft.
  • Select ‘Options’ from the main menu.
  • Then navigate to the ‘Resource Packs’ section.
  • Now click ‘Open Pack Folder’.
  • Put your newly downloaded texture packs into the folder. It will work in a zip file or unzipped.
  • Select them in-game by dragging them to the column on the right.
  • Rearrange your addon packs to load in the correct order and then hit ‘Done’.

Not all texture packs will work in the latest Minecraft Java Edition build, but you can check the latest supported version on the corresponding download page. If you want to use some of the best texture packs, you’ll need to revert your version of Minecraft to a previous version, which you can do easily through the launcher. We tend to keep a couple of older Minecraft versions installed for heavily modded playthroughs; thankfully, it’s not a hardware bloater.

Also, several of these texture packs require an optimization mod called Optifine to work, so we recommend you grab the latest version before testing out the shiny new packs below.

And there you go, the best Minecraft texture packs. Whether you’re looking for a pack to turn your Minecraft world into a cartoon, or one to make it look more like the real world, you should find what you’re looking for here.

Of course, to complete the overhaul, we recommend you apply one of the best Minecraft shaders and kit yourself out with shiny new skins – see our guide to the best Minecraft skins. If you’re unsure what to build next, you can read our Minecraft ideas guide to get some inspiration.

Additional entries by Joe Robinson.