What are the very best Minecraft texture packs? It's a tough question to answer, given that every player is looking for something different. But regardless, texture packs (also known as resource packs) are a great way to give your latest worlds a new look. And in this time of new blocks and upcoming terrain generation changes, everyone wants their worlds and builds to look their very best.
Below we've listed the 15 best texture packs for Minecraft Java Edition 1.17.1. They range from extremely high resolution (512x) all the way down to 8x and less, and I've also included a section at the bottom of the guide explaining how to install a Minecraft texture pack.
There are thousands of texture packs available for Minecraft Java Edition, but I've done my best to narrow those thousands down to just a couple dozen or so. Note that most of these texture packs require Optifine to use.
Best Minecraft texture packs:
- Dark Renaissance
- LB Photo Realism Reload
- Misa's Realistic
- Epic Adventures
- Ultra FPS Booster
- Xray Ultimate
- Visible Ores
Note: if you don't use Java Edition, check out our list of the best free Minecraft Bedrock texture packs instead!
Sapixcraft texture packs stand out from the rest in a couple of ways. Firstly, there are lots of packs to choose from, each at a different resolution ranging from 16x all the way up to a staggering 512x so you can pick the right pack for your machine.
Secondly, Sapixcraft, while available at very high resolutions, doesn't go for the hyper-realistic route with its textures. Instead, everything is more colourful and cartoon-like, making your worlds very easy on the eyes, and the perfect counterpart to a good Minecraft shader pack.
Download link: Sapixcraft
Dark Renaissance (256x)
Dark Renaissance is an extremely high-fidelity texture pack based on another long-extinct pack inspired by the Dark Souls series of games. As such, installing Dark Renaissance will instantly give your worlds and builds a darker, more mysterious atmosphere.
The foliage on this texture pack is absolutely top-notch as well, and really makes you feel like you're discovering a Minecraft landscape for the first time again. It's a great pack to use when you've got a Minecraft map to fill out and lots of exploring to do.
Download link: Dark Renaissance
LB Photo Realism Reload (128x)
LB Photo Realism Reload is a very popular realistic texture pack, with the particular lure of not straying too far from the default Minecraft textures.
Instead, it just ramps up the resolution and quality, giving any Minecraft vista an instant and effective makeover. Everything from naturally-spawning Villages to your own custom house will look fantastic with this texture pack enabled.
Download link: LB Photo Realism
Misa's Realistic (64x)
Misa's Realistic texture pack walks a fine line between realistic, high-res textures and performance. The tones of Misa's pack are just a little desaturated, making it easier to play Minecraft for extended periods; but its bold style, particularly with building blocks, still allows you to pick out the little details even at a distance.
The author mentions that it took a lot of time to update the pack for 1.17, mainly thanks to the new animations required for Amethyst blocks and shards. I'd recommend delving underground to see the final product for yourself!
Download link: Misa's Realistic
Epic Adventures (32x)
Epic Adventures is a lovely 32x texture pack which stays very true to the default Minecraft look, despite the added pixel density. Of particular note here is the wonderful fluffiness of both the clouds and the leaves on trees. A lovely pack for gandering about forests searching for bees or other forest-dwelling Minecraft mobs.
Download link: Epic Adventures
I remember using Faithful what feels like (and could well have been) nearly a decade ago. It's one of the longest-standing texture packs, and it rose to stardom by remaining - you guessed it - incredibly faithful to the vanilla textures. If default Minecraft has 32x32 textures, it would look like this. And everything is up-to-date for Minecraft 1.17, including the dozens of different kinds of Copper blocks that you can now view at double their vanilla resolution.
Download link: Faithful
Wanderlust is many things, but in particular it's a great texture pack for underground spaces like the ravine shown in the above screenshot. Just look at the cragginess of those rocks. It just makes you want to run your hand over them.
Wanderlust takes Minecraft's textures in a slightly murkier direction but keeps everything looking rich and beautiful in the process.
Download link: Wanderlust
Bloom is as vibrant as any texture pack on this list, but it also manages to somehow strike a balance between familiarity and cartooniness with its charming repeating textures. The world looks great but the items are where Bloom really shines, looking like they've been plucked out of an SNES game. It makes me much more excited about working my way up to powerful items like Potions and Enchanted tools.
Download link: Bloom
Jicklus certainly achieves its author's goal of crerating a more rustic look for Minecraft without resorting to higher resolutions. All the textures in this pack look bucolic and organic, and the sides of mountains and cliffs in particular look wonderful as a result.
Download link: Jicklus
Jolicraft is an interesting mix of vibrant colours and more muted pastel colours. This mix adds a very powerful and bold look to any Minecraft landscape. I particularly love the new textures for the different Minecraft mobs, both passive and hostile. The Endermen are wonderful.
Download link: Jolicraft
Quadral gives Minecraft players a wonderfully crisp and punchy look, making great use of patterns to create interesting landscapes that eschew realism in favour of character. Whether you're atop a mountain, deep underground, or in the Nether searching for Netherite, Quadral's impact on the textures around you will make you feel like you're playing a different game altogether.
Download link: Quadral
Bytecraft accomplishes an awful lot considering it's using only half the resolution of default Minecraft for each texture. With Bytecraft each vista looks just as detailed and characterful as vanilla, but you'll likely find you can run Minecraft much more easily on lower-end machines with Bytecraft installed.
Download link: Bytecraft
Ultra FPS Booster (1x)
Ultra FPS Booster pushes PvP texture packs to the extreme with its so called 1x1 texture resolutions. That's right, almost every block in the game is a single flat colour, including ores.
It will take a while to get used to this pack, but there's no denying its power both as a tool for clarity and as a way of dramatically increasing your frame rate while playing Minecraft. A great pack to use on various PvP Minecraft servers - as long as those servers permit the use of such texture packs.
Download link: Ultra FPS Booster
Xray Ultimate is a solid example of a Minecraft X-Ray pack for Java Edition. These packs are infamous for their cheaty method of making absolutely every block invisible except for ores, allowing you to see straight through the world and find out where all the ores are.
There are plenty of legimitate uses for X-Ray packs, but I must warn you that if you're trying to use this pack on a server to gain an advantage over other players, you'll likely be found and banned from the server. If you're having that much trouble finding Diamonds, be sure to check out our guide on how to find Diamonds in Minecraft.
Download link: Xray Ultimate
Visible Ores is far less ethically questionable than an X-Ray pack. It doesn't expose ores that you couldn't already see: it just gives every ore block an outline and emissive light to help you see them more easily. If you find yourself repeatedly missing ores the first time you head through a cave, then Visible Ores might be the best texture pack for you.
Download link: Visible Ores
How to install Minecraft texture packs for Java Edition
Here's how to install a Minecraft texture pack for Java Edition:
- Download your chosen texture pack. It will appear in your Downloads folder as a ZIP file.
- Open up a new window of Windows Explorer and type into the address bar: "%appdata%\.minecraft" and hit Enter. You'll be brought to your Minecraft directory.
- Click on the "resourcepacks" folder to open it.
- Move the ZIP file of your downloaded texture pack into this "resourcepacks" folder.
- Launch Minecraft. In the Settings menu, click on "Resource Packs", find your downloaded texture pack in the left column and click the arrow icon that appears when you hover over it. Then click Done and start playing!
That brings our list of the best Minecraft texture packs to a close for now. If you're open to exploring other avenues to make your Minecraft world more interesting, check out our list of the best Minecraft mods. Or, if it's time to turn inwards and give your own character a visual makeover, be sure to consult our compendium of best Minecraft skins..