The best Minecraft texture packs for 1.19 will 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 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:
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.
Latest version: 1.19.3
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 addon for the festive season.
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.
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 colour 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.
Latest version: 1.17
Jolicraft has been a fan-favourite 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 demeanour: the swirling sun is definitely a sight more cheerful than the default, squat square. The colour palette is entirely different, so you might prefer the greens in vanilla Minecraft – but you can’t beat a cute muddy pig.
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 colour palette is soft, focusing on low saturated colours. There are even Pokéballs in every bookcase.
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 optimisation 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.