Birjolaxew's texture pack tutorial - The Complete Guide
Hello, and welcome to my very first tutorial on this forum. I'm going to show you how to install texture packs on a machine running Macintosh or Windows. I'm running OS X Snow Leopard and Windows 7, but I believe you can install it the same way if you're using another version.
Table of Content:
[*:80mbifp9]Finding a texture pack
[*:80mbifp9]The Windows version
[*:80mbifp9]The Mac version
We're not entirely done with our small-talk yet. First off, I want to make sure you understand exactly what a texture pack is. A texture pack is in it's most basic form, a skin altering the way you see the blocks. Image small decals on every single block in the game. These decals are the same for every block of a specific type (Dirt, Stone, Iron and so on). We call these decals textures. If you install texture packs, you simply replace these stickers with new ones. Now, lets end our small-talk and get started with the real thing!
Finding a texture pack
First step, is to find the texture pack you want. A good place to search is right here, in the Mapping & Modding section of the forum. I'll recommend this thread, giving a quick overview of some of the most popular texture packs.
Once you've selected one click the [Download Texture Pack - Alpha] link below the name. For this tutorial I've chosen the Brown & Bloom texture pack.
The Windows Version
Most of the time, the texture packs will be bundled inside a .zip or .rar file. This reduces the file size of the textures allowing for faster downloads. However, you can't just open such files like normally as Windows doesn't have an .zip/.rar extractor built in. Luckily, you can easily download and install extractors from the internet. The two most popular ones are WinRar and 7zip. Once you've downloaded and installed one of the extractors you should be able to open the .rar/.zip file normally. A small window will pop up, showing the content of the pack. This differs a lot, depending on how much of the textures the pack you've chosen replaces. In my example it replaces all of them.
Installing the texture pack
Installing texture packs on Windows takes a bit more work comparing it to the Mac version, but as you've already downloaded WinRar it should be easy enough. First off, open "Run". If you're on XP/Vista type in "%appdata%\.minecraft\bin", and if you're on Windows 7 type "C:\Users\*YourName*\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft\bin" instead. Doing so should open up Windows Explorer and take you to a specific folder. Inside the folder you'll find a single folder, 4/5 .jar files and a file named "version".
What we're going to focus on is the .jar file called "minecraft". Right click it, hover your mouse over "Open with" and choose "Winrar archiver". This will open WinRar, and show you a long mix of folders, .png files and class files. Now, simply drag and drop the files from the texture pack straight into WinRar. This will replace the similar files inside, and next time you open Minecraft the textures will be installed!
The Mac Version
Most packs will have download links, usually bundled in a .zip file. To extract such files, you would need a .zip and/or .rar extractor. You should easily be able to find such by googling. If not, follow this link. Once you've extracted the files, you should have a bunch of different .png files, and some folders, depending on how much of the game, the texture pack actually replaces. In my example, it replaces every block.
Installing the texture pack
When it comes to installing texture packs, Mac users have a far easier way compared to Windows users. We'll just have to extract the texture pack into the same folder we've placed Minecraft.
Once we've located the folder, we'll just have to grab the files directly from our texture pack, and place them in our Minecraft folder.
And that's it! Next time you run Minecraft it should have the updated textures applied!
Still didn't get it? Well, I made a quick and very bad video tutorial! Here it is:
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