A Skin refers to the texture that is placed onto a player model or mob.



The default Steve skin.

The skin is divided into areas that act as the surface area of the character. For example, there is the front head area, left leg area, etc. A skin will only allow solid color; transparency is not allowed on the skin file except on the second head area, which is transparent by default. The second head layer can be used to give the character glasses, hats, or other accessories (even a bigger head). If one tries to make a piece of the skin transparent, it simply turns black.555

World Textures

A skin can also refer to other textures in the game, such as block textures, item sprites, mob skins etc. Modifying these is now supported since the Minecraft 1.2.2, released on November 10, 2010.

It is worth noting that Pigmen, Zombies, and Zombie Pigmen mobs can use typical player skins (and vice-versa).

Changing Player Skins

A player can only change their character's skin if they have purchased Minecraft. This is done on the Profile page by uploading a valid .png image file, which will then replace the default skin. The char.png file in Minecraft.jar can also be changed and replaced, but only in that game will a player character appear different.

There are many different websites to download pre-made skins. Here is an example of one:

Players of Minecraft: Pocket Edition may also create their own skin from a smartphone, tablet, or any mobile device and export directly to their game. From here, a player can upload skins to his or her Mojang account so they may also use the skin in Minecraft PC. 3D Skin Editor for Minecraft is a free app for Android or iOS.

Creating a skin

A custom skin is a great way to personalize one's player model and can be done either by using a variety of community-made skin editors or by editing Minecraft's char.png file manually. This is stored in the Minecraft.jar file and can only be accessed by using an archive de-compiler (such as Winzip, Winrar, or 7-Zip).

In Windows, Minecraft.jar is located in "C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft\bin", accessed by pressing Win+R and entering "%appdata%" in the command box. This is done differently on a Mac.

Skin files must be 64 x 32 pixels.

Note: As of the 1.9 pre-releases and 1.0.0, all "bottom" textures (including hand and foot) have been flipped 180 degrees.


Capes, (previously known as cloaks), are vanity items and are worn in addition to a player's skin. There is currently no way to obtain a cape on one's own, however there are various mods that allow players to do this.

Name Image Original Notes
The Mojang Cape [1] File:Mojang.png All Mojang AB employees have Mojang logo capes.
The Christmas Cape 2010 [2] [3] On December 24/25, 2010; all users were given a Christmas cape.
The New Year's Cape [4] [5] On New Year's Eve, 2010; all users were given this cape.
The Bacon Cape [6] [7] Miclee was gifted this cape by Notch, presumably due to his idea of the Pigmen. However, later it was removed from him due to other users asking Notch for personal capes.
One Million Cape [8] [9] This cape was made for akronman1, the lucky buyer of the 1,000,000th copy of Minecraft.
dannyBstyle's Cape [10] [11] This cape was given to dannyBstyle.[1]
JulianClark's Cape [12] [13] This cape was given to JulianClark in return for bringing Notch the TV presenter and actor Ray Cokes.[2]
MineCon 2011 Cape [14] [15] This cape was given to attendees of MineCon 2011.[3]
MineCon 2012 Cape [16] [17] This cape was given to attendees of MineCon 2012.
MineCon 2013 Cape This cape was given to attendees of MineCon 2013.
MineCon 2015 Cape This cape was given to attendees of MineCon 2015.
MineCon 2016 Cape This cape was given to attendees of Minecon 2016.


In October 2011, Notch renamed the cloak to the cape, mentioning that the name was already wrong in the first place.[4]

So far the Christmas and New Years Capes have only been given out in 2010 and not subsequent years.


  • In Saint's Row IV, one of the many head items available for a player to wear includes a Minecraft Human head that resembles the default player skin.
  • In Borderlands 2, in the area that features many Minecraft items, a head item can be found. The piece resembles that of the default skin.



See also

  • To share one's skin with other users, please do so on the skin gallery page.

External links

How to Install Minecraft Skins for Minecraft 1.2

How to Install Minecraft Skins for Minecraft 1.2.0

How to Install Skins on Minecraft (Video Tutorial)