Fix: Minecraft Resource Pack Not Showing

Are you having trouble with a Minecraft resource pack? Is it not showing for some reason? Here's why it happens and how you can fix it.

Minecraft is a game that never gets old, and the further you dive into mods and resource packs, the more you’ll find that it has so much to offer.

Players who spend a lot of time on the game find the need to modify it, and since Minecraft has been around for a while, that makes the majority of players. It’s rare finding someone who doesn’t use a resource pack yet is considered a Minecraft veteran.

However, resource packs sometimes “don’t show up,” and this is when users demand answers and solutions for the problem.

Fortunately, we have all the answers in the guide below, so let’s get into it.

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The Problem Explained

This issue is not complicated to acknowledge or explain, as it’s simply the resource pack(s) missing from the list of available ones within the game.

The texture and resource packs you’ve downloaded and installed in the required folders can still end up not showing in-game even when you’ve used the correct methods, as this Reddit user reports.

Minecraft Resource Pack Not Showing In Game

All this can get quite confusing, but it’s really not a difficult problem to solve at all. Take a look at the methods below, which should help you out tremendously if you’re dealing with this issue.

Fix 1: Ensure Your Resource Packs Match The Game’s Version

The most important thing to remember when downloading mods and resource packs for any game, not just Minecraft, is that the files may not work with your current game version.

Before downloading a resource pack, ensure it’s compatible with your Minecraft version.

Otherwise, it won’t work, or you’ll have to “downgrade” your game in order to get it to show up in the list of available packs.

For example, when downloading from resourcepack, you can scroll down at the bottom of the pack description and find the list of game versions the files are compatible with, as shown in the screenshot below.

Minecraft Resource Pack Compatibility

We used Luna HD as an example, but this is the case with other resource packs as well. For other websites, this information is most likely still available but located in a different place on the site.

If you’ve just confirmed that the files aren’t compatible and the problem is indeed that, uninstall the mod or re-download the correct version from the developer’s website if it’s available.

If the files seem to be compatible with your game’s version, but you are still experiencing the problem where they aren’t showing up on the list, move on to the other solutions down below.

Fix 2: Ensure The Files Are Unpacked Correctly

Unzip or Extract

When downloading a Minecraft resource pack, most of the time, the files will come packed in an archived file (.rar) for an easier download (compressed files take less space) and better overall organization.

To be able to use these files, you first need to unpack them using a program such as WinRAR.

One common mistake beginner Minecraft modders make is copying the resource packs without extracting the files first, so the game cannot read what’s inside the archived file therefore, the pack doesn’t show up in the list of available resource packs.

This can be easily solved by correctly unpacking the files, and if you want to learn how to do that, just follow the steps below:

  1. Download the resource pack and place it on your Desktop. Chances are it will come in an archived file with the .rar file extension, and you’ll have to unpack it.
  2. If you already have WinRAR installed on your PC, simply double-click the archived file, and it will open. Left-click the main folder within and drag it onto your desktop. This will extract that folder from the archived file.

Now, you need to place the folder you just extracted into your Minecraft resource pack folder. To do that, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Minecraft on your computer and navigate into the Options panel.
  2. Click on Resource Packs, and then on Open Resource Pack Folder. This will open the resource pack folder in Windows Explorer, where you need to place the folder you unpacked earlier (the main resource pack file folder). You can do this by simply dragging the folder from your desktop into the folder using your mouse.
  3. Once you do that, the resource pack should show in the list of available packs in-game.

If this process is still not clear to you after reading our text instructions, take a look at this helpful video that should simplify things even further.

Note: Some users reported that specific Resource Packs require to be pasted in your Minecraft resource pack folder in an archived file format. This means pasting the files directly in a .rar form without extracting the main folder out of the archive, so try that option too and see if it works.

If none of these methods help, move on to the next solution down below.

Fix 3: Remove The “.txt” Extension From Your “pack.mcmeta” File

Text File (TXT)

If the resource pack you’re trying to use contains a “.mcmeta.txt” file, it won’t show up until you remove the “.txt” extension from it. We’ll show you how to do this easily.

  1. Since “.txt” files are basically text-based files, you can open them using a text editor program, such as Notepad. So, open the file in Notepad, then click on File in the top-left corner of the screen.
  2. From the list of options, choose Save As, and then in the “File name:” field, remove the “.txt” extension, and in the “Save as type:” field, choose All Files instead of Text Documents. Choose the location where you wish to save the file, then click Save.

Now since your resource pack file is no longer a text file, it will show up in-game, and you’ll be able to use it as intended.

Conclusion

It can be a really frustrating experience to realize that none of the Minecraft Resource packs you downloaded are not showing up in-game, but luckily, this problem is not difficult to solve at all.

We hope that the methods provided in the guide above helped you overcome the issue with ease so you can finally enjoy your customized and upgraded version of the game.

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