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Add-Ons: What's in a name?

A short (but important!) guide to naming pack types

We’ve been overwhelmed by your response to Add-Ons in Minecraft Pocket Edition and Windows 10 Edition. You’ve already written tens of thousands of them! Some of my favorites are Ovo’s Rustic: Redemption, More Chairs, PC GUI, and Villager Guards.

For the uninitiated, an Add-On is basically a pack of files that lets you change how Minecraft's world works. Want 50ft chickens? You can have them! Want to create a pigman army to do your bidding and dress them all in frilly tutus? You can do that too, you weirdo! If you want more examples of what you can do with them, check out our dedicated Add-Ons page. They're pretty powerful things!

However, we've noticed some folk getting confused about the different pack types. It's a small thing, but it's easy to get wrong, and can lead to corrupted files. We thought it might be helpful to outline some of the basic types and file names, for easy reference:

1. Resource Packs

These allow the game to be re-skinned. Resource packs can contain images, sound, and descriptions of models, and are packaged as mcpack files. When you import an mcpack, you’ll see a message pop up indicating what is being imported and then, later, another message telling you the import is complete.

After importing the pack, you can enable it for all worlds here by clicking on the pack and the clicking the ‘+’ icon, or you can apply the pack to individual worlds in the world settings.

2. Behavior Packs

These configure the behavior of the game. Right now, behaviour packs can configure the behaviour of entities, allowing recombination of built in entity behaviors (think: chickens you can ride or cool-headed creepers that don’t explode). Behavior packs can only be configured per world and not globally. Just like resource packs, they can be packaged as an mcpack file.

Here’s where you enable per-world resource and behavior packs. It works the same way as global resource packs, except applied only to world you’re creating or editing.

3. World Files

These are worlds packaged as mcworld files. They can be imported in the same way as mcpacks. When you import a world it is added to your world list right along with the worlds you’ve created. You can create them by just zipping up the contents of a world directory.

How about some other handy resources?

There are many places where you can learn more about Add-Ons. A couple of sites have appeared on my radar that you can discover and download Add-Ons from:

Per platform details on how to install can be found on our Add-Ons page under “Installation Instructions”.

You can also find more information on Add-Ons on the Minecraft Wiki.

We can’t wait to see what you make next!

Michael Ott
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