How To Install Minecraft Skins

You can not only install new Minecraft textures, but you can also install new Minecraft skins. Here’s how! (Explanations for offline and online client)
How to install Minecraft skins

You can install skins for the online client, as well as for the offline client. Both ways are explained here:

Quick Links:
Install Skins for Online Client
Install Skins for Offline Client

Installing Minecraft Skins for Online Client

1. Step Head over to and download a couple skins that you like

I downloaded this fella “Brotherhood of Steel” from Fallout 3:

a minecraft skin

2. Step Next, log into your minecraft account at and click on Preferences at the top:

Installing Minecraft Skin

3. Step Now click on Browse and find the Minecraft skin that we downloaded previously:

Uploading Minecraft Skins

4. Step After selecting the skin, click on Upload image

Installing skins for minecraft

5. Step You have successfully installed a new Minecraft skin!

6. Step Play Minecraft with your new skin!

Installing Minecraft Skins for Offline Client

Of course you can also install Minecraft skins for the offline client if you don’t play Minecraft online.

0. Download A Zipping Tool

1. Step Download Minecraft skins and save the PNG image as char.png

2. Step Important: Follow this tutorial to make sure you can see hidden folders in Windows 7 , else if you can’t see them you won’t be able to follow the next steps.

3. Step Open the Windows Explorer (Windows key + E) and go to C:\Users\[usernamehere]\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft\bin

Replace [usernamehere] with your name, example C:\Users\sOliver\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft\bin

4. Step Right-click on the file minecraft.jar. Open the file with the zipping tool (step 0).

5. Step Now minimize the current window of the zipping program so that you can still see it.

6. Step Open the Windows Explorer again and find the skin that you download, drag the PNG skin into the opened Jar file.

Installing Minecraft Skins

7. Step Confirm the prompt

8. Step You have successfully installed a new skin for the Minecraft offline client.

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7 Responses to How To Install Minecraft Skins

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    WaspishOmerald said:

    Thank you so much, I’ve checked so many sites for this sorta info and never gotten it.

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Daanolicious said:

    How come it erased all my files, and when i launched minecraft it stopped at the loading screen?

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    paul said:

    so i tried installing it, but there was no char.png in the jar file. there was no file to overwrite.

    also it doesnt work. i did EXACTLY what the instructions told me, when i go back ingame i still have the default skin.
    does it not work for v1.5 users?

  4. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Scav said:

    A note regarding the offline client: Do NOT put the char.png straight into the minecraft.jar! Instead open the “mob” folder in the minecraft.jar and overwrite the char.png in there with your own char.png.

  5. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    arynaryn said:

    online users cant see the skin… and i forgot both my passwords (user and email)… [dont beleive me? i play on]

  6. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    christoper said:

    i try it
    but it didnt work
    how to make it work?
    my skin keep on the default skin

  7. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    someone who is not important said:

    open with winrar minecraft.jar. Open the “mobs” file. Than delete “char.png”, name the .png file that you’ve downloaded as “char.png”. Finally put your file into minecraft.jar and make sure it looks as “char.png” NOT “char.png.png”. It worked.

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