The data pack system provides a way for players to further customize their Minecraft experience. Data packs can be used to override or add new advancements, functions, loot tables, predicates[upcoming: JE 1.15], structures, recipes and tags without any code modification.
Data packs can be placed in the
.minecraft/saves/(world)/datapacks folder of a world. Each data pack is either a sub-folder or a
.zip file within the
datapacks folder. After it is in the folder, a data pack will be enabled for that world when the world is reloaded or loaded.
Data packs will load their data based on the load order. This order can be seen and altered by using the
/datapack command and is stored in the
- (data pack name)
- predicates[upcoming: JE 1.15]
More than one directory for different namespaces may exist under the
A data pack is identified by Minecraft based on the presence of the
pack.mcmeta file in the root directory of the data pack, which contains data in JSON format.
- The root object.
- pack: Holds the data pack information.
- description: A JSON text that will be shown when hovering over the data pack's name in the list given by the
/datapack list command.[when?]
- pack_format: Determines how Minecraft should read the data pack; currently neither enforced nor used.
pack.mcmeta used by the "vanilla" data pack, as found in the client and official server jars
"description": "The default data for Minecraft",
This folder contains all the data under one or multiple namespaces. It can contain
predicates[upcoming: JE 1.15],
Each advancement, function, loot table, predicate[upcoming: JE 1.15], structure, recipe and tag file can be placed directly in their respective folder but sub-folders are also allowed.
|1.13||17w43a||Added data packs.|
/datapack, a command to control loaded data packs.
|17w48a||Data packs can now load custom recipes.|
|17w49a||Tags can now be created with data packs.|
|17w49b||Tags can now be created for functions.|
|Functions tagged in |
minecraft:tick now run every tick at the beginning of the tick.
set_name function to loot tables.
|Functions tagged in |
minecraft:load will now run once after a (re)load.
|Crash reports now list what data packs are enabled.|
|1.14||18w43a||Tags can now be created for entity types.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
predicates folder where predicates can be defined.
Issues relating to "Data pack" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.