Java Edition history of textures/Blocks/Non-block textures

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Textures used for block particles[edit]

These textures are not used directly for any blocks, but are instead used for defining particles they emit upon being broken, fallen on or sprinted on.

Java Edition
1.1116w39bWhite Shulker Box (top texture) JE1 BE1.png Light Gray Shulker Box (top texture) JE1 BE1.png Gray Shulker Box (top texture) JE1 BE1.png Black Shulker Box (top texture) JE1 BE1.png Brown Shulker Box (top texture) JE1 BE1.png Red Shulker Box (top texture) JE1 BE1.png Orange Shulker Box (top texture) JE1 BE1.png Yellow Shulker Box (top texture) JE1 BE1.png Lime Shulker Box (top texture) JE1 BE1.png Green Shulker Box (top texture) JE1 BE1.png Cyan Shulker Box (top texture) JE1 BE1.png Light Blue Shulker Box (top texture) JE1 BE1.png Blue Shulker Box (top texture) JE1 BE1.png Shulker Box (top texture) JE1 BE1.png Magenta Shulker Box (top texture) JE1 BE1.png Pink Shulker Box (top texture) JE1 BE1.png Added shulker box top textures, possibly as a fix for MC-107383.
1.12pre4White Shulker Box (top texture) JE2 BE2.png Light Gray Shulker Box (top texture) JE2 BE2.png Gray Shulker Box (top texture) JE2 BE2.png Black Shulker Box (top texture) JE2 BE2.png Brown Shulker Box (top texture) JE2 BE2.png Red Shulker Box (top texture) JE2 BE2.png Orange Shulker Box (top texture) JE2 BE2.png Yellow Shulker Box (top texture) JE2 BE2.png Lime Shulker Box (top texture) JE2 BE2.png Green Shulker Box (top texture) JE2 BE2.png Cyan Shulker Box (top texture) JE2 BE2.png Light Blue Shulker Box (top texture) JE2 BE2.png Blue Shulker Box (top texture) JE2 BE2.png Magenta Shulker Box (top texture) JE2 BE2.png Pink Shulker Box (top texture) JE2 BE2.png Updated the shulker box top textures, excluding purple.
1.1318w10bPurple Shulker Box (top texture) JE1 BE1.png Purple shulker boxes are now distinct form normal shulker boxes.
pre3Conduit (texture) JE1.png Added a texture for conduits.

Textures used for tinted items[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, biome-affected items use textures which are already colored, rather than tinting the block texture.

Later images upcoming.

Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.3.0Oak Leaves (carried texture) BE1.png Fast Oak Leaves (carried texture) BE1.png Added two pre-tinted leaves textures, used for oak and birch leaves blocks when held.
v0.4.0Spruce Leaves (carried texture) BE1.png Fast Spruce Leaves (carried texture) BE1.png Two textures for pre-tinted spruce leaves have been added. These are similarly used for held items.
v0.5.0Grass Block (carried top texture) BE1.png A new tinted grass block top texture has been added, for the held grass block.

Textures used, but not for blocks[edit]

While not being block textures, these textures are (or were) found in the same directories or texture atlases as blocks are.

Java Edition Classic
0.24_SURVIVAL_TESTDestroy JE1 BE1.png
Added the block crack textures.
Java Edition Beta
1.6Test Build 3Destroy 0 JE2 BE2.png Destroy 1 JE2 BE2.png Destroy 2 JE2 BE2.png Destroy 3 JE2 BE2.png Destroy 4 JE2 BE2.png Destroy 5 JE2 BE2.png Destroy 6 JE2 BE2.png Destroy 7 JE2 BE2.png Destroy 8 JE2 BE2.png Destroy 9 JE2 BE2.png
The destruction textures now have a transparent background.
Java Edition
1.4.212w34aItem Frame (texture) JE1 BE1.png
The item frame texture has been added.
1.513w01aHopper (item) JE1.png
Added the hopper item texture.
13w02aThe hopper item texture has been changed and moved out of the block textures directory.
1.1418w43aItem Frame (texture) JE2 BE2.png
The item frame texture has been updated.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Destroy JE1 BE1.png
Added the block crack textures.
Aggies BE1.png
Added the open inventory button texture. It is not known if this was actually used, as this was also present within gui blocks.png so this will need to be tested to make sure both weren't used under differing circumstances.
Fire (placeholder texture) BE1.png
The fire placeholder, which has an exclusive texture, is displayed twice in front of the player when on fire.
v0.1.3Fire (placeholder texture) BE2.png
The fire placeholder texture has changed.
v0.3.0Destroy 0 JE2 BE2.png Destroy 1 JE2 BE2.png Destroy 2 JE2 BE2.png Destroy 3 JE2 BE2.png Destroy 4 JE2 BE2.png Destroy 5 JE2 BE2.png Destroy 6 JE2 BE2.png Destroy 7 JE2 BE2.png Destroy 8 JE2 BE2.png Destroy 9 JE2 BE2.png
The destruction textures now have a transparent background.

Unused textures[edit]

The following block textures were never used in-game.

Java Edition pre-Classic
rd-161348Grass Block (top texture) JE2.png
A duplicate grass block texture appears on terrain.png to the right, for an unknown reason.
Java Edition Classic
0.0.12aUnknown Water (texture) JE1.png
An opaque version of the water texture appears. Its usage is unknown.
0.0.14aDirt (texture) JE1 BE1.png Grass Block (side texture) JE1 BE1.png
Added some duplicates of the dirt texture and grass block side texture.
Unknown 1 (texture) JE1.png
Added a mysterious whitish texture. Its use is unknown, and was probably never used to begin with.
0.0.15aRemoved the dirt/grass side texture duplicates and mysterious whitish texture.
0.0.20aThe opaque water texture has been replaced with the dandelion texture.
0.26 SURVIVAL TESTCobweb (texture) JE0 BE0.png
Added a cobweb texture, but no associated block.
Brick variations with gold.png Off center gold.png
Added some variations of brick blocks, an off center block of gold, and another semi transparent gold block texture.
Java Edition Indev
0.3120091223-1Water (placeholder texture) JE1 BE1.png
Added a duplicate water placeholder texture.
Removed the brick variations and weird gold blocks.
20100111-1Lava (placeholder texture) JE1 BE1.png
Replaced the duplicate grass top texture with a duplicate lava placeholder texture.
Minecraft Indev20100206Oak Planks (texture) JE3 BE1.png Chair (texture) JE1.png Chair or table (texture) JE1.png
Added a duplicate texture for planks, and the famous "table/chair" textures.
Java Edition Infdev
Minecraft Infdev20100607The duplicate planks texture has been replaced by the ladder texture.
20100618Chair (texture) JE2.png
The "chair" texture has been darkened.
20100629Unknown 2 (texture) JE1.png
A second unknown white texture has been added. Set on a black background, it somewhat resembles maggots.
The unused chair and table textures have been removed.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.4The unknown white texture has been replaced by the snowy grass block side texture.
Java Edition Beta
1.2Cake (item) JE1 BE1.png
For some reason, the cake's item texture also appears on terrain.png as well as items.png. It is unused here.
1.3Crying Obsidian (texture) JE0 BE0.png
Added a texture for crying obsidian. It was never used at this time.
1.5The cobweb texture has been updated, and cobwebs have actually been implemented.
The crying obsidian texture has been replaced by the grass block overlay.
1.6Test Build 3Grass Block (top texture) JE3 BE1.png
A duplicate grass block top texture has been added, potentially used as a palette for designing the adjacent grass and fern textures.
1.8Pre-releaseUnknown 3 (texture) JE1 BE1.png Village Border Edge (texture) JE1 BE1.png Village Border Corner (texture) JE1.png Unknown 4 (texture) JE1.png
Added four unused textures to terrain.png.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3End Stone (texture) JE0.png
An unused white cobblestone texture has been added.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4The white cobblestone has been replaced with the end stone texture.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Unknown Grass (texture) JE1 BE1.png
Interestingly, despite being unused, the unused grass block top texture has been updated, and now has a distinct texture from the actually used grass block.
1.2.11.2Chiseled Sandstone (texture) JE0.png Cut Sandstone (texture) JE0.png
Two sandstone variant textures were added, but not used. These were indeed intended for use as sandstone block variants.[1]
1.2.4releaseThe two unused sandstone textures from before have been replaced and the replacements implemented.
1.513w02aThe unused cake texture, grass top duplicate and four unused blocks introduced in Beta 1.8 has been effectively removed with the splitting of block textures.
1.7.213w36aPaeonia (texture) JE1.png
The famous unused paeonia texture has been added.
1.915w31aDebug (texture) JE1.png Debug2 (texture) JE1.png
Added debug.png and debug2.png.
1.1116w39bBlue Shulker Box (top texture) JE1 BE1.png A duplicate of the blue shulker box top texture called test.png now exists directly in the assets folder.
16w39ctest.png has been removed.
Texture Update1.0.0 and 2.0.0, potentially among othersPaeonia (texture) TU1.png
Despite being unused, a new paeonia texture has been proposed.
Vines 2 (texture) TU1.png Vines 3 (texture) TU1.png Vines 4 (texture) TU1.png
Added three extra variant textures for vines, their uses unknown.
1.1317w47aRemoved the unused paeonia texture.
1.1418w44aOld lectern texture file.png
A texture sheet containing each texture then associated with the lectern has been added, but is not used.
18w45aThe lectern sheet from above was removed.
1.1519w34aWax Block (texture) JE1.png
The texture for a wax block was added.
19w42aRemoved the wax block texture.
1.1620w06aStripped Warped Stem (top texture) JE1.png Stripped Warped Stem (texture) JE1 BE1.png
Two duplicate stripped warped stem textures are present in the assets, entitled "warped_stripped_log_top.png" and "warped_stripped_log_side.png".
20w09aRemoved the above duplicate warped stem textures.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Cobweb (texture) JE0 BE0.png Cake (item) JE1 BE1.png Crying Obsidian (texture) JE0 BE0.png
The old web, cake item and crying obsidian textures are present.
Nether Portal (placeholder texture) JE1 BE1.png
Due to the absence of nether portals, its placeholder texture is unused.
v0.3.0The crying obsidian texture has been replaced by the grass block overlay.
v0.14.2Allow (texture) BE0.png Deny (texture) BE0.png
Added what appear to be prototype textures for the allow and deny blocks.
Bedrock Edition
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.2Empty Barrel (texture) BE1.png Fish Barrel (texture) BE1.png
Added two unused barrel textures. Their fate remains unknown.