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Minecraft Dark Mode Setup

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mc head By Nathan Young

minecraft dark mode

Playing Minecraft late at night with friends can lead to some funny moments, but screen brightness might irritate the eyes. This can be problematic for those not wanting to be strained while enjoying themselves, especially if they are more sensitive to lights than others. Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy solution to this situation! Introducing the Default Dark Mode resource pack for Minecraft, changing all GUI menus to a darker theme. This even applies to buttons, inventory slots, and texts, meaning you won’t have to worry about being blinded. If you’re unhappy with the dark color, consider changing it without editing any files. This resource pack gives you many customization options, while also being possible to combine it with other textures to create a unique experience. Whether you want to use it standalone or merge it with different packs, you have plenty of ways to enjoy Minecraft dark mode. As for setting it up, you have the ability to install it on your launcher or dedicated server. In this Apex Hosting guide, we’ll be showing you how to do that and more with the Default Dark Mode resource pack for Minecraft.

How to Download

  1. Navigate to Default Dark Mode on CurseForge, then click Files at the top.
    Dark Mode Resource Pack Minecraft
  2. On this page, locate your desired Game Version in the list below.
  3. Afterward, press its three vertical dots on the right and click Download File.
    Dark Mode Resource Pack Download
  4. Save this file somewhere easily accessible on your computer for later.


Client Installation

Whether you’re using Optifine, Forge, Fabric, or other modded versions of Minecraft, installing dark mode is extremely simple. All you need to do is transfer the zip file into your resource packs folder, which is quickly accessible through the game. When you’re ready, follow the instructions below to get started.

  1. Open Minecraft and head towards the Options area from the main menu.
  2. Proceed to click Resource Packs and the Open Pack Folder button.
    Minecraft Resource Pack Folder
  3. Drag and drop the downloaded zip file in the newly opened folder.
    Dark Mode Minecraft Setup
  4. Return to the game and press the Arrow icon on the pack to select it.
    Dark Mode Minecraft Installation
  5. Afterward, click the Done button below to begin loading Dark Mode in Minecraft.


Server Setup

In cases where you want to force players to use this resource pack, consider reviewing this tutorial. The exact process is detailed in the guide for your convenience and shouldn’t be too difficult. However, you can always reach out to our 24/7 Support Team if you have any questions or concerns about it. Essentially, you’ll need to upload the resource pack to an external service and use its download link in your Minecraft server settings. This is achieved through your Apex server panel, which has a simplified user interface to make any changes. When you’re finished, new players joining the world will be prompted to download and use dark mode for Minecraft.

Dark Mode for Minecraft

Minecraft Dark Mode

After successfully installing the Default Dark Mode resource pack in Minecraft, you’ll notice the changes upon opening your inventory or accessing other GUI menus. This is the only aspect of your game that’s altered, as no block, item, or mob textures are edited. Keep in mind that you can combine dark mode with other resource packs if you want, which comes in handy for lots of players. Besides the overall dark themed menus, the text for them is slightly tweaked for increased readability. These features of the pack can be customized to anything you want, just in case if you’re unhappy with the default design.

Dark Mode Inventory Minecraft


Dark Mode Crafting Minecraft
Dark Mode Enchanting Minecraft
Dark Mode Smelting Minecraft

Remember, all GUI menus are in dark mode from this resource pack. This goes for crafting, enchanting, smelting, brewing, upgrading, and more. Any activity done through these functional and interactive blocks will have a dark theme instead of the classic white appearance. This might save you some eye strain in the long run, especially if you have pre-existing issues with brightness. Alternatively, being used to dark mode online might have sparked interest to do the same for Minecraft. Regardless of your reasoning, this resource pack comes in handy!

Customizing Dark Mode

Dark Mode Resource Pack Darkomizer

Using the Default Dark Mode resource pack has one massive benefit unlike anything seen before, allowing you to customize the in-game menus with ease. The creator provides a service called Darkomizer to quickly make these changes, which results in a new zip file to use in Minecraft. There’s even an area for recent designs, meaning you might find the perfect one from someone else! Otherwise, edit its color by working with the “Preferences” prompt on the website. Simply choose anything you want, including text and versions to make the ideal dark mode resource pack. Once finished, redo the installation to use it.


Dark Mode for Any Resource Pack

In some situations, you might want to use dark mode for other resource packs. This requires you to combine or merge them together, which can be challenging at first. Fortunately, there are two easy methods to accomplish this goal. Review each of them below to find what works best.

In-game Combination

Minecraft Dark Mode Any Resource Pack
While in the Resource Pack section, place the “Default Dark Mode” option at the top of your other packs. This will prioritize it accordingly, resulting in the GUI menus being darkened while keeping your custom textures. Remember, this pack doesn’t change items, blocks, or mobs. This provides you with the opportunity to rearrange resources to get dark mode and extra textures. However, compatibility issues may arise if you have too many packs enabled at once. We encourage you to limit them for the best results or prioritize them until it works.

Merging Pack Files

Merge Resource Pack Files
Instead of having lots of resource packs loaded in Minecraft, consider following this guide to merge everything together. The final product is a single zip file to use in-game, which should work without any problems. Although, you need to have the “Default Dark Mode” pack above other ones while doing this process. This ensures that darkened menus are prioritized first, then anything else afterward. Without doing this, issues might occur and cause the resource packs to be unplayable. Many players don’t encounter troubles while doing it, but make sure to follow the linked tutorial just in case.


Common Issues

Older Version Minecraft Message

After installing the Default Dark Mode resource pack in Minecraft, some users might notice the “made for an older version of Minecraft” message. This indicates that you’ve downloaded the wrong pack version, but can also mean you’re using a newer update of the game. Typically this issue can be ignored since it should still work, but can be readily fixed. Simply match the resource pack version when loading Minecraft or redownload the correct one to ensure this message disappears.

Unable to Combine Resource Packs

In some cases, players might have issues combining resource packs in-game. This occurs when there are too many textures or unoptimized priority. Solving it requires you to play around with their arrangement in the Resource Packs section. Rarely do you have to remove some, but might be needed depending on your amount of packs. However, this issue can be triggered by not having all resources updated to your desired game version. Make sure they’re compatible, then proceed accordingly.

Merged Resource Pack Incompatibility

Similar to combining resource packs, merging them can also be problematic for some users. Common causes include version incompatibility, poor prioritization, or too many textures. Fixing this situation means you have to tackle these reasons one-by-one. Essentially, ensure that all resource packs are on the same version, they’re correctly prioritized, and that there aren’t too many of them. Once you’ve done this, it should be functional in Minecraft.

Server Players Aren’t Prompted to Use Pack

Once you’ve successfully installed the resource pack on your Minecraft server, some players might be unable to receive the download prompt. This happens if the user already has the server in their list post-installation. Have each impacted person re-add it to resolve the problem. This solution also applies to those who denied the resource pack in the prompt. Alternatively, you can choose to use mods or plugins to force everyone to use it.

Useful Links

Default Dark Mode on CurseForge
Darkomizer for Default Dark Mode
Uploading Resource Packs on Minecraft Servers
How to Merge Resource Packs in Minecraft

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