SkinEdit – Create Minecraft Skins With Ease

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Rating: 4.1/5 (182 votes cast)

SkinEdit Main Screen

SkinEdit is a simple graphics editor optimized for making Minecraft skins. It got many features to make it easier for beginners to understand how Minecraft skinning works as well as all the features even experienced skinners need. With over 3000 downloads so far the latest alpha adds many requested features such as dodge and burn tool as well as flood fill.

This makes making custom minecraft skins a heck of a lot easier. Now you don’t have to mess with the minecraft skin template or image editing programs, just install this and you’re all set.

It’s tested and working on PC, Mac and Linux, so whatever OS you have, chances are it will run it. Installation is a little tricky but with some help it’s easy to get done.

Click to Download

To install:

1. Make sure you have Java installed (if you can play Minecraft you have Java installed already)
2. Download the file, preferably with the download button, but if you have problems use the mirror
3. Open the compressed file (.zip). Your computer should be able to do this without external programs, but 7-zip and WinRAR can handle it as well.
4. Put the files anywhere on your computer, but note that it will be a lot easier to get 3D preview working if you put it in a folder you have write access in (For example, under Windows ‘My Document’ or ‘Desktop’ works. You can put it in a sub-folder. Under Linux any folder under your home folder should work. Just make sure to get all files if you want to get the most out of SkinEdit (such as the ‘backgrounds’ folder for additional backgrounds)
5. Just doubleclick ‘MCSkinEdit.jar’ (Might be displayed as ‘MCSkinEdit’). SkinEdit should now launch
6. To get 3D preview working, just click ok when SkinEdit prompts you to enter the URL for the previewer. This is only done the first time you launch SkinEdit.

See, not too difficult, but you probably couldn’t figure it out on your own (unless you’re a computer wiz).

Here’s the instructions too:

Left mouse – Draw the selected color
Right mouse – Erase. Only the hat will support transparent in game
Middle mouse – Copy color. Same as CTRL + Right mouse
CTRL + Left mouse – Flood fill
CTRL + Right mouse – Copy color. Same as Middle mouse
ALT + Left mouse * – Dodge tool. Best effect when dragged
ALT + Right mouse * – Burn tool. Best effect when dragged
ALT + CTRL + Left mouse * – More powerful dodge tool
ALT + CTRL + Right mouse * – More powerful burn tool

* Doesn’t support brushsize currently

I’m actually using it right now to make some minecraft skins for you guys, so if anyone has any suggestions let me know!

EDIT: If it says “Preview Broken” delete skintest2.jar and when it asks for the URL enter this:


SkinEdit – Create Minecraft Skins With Ease, 4.1 out of 5 based on 182 ratings
  • Wolf20

    I dont see a download button? How do I download this?

    • Admin

      Oops sorry about that. Fixed it now.

      Download it here:

      • Mickiela2s

        Are there any “girl” minecraft skins????

        • Wrestlingman321


  • Wat_the_hec

    the only problem with that is its only 64X32 skins im looking for a 128X64 skin maker

    • Anonymous

      How do I load the program? Do I select the jar file? Please answer!

      • Petshopgirl07

        You click “Launch” 🙂

      • Jrager193

        How do i get to .jar?

  • Mdfoley13


  • Danylrichards

    it does not work for me i have a apple from cy

  • Dreamaker_xD

    Please make an ACDC T-shirt!!!!!!

  • Lukaz2009

    Ah, when I double click the .JAR file it opens it as if it were a .zip file.

    • Aridorn

      same for me

      • Guest

        If that happens, right click on it, then click on choose default program and then use Java. If that doesn’t work than make sure you have Java. Though if you have Minecraft you will have Java. If that doesn’t work……

    • Henk662

      mine to please help im a noob

  • Cronch

    I am on windows xp and it opens for me 1/4th of the time.

  • Ryan

    the view says its broken

  • meowzillah

    make a giant cat… so i can use it C:

  • Novastar32

    I downloaded it, but it wont let me preview the skin Im making, what do I do?!?!?!? It’s so annoying@

    • Guest

      It’s because the minecraft previewer is down. Not the application creator’s fault.

    • Magoo

      I sooooooooooooooooooooo agree it is annoying

    • crafter

      I agree

  • Guest

    Mine says Preview Broken Help 🙁

    • Mrito Fadi

      you need internet if u want it to show ur screen

  • Lol Lol

    lol, i cannot see the picture of mah character, what to doo?

  • Arlekina5

    Preview Broken D;

  • McX@V13R

    i have created so many things with the prview broken and it’s still very cool (they all work)

  • Vinhphan38


  • impureevil

    Hey, thanks for this man its epic but i still dont have the 3D preview any suggestions?

  • Wyattwren

    a gost

  • Glenbluey

    please please please tell me how to fix it, it just says that my preview on the main menu and on the part picker is broken. please help me X[

  • Anonymous

    I am not.. Surpsied

  • Anonymous

    Because the prewiev broken it suck thing

  • sam

    can you add writing on skin edit

  • Shannon Hotm

    how do you install xray mod it is hard

  • Superjjstudios

    When i click the jar file on my mac, it fails. i even tried that download thing. And it pops up with a window with a black background, and red text. HELP ME BRO

  • mac r crap!

     can you get it for mac? (i hate mac!)

  • Readerfish

    I don’t understand a thing stupid

  • Guest

    This doesn’t work. 

  • Toxic Mushroomz

    Its a JAR file so when I open it it shows its properties ( MetaINF and stuff like that )

    • Wvage

      You  need to “open with” javaw.exe

  • Mudkipz76

    when it say preview broken i paste in the thing the above the comments and i still can’t see the preveiw

  • Jenzy

    I can’t launch SkinEdit at all! I even tried to reinstall my Java, but it didn’t work! Please help!

  • DstormV92

    ok yeah it works but i cant use it

  • DstormV92

    ok yeah it works but i cant use it

  • lolz pl0x

    how do ya load it to ur minecraft???????

  • Sgt_ZombieSlayer

    The preview box is STILL not working… can you please sort this out?!

  • Supercoolale

    i cant start it please help i have java and minecraft but no starting

  • Karma

    everything works exept the part picker sumone fix it!

  • Rapolk

    I have a problem running the app.  The message said to post it here
    SkinEdit – alpha 3 pre 5!!! UNCAUGHT !!!Thread: Thread[AWT-EventQueue-0,6,main]java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: java/awt/Desktop        at swedtech.mcskinedit.frames.CrashScreen.displayForum(        at swedtech.mcskinedit.frames.CrashScreen.actionPerformed(        at javax.swing.AbstractButton.fireActionPerformed(        at javax.swing.AbstractButton$Handler.actionPerformed(        at javax.swing.DefaultButtonModel.fireActionPerformed(        at javax.swing.DefaultButtonModel.setPressed(        at javax.swing.plaf.basic.BasicButtonListener.mouseReleased(        at java.awt.Component.processMouseEvent(        at javax.swing.JComponent.processMouseEvent(        at java.awt.Component.processEvent(        at java.awt.Container.processEvent(        at java.awt.Component.dispatchEventImpl(        at java.awt.Container.dispatchEventImpl(        at java.awt.Component.dispatchEvent(        at java.awt.LightweightDispatcher.retargetMouseEvent(        at java.awt.LightweightDispatcher.processMouseEvent(        at java.awt.LightweightDispatcher.dispatchEvent(        at java.awt.Container.dispatchEventImpl(        at java.awt.Window.dispatchEventImpl(        at java.awt.Component.dispatchEvent(        at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEventImpl(        at java.awt.EventQueue.access$000(        at java.awt.EventQueue$        at java.awt.EventQueue$        at        at$1.doIntersectionPrivilege(        at$1.doIntersectionPrivilege(        at java.awt.EventQueue$        at java.awt.EventQueue$        at        at$1.doIntersectionPrivilege(        at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEvent(        at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpOneEventForHierarchy(        at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForHierarchy(        at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(        at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(        at

  • Poppybro64

    it says UPDATE JAVA but i already did HELP

  • Doopsy

    I downloaded it but the dumb preview is broken :V

  • Doopsy


  • Julle Backlund

    how do i use my skin?

  • Guest

    mine has a black figure moving as the preview

    • Fartr150

      How’d you get a preview?
      btw that’s what it’s supposed to do till you draw the skin

  • Minecraft is awesome

    i mite get it

  • Holy Crap…


  • Omar Hajimatov


  • Dryerboy2

    i love this!!! please try to make a texture pack creator 😀

  • Magoo

    I just dont get how create the accual person in my words i would really say this is O.K but like I said how do create the accual person :l
    but thanx for website anyway

  • Magoo

    And just adding to that u shouldnt have to download it onto ya desktop

  • Kiwimonster123

    what the ff it broke my computer

  • Guest


  • Tk10

    it no work

  • ps1pfearfan

    it says Preview broken plz help

  • noneyo

    SkinEdit – alpha 3 pre 5
    !!! UNCAUGHT !!!
    Thread: Thread[main,5,main]
    java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: javax.imageio.ImageIO.getReaderFileSuffixes()[Ljava/lang/String;
            at swedtech.mcskinedit.frames.ProgramWindow$1ImageFileFilter.(
            at swedtech.mcskinedit.frames.ProgramWindow.createBackgroundMenu(
            at swedtech.mcskinedit.frames.ProgramWindow.setupMenus(
            at swedtech.mcskinedit.frames.ProgramWindow.(
            at swedtech.mcskinedit.Launcher.main(


  • Flamingbird2002

    is it good

  • Flamingbird2002

    and which download button do you press?

  • PotatoKid1

    I Like Trains And Building

  • PotatoKid1


  • notch

    fuck it it wont work

  • John

    Why the hell is it asking me to burn it into a CD when I try to bring up “MCSkinEdit”? You also should of mentioned that It requires “Express Burn” for whatever reason.

  • guest

    does the preview work for anyone?

  • EndiePonyPotato

    Aww, its not working for me, i try again later though

  • crafter

    I don’t know how to make a skin

  • Zoe

    what are you talking about?

  • jaibear