How to fix « made for an older version » problem with resource packs?

Minecraft is one of those games that receives regular updates. Sometimes they’re very frequent, which can cause problems with installing old resource packs on a newer versions of the game. The most popular problem is when you try to install an older version of the resource pack in the latest version of the game, you will most likely receive a warning that this pack was created for an older version of Minecraft. So, if you have “made for an older version” problem with one of your installed  resource packs, it can be easily fixed. Here is the instruction:

For Windows users:

  1. Open the “Roaming” folder, by simultaneously pressing the Win + R keys, an input window will appear, enter “%appdata%” and press Enter.
  2. In “Roaming” you will see many different folders, you will need to look for the “Minecraft” folder. The Minecraft folder should have a resourcepacks folder (if it’s not there, just create it), which you must open.
  3. If you correctly installed your resource packs, in this folder you will see all installed resource packs. Open the one you have a “made for an older version” problem with.
  4. Now open the file named “pack.mcmeta”. You will need to make a very, very small change to one of the config values.
  5. In a recently opened file, you will see a line of text labeled “pack_format” followed by a number. Just change this number to “5” and save the file. Done!

For Apple (OS X, Mac) users:

  1. In your “Go” menu, open “Finder” and select “Go to Folder“, in the input box type “~/Library/Application Support/minecraft” and press Enter (or click “Go”).
  2. There you should have a resourcepacks folder (if it’s not there, just create it). Open it.
  3. In this folder you will see all installed resource packs. Open the one you have a “made for an older version” problem with.
  4. Now open the file named “pack.mcmeta”.
  5. In a recently opened file, you will see a line of text labeled “pack_format” followed by a number. Just change this number to “5” and save the file. Done!

Note: your game must be closed, otherwise you will not be able to save the file, or the saved file will not apply the changes to the game until you restart the game.

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