How to Steal Skins in MineCraft

Ahhh, MineCraft.  An awesome game that lets you sandbox buildings.  But while it’s very fun, the new skin feature seems to be very insecure.  After wondering where raw PNGs were stored, I realized that it was imperative to have a uniform system based on confirmed username.  This would help for the server, which has to display custom skins based on your particular username.

Fortunately, it was easier than I thought.  The names were not even MD5’d or otherwise hashed to make it hard for us to detect.  It wasn’t in a hidden folder.  It was all public in  What I mean : My raw custom skin PNG was stored in  Notch’s is in  Easy right?  Also fun… Everything is public domain now.  Just see someone with a skin you like and grab it.  Here is a zip of a few I grabbed earlier today (yes, there are some awesome ones in here).

Notch's Custom Skin (Currently)

Notch's Custom Skin (Currently)

Notch, I tried to notify you, but you weren’t on IRC.  Oh well… I have a feeling it’ll get fixed soon enough.  Or hell, you can leave it.  This is an awesome feature IMO, and I want people to use it.  Download as many skins as you can before it gets sealed up forever!



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Published in: on June 17, 2009 at 1:37 pm  Comments (49)  

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  1. Public Domain doesn’t work that way.

    • It was more of a joke and a reference to Notch saying he would eventually make the whole game public domain.

  2. Nat, can you send me my Optimus Prime skin? I deleted it accidently.


  4. I made a megaman skin. It’s under the skins section if crafthub. Just google “crafthub minecraft”.

  5. @ Summoner


  6. i really tried to make a skin but i couldn’t stop stuffing up

  7. why can’t I stop stuffing up

  8. how do you set the skin onto your player

    • you copy that .png into anywhere on your computer and then upload it at

  9. And yet it still works…lol.

    Good thing to I guess, since the skindex is always fucked up.

  10. It doesn’t work anymore although you can look at there skin but not steal it…“__________”

    __________ = Username

  11. It does still work, the name is case sensitive.

  12. minecraft is awesome

  13. omg wow ( it wont work)

  14. IT WONT WORK WORK!! so cool!!

  15. i cant get it to work? what the?!?!?! still just whatever!?!?!?!?!?!

  16. on minecraft classic type 😀 dont forget cap D it makes a nether goast!

  17. omg it makes thise 😀 pop up!

  18. 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  19. 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 smiles!!!

  20. 😛

  21. 😦

  22. 🙂

  23. thats not his skin he has a cape with a mogang logo on it, the cape is like a hat its not attached to his body

    • The cape is separate from the skin png.

  24. If Notch were to MD5 the names people would just steal the code for converting names>MD5 from the source, and if he restricted access to the file how would clients/servers fetch the file for viewing?

    Thanks, I’ll use this on my website to get peoples pictures…

  25. Awesome, I was able to recover my current skin using this method. I had lost the original .png for it but now I can back it up again. Thank you.



  27. Finally I can make my favorite servers admin into a zombie and make it part of my texture pack 😀

  28. Notch has a cape now. UPDATE THIS PAGE.

  29. Just a side note here guys: yes Notch does have a cape. BUT it is a different .png file that the actual skin. In other words, Notch and anyone else who has a cape uploads it somewhere else, if they can. It is NOT apart of your skin, because you’d see a lot more people walk around with them in multiplayer. If you want a cape, install a mod that adds it, but chances are, only you and other people with that mod will be able to see it.



  31. Greetings! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin
    for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one?

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  32. Okay, I see that this SHOULD be accessible. I cannot, as I get this:

    This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.

    Access Denied


    So, I was wondering: My computer just crashed, and all my skins disappeared. They had to go somewhere. Is there a file in the .minecraft folder where they are stored?

    Thanks for answering!

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