Custom HD Capes & Skins mod for Minecraft 1.7.2

Minecraft’s pixellated goodness is lovely and charming, but some people prefer the contrast of high resolution images mixed in with the game.  High definition textures and capes have been around for a while, but now you can customize them without going through Mojang’s servers thanks to the glorious Custom HD Capes & Skins mod!




Much cape.  Such wow.  This mod is quite small, but effectively delivers on its promise.


Install Custom HD Capes & Skins Mod for Minecraft 1.7.2


This process is a bit different from most other mods:

  1. Download the latest version of the mod here.  Unzip it to a folder on your desktop.

  2. Hold the windows key and press R, then type %appdata%.  This should bring up a folder.

  3. Navigate to .minecraft/Versions from here.

  4. Make a backup of your 1.7.2 folder in a safe place, in case you need to revert your game.  Note that you can also put the 1.7.2 folder back in your directory after the next step to have an unmodded version of it present – this is up to you.

  5. Rename the 1.7.2 folder within your Versions folder to “HDCapesSkins” (without the quotes).

  6. In this folder, rename 1.7.2.jar to – then also rename 1.7.2.json to HDCapesSkins.json.

  7. Open the json file you just renamed using notepad.  Replace the text that says “id”: “1.7.2” with “id”: “HDCapesSkins” – then save and close the file.  See the screenshot below for reference:


  1. Almost done!  Now, open the HDCapesSkins.jar file with winrar and delete the META-INF file.  Add all of the files from the folder you made in step 1 to this .jar file using winrar, then close the file.

  2. With that done, launch your client.  Change the profile (using “edit profile”) to HDCapesSkins in the same way that you would to use a different version of Minecraft.  Once you’ve saved your profile, try to play.

  3. If you cannot play online, simply try restarting the game.


Phew!  That was a lot, but we’re not done yet – now you have to actually install some skins or capes!


Installing Your HD Capes and Skins


Unfortunately, as of this release, HD Skins are not functioning for this mod.  You will instead learn how to install a custom cape:


  1. Go to your Minecraft directory (appdata\.minecraft) and open the Capes folder.

  2. Open both of the text files you find in here (with extension .txt).  Keep these open for now.

  3. Change the name of your cape image to charname.png, where charname is your name on Minecraft.

  4. If you wish to use a server (besides Mojang’s) for your cape, upload it and make sure the filename wasn’t changed.  Copy the address (Example:

  5. If you wish to use a file straight from your hard drive, rename it and put it in a folder where it won’t be moved or deleted (otherwise your cape will stop working in the future).  Right click the file and click properties.  Copy its path at the top.

  6. Go back to the text files.  Paste your copied text on the first line of them.  If you are using a file from your hard drive, change each \ to \\.


And that’s it!  You’re finally done.  Now you can enjoy your beautiful cape and pay homage to Doge…  Or whatever you choose to use.  Post your cape (preferably a screenshot of it in-game) down below!

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