Blockbench

Is Blockbench free?

Yes, Blockbench is absolutely free! The project is open source and the website is funded by donations.

Can I use Blockbench models in my (commercial) project?

Everything that you make with Blockbench is your artwork. Blockbench is just a tool. That means that you can use and redistribute anything made with Blockbench, even for commercial use. It would, however, be nice if you give credit – and leave the credit line in the json file – in return.

Where do I find error messages?

If there is an issue with either Blockbench itself or a plugin, you can see the error message in the Blockbench console. To see the console, press Control + Shift + I at the same time. In some cases you will not see the console directly, so you have to click on the “Console” tab. Include a screenshot of the error message in your bug report.

The web app preview does not load. What can I do?

Make sure your browser is WebGL-compatible. Go to get.webgl.org and check is a cube appears. If it doesn’t, update or switch your browser. The latest versions of Chrome and Opera should work.

If this doesn’t help, it might be an individual problem with your graphics drivers.

What limitations does the web-app have?

The web-app is a fully-functional version of the app. Only some import / export features require extra steps due to security features in browsers. Model import is still possible, but their textures have to be loaded manually.

Will there be a mobile/Android version of Blockbench?

A Blockbench app is not planned. Blockbench can be used on phones by using the web app, but using a computer for modeling is strongly recommended.

How do I add background images/blueprints?

You can add background images to each camera angle in Blockbench. On orthographic camera angles, the background can be used as a blueprint for the model. To add a new background, use the menu View > Background > Add Background. To change it, use the toolbar in the bottom right corner of the preview window.

Why does my texture not show up in the UV editor?

Make sure that you are loading textures from your hard drive. Loading textures from servers or usb drives can cause problems.

Why is the Blockbench interface flickering and turning blurry?

This is an issue with your graphics settings. If you are using an Nvidia graphics card, open the Nvidia Control Panel, select “3D Settings” > “Manage 3D Settings” and disable “Antialiasing – FXAA”. Click “Apply”. The changes will show after you restart Blockbench.

Modeling

Why are my texture gone/white after saving and opening the model?

Blockbench uses the normal resource pack structure to load textures. You should always load textures into Blockbench from the same resource pack that your model is in. Only that way Blockbench knows where the textures are saved. This is the recommended file structure:
assets
minecraft
models
block
model.json
item
textures
block
texture.png
...

Can I rotate an element more precisely / on multiple axes at once?

By default, Blockbench makes models for the Minecraft blockmodel format. That means that the restrictions of the format (22.5° angles, only one axis) apply.

How can I make a model bigger than 3 by 3 by 3?

By default, Blockbench makes models for the Minecraft blockmodel format. That means that the restrictions of the format (coordinates between -16 and 32) apply.

There are, however, a few tricks to get larger models. You can disable the limit in the settings, work on a bigger model and scale it down later using Transform > Scale. To scale the model up in Minecraft, scale up the model using the display settings and use an armor stand to place the model into your world.

Why does my model look black and magenta ingame?

This happens when the game can’t find the texture file. Only load textures from the correct resource pack so that Blockbench can connect them.

Why does my model look different in my hand than in the display mode in Blockbench?

This is most likely a side effect of using 1.8. Back then, display slots worked differently. To fix this, you should switch to the latest version of Minecraft.

If you, for whatever reason, need the models in 1.8, you can manually edit the json file with any text editor.