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MCMETA File Extension

Minecraft Animation Format
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What is MCMETA file?

MCMETA is a animation configuration file used by Minecraft computer game. The file stores config data for such game aspects as sound, fonts, duration, frame times, or textures.

Use of MCMETA files

MCMETA files are used in process of generating Minecraft game world and in animation-related processes during gameplay. MCMETA files define how and when the animations will be played in the game.

MCMETA file structure

Data in MCMETA files are stored in plain text format, and therefore the animations can be edited without tinkering with the game’s source code. Information store in MCMETA files follow a defined structure with lines looking similar to the following:

{ "pack": { "pack_format": 4, "description": "Example Resource Pack" } }

Additional information

Minecraft doesn’t directly open MCMETA files, only references them.

Users can edit some properties of animations be editing pack.mcmeta file.

Programs which support MCMETA file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with MCMETA files, divided into 2 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with MCMETA suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support MCMETA file

Updated: 01/25/2020

How to open file with MCMETA extension?

Being unable to open files with MCMETA extension can be have various origins. Fortunately, most common problems with MCMETA files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Get the Minecraft

Install software to open MCMETA file Problems with opening and working with MCMETA files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with MCMETA files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install Minecraft or one to the listed programs: Windows Notepad. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support MCMETA files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading Minecraft installed is by going to developer’s website (Markus Persson) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Check the version of Minecraft and update if needed

Update software that support file extension MCMETAYou still cannot access MCMETA files although Minecraft is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that Minecraft cannot handle files with MCMETA may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of Minecraft is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Minecraft to MCMETA files

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate MCMETA files with latest version of Minecraft you have installed on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with MCMETA file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the MCMETA file
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Minecraft is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open MCMETA files and clicking OK.
Associate software with MCMETA file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with MCMETA extension, select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with MCMETA extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Verify that the MCMETA is not faulty

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the MCMETA file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

Check MCMETA file for viruses
1. Verify that the MCMETA in question is not infected with a computer virus

Should it happed that the MCMETA is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the scanner detected that the MCMETA file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Ensure the file with MCMETA extension is complete and error-free

Did you receive the MCMETA file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. It could happen the the download process of file with MCMETA extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Minecraft

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support MCMETA files. Close all running programs and try opening the MCMETA file.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Minecraft Animation Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the MCMETA files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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