Animated Crosshair

38,181 Downloads Last Updated: Nov 17, 2017 Game Version: 1.12.2   +5

Create completely custom crosshairs of any color, size, animation, etc.! The possibilities are endless.



This mod was designed to allow users to create any crosshair they like without the limitations built into Vanilla Minecraft. Change the size, color, and more with just a few clicks! The mod comes with 8 different crosshairs built in, but you are able to make your own with PNG files and JSON (more on this later!). 


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Getting Started

This mod only introduces one command: /crosshair. This will pop up a GUI where you can swap between which cursor you're using with the arrow buttons or customize a crosshair by clicking on "Configure." Pressing "Save" will apply the crosshair that is currently selected.

Demonstration of the /crosshair menu


If you're only interested in using one of the crosshairs built into the mod, then that's it! You're done! Maybe you want to customize your crosshair, though.. Change its animation speed, size, or color...


Configuring Your Crosshair

Configuration of individual crosshairs fortunately isn't hard either. If there is some slight modification you'd like to make, it's easy! From the /crosshair menu, click on the "Configure" button with the crosshair you'd like to change selected.

Configuration menu

In this menu you're able to edit the scale, framerate, and frame count of your crosshair.

  • Scale - How large your crosshair is. 1.0 is Minecraft's default size.
  • Framerate - How fast the animation is, if there is one (specifically how many frames there should be every second)
  • Frame count - Total number of frames in the animation

This might be enough for you, but there's one final configuration menu you can use: the colors menu!

Colors gui

Adjust the color of the crosshair by sliding the red, green, and blue sliders until you find the color that you'd like. The "Negative Color" option lets you toggle vanilla Minecraft's feature that makes the crosshair's colors invert when hovering over bright colors.


Installing a Crosshair

If you have a .png file and a .properties file for a crosshair that you'd like to install, you can do so. All crosshair files are stored in .minecraft/crosshair/assets/animatedcrosshair/ (.minecraft being wherever your Minecraft folder is). All you have to do is simply move the two files into this folder and you're good to go! You shouldn't have to restart the game if you have one running already.


Available Crosshairs

Not all crosshairs are installed by default on your client. There are some that I have made and some that others have made that you will have to install yourself if you wish to use them. You can find more crosshairs at


Making Your Own Crosshair

While making your own crosshair is more advanced, it isn't too hard!


What you'll need:

  • Image editing software (I recommend Paint.NET)
  • A text editor

Step One

Understand the animation system. All animations are stored in a .png image file, each frame being 1/16th by 1/16th of the image's size. If you want your crosshair to be 32x32 pixels, then you'd need to create a new image canvas that is 512x512 (512 / 32 = 16). White backgrounds are rendered, so make sure to make the background transparent by deleting all that white space that you don't want visible!


When it comes time to render a crosshair in a PNG file, the frames are picked in an up-to-down, left-to-right basis. For example, here's a sample grid to demonstrate the size of each frame and where they are in order:

Sample frame layout


The mod will loop through each box at the framerate set in the config until the box that it's currently on is beyond the number of total frames in the animation (also set in the config), at which point it loops back to the beginning.

Step Two

Create a new canvas in the side that you'd like and add in each crosshair frame for the animation. If you only want one frame (i.e. no animation), then you only need to fill in the top-left corner. Continue putting each frame into its appropriate section of pixels until you're done.

Step Three

All animations should be stored in .minecraft/crosshair/assets/animatedcrosshair/ (.minecraft being wherever your Minecraft folder is). Save your new image file as a .png to that folder. The file should be named whatever you want it to be called in the game (although the name must be all lowercase!)

Step Four

Create a new .properties file with the same name as your image in the same folder. For example, if your image file is titled "crosshair.png", then your properties file should be "". Open the file with a text editor and paste the following code into it, and save:

  "frame": 0,
  "frameCount": 1,
  "frameRate": 0,
  "negativeColor": true,
  "crosshairScale": 1,
  "colorModifier": {
    "value": -1,
    "falpha": 0
  "chromaColor": false

This file contains all the settings corresponding to your crosshair. It might be easiest to edit this file from in-game, to make sure you don't make any mistakes, so we can just close it now.

Step Five

Start the game, do /crosshair, and navigate until you find your crosshair. Hopefully it will show up! If it doesn't, then you've done something wrong. Feel free to ask for help! You should be able to now click on "Configure" to change all the settings for your crosshair. Once you're done, click "Save" and voila! You've just made yourself a crosshair!



Will this affect my PVP skills?

It likely depends on your crosshair. I have tried a multiple of crosshairs and to my surprise it had no noticeable effect on how good I was at PVP.


I want a different crosshair, but I don't know how to make one.

If you have a GIF or a general idea of a crosshair you'd like but aren't able to make it yourself, feel free to DM me on Twitter (@bugfroggy) and I can do my best to make it for you if I have the time. Please try to make it yourself first (I of course reserve the right to refuse any requests).


I just made a crosshair. How do I include it on the downloads page?

Contact bugfroggy using your preferred method with the .properties file and the .png file so I can review it and add the download if necessary.



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