I would like to get some nice, original player heads to use as as meme references. I don't want to make multiple accounts to get the player heads. Is it only one head texture per account? Or is there another way?


Yes, you can use a single account to create as many custom heads as you like.

Each time you change your skin, your original skin file still exists and can be accessed. Whenever you create a custom skull, that skull will be pointing directly to the skin file that it was created with, and not just the player UUID. That means any skulls you create will retain their skins even if you change yours.

There is a slight issue where using /give does not cause the SkullOwner string tag to immediately translate into a compound containing the extra data, so for all of the following commands, you will need to throw the item on the ground and pick it back up or exit the world and re-enter.

For example, the following creates a skull:

/give @p minecraft:skull 1 3 {SkullOwner:"Skylinerw"}

With the following SkullOwner compound:


The important part is the Value tag, which is a base64-encoded JSON object, decoded as:


Original texture

Now if I change my skin, the above data will stay the same (and the URL always points to the skin that the skull was created with). Using /give again will provide a new skull, where the data becomes:


Modified texture

You may have to exit the game and re-enter for your skin to change.

To provide the skull with the skin data already applied, you would replace the SkullOwner string with the compound. In order to get the compound in the first place, you can use the original /give command to provide the skull, throw the skull on the ground and run the following in a command block:

/entitydata @e[type=Item,c=1] {}

No data changes, but the output textbox in the command block will contain the data you're looking for. You would then input that into /give like so:

/give @p minecraft:skull 1 3 {SkullOwner:{Name:"Skylinerw",Id:"b9aa57fe-649e-4d48-806e-63af2faff5c6",Properties:{textures:[{Value:"eyJ0aW1lc3RhbXAiOjE0NzU1OTk4ODA0NjQsInByb2ZpbGVJZCI6ImI5YWE1N2ZlNjQ5ZTRkNDg4MDZlNjNhZjJmYWZmNWM2IiwicHJvZmlsZU5hbWUiOiJTa3lsaW5lcnciLCJ0ZXh0dXJlcyI6eyJTS0lOIjp7InVybCI6Imh0dHA6Ly90ZXh0dXJlcy5taW5lY3JhZnQubmV0L3RleHR1cmUvOTc0MzhiZDE1NjI2MTk1N2NhOTQ0Mzg5ZGQ3OWYwZjAyY2E5NDU4M2YwZjQyMGMxZmY5YTllMmM1OTRhMTQifX19"}]}}}

And that skull will always provide the proper skin, even if you change yours.

Alternatively, you can use this service to create the correct skull compound data from your current skin. Simply input your username, click "Craft Command", and you will be provided with the skull data of your current skin. You can then change your skin and repeat the process to continue receiving the most up-to-date skull data, while the old skulls are preserved.

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    the answer seems pretty smart though I don't understand a single word of it. – technikfe Oct 4 '16 at 17:04
  • @technikfe Hehe, is there anything I need to clarify specifically? Basically you just need to run /give, throw item on the ground, change your skin, and then run /give again (while likely needing to reboot the game). The remainder is technical info about why it works. I've added another option at the end which is likely much easier to work with. – Skylinerw Oct 4 '16 at 17:26
  • I think I should clarify my question: Is it possible to have more than one version of a (player head that belongs to the same player) activly being given using plugins or /give, – technikfe Oct 4 '16 at 17:32
  • and what's "the service"? – technikfe Oct 4 '16 at 17:33
  • @technikfe Yes, that's what I've essentially written. The text "this service" is a link, clicking it takes you to: heads.freshcoal.com – Skylinerw Oct 4 '16 at 17:39

No, you can't. You can, but it's rather complicated. Instead, you can use this command to give you a specific player's head (it will use the player's skin from his account):

/give @p minecraft:skull 1 3 {SkullOwner:"[username_here]"} 

will give you a custom head. For example:

/give @p minecraft:skull 1 3 {SkullOwner:"Notch"} 

will give you the head of Notch's skin, and

/give @p minecraft:skull 1 3 {SkullOwner:"minecrafter_123"}

will give you the head of minecrafter_123's skin.

You can use the heads as normally, and after the skin loads on them, they can be used even offline. The head(s) can be worn, placed, etc.. You can use literally any player's head skin. If you type a name that doesn't exist, you will get the head of the default skin.

  • yeah but what if they change their skin? – technikfe Oct 4 '16 at 17:00
  • @technikfe The head won't change, but if you want to give it yourelf again, it will give you the new head. – user143228 Oct 4 '16 at 17:31
  • lol I come from slovak rep. (not sure if this is not only English) join The Bridge – technikfe Oct 4 '16 at 18:18
  • @technikfe Yep, it's only English (ale stejně, ahoj!) :) – user143228 Oct 4 '16 at 18:27

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