This step-by-step guide on how to install Optifine for Minecraft outlines the download process, where to get assets and how to install shaders.
Optifine is a utility mod created by sp614x. It was designed to revise Minecraft’s lighting and rendering systems, increasing their efficiency and detail. Optifine is a purely client-side mod and crashes when loaded from a server. With Optifine it is possible to install and use so-called shaders.
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Where can I download Optifine?
The best place to go for Optifine is the developer’s site. You can find this site HERE . There you can download Optifine for various versions. In our case it is for version 1.15.1.
How to install Optifine
There are several ways to install Optifine. One variant is the one with the mod loader Forge or with the downloaded file from Optifine itself. In this tutorial, we first describe the simple variant with the downloaded file itself.
In order to be able to execute the file itself, an installation of Java is required. Ideally the latest Java version. You can find them HERE .
After you have installed Java and downloaded the desired version of Optifine, make sure that the Minecraft Launcher and Minecraft itself are closed. Then you open the Optifine file (with the extension .jar ) with a right click.
How to install Optifine with Forge
Optifine can be installed with Forge if you want to use the mod with other mods at the same time. But it can also be installed completely on its own.
- Go to the Minecraft Forge page and download the appropriate version. The best way to install Forge is to use the Windows Installer.
- Start Minecraft and select “Forge” under Profile. Click on “Play”.
- Under Mods, check whether Forge has started by looking in the list of Mods to see if Forge is there. If Forge is there, you can close Minecraft again.
- Download the OptiFine jar file and move it to the Minecraft folder under “Run (Win + R)” “% appdata%”.
- When you start Minecraft, you will find the new Optifine settings under Settings.
How to install Optifine without Forge
- Download the latest installation version from the download page of Optifine .
- Run the installation file.
- Optifine is now installed in your Minecraft.
How to install shaders for Minecraft
The popular game Minecraft by Mojang offers the so-called shaders a good way to visually enhance the game. Minecraft usually has no, or very simple, non-dynamic shadows by default. A shader adds a dynamic and realistic light calculation to the game, including the popular shadows.
Attention: For a shader mod you need good hardware in your gaming PC or gaming laptop including your own gaming graphics card. Unfortunately, since the performance requirements of the various shader developers differ, it is not possible to create a uniform system requirement. Minecraft will probably run on an old office PC, but definitely not with a shader.
First install the OptiFine modification as outlined above. It is used for almost all Minecraft shaders. In addition, the mod adds a lot of graphics settings to Minecraft. The performance of your Minecraft game also increases significantly through a lot of optimizations.
Download your desired shader from the Internet. Here you will find a large number of shader packs from different creators. For example, if you have a worse PC, just search for terms like “low performance” or “low end pc”. One of the oldest and at the same time most popular is, for example, the so-called SEUS shader (Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders). There are also modifications for poorer computers that make your game look really good!
Now that you have downloaded your shader (.zip file), enter “% appdata%” in the Windows search bar and click on the folder above.
Now go from the AppData folder to the “Roaming -> .minecraft -> shaderpacks” folder. If the folder “shaderpacks” does not exist, you may have to create it in the .minecraft directory.
Here you have then only your .zip file with your shaders in the folder “shader packs”.
After you have copied the file into the appropriate folder, you now start Minecraft. Here you go to Options -> Graphics Settings -> Shader. Here you can see your recently installed shader pack, which you can activate by clicking on the name. In the menu on the right, you can adjust settings for your shader if necessary. When you have set everything, click on “Done”.
Now you’ve activated everything! You can now go into the game and test whether your Minecraft is still running with enough frames per second. If it stutters, there is usually a version of your shader with lower hardware requirements, which you can download!