How to install Minecraft Shaders with Optifine

Minecraft has a lot of things in its favor like infinite replayability, constantly changing and improving the online game. Minecraft falters in comparison with other modern games is its graphics. This article shows you how to install Minecraft shaders with optifine.

What is Minecraft shaders?

A shader is a feature used for various effects in spectator mode, and it is mandatory if you are using a moded version of Minecraft. Each pack of shaders looks different with different features. You can disable the shader by switching to the third person view. There are a lot of Minecraft shaders available out there.

What is OptiFine?

OptiFine is a Minecraft mod which allows you to customize your Minecraft experience with better visuals, improved frame-rate, dynamic lighting and more. It also supports the shaders, for customization of Minecraft’s graphics to a whole new level. If you have seen a Minecraft screenshot with reflecting water and photo-realistic lighting, that’s called a shader.

How to install Minecraft shader with Optifine?

Steps to install OptiFine.

  • Download the OptiFine, from its official site.
  • Double click at the .jar file.
  • Click “Install”, if the Minecraft directory is correct.
  • Once Optifine has been installed, open the Minecraft launcher again and click the green arrow to the right of the “Play” button.
  • Select the Optifine profile launch.
  • Using that profile Launch the game.

Once you have launched the Minecraft using Optifine profile, you will be able to start configuring OptiFine in the Video settings menu.

Steps to install Minecraft Shaders with OptiFine:

It is easy to install Minecraft shaders, once you have installed OptiFine. To get started you first have to install these best shaders for Minecraft of all time. The shaderpack will be in the form of ZIP or RAR format. If you have downloaded a shaderpack, there is no need to unpack it. You can simply drop that file into your .minecraft/shaderpack directory.

You can also easily locate the Minecraft shaderpack folder by launching the game if you have already installed the OptiFine, click the “Video Settings, then the Shaders, then finally clicking on the Shaders Folder button at the bottom of the left menu. You can also prefer to navigate to it directly, the default URL is:


You can toggle it ON and OFF in-game within the same menu if you have installed the shader.

  • Launch the “Minecraft”.
  • Click on “Options” then “Video Settings”.
  • Click the “Shaders” and select an installed shader pack from the list.
  • Finally, click on “Done”

Final Words:

These are the best way to install Minecraft shaders with OptiFine. If you have any doubts or queries you can feel free to comment below.

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