How to Add Shaders to Optifine

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In this article, we are going to share the way to add Shaders in Minecraft. If you want to try adding Shaders in Minecraft, so you are able to follow these easy steps below.


As we know that Shaders is not technically a mod. Shaders is a graphics pack which is installed in a similar manner to texture packs. However, Shader packs are not supported by Vanilla Minecraft. In this case, you need to install Optifine in order to get them up and running. So, your task now is to download and install Optifine.


Apparently, you will be able to find tons of different Shaders packs out there. From very dark ones which are a bit spooky to very bright ones that make you feel like you are at the beach, there are hundreds. But, some are much better than others. Therefore, we have made a complete list of what we consider to be the best Shaders Packs for Minecraft. They are Continuum shaders, Sildur’s Vibrant Shaders, Cocapic’s Shaders, Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders and BSL shaders. All of the shaders packs are verified to be working with the latest version of Minecraft and Optifine, so you do not have to worry about version incompatibility. For note: Shaders packs are typically very resource intensive. We cannot recommend playing Minecraft with shaders if you do not have a very good, desktop PC. Some high-end gaming laptops may be able to run Shaders, but those may have an issue depending on when they were released.


After you have your desired Shaders pack, now you are able to go ahead and open the Minecraft launcher and play the ‘Optifine’ version. When you are on the Minecraft main menu, you have to click the ‘Options…’ button. Then, you have to click the ‘Video Settings…’ button, and on the next page, you have to click ‘Shaders…’. You are almost there. Now, please click the ‘Shaders Folder’ button in the bottom left of Minecraft. A folder window is going to open up. Finally, you are where you need to be.


This step is where you have to get the Shaders folder. When you are there, it is actually easy enough. You only need to take the shaders pack you downloaded in step 2. This is most likely in your ‘Downloads’ folder or on your desktop. Then, you have to move it into the ‘shaderpacks’ folder you just opened. After you have already done that, you have to close out of the folder, and restart Minecraft. Please be sure when you are opening it back up you are choosing the ‘Optifine’ version. After you are back in Minecraft, please redo step 3, but stop just before opening the ‘Shaders Folder’. You are going to see the shaders pack you just installed on this screen. Just click it, click ‘done’, and go play some games of Minecraft.

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