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How to put Shaders in Minecraft in 5 Easy Steps!

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Dudamesh avatar Dudamesh
Level 61 : High Grandmaster Senpai
Everyone should experience the beauty of Shaders. just look at that picture.
disclaimer: picture is dated from 2015 back when this tutorial was first published, you can look up pictures of modern shaders on google.


1. Get Optifine!
Official Optifine Downloads Page

Optifine should come in a .jar, run the program and it will install for you (if you can't open .jar folders, get Java Runtime Environment )

2.Download your Shaders!
Shader mods allow you to use your Shaders, what makes each and every shaders from different makers are Shaderpacks

From Sonic Ether's Unbelievable Shaders, KUDA Shaders, Continuum Shaders, all the good stuff!

Choose one (or two or even lots!) download it!

3. Make some Folders!
Most shaderpacks come in .zip formats, make a "shaderpacks" folder on .minecraft on your appdata (on Windows just put %appdata% on the file directory!) then put all your shaderpacks in there!

4. Turn it on!
After you install Optifine, your Minecraft Launcher should auto-choose the correct version of the game it should run which is the Optifine-modified version, if not select it from the Minecraft Version list on the bottom left of the launcher and then Run the game!

5. Enjoy!
Go to your Options in Minecraft, Video Settings, Shaders and turn it on, go into your world and enjoy!


Q: Where is the shaderpacks folder?
A: just go to "%appdata%/.minecraft" in Windows

Q: I can't find the Shaders button on the Options menu!
A: make sure you have installed Optifine and are using the version modified by Optifine. You can switch it on the Version tab below your profile at the bottom left corner of the Minecraft Launcher

Q: Where can I get Shaderpacks?
A: Search them individually. There are many Shaderpacks like SEUS, KUDA Shaders, Sildur's Vibrant Shaders, and more!

(for some reason, shadersmod.com is not working, specifically, any shaderpack link doesn't work. Try and search for them individually)

Q: Is there a Max Shaderpack limit?
A: No, there is none, although only one Shaderpack can be open at any given time.

Q: Can I join a Server with Shaders?
A: Shaders is a singleplayer mod. Which means, it only affects the client and does not modify any other crucial data that can affect playability in Servers

Q: How can I improve fps in gameplay?
A: Short answer, get a stronger PC. Otherwise, there are multiple shaderpacks that is not as intensive on your PC, you can search them up in Google for "lagless" shaderpacks!

Q: Where can I get Ray Tracing Mods?
A: Currently (June 27, 2019), SEUS, the most prolific shaderpack and the most advanced ever yet. Does not actually use ray tracing, but rather Path Tracing or PTGI. It is a somewhat similar technique but can be more performance-friendly.

Thank you for using my Guide!

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If you have any other questions, Ask them below in the comments! Or send me a Private Message!

4 Update Logs

Update #4 : by Dudamesh 08/08/2017 10:14:38 amAug 8th, 2017

Overhaul of basically Everything

also update to present options

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09/30/2019 2:39 am
Level 1 : New Miner
SoftBoi_ avatar
do not install the optifine link thing that for real just put a virus on my computer thanks for ntohing man
10/25/2019 6:13 amhistory
Level 61 : High Grandmaster Senpai
Dudamesh avatar
The link I posted is a direct link the the Official Optifine Download Page if you used the Download button for the latest version, it will send you to an ad.fly link which might have ads and other malware content

Please Use the (mirror) download link to bypass the ad.fly

Here is the 1.14.4 Optifine HD U F4 link using the mirror link as an example that this is indeed the real thing.

This would be pretty obvious but please check what you're downloading and installing on your computer, viruses and malware is a serious issue and without proper care, you can be a victim as well.
08/08/2019 1:28 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
realgamerzboxxx114 avatar
hello hello
08/01/2019 8:11 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
oooo i like this
05/30/2015 12:30 pm
Level 11 : Journeyman Architect
MC Chen
MC Chen avatar
Very helpful :), but a direct link to a preferred shader mod download site would be helpful, could not find one though
08/29/2015 10:02 pm
Level 61 : High Grandmaster Senpai
Dudamesh avatar
there are many types of Shaders, the best one I found is SEUS, just searching the Forum post of the shader mod is the most useful thing
05/17/2015 12:53 pm
Level 48 : Master Crafter
mick_5 avatar
Cool I will have to get Forge then good tutorial
05/08/2015 9:53 pm
Level 24 : Expert Architect
Planetjoshua avatar
I use 1.7.10 for forge.
05/09/2015 8:45 am
Level 61 : High Grandmaster Senpai
Dudamesh avatar
Then you use Optifine 1.7.10 and Karyonix's 1.7.10.
04/22/2015 11:56 am
Level 30 : Artisan Pixel Puncher
Altitude Community
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Once you have used the forge installer you can open up Minecraft and run the forge version to have it make the folders for you.
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