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How to Reduce Lag and Speed Up Your Minecraft!

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avatar yit63
Level 68 : High Grandmaster Technomancer

*UPDATED 6-26-13*

Let's get started on reducing your lag in Minecraft!

If you don't have time to read the entire blog, skip to the end where I give the bottom lines of each tip.

You will learn:

  • Tons of helpful tips and tricks
  • TNT and redstone advice
  • Controlling your computero s performance and speed
  • Getting optimal performance without buying an expensive gaming computer (Alienware etc.)
  • Very helpful tips from fellow players

Io m assuming:

-You know your way around playing Minecraft and opening menus.

-You know how to open Control Panel and/or perform basic maintenance.

-You may know how to install mods.

Section 1 o Basic Settings

First off, these are some basic settings to reduce a decent portion of lag in Minecraft. The first thing you do when you just have a clean copy of Minecraft (no mods or shaders) is to go into your options. Press the Esc key on your keyboard (top left-hand corner) and it will open up the menu when you are ingame. In the main start screen, you should see a box labeled "Options". Click on options and choose video settings. You should see this in your screen (see image below):


Now change the graphics settings! (Click each of the boxes to change the settings!)

Graphics: Fast (Instead of fancy)

Smooth Lighting: Off (Turn it on when you are filming to make the lighting smoother)

3D Anaglyph: Off (This doesno t apply much to the lag but leave it off unless you want 3D viewing; requires red and blue 3D glasses)

GUI Scale: Preference (This also doesno t apply to lag but I chose Automatic)

Brightness: Preference (This is your choice but I choose Bright (max) so I can see more at night)

Particles: Minimal (This doesno t reduce as much lag but is still recommended) NOTE: Some redstone devices that use smoke or water particles will not work when you have this at minimal. (This shouldno t apply to you if you dono t use redstone).

Render Distance: Normal, Small, or Tiny (Changing it to the Far setting is only recommended if your computer can handle far rendering which allows you to see farther but increases lag. Short and Tiny settings reduce a lot of lag but dono t allow you to see as far and will lag a bit when you start to walk in unrendered areas.

Performance: Max FPS (This setting allows more frames to move = smoother and faster movement. But this setting uses more power (not too much). The other settings reduce the amount of frames per second (FPS) = a bit laggier but uses less power).

View Bobbing: Preference (This doesno t interfere with lag and just moves your character so ito s more realistic).

Advanced OpenGL: On/Off (This improves your FPS rate only if your graphics (video) card supports it. Choose the On setting, and test your FPS in a Minecraft world. Change the settings back and forth to see if turning it on or off makes a difference).

Clouds: Off (This removes clouds = less lag)

After changing all these settings, you should get this:


Section 2 o Difficulty Makes a Difference

The difficulty does matter when it comes to lag. Difficulty settings allow the spawning of mobs, easy (less spawning), hard (more spawning). The more mobs there are, the more lag there is. As long as your difficulty is on Peaceful, you should feel less lag. I know that some maps and playing Minecraft survival must be on Easy or harder so ignore this tip if you have set it to Hardcore or playing MC survival, or playing a map with mobs on it.

Section 3 o Controlling Your Computer

A typical day playing Minecraft (you can skip this part unless you want to read it; ito s not as important):

So ito s the weekend and you want to finish up your play-through of a map. You turn on your computer normally and open up Minecraft and a couple other programs. When you start playing Minecraft, it suddenly lags a lot. There are a couple reasons for this:

(You can start reading this part; ito s important)

1. Your computer is old

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2. Your internet connection is slow or you have too many programs running at once

Situation 2

3. You have too many programs installed or processes running (This is different than too many programs running at once)

Situation 3

4. Your computer is infected with a virus or malware

Situation 4

Section 4 o Mods and How to Control Them

First off, you may have a couple mods installed already (TMI, SPC etc.) You are probably wondering: How does this improve my Minecraft? Well, having too many mods on Minecraft causes your Minecraft to take longer to open itself. There are a couple mods to control your performance. One is Single Player Commands. It has a o killallo command that eliminates entities such as mobs, paintings, minecarts, and tossed items. Warning: It will destroy those entities from your world so prepare if you see your paintings gone or your chicken farm deserted. An very, very good mod is Optifine. This mod increases FPS rate and decreases lag. It opens up a lot of graphics settings and render options for you to change such as particles, chunk updates and more.


Also, installing shaders causes a lot of lag. Shaders are good for cinematics but are horrible for normal gameplay and create lots of lag. Try to reduce using shaders unless needed or disable them. Installing HD texture fixes can also increase lag. When choosing a texture pack that has lots of detail (16x16 or larger), it takes longer for Minecraft to change every block and texture in Minecraft and also to render it.

Section 5 o TNT and Redstone Tips

This is very important for heavily redstone uses and TNT detonations. When TNT detonates, it breaks blocks and turns a portion of them into block entities. In the current update, same items will join together as "groupings" to reduce lag. Having tons of block entities (like 4000) will lag your computer and the explosions create lag as well. Reduce the lag by using the Single Player Command: drops. By disabling o dropso , items will not drop from TNT explosions and destroying them. As of the current Minecraft update, the command, "/gamerule doTileDrops false" will stop drops from blocks (such as TNT explosions). This also means that when you break a block in survival, it will not drop the block. Redstone contraptions can also lag your computer. Try reducing the amount of redstone and remove redstone clocks. Having redstone run at a certain time and then turned off is optimal for multiplayer servers and redstone-based mini-games. Use pistons to control the turn on/off of redstone clocks.

Section 6 o Other Tips

Turn off the Aero effect on PCs (Windows 7)

Disable screensavers, desktop effects, etc.

Allocate more RAM to Minecraft

Section 7 o Player Tips

You_Mine_I_Craft o If you have a higher-resolution texture pack, it will lag your game because of the detail and pixels it has to display. Using a lower resolution pack (16x16, 8x8, 4x4, 2x2) is better and increases your frame rate. The simpler the texture pack is, the more FPS you can obtain.

Noobkackboon o Optifine has two OpenGl modes: Fast, Slow, and Off. These modes can increase the FPS only if your graphics card supports OpenGL 2.0 or higher. Use CCleaner LINK to remove temporary files and browser history to speed up your computer. Use Windows Task Manager to o killo processes that use up the most energy (dono t kill the processes that the OS needs). Defragment your computer to speed it up. The more often you defragment it, the less time it takes. Dono t use Microsofto s defragmenter, ito s bad.

Dusty012 o In Optifine, go to video settings, then graphics and choose the graphics setting. Change it to o fasto .

Scotlickify o Allocate more RAM to Minecraft

IXLKIDDO - Install OptiFine Standard first, next install OptiFine Smooth (if smooth isn't out yet then use light), next install OptiFine Light (note if you installed OptiFine Light already in the previous step then skip this one), and last but not last install OptiFine Ultra if possible. Also install Fishtaco's FPS++ mod. LINK

Section 8 o The Bottom Line

Change your graphics settings down

Change your difficulty to stop hostile mobs from spawning to reduce lag

Make sure your computer is not old, is not infected with viruses, or running with too many programs at once

Use mods that you really need and install Optifine (compatible with most mods) and dono t install shaders (unless you need it)

Dono t use/place too much TNT and control the redstoning (dono t use redstone clocks too much)

Turn off the Aero effect and disable screensavers and desktop effects

Other Credit

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10 Update Logs

Update #10 : 06/19/2013 7:22:10 pmJun 19th, 2013

Re-edited photo
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More tips to be added + reduce lag additions

09/18/2019 6:40 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Miner
thanks I really needed some help on Minecraft lag and you helped me! so thanks again ;)
07/20/2018 7:07 am
Level 1 : New Miner
I want to blow up lots of tnt without lag
06/28/2018 7:02 am
Level 1 : New Miner
the screenshots are not showing
06/02/2018 8:03 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
I use only two mods (DecoCraft 2 & Chisel and Bits) and it's extremely laggy just loading in a regular world. It's even worse with a downloaded map. I also just got this computer, so what should I do? I don't want to get rid of these mods.
07/04/2017 2:49 am
Level 1 : New Miner
change your in-game resolution to 1280x720 in the launcher settings!
this is a must if you are struggling with lag. I found this helpful
while i messing around with my launcher settings.
i tested with chocaphic 13 shaders and it work smoothly.
06/11/2017 1:26 pm
Level 3 : Apprentice Network
This really worked. thanks for the great tip.
01/07/2017 3:26 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Raw Minecraft - 900fps<
Minecraft + Continuum Shaders - 800fps<
Minecraft + Realistico resource pack (512x) - 800fps<
Minecraft + Continuum Shaders + Realistico resource pack (512x) - ...20fps (facepalm)
07/18/2016 2:12 am
Level 12 : Journeyman Engineer
I've got all settings maxed and it doesn't lag because my computer... IS OP BUAHAHAHAHA!!!!
No, seriously, it has an i7 CPU and a pretty good nVidia graphics card, and it's a laptop!
07/07/2016 4:08 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Narwhal
Answer to half of all the questions in this comment section: You need a new computer
07/23/2016 6:19 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Miner
Mabey you've forgotten, but minecraft is for kids and not every kid can afford to buy a new computer or get one for their birthday
06/04/2016 11:20 am
Level 17 : Journeyman Skinner
I have an old computer. How do I reduce the lag?
07/07/2016 4:09 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Narwhal
Okay, so there's a delicate process you're going to want to follow.

1: Toss your current computer
2: Buy a new computer
3: ???
4: Profit
04/17/2016 7:34 am
Level 8 : Apprentice Engineer
who else read all of that from the start to the last
12/19/2016 11:42 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Engineer
I did!
07/09/2016 8:19 am
Level 1 : New Explorer
03/14/2016 10:47 am
Level 1 : New Miner
"...texture pack that has lots of detail (16x16 or larger), it takes longer for Minecraft to..."
This is Complete stupid
"...Using a lower resolution pack (16x16, 8x8, 4x4, 2x2) is better and increases your frame rate..."
12/25/2017 1:31 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
I use Dandelion and I think it's lower.
07/18/2016 2:18 am
Level 12 : Journeyman Engineer
Some textpacks have 512x, or even 8x8!
04/14/2016 8:43 am
Level 39 : Artisan Enderdragon
The FaiyaBLAST
I guess the only one is TinyPixels
06/24/2016 1:34 pm
Level 29 : Expert Miner
SimpleJCraft is a 8x8
11/25/2015 4:02 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
now its just ridiculous xD
11/25/2015 4:01 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
guys i just need to alocate 2gb then you get kinda good fps i had 16 fps now 85 fps and thats on a very very crowded server so thx alot :)
11/03/2015 10:25 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
This... is... the... BEST advice EVER!
10/29/2015 6:36 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
"You should feel less lag"

Are ya feelin it Mister Krabs ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
05/19/2016 2:09 am
Level 2 : Apprentice Miner
oh yeah mr krabs
( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
07/07/2016 4:05 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Narwhal
What is this comment section anymore.

Also I know you like that Mr Krabs ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) oh yea
10/14/2015 11:15 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Thank you for this Guide. However, Situations 2 and 4 do not apply to me. As I use the Linux OS for Minecraft.
09/17/2015 1:49 am
Level 7 : Apprentice Engineer
Thank you a lot. I know that you are retired but I still want to show my thanks. :)
09/08/2015 4:59 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
Fixed it.. I had smooth lighting on maximum.
09/08/2015 8:54 am
Level 1 : New Network
I have 30 mods installed and it lags a bit, 32 FPS sometimes, XD. Getting optifine so it doesnt lag a bit, sometimes even the game freezes, and then, sometimes, CRASHES :I
09/08/2015 8:55 am
Level 1 : New Network
Wait, does Optifine HD Ultra Lag?
02/03/2017 7:16 am
Level 1 : New Miner
NO! It Increases Frame Rate when you change the graphics to fast and all you can see that is fancy turn it to fast and it will increase your frame rate like 50 more fps but you frame drop when you build a cow farm with many cows and it will lag also with a map full of redstone thingy
08/01/2015 5:38 am
Level 3 : Apprentice Farmer
Going to try some of these tips now - they look good to me! It would be amazing if I could reduce lag on my game.
08/10/2015 10:37 pm
Level 12 : Journeyman Cake
If you want even more FPS than you should follow these steps below:

First, go to your Search Bar (the one for your computer NOT Google, Bing , etc.)

Next, seach Task Manager and click on it.

After that, go to the Processes tab, scroll down until you find these exact words: Java(TM) Platform SE binary and then right click it. Find Go to details and then click on it.

Next, out of all of the things that you see you will only have to find one. Right click these exact words: javaw.exe.

Finally, click on Set Priority and change your priority to High or Realtime.

So, to break it down, Search Bar - Task Manager - Processes - Java(TM) Platform SE binary - Go To Details - Javaw.exe - Set Priority - High or Realtime

NOTE: This isn't a one time thing sadly.... you will have to do this every time.

If this doesn't have a significant effect on your FPS then I recommend downloading optifine here: https://optifine.net/downloads


07/31/2015 5:44 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
Do shaders work? I have usally 1-2 Fps
08/10/2015 10:12 pm
Level 12 : Journeyman Cake
If you have 1-2 fps without shaders there is absolutely no chance that your computer will be able to handle this. I recommend getting a new computer (4GB of RAM or higher) or just restoring your computer to factory settings.
02/02/2015 9:43 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Crafter
Tripling my fps means 6 fps
08/10/2015 10:43 pm
Level 12 : Journeyman Cake
07/28/2015 4:17 pm
Level 23 : Expert Button Pusher
so true
12/07/2014 7:28 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Lego Builder
Do u think i have too many worlds? Only my singleplayer on the normal minecraft lags
not multiplayer
not on modpacks or anything like that
just on my normal single player
08/10/2015 10:44 pm
Level 12 : Journeyman Cake
Too many worlds will NOT effect your performance.
07/07/2016 4:07 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Narwhal
Yeah and here is a walrus https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/37/Walrus_-_Kamogawa_Seaworld_-_1.jpg That doesn't mean I'm gonna go onto random articles and advertise this beautiful walrus -_-
08/10/2015 10:44 pm
Level 12 : Journeyman Cake
What does this have to do with this thread?
09/01/2014 10:35 am
Level 1 : New Explorer
I am trying this. I NEED MINECRAFT TO STOP LAGGING! When I play a LAN world, the most FPS I get is 5.
05/13/2015 11:39 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Dragon
heres an idea

Your computer isn't able to handle minecraft, you might wanna get a better one xD (or completely factorize your computer so its like you just bought it from the store, can improve fps pretty well, i used to only get 30 now i get at least 100 fps xD)

(oh also, theres a settigns that will let you allocate more RAM to minecraft if you havent tried that)
07/18/2016 2:26 am
Level 12 : Journeyman Engineer
I get 120 fps< with maxed graphics and full antialiasing, Full Hd and shaders LOL
07/18/2016 11:19 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Dragon
Congrats you have a decent computer.


If you were trying to 1up me it doesn't really matter lol.
07/29/2014 11:47 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
The only time I commonly get lag is from entities on the ground (ex. cobblestone, pickaxe, sapling). I dont understand why this is happening to me now but it wasnt a long time ago. When I'm playing TIMV on the HiveMC server, you die and drop tons of items, but that doesnt make me lag. Sometimes when I play single player and mine redstone or chickens lay eggs, i get maybe a 1 fps decrease, but anything else drops my fps by 20. I'm so confused, can someone please explain?
07/27/2014 11:11 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Or wait for 1.8. In 1.7, all the caves in loaded chunks are also being rendered when you cant see them, along with other things. In 1.8 though, it will only load things you can see. As long as you're good with looking at the floor forever, your fps could even triple!
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