Minecraft Blogs / Tutorial

How to install the Shaders mod without the Shaders mod: the complete guide

  • 113,652 views, 2 today
  • 38
  • 23
  • 38
matteorizzo's Avatar matteorizzo
Level 66 : High Grandmaster Artist
If you, like me, don't need any extra mod, but just the shaders, you can install the mod without Forge, and even without the Shaders mod!
Shaders are quite demanding, so why not making the game both faster and better looking with one single tool?
Sounds good? Let's start then.

How to install the Shaders mod (without the Shaders mod!)

We're going to get the Shaders mod without the "original" shaders mod, but with Optifine! Here's how:
1. get the latest version of Optifine here
2. run the java file (your Minecraft MUST be closed) and follow the instructions (nothing fancy)
3. done!
Now, before starting the game, just use the Optifine profile (or in your favorite profile use the Optifine version of Minecraft).

How to install some Shader packs

1. get your favorite shader pack's zip file
2. head to your .minecraft folder*, create a new shiny "shaderpacks" folder
4. put the zip files in the shaderpacks folder

* How to find the .minecraft folder
- personalize that line: #yourdisk#:\Users\#you#\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft or

- go to "search" > search "%appdata%" > go to .minecraft

To find the folder quickly, find the "open shaderpacks folder" in the "shaders" section of the game: the button is in the settings.

Common problems

What if something went wrong?
Try to:
1. Re-install the mod - clean your Minecarft and re-follow the steps
2. Check your Minecraft settings - with wrong parameters your shaders can crash
3. Update your drivers - that's the most common problem
4. Update your Java - that's uncommon, do it just if you use a custom javaw.exe, and not the special one
5. Keep your shaderpacks updated - very uncommon, but who knows?

For any problems, the comments are here for you ;)

3 Update Logs

Update #3 : by matteorizzo 08/01/2016 3:30:37 amAug 1st, 2016

- updated links

Create an account or sign in to comment.

01/05/2021 7:08 am
Level 1 : New Miner
User3367234G's Avatar
Como se instala
05/18/2019 3:10 am
Level 1 : New Miner
conspiratorialmicrowave's Avatar
when i click on the optifine jar file and click install, it says that 'minecraft version 1.13.2 not found. You need to start the version 1.13.2 manually once.' I started up my minecraft manually and tried again, but still didn't have any luck. Is it because optifine hasnt been released for the latest version of minecraft yet?
08/07/2018 9:59 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Explorer
chaousagi's Avatar
Hello! I'd like to ask how do I remove it afterwards?
08/10/2018 11:44 am
Level 66 : High Grandmaster Artist
matteorizzo's Avatar
You can probably just delete the folder from the versions folder, and remove the profile from the launcher_profiles.json

I don't recommend doing it tho, it's kind of unnecessary.
07/03/2018 1:37 pm
Level 1 : New Procrastinator
Underlord1271's Avatar
 Whenever i try to get optifine it forces me to get Chronium, Yahoo, and Webbar and they try to scam me and hack me. Its obnoxious and how do you get it without this happening?
07/09/2018 7:57 pm
Level 66 : High Grandmaster Artist
matteorizzo's Avatar
But am I the owner of the optifine website? lol
04/07/2018 6:38 pm
Level 1 : New Crafter
Nova_Elite's Avatar
y did u type How to install the Shaders mod (without the Shaders mod!)?
04/22/2018 7:33 am
Level 66 : High Grandmaster Artist
matteorizzo's Avatar
'cause that's what the tutorial is about. kek
01/16/2017 3:16 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
reebunny's Avatar
i got the shaders but i cant use other mods without it crashing because i have optifine and not forge, any way to fix that because i made a world from mods and it destroyed my house.....
02/12/2017 6:44 am
Level 66 : High Grandmaster Artist
matteorizzo's Avatar
I don't know much about optifine and mods, can't help much.
Planet Minecraft


© 2010 - 2024