Minecraft shaders gives another level of gaming experience to your Minecraft world. One thing you need to keep in mind before installing shaders on Minecraft is that your PC should have enough processing power to successfully install them without a drop on the performance of your PC.

How to install shaders on Minecraft is very easy, just follow the steps below:

Step 1: You need to download and install Optifine

Optifine is one of the most popular downloaded Minecraft mods. It can boost your system while running Minecraft so there is no lag. It improves the graphics to make your gaming experience to the next level.

How to download and install Optifine:

  • Search on google Optifine. This is a safe site if you are worried you’re gonna download a file with a virus.
  • Choose the version you want, or more preferably the version of Minecraft that you are using. Based on some reviews they select the Ultra version because it comes along with many features. Once you find the version that you want, click on the word Mirror just beside the name of the version you want to download.
  • A new page will show lots with advertisements, scroll down and look for Download OptiFine together with it is the version. Click this to download Optifine.
  • Wait for the file to be downloaded.
  • Once done downloading, go to the downloaded OptiFine Installer, right-click, select open with, select Java(TM) Platform SE binary
  • A small box will pop up, click Install
  • You know that OptiFine is successfully downloaded because after clicking Install, a pop-up message will show that says OptiFine is successfully installed.

Step 2: Time to download some Shaders

There are tons of shaders that match your mood and preferences. Just search them individually and download them. The most popular in the Minecraft community is the Minecraft 1.15 Shaders.

Here are some suggested shaders that you might like:

  • Sildurs Vibrant World – makes the colors in your world more vibrant and improves the look of the lighting system and ambiance.
  • Seus (Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders) – it gives users the feeling that they are on another entirely different newly improved Minecraft game with soft natural lighting, a glossy look on any surface that it touches, a realistic look of clouds, and many more.
  • Continuum Shaders- it has lighting that gives a photo-realistic effect to the look of your game, it also has an available lite version available.
  • Kuda Shaders – these shaders enhanced the sun rays that look like in real life, with a majestic depth of field effect.
  • BSL – offers the best visuals throughout the game with warm and welcoming lighting, impressive contrast that makes the game look very realistic.

Your downloaded shader will be saved as a .zip file. I suggest you make a new folder and put all your downloaded shaders there so you can easily locate it later.

Step 3: Locate and open your Shaders folder

  • Play the Optifine version by opening your Minecraft launcher
  • Click Options
  • Select Video Settings and it will redirect you to another page
  • Select and click Shaders
  • Click the Shaders Folder and a folder window will pop up
  • Look for the folder where you put your downloaded shaders and move it into the shaderpacks folder you just opened.
  • Close the folder and Minecraft.
  • Launch Minecraft again and select the Optifine version.
  • Click Options to continue with the installation

Step 4: How to install your downloaded Shaders Pack

  • Select the shaders pack on the folder that you made, move the folder where you put your shaders into the Shaders Folder
  • Select Video Settings and it will redirect you to another page
  • Select and click Shaders
  • Click the Shaders Folder and you will see that shaders pack you just installed.
  • Click Done.

You can now play Minecraft with shaders. You can see the best shaders here in another article.