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Minecraft Java Edition - How to install a Shader Mod?


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The game Minecraft by Mojang offers with the so-called "shaders" a good way to visually enhance the game. A shader mod adds a dynamic and realistic light calculation including the popular shadows to the game. You can also look forward to reflective water and tree leaves, blades of grass and plants swaying in the wind.


1.) First download the OptiFine tool. It is the basis for almost all Minecraft shader modifications and adds advanced graphics settings to Minecraft. In addition, the optimizations significantly increase the performance of your game.



2.) Once you've downloaded OptiFine, run the .jar file to launch the installer. This will add OptiFine to your Minecraft game and create a new profile.


  • Installer won't start? ➜ If the OptiFine tool does not start, right-click on the OptiFine file and select "Open with". Search for "Java(TM) Platform SE binary" and open the file. The installer should now start. If Java is not installed on your PC, you can download it here for free: https://www.java.com/download/


3.) Download the "Sildur's Vibrant Shaders": https://sildurs-shaders.github.io/downloads/


For example, if you have a weaker PC, the Lite version is recommended, for normal and stronger PCs, the Medium or High version. Just test which shader packs works best for you.


4.) Now you can open your Minecraft Launcher. In the launcher, select the installed OptiFine profile from the drop-down menu and press "Play".


5.) In the game you now go to Options ➜ Video Settings ➜ Shaders. From here, click the "Shaders Folder" button in the lower-left corner. Now the folder opens in which you can paste the downloaded shader packs (.zip file) (➜ step 3).


6.) As soon as you have copied the shader pack into the "shaderpacks" folder, you can close the window. Now you can see the shader packages you just installed in your Minecraft window, which you can activate by clicking on the name.
In the right menu and via the "Shader Options" button, you can adjust settings for your shader if necessary. When you have set everything, click on "Done".


7.) Now you have activated everything! You can now go into the game and test whether your Minecraft is still running smoothly. If it stutters, there is usually a version of your shader with lower hardware requirements that you can download.


Have fun! Enjoy the new beautiful graphics. :classic_smile:

By the way: The "Chroma Hills" texture pack is optimized for the use of shaders and is therefore recommended.


If you have any questions or problems, feel free to write a comment here at any time.

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