In this article, I’m going to show you exactly how to download & install Shaders in Minecraft, so you can take the beauty of Minecraft to the next level. Shaders is an incredible mod as it truly does change the entire visual experience of Minecraft. Adding in new lighting, better graphics, and overall, taking the graphics of Minecraft to an entirely new level. So, let’s go ahead and get on into it!

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How To Download & Install Shaders

Download & Install Optifine in Order To Get Shaders in Minecraft

Step 1) Download & Install Optifine

Shaders isn’t technically a mod; it is a graphics pack that is installed in a very similar manner to texture packs. The thing is, however, shader packs aren’t supported by vanilla Minecraft. You need to install Optifine in order to get them up and running. Lucky for you, we have an in-depth tutorial on downloading and installing Optifine which you can find by clicking the link below!

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Top 5 Best Shaders Packs for Minecraft

Step 2) Download A Shaders Pack

There are tons of different shaders packs out there. From very dark ones that are a bit spooky to very bright ones that make you feel like you’re at the beach, there are hundreds. However, some are much better than others. Thus, we have created a complete list of what we consider to be the Top 5 Best Shaders Packs for Minecraft. No matter what kind of Shaders pack you are look for, that list has one for you. Also, all of the shaders packs are verified to be working with the latest version of Minecraft and Optifine, so you don’t have to worry about version incompatibility!

Note: Shaders packs are typically VERY resource intensive. I cannot recommend playing Minecraft with shaders if you do not have a very good, desktop PC. Some high-end gaming laptops may be able to run shaders, but even those may have an issue depending on when they were released. 

How To Get To The Shaders Pack Folder in Minecraft

Step 3) Open Your Shaders Folder

Now that you have your desired shaders pack, go ahead and open the Minecraft launcher and play the ‘Optifine’ version. When you’re on the Minecraft main menu, click the ‘Options…’ button. Next, click the ‘Video Settings…’ button, and on the next page, click ‘Shaders…’. You’re almost there. Now, just click the ‘Shaders Folder’ button in the bottom left of Minecraft, and a folder window will open up. You are finally where you need to be.

Step 4) Install The Shaders Pack

The hardest part of getting shaders installed is getting to the shaders folder. Once you’re there, it’s actually pretty easy. Just take the shaders pack you downloaded in step 2, this is most likely in your ‘Downloads’ folder or on your desktop, and move it into the ‘shaderpacks’ folder you just opened. Once you’ve done that, close out of the folder, and restart Minecraft. Be sure when you are opening it back up you are selecting the ‘Optifine’ version. After you’re back in Minecraft, redo step 3, but stop just before opening the ‘Shaders Folder’. You should see the shaders pack you just installed on this screen. Click it, click ‘done’, and go play some Minecraft!

Congratulations. You now know how to download & install Shaders in Minecraft. Truthfully, the hardest part of the entire process is getting to the Shaders Folder. Once you’ve done that, it’s drag and drop! If you do, however, have any issues download and install shaders packs, comment below. We are happy to help you in any way we can.

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40 Comments

  1. I can’t click on the shaders option and I don’t know why. I have installed OptiFine and followed every single step but I just can’t click on it. I do have Java and made my own OptiFine Account before clicking Play, just like you said. I have a Macbook Air. Help!

    • Optifine 1.15.2 doesn’t have shaders just yet as it is in beta. Just download the 1.14.4 version of Optifine, and you’ll be able to install shaders without any problems!

  2. i have downloaded shaders and optifine properly and have launched the game properly yet when i go into settings the shaders button is dark and doesnt let me click it. Do u know any way to help?

    • Optifine 1.15.2 doesn’t have shaders just yet as it is in beta. Just download the 1.14.4 version of Optifine, and you’ll be able to install shaders without any problems!

  3. I’ve downloaded optifine and everything works fine and I’ve downloaded the shader pack, but when I go to the video settings the shaders button is greyed out and I can’t use it. what should I do?

    • Optifine 1.15.2 doesn’t have shaders just yet as it is in beta. Just download the 1.14.4 version of Optifine, and you’ll be able to install shaders without any problems!

  4. The shaders option is not popping up for me, I have Optifine, I have the newest version of Java, and I have Optifine selected In the Minecraft Launcher. Please help!!!

    • Optifine 1.15.2 doesn’t have shaders just yet as it is in beta. Just download the 1.14.4 version of Optifine, and you’ll be able to install shaders without any problems!

  5. I did everything I was supposed to, and I have shader pack installed, but when i click on it, the options at the right don’t light up, and the shader never appears in the actual game. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Optifine 1.15.2 doesn’t have shaders just yet as it is in beta. Just download the 1.14.4 version of Optifine, and you’ll be able to install shaders without any problems!

  6. When I open Options, the button for shaders doesn’t let me click. It is a dark box and doesn’t seem like I can click on it. I downloaded optifine 1.15.2

    • Optifine 1.15.2 doesn’t have shaders just yet as it is in beta. Just download the 1.14.4 version of Optifine, and you’ll be able to install shaders without any problems!

  7. when i go to open the shaders option in game its a darker gray and unselectable, i checked in performance and fast render is off

    • Optifine 1.15.2 doesn’t have shaders just yet as it is in beta. Just download the 1.14.4 version of Optifine, and you’ll be able to install shaders without any problems!

  8. I can’t click the Shader-Button. It is there but not in the light-grey like the other buttons.

    • Optifine 1.15.2 doesn’t have shaders just yet as it is in beta. Just download the 1.14.4 version of Optifine, and you’ll be able to install shaders without any problems!

  9. my shaders button i sgrayed out what can i do to fix this

    • Optifine 1.15.2 doesn’t have shaders just yet as it is in beta. Just download the 1.14.4 version of Optifine, and you’ll be able to install shaders without any problems!

  10. Hi! I have this weird issue where the shaders box in minecraft is just blacked out. How do i fix this?

    • Optifine 1.15.2 doesn’t have shaders just yet as it is in beta. Just download the 1.14.4 version of Optifine, and you’ll be able to install shaders without any problems!

  11. i still cant click onto shaders even though i have it in my .minecraft folder

    • Optifine 1.15.2 doesn’t have shaders just yet as it is in beta. Just download the 1.14.4 version of Optifine, and you’ll be able to install shaders without any problems!

  12. do you know if there are any links to a shader download that doesnt involve adfly? ive heard it can give you a virus.

    • Just make sure you are downloading a .zip file, and only click the ‘skip ad’ button the top right. If the file you do end up download doesn’t have the name of the Shaders Pack in it, don’t install it. If you do that, you have nothing to worry about.

  13. ReckMontoya

    the shaders i downloaded were the lite one for 1.13.2 and it shows everything dark exept for the sky i can only see the stars

    • Mess around with your Optifine settings. Trying turn the sky off, stars, clouds etc. It could also be something in your shaders settings that needs to be changed.

  14. Downloaded SEUS v10.1 ultra motion blur, optifine HD_U_E7, when I start the shader, the entire screen is white with a washed-out prismatic effect around the edges like a vignette. What can I do?

  15. for me then i want run shaders java crashed and i dont cant run it

  16. I downloaded the Vibrant Shader pack but now when I’m on a Minecraft world, 3/4 of the screen is blank and the rest is condensed into 1/4 the space. Is there anyway I can fix this because the shaders looked amazing and I would really like to use them.

    • This was a known bug with shaders. When you installed it, it was very much so in beta. Try it now and this issue should be fixed.

  17. i do not have the shaders option, i am running optifine. There is no shaderpacks folder in my .minecraft folder. I have done all the steps in this video but still nothing, please help 🙁

  18. my entire screen is flipped upside down and I don’t know why

  19. your optifine does not work I cant even download it

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