How To Download & Install Optifine with the Fabric Mod Loader (OptiFabric)

By Nic •  Updated: 10/12/21 •  4 min read

If you want to know how to download and install Optifine while using the Fabric Mod Loader, this is the article for you! Out of the box, Optifine isn't not compatible with Fabric. However, you can use Optifine with Fabric if you add in a bridge. What is that bridge? Well, it is the OptiFabric mod, and in this article, we will go over how to get Optifine setup with the Fabric Mod Loader using OptiFabric to get it done!

How To Download & Install Optifine with the Fabric Mod Loader (OptiFabric)




Step 1) Download & Install Fabric

Obviously, if you want to install Optifine with the Fabric Mod Loader, you will need the Fabric Mod Loader. Luckily, this is very simple to install. All you need to do is download them from the links below, run them with Java, and then click “Install” in the installer that opens up. It really is that simple and easy. The video above goes more in-depth with installing Fabric.

Download Fabric:

Check out our in-depth Fabric tutorial in order to ensure you get Fabric up and running correctly!

Step 1 - How To Download & Install Optifine in Minecraft

Step 2) Download Optifine

You can't install Optifine with Fabric if you don't have Optifine downloaded, so step one is to click here and go download Optifine. Most likely, you'll want the latest version available, and I would always recommend getting the ‘Ultra' version as that is going to have the most features. Once you've found the version you want, click the ‘(mirror)' link/button next to it. You will the be taken to that version's download page. Click the ‘Download Optifine' link here, and Optifine will begin downloading. Most likely, will have to save or keep the file depending on the browser you use.

Click here to go to the Optifine download page.

OptiFabric Download Page

Step 3) Download OptiFabric

Now, before we can install Optifine, we need to download OptiFabric. OptiFabric is the bridge that links Optifine and the Fabric Mod Loader together So, let's get it downloaded. You can download OptiFabric by clicking here. This will take you to CurseForge. Once you're on this site, click on the ‘Files' tab, and then select the version of OptiFabric you are going to install. Once you've found the OptiFabric version you want, click the little download arrow next to the version name. That will start the download. You may need to keep/save the file. It is 100% safe!

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Step 3) Install Optifine with OptiFabric 

So you've gotten OptiFabric and Optifine downloaded, but how to do you actually get them installed. Well, this is actually really simple. Just hit the Windows Key on your keyboard and ‘R' at the exact same time. This will open up the ‘Run' program. In the search box type, ‘%appdata%'. This will launch the ‘Roaming' folder on your computer. At the very top of this folder, you will see a program called ‘.minecraft'. Open this folder, and in it, you should have a folder titled ‘mods'. If you don't, just create one!

After you've found or created your ‘mods' folder, installing Optifine in the Fabric Mod Loader is easy. Just take it and drag and drop them into this ‘mods' folder. After you've done that, the mods are installed! We aren't quite done yet though. We still need to make sure that we are selecting the right version of Fabric.

Step 4) Open The Minecraft Launcher & Select The ‘Fabric' Profile

In order to select the correct version of Fabric, we need to open up the regular Minecraft launcher that we allow know and love. From here, we can click the green up arrow next to the ‘Play' button. From there, find the profile titled ‘Fabric'. Click it, and then, click the big green ‘Play' button. Minecraft should then launch with Forge and Optifine installed.

Step 5) Have Fun & Enjoy OptiFabric!

Congratulations! OptiFabric with Optifine is now installed in the Fabric Mod Loader! Have some fun, build stuff, or install some other mods. We have over 30 different tutorials on installing mods with there officially download links. We've also got tutorials on starting, maintaining, and running Minecraft servers. Thus, if you need to know how to do anything in Minecraft, just search our site or check out our Minecraft category for in-depth mod and server tutorials!

Thanks so much for reading and using our tutorial on how to download & install OptiFabric in Minecraft. You can also check out our video on installing OptiFabric by clicking here! If you're having any issues, please post in the comment section below, and we will try out best to help you out!


I have been playing and modding Minecraft since 2010. In 2014, I started getting interested in creating Minecraft servers and teaching people how to do it online. This led to thousands of videos covering how to do anything and everything in Minecraft!

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