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How to Install Shaders in Minecraft 1.19: OptiFine & Iris

How to Install Shaders in Minecraft 1.19: OptiFine & Iris

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Shaders are a godsend if you want to enhance the base game experience and skyrocket it to newer levels!

They can increase the game’s visual appeal as well as performance.

To be more precise, Shaders can actively enhance overall graphics quality, ambient occlusion, sharpness, bloom, reflections, shadows, and in some cases – completely overhaul parts of the game!

The difference that a single Shader Pack can make in your overall experience of Minecraft is astounding.

As such, knowing how to install and make use of these Shaders is the first step to your new, visually improved Minecraft journey!

Note that the version of Shader you use must match your game version. If you don’t fulfill this requirement, you can encounter errors such as crashes, bugs, and the like.

With that said, here’s how you can install and play different Shaders in Minecraft 1.19!

(Note that all these steps assume you have the base version of Minecraft installed and have run it on your system at least once. These won’t work if you haven’t done so already!)

Installing Shaders with Optifine in Minecraft 1.19

Installing Shaders with Optifine in Minecraft 1.19
  1. First, download the OptiFine mod installer from their official website to get started. The installer requires Java to be installed on your machine.
  2. Open the installer and press the “Install” button. After a while, a pop-up will confirm the installation of OptiFine.
  3. Download the Minecraft Shader Pack that you wish to use.
  4. Now, locate your Minecraft installation folder. This can be found in your App Data folder. Pressing the Windows+R key and typing in “%appdata%” will automatically open this.
  5. Here, open your “.minecraft” folder and move/copy & paste your downloaded Shader into the “shaderpacks” folder. If it doesn’t exist, make one manually.
  6. Open Minecraft’s official launcher and select the “OptiFine” version of the game.
  7. Your Shader will now be loaded into the game! You can perform customizations to this by going into the “Options,” selecting “Video Settings,” and then “Shaders.”

Read more: 14 Best Shaders in Minecraft 1.19

Installing Shaders with Iris in Minecraft 1.19

Installing Shaders with Iris in Minecraft 1.19
  1. Download the Iris Shaders mod installer from the official website. This one also requires Java to be installed on your system.
  2. Open the installer and choose “Iris & Sodium” in the “Select Edition” box. In the “Select Game Version” option, go for “1.19”. You can leave all other options as is.
  3. Press the “Install” button and wait till Iris finalizes everything. 
  4. Download the Shader Pack you want to use.
  5. Locate your Minecraft installation folder. A simple way to do this is by pressing the Windows+R key and entering “%appdata%” in the pop-up window.
  6. Open the “.minecraft” folder located here and move/copy & paste your desired Shader in the “shaderspack” folder. If it doesn’t exist, you can make a new one.
  7. Open Minecraft through the official launcher and select the Iris & Sodium game version.
  8. Your Shader is now in the game! You can customize and select/deselect it through the Shader Packs options in your Video Settings.

Read more: Minecraft 1.20 Release Date, Teasers, and More!