Best Minecraft Shaders (November 2019, 1.14.4)

We're taking a look at some of the Best Shaders for Minecraft!

Our Best Minecraft Shaders List takes a look at all the most popular shader options for the game! If you're looking to really give Minecraft some additional atmosphere, or just want to make some of the views in the game a bit more breathtaking, then it's a good idea to have one of these installed. Minecraft's graphics are starting to feel their age a bit, so adding a shader pack helps give the game a much needed boost in the visuals.

How-to Install Forge & OptiFine

Forge makes running mods a lot easier and will save you sometime if you are messing around with changing things up in your game. If you're going to pair this with OptiFine (you should), then you'll want to make sure you have the latest version of Forge which you can download here. Once you've got that installed, you'll want to download a specific version of OptiFine. Go to this page, and then click Preview versions. Find the most recently added preview version and download that and then place it in your mods folder. If you don't do this, you will get a message that OptiFine is not compatible with that version of Forge.

Most of these shaders require that you have OptiFine installed. OptiFine is an important addition to the game that allows Minecraft to run much faster by giving you an FPS boost. It also has support for HD Textures, Shaders, Dynamic Lights, Variable Render Distance, and a whole lot more.

How-to Install Shaders

Once you have Forge & OptiFine installed, all you will need to do is download the zip file of the shader you would like to try and drop it in your shaders folder. If you can't find that folder, head into the game and go to Options > Video Settings > Shaders. You'll find a button called "Shaders Folder" which will open up the area you'll need to drop the files into. Do not unzip the file you download, that is not required!

Here are the Best Minecraft Shaders:

Chocapic13's Toaster Edition

If you're looking for a shader that is a bit lighter on the resources for your possibly low end PC then this is one of the best! You can get some beautiful lighting, clouds, and night displays with Chocapic13's Toaster Edition shader. The only reservation I have about this shader is that it doesn't change the water, which is one of my favorite details when it comes to shaders. However, if you've got a low end PC and want some better looking lighting, this is one of your top options!

If you want to run the clouds with this shader, make sure to disable the default clouds or you'll get both and it looks weird!

Download it here.

BSL Shaders

If you're looking for a more cinematic feel to your game with that misty style of glow with lighting then this is a great shader for your mid to high-end PC.

Download it here.

VanillaPlus

This shader is a lot more subtle than the previously listed BSL Shader, but can also be customized a great deal. If you want a heightened but traditional feel to the game, then this is worth checking out.

Download it here.

Sildur's Vibrant Shader

Sildur's Shaders are probably the most popular around. These are the ones I see mentioned most frequently when someone talks about shaders. They are updated very quickly after an update, and provide players with a variety of options regardless of the power of your PC. You don't have to go with the Vibrant version, make sure to check out the other options that might suit you better.

Download it here.

Continuum

Continuum has a much more realistic vibe about it, where the lighting isn't as harsh and vibrant. It gives a beautiful overall look to the game, especially if you want a more realistic vibe with some beautiful lighting and shadows.

Download it here.

SEUS

Another beautiful shader, but this one in particular has wonderful water effects. SEUS is a great one if you want more of that surreal looking vibe, as well as wanting to stare at some very beautiful water.

Download it here.

Shaders in Action

If you still can't decide, the following video features a lot of the ones listed here in action. It has a lot of different comparisons, so it's a great way to figure out what you like.

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