Brighten up the sandbox sensation with our list of the best shaders you can download right now

The best Minecraft shaders

To install shaders to Minecraft, download Optifine, an optimisation tool that makes the game look nicer and run better. Just keep in mind it isn't yet optimised for the 1.14 Village and Pillage update.

After that, drop the unzipped shader in the correct folder—normally C:\Users\[Yourname]\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft\shaderpacks—and you're good to to.

The definitive Minecraft shader. This pack has endured thanks to its dreamy soft rain effects, striking shadows and stirring skies. A lovely, well-balanced shader that never feels flashy or vulgar.

1. Sonic Ethers' Unbelievable Shaders


An extension of the GLSL shader that completely changes Minecraft's lighting system. Not only is performance great, but Sildur's clean looks are as uplifting as inhaling a lungful of fresh pine air.

2. Sildur's Vibrant Shaders


If your rig isn't up to the task of specular reflections, Lagless is the way to go. It provides an easy, frame rate-saving way of upgrading Minecraft that won't make you feel like you're watching a slideshow.

3. Lagless Shaders


Want to make Minecraft feel like it's been chemically fused with Borderlands? This is the shader for you. With its bold colors and distinct black outlines, this pack offers a top-down visual overhaul.

4. Naelego's Cel Shaders


Subtlety be damned. Marketed as a moon-on-a-stick shader pack, TME crams a lot into one resource-hungry package. Enjoy entire forests of lens flare-lit trees as you tank your frame rate.

5. Too Many Effects


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