How to Install Optifine In Minecraft

For those that have been living under a rock since the mid-2000s, Minecraft is the simplistic block building phenomenon that has grown exponentially in scale in since it’s full release in 2009. Although most of us are at least somewhat aware of the success that Minecraft and Mojang have achieved, only those within the community will be aware of the refinement and polish that has been constantly happening to make this game the best it can be.

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Optifine really produces some stunning vistas within Minecraft

The experience of the vanilla game has of course been polished and developed further by Mojang. However, a lot of the beautiful and realistic changes that you’ll often see in Minecraft tend to be down to the dedication and talent of the modding community for Minecraft. These individuals develop some outstanding builds, textures and additional content for the game that serves to improve upon an already stellar experience. One such mod that does this very effectively is Optifine.

What is Optifine in Minecraft?

Optifine is a mod that focuses mainly on enhancing rendering, texture and lighting features within Minecraft, with the aim of improving the detail of these aspects. The versatility of this mod is arguably the key to its success, allowing players to set up their game for more performance or more detailed presentation. Some features such as the ‘natural textures’ option which alternates blocks so that they no longer have a rigid, grid-like the presentation but instead look more realistic. Then on the flip side, you have the ‘fast rendering’ option which uses different algorithms from the base game to lower processing time and improve FPs.

Natural textures optifine
Natural textures really add a sense of realism to the visuals

This versatility is further complemented by the additions to gameplay through the ‘dynamic lighting feature’. This gives the player the ability to emit client side lighting from glowing objects such as torches or glowstone, effectively allowing players to navigate caves without the need to place multiple torches. It’s a small touch that adds immersion to the overall experience and makes gameplay much more convenient.

Dynamic-Lights-minecraft
Dynamic lighting is an excellent touch from this mod

Then if this was not enough to entice you, the mod also features a zoom feature for the camera that allows for a scoped view akin to that of a first-person shooter. This feature is great when using a bow and also when scouting the area ahead for hostiles in survival mode. Again, not a massive change but one that is another step forward to a perfect Minecraft experience.

How To Install Optifine

So now that we have sold you on the perks of this mod, you may be wondering how do you install Optifine in Minecraft? Well, have no fear because we have taken the time to create a step by step guide so that you can get this mod downloaded and installed quick and easy without the stress or hassle of broken files, missing data or having the game crash completely.

Installing Optifine with Minecraft Forge

Step one

Go to https://optifine.net/downloads and click the link under the text which reads “Optifine HD Ultra”. When downloading your browser may warn you that this file is potentially dangerous. Feel free to disregard this.

download optifine
Be sure to grab the file from the official source!

Step Two

Make sure that you are running the most updated version of Minecraft. If you are running lower than v1:12, then this mod will not install properly on your system. So just be mindful of this before beginning to install.

minecraft1.16.1

Step three

If you are more comfortable running Minecraft Forge to install your mods, make sure this is installed and accessible to you. Although, for this particular mod, it is not necessary and can be installed as a separate Minecraft configuration if you prefer.

installing forge

Please note: If this is your first time installing forge, you must run Minecraft forge for it to generate the files. Please proceed to step 4 if Minecraft forge loaded correctly

Play minecraft forge

Step four

Go into the downloaded folder containing the Optifine file, right-click and then copy the file. Then proceed to open up the Minecraft launcher usually located on your desktop.

copy optifine file

Step five

Once in the Minecraft launcher, go to the installations tab and select the latest release. This will open information regarding installation.

minecraft latest release

Step six

From here, you’ll want to select ‘game directory’ which will open up all the corresponding game files. Once you have access to this, double click on the mods folder and paste the optifine file.

minecraft game directory
install optifine

This should be the mod installed through Forge. Simply launch Forge through the Minecraft launcher and the changes should be present on the screen.

How to Install Optifine Manually

Step one

Go to https://optifine.net/downloads and click the link under the text which reads “Optifine HD Ultra”. When downloading your browser may warn you that this file is potentially dangerous. Feel free to disregard this.

Please note: You must check your minecraft version and download the correct OptiFone version.

optifine 1.16

As you can see I need to download OptiFine 1.16.1 as my minecraft version is also running 1.16.1

minecraft1.16.1

Step two

Make sure that you are running the most updated version of Minecraft. If you are running lower than v1:12, then this mod will not install properly on your system. So just be mindful of this before beginning to install.

minecraft1.16.1

Step three

Find the file containing Optifine and double click on the said file. This will open up an installer for Optifine. If the file doesn’t open, right-click on it and select “open with” then select “Java (TM) platform SE binary”

open with

Step four

Once the installer pops up, click the install button.

installer

Step five

Load up the minecraft launcher and select OptiFine from the settings, click play and you are good to go!

optifine installed

So that’s our guide on what Optifine in Minecraft and how to install Optifine. Was this a helpful guide for you? What mods do you use for Minecraft other than Optifine? How does this one rack amongst the best performance and visual mods within the Minecraft community? Let us know in the comments. Plus if you like content like this, be sure to check out our guide on the best mods for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Thank you for reading Whatifgaming!

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