How to Install and Use Shaders in Minecraft 1.18

Create your beautiful Minecraft world using HD shaders

by Caleb Stultz


In Minecraft, players want an immersive experience that brings the game from just the building block game of old into a new, more fun time. One way that the game does this is through shaders that are created by players just like you who want a better visual experience. Shaders, no matter which you pick, are beautiful in their own ways. However, it may be difficult to actually get them installed into your game once you have chosen the one you want. In this guide, we will show you how to install shaders and how to use them in Minecraft 1.18.

How to Install Shaders in Minecraft 1.18

To start, you will need to head over to to find the best shaders to use in your game. YouTube channel “The Breakdown” gives an excellent tutorial on how to begin downloading and installing shaders in their video, “How To Download & Install Shaders on Minecraft PC (1.18)”

Once you have found the shader you want to install into your game, download not only the shader you want to install but also Optifine for 1.18.

Click on the green “Download” button for both files and continue to click through the “Download” buttons until your files make it to the “Downloads” folder on your PC. Head to your File Explorer and put the Optifine folder and your shader pack folder onto your desktop.

If you try to open Optifine but it causes an error on your PC, head over to the Java 17 download page to get Java 17 to make Optifine work on Minecraft 1.18.

After this, you will need to open Optifine on your PC. If you get another error after downloading Java 17, you will need to download the Jarfix Repair tool to fix the .jar files on your PC.

Once you have fixed your .jar files on your computer, you can now run Optifine to get it installed onto your game. Open the Optifine installer using Java 17 to install Optifine to Minecraft 1.18.

To install your newest shader, open the Minecraft Launcher and click “Play.” Once you have the game loaded up, click Options,” then Video Settings,” then Shaders.” Keep Anti-Aliasing “Off” to install shaders.

How to Use Shaders in Minecraft 1.18

When you click the “Shaders” button on the bottom left of your screen, a new folder will open called the “Shaders Folder.” Drag and drop the shaders from your desktop to the shaders in this file folder. After you’ve done that, you can turn any shader on or off in your settings in Minecraft 1.18.

After you have activated your shader, load it into your Minecraft world to see it in beautiful HD graphics.

And that is how to install and use shaders in Minecraft. Check out how to install mods to go with your new shaders as well.

Minecraft is available now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, mobile devices, and many other platforms.

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