Minecraft is an awesome game and has captured the hearts of millions globally despite looking like a third-grade art project. If you’ve enjoyed your time with the game, then you’ve also probably wondered how to make it look better, and the answer is OptiFine.
This guide will teach you what OptiFine is, as well as how to download and install it for your version of Minecraft.
What is OptiFine for Minecraft?
For the uninitiated, OptiFine is basically a mod for Minecraft Java-Edition that enables the game to use high-definition textures. It also allows Minecraft to run much faster and includes many configuration options.
The main reason to get and use OptiFine would be to install resource packs with a much higher resolution than Minecraft typically allows. However, OptiFine can also increase frame rates, give you options such as dynamic lighting, and allow you to fine-tune performance settings.
How to Download OptiFine for Minecraft
The first thing you’ll need to do is download and install the correct software. OptiFine will only work with the Java version of Minecraft, so you should make sure you have that version of the game. You can do this by going to the Minecraft website, logging in, and clicking Get Minecraft.
You should see all the versions of Minecraft you own under the SELECT YOUR EDITION heading. Download and install the Java edition of Minecraft by clicking on Minecraft: Java Edition and following the instructions.
Once you have Minecraft installed, you’re also going to need to get a copy of OptiFine. Go to the OptiFine official website and click Downloads. On this page, you should download the version of OptiFine that matches the version of Minecraft you want to play. We highly recommend playing 1.16.5 as this is the most current stable version of OptiFine.
One last thing you’ll need to download before you can install OptiFine is Java itself. Although Minecraft runs on Java, the newest launcher comes with a standalone version so you rarely have to install it. However, because OptiFine is a Java application, you’ll need to get Java to use OptiFine.
Go to the Java SE 16 download page and download the installer for your operating system. Ensure you’re downloading the file labeled installer, rather than compressed archive. Run the downloaded installer and follow the instructions to get Java installed.
How to Install OptiFine for Minecraft
With Java installed, navigate to the folder where you saved the OptiFine file. Try double-clicking the file, and seeing if it will run. If you’re prompted for a program to run the file with, navigate to Java and select it.
Once the installer is running, keep the Folder option populated with the existing text and select Install. In a few moments, the program should return a message that reads OptiFine is successfully installed. Click OK and you’re ready to play Minecraft with advanced graphical features.
To check it’s installed correctly, open your Minecraft launcher and go to the Installations section. You should see an installation called OptiFine that has a warning symbol on it. This symbol is to warn you that the installation of Minecraft has is a modified one. You may also need to confirm that you understand the first time you run a modded Minecraft installation.
Hover over the OptiFine installation and click Play. If you’ve followed the instruction correctly a modified version of Minecraft should boot up. Please be aware that it may take longer than normal for Minecraft to load with OptiFine installed.
You can confirm a correct installation by going to Options… and then Video Settings… and checking the bottom-left corner. You should see the version of OptiFine that is installed listed there.
That’s How to Install OptiFine in Minecraft
You should now be able to download and install OptiFine for Minecraft easily and open a whole new world of HD resource packs and other performance tweaks. There are so many possibilities.
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