How to Install Shaders on Minecraft 1.14

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It’s now possible to install Shaders on the latest version of Minecraft! Which at the time of this article was 1.14.2. This means you can now explore the new Village & Pillage update with glorious lighting and textures.

What is a Minecraft Shader? Well a shader changes many graphical aspects of the game, with the main one being lighting. It makes Minecraft look slightly more realistic and beautiful to look at, whilst also affecting colors, shadows, reflections and more.

Below, we’re going to show you how to install a Minecraft Shader on the latest version of Minecraft 1.14. If you want to check out some more guides for the game, make sure to view our dedicated area here.

Installing a Shader

For Shaders to work, you will require Optifine to be installed alongside Minecraft. Luckily, Optifine recently provided support for Minecraft 1.14 and above, so that Shaders are now compatible. 

Head to the Optifine Downloads Page and choose ‘Preview Versions’ at the top. Download the latest preview version available for Minecraft 1.14. A .jar file will begin to download, once ready, open it.

optifine installer

You will see the Optifine Installer Window similar to the screenshot above. Ensure you have the right Minecraft version displayed, the correct directory for your Minecraft installation (selected by default) and hit install.

Now that Optifine is installed, run the Minecraft Launcher. Pressing the small green arrow located next to the PLAY button, choose the ‘Optifine’ option and then press Play.

Once in the game, head to the Main Menu > Options > Video Settings > Shaders and press ‘Shaders Folder’. In the folder that opens, here you can drop any shader .ZIP files you want to use. One shader currently compatible with Minecraft 1.14 is Sildur’s Shaders

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Download the .ZIP File, drop it in the Shaders folder and then choose it in Minecraft from the Shaders page we was on previously. 

 

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Phillip Anderson
Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!