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How to install shaders for Minecraft 1.17.1

Beautiful Minecraft shaders (Image via Mojang)
Beautiful Minecraft shaders (Image via Mojang)

Shaders are arguably the best way to improve the visuals of Minecraft. Despite being a sandbox block game, it has beautiful textures and colors. With shaders, players can add fascinating lighting to the title and improve graphics a lot.

Sadly, shaders are not an in-game feature. To use them, gamers will need to download a mod called Optifine. There are other mod options for players on Fabric and Forge, but Optifine is the most popular one available.

Along with shaders, Optfine also improves Minecraft's performance and adds custom settings to help boost FPS.


Minecraft 1.17.1 shaders installation

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A wide variety of shaders are available online. Most are for PCs with high specifications. Gamers with low-end PCs will struggle to play with shaders. Players are advised to download shaders based on their PCs specifications.

Here are some most popular shaders available:

  • Sonic Ether's Unbelievable Shaders (SEUS)
  • Sildur's Vibrant
  • KUDA Shader
  • BSL Shader

Most shaders come in different variants for all types of PCs. Those with low-end computers can go with the lite version, while those with beefy computers can go for high-level shaders.

Users can easily find these shaders by searching online. After downloading the shader file, they follow these steps to download Optifine and install shaders.

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Installing Optifine

  1. Download Optfine for Minecraft 1.17.1 here.
  2. Open the downloaded jar file. It will launch Optifine Installer.
  3. Click on the Install button to install Optfine for the latest Minecraft version.

Installing shaders

  1. Open Minecraft Launcher and launch the Optifine profile installed previously.
  2. Open settings and go to video settings.
  3. Look for the shaders option.
  4. Go to the shaders folder and move the downloaded shader file to this folder.
  5. Now, gamers can see the downloaded shader name in the shaders option. Select it.
  6. Minecraft will reload itself, and they can see the magic of Minecraft shaders.

That's it. Installing shaders is pretty straightforward. Users can disable the shader by selecting the OFF option in the shaders option in video settings.

For detailed guides, walkthroughs, tips & more, check out SK Minecraft Wiki

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Edited by Ravi Iyer
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