How to Download and Install OptiFine for Minecraft in Windows & Mac

OptiFine is a Minecraft mod which optimizes Minecraft’s graphics for smooth performance. Also, it adds some video options such as dynamic lighting to Minecraft’s settings. In this page, we are going to explain how to download and install OptiFine for Minecraft in Windows and Mac.

Part 1: Preparing to Install OptiFine

Download OptiFine

You will need to download the OptiFine JAR file if you want to install the OptiFine mod on your Windows or Mac. To do that, simply follow these steps:

  • Firstly, go to https://optifine.net/downloads from your choice web browser.
  • Then, click Download to the right of the top OptiFine link exactly under the OptiFine HD Ultra.
  • Please wait 5 seconds, and then click SKIP AD in the top-right corner of the screen. You probably first need to click Continue on the ad-blocker warning.
  • Next, click the Download OptiFine link in the middle of the page.
  • Lastly, you are able to click Keep or Allow if your browser warns you that OptiFine could be dangerous.

Update Minecraft

Since November 2020, the most recent version of Minecraft is 1.16.4. If you are running a lower version than 1.12, you will need to update Minecraft by opening its launcher, waiting for the newest version of Minecraft to download, and then signing back into your Minecraft account.

Ensure that you have Minecraft Forge installed (if necessary).

If you plan to run OptiFine as a mod inside of Minecraft Forge, so you will need to have Minecraft Forge installed. For note: You are able to skip this step if you want to run OptiFine as a separate Minecraft configuration, that is arguably easier than installing Forge if you do not already have it.

Determine your Minecraft installation path (if necessary).

  • Firstly, open the Minecraft launcher by clicking or double-clicking the Minecraft app icon.
  • After that, click the Launch options tab.
  • Then, click Latest release.
  • Now, you are able to click the Game directory switch.
  • Please copy the game directory address by choosing the address in the Game directory text field and then pressing Ctrl+C (For Windows) or ⌘ Command+C (For Mac).

Part 2: Using Forge

  1. You have to copy the OptiFine file. Then, click once the OptiFine setup file which you have downloaded, and then press Ctrl+C (For Windows) or ⌘ Command+C (For Mac).
  2. After that, open the Minecraft launcher. Simply, click or double-click the Minecraft app icon. This will ask the Minecraft launcher window to pop up.
  3. Now, you are able to click the Launch options tab which is in the upper-right side of the window. If you do not see this option, first click ☰ in the top-right corner of the Minecraft window.
  4. Please click Latest release. You are able to find this option in the middle of the window. Do that to open the information page for your Minecraft installation.
  5. Now, you have to open the Minecraft folder. Just click the green. This will be able to bring up the Minecraft installation folder in a File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac) window.
  6. Simply double-click the mods folder. It can be in the middle of the window. Do that to open the mods folder. If there is not a mod folder, make one by doing these steps:
  • Windows: Right-click a blank space in the folder, choose New, click Folder, type in mods and then press ↵ Enter.
  • Mac: Click a blank space in the folder, then click File, click New Folder, type in mods and lastly press ⏎ Return.
  1. Now, you have to paste in the OptiFine file. Press Ctrl+V (For Windows) or ⌘ Command+V (For Mac) to do that. You are going to see the OptiFine file show in the folder after a second. Also, you are able to click and then drag the OptiFine file into the mods folder if you do not wish to keep a copy of the genuine download.
  2. Please run OptiFine via Minecraft Forge. To run OptiFine through Minecraft Forge, do these steps:
  • Firstly, click the News tab in the Minecraft launcher window.
  • Then, click the upward-facing arrow to the right of PLAY.
  • After that, click forge.
  • Lastly, click PLAY.

Part 3: Using OptiFine Only

  1. Firstly, double-click the OptiFine setup file. Do that to ask an installation window to appear. For note: On a Mac, just control-click the file, and then click Open in the resulting drop-down menu.
  2. Please click ⋯ to open a new window.
  3. In this step, you have to enter the copied game directory address. Simply press Ctrl+V (For Windows) or ⌘ Command+V (For Mac) to paste in the copied address, and then press ↵ Enter. This will make sure that OptiFine installs to your Minecraft directory.
  4. After that, click Install which is located at the bottom of the OptiFine window.
  5. Click OK once asked. This will confirms that OptiFine already installed successfully.
  6. Now, you are able to open the Minecraft launcher. Just click or double-click the Minecraft app icon to brings up the Minecraft launcher window.
  7. Next, you need to click Launch options. If you cannot this option, click ☰ in the top-right corner of the Minecraft window.
  8. Please click Add new to brings up a page with several text boxes.
  9. You have to enter a name in the Name text box for your OptiFine configuration.
  10. Just click the “Version” drop-down box to asks a drop-down menu.
  11. Choose the OptiFine release. It is the drop-down menu option which has OptiFine and the current version of your OptiFine installation in the title.
  12. Simply, click Save.
  13. Now, you are able to run the OptiFine version of Minecraft. To choose OptiFine as the version of Minecraft to run, do these steps:
  • Firstly, click the News tab in the Minecraft launcher window.
  • Then, click the upward-facing arrow to the right of PLAY.
  • After that, click your OptiFine configuration’s name.
  • The last step, just click PLAY.

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