How to install Optifine for Minecraft 1.19

How to install Optifine for Minecraft 1.19

Minecraft 1.19 has already been out for a while. And now, mods for 1.19 have finally started to flood the market. And today I would like to show you how to install OptiFine 1.19!

So if that sounds interesting, then read on.

What is OptiFine?

However, before I tell you about the installation process, I would like to tell you what OptiFine is for those who don’t know. In a nutshell, OptiFine is a performance mod for Minecraft. With the correct settings, OptiFine has the potential to drastically increase your FPS, especially on lower-end devices.

And while the FPS boost is important on its own, OptiFine can do much more than that. Here are some other reasons why you might like to get OptiFine.

  • Get access to shaders: If you want your Minecraft world to look like a next-gen game, then Shaders is the best option. However, for this it is essential to have OptiFine installed.
  • Use more demanding resource packs: While you may not need OptiFine to install resource packs, you will need it if you want more demanding packs. For example, realists use it to add reflections and metallic looks to their resource packs.
  • Increased render distance: OptiFine also allows you to go beyond the usual render distance of 32 fragments. You can actually go past 48 chunks!

And with that out of the way, let’s get into the installation process.

3 ways to install OptiFine for Minecraft 1.19

To install OptiFine, we need to decide how we want it to be installed. There are a total of three ways to do it.

  • Minecraft Vanilla – This is the way to go for those who want to spruce up their Minecraft look with shaders and a more in-demand resource pack.
  • Using forge – If you also want to use mods then this is the way to go. Forge allows you to install shaders on top of mods!
  • using fabric – However, if you’re using Fabric, you’ll need to install OptiFabric instead! It’s a port of OptiFine, so you won’t have to sacrifice shaders due to Fabric modifications.

Now that you have chosen the way of installation, it is time to tell you how to do it.

Installing Optifine in Vanilla Minecraft

Fortunately, installing Optifine 1.19 Vanilla Minecraft is not complicated. All you need to do is follow the two steps below:

Step 1: Download OptiFine

How to Install Optifine 1.19 - Step #1 Vanilla Minecraft

First, we need to go to the OptiFine page. There, in the main menu, you should see a “Downloads” tab. Click on it and then you will be greeted with the page on the left.

At the time of writing, the Minecraft 1.19 versions are in preview builds, so you’ll need to click “+ Preview Versions” first, and then you’ll have access to them. Once downloaded, you are ready to go to the next step.

Step #2 – Install OptiFine

How to install Optifine 1.19 - Step #2 Vanilla Minecraft

Now it’s time to show how to install OptiFine 1.19 for Vanilla Minecraft, which couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is double click on the downloaded file and run it. Then you should be greeted with this window.

Then make sure the folder is correct and click “Install”! It is easy. To double check, launch the game launcher and see if an OptiFine profile has been created.

Installing Optifine with Forge

However, if you want to play with mods, you will have to do a couple more steps. Here’s how to install Optifine 1.19 for Forge:

Step #1 – Download and install Forge

How to install Optifine 1.19 - Step #1 Forge

First, you will need Forge. For this, go to your website and click on the installer option. You will then go to an Adfocus page. Just wait five seconds and then press “Skip.” After that, the download should start.

Once the download is complete, it’s time to install it. Fortunately, it’s similar to installing OptiFine. All you need to do is click on the downloaded file. Make sure the installation folder is correct and that you are installing the client.

And then press “OKAY!” In a couple of minutes, Forge will be installed.

Step #2 – Download and install OptiFine

How to install Optifine 1.19 - Step #2 Forge

Now that Forge is installed, it’s time to install Optifine. First, download the same file mentioned in the Vanilla Minecraft install option. Once you have downloaded it, do not open it; instead, do the following.

For this, we are going to need to find the mods folder. For this, you need to go to the Windows search bar and type “%application data%.” Then click on the search result. Once you’re in the folder, look for the “.Minecraft” binder.

Once found, look for the “modifications” folder and drop it there. And now you have OptiFine installed!

Installing OptiFine with Fabric

Now that you’ve learned both Forge and Vanilla Minecraft, here’s how to install this for Fabric.

Step #1 – Install the Fabric

How to install Optifine 1.19 - Step #1 Fabric

First, we are going to have to install Fabric for Minecraft. To do this, we have to go to the web site and hit the blueDownload for Windows” button. Once clicked, it should start downloading Fabric.

After Fabric has downloaded, it’s time to install it. For this, run the downloaded .exe file and a window like the right one in the picture should appear.

Then check if you are installing the correct version and in the correct installation location, and press “Install.”

Step #2 – Download and install OptiFabric

How to install Optifine 1.19 - Step #2 Fabric

OptiFine does not create a Fabric version of OptiFine. This means that we need to install the Fabric port called OptiFabric.

For this, go to this page and download the file at curseforge. Then once you’re done, locate your mods folder as instructed in the Forge install tutorial and drop the mod there.

And now, OptiFabric is installed!

P.S. Since you are going to be playing with Fabric mods, you should also install fabric API! It is required for most Fabric modifications. You may download it here!


And this is how you install OptiFine for Minecraft 1.19! Now you can enjoy the benefits of OptiFine no matter what mods you have installed! Do you have any questions about the process?

If so, don’t be afraid to comment below! I’ll make sure to answer any questions you have.

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