Best Minecraft Shaders for 1.16+ (2021)

We're taking a look at some of the Best Shaders for Minecraft!

Our Best Minecraft Shaders List takes a look at all the most popular shader options for the game! If you're looking to really give Minecraft some additional atmosphere, or just want to make some of the views in the game a bit more breathtaking, then it's a good idea to have one of these installed. Minecraft's graphics are starting to feel their age a bit, so adding a shader pack helps give the game a much needed boost in the visuals.

Minecraft is a pretty scenic game, so if you want to make some of the visuals a bit more awe inspiring, then you're going to want to add a shader. While these aren't recommended for people with slower PCs, there are some that should work for you even if you don't have the most powerful machine. Without further ado, here's a look at the best shaders for Minecraft in version 1.16!

Best Minecraft Shaders


Example screenshot of BSL shader in Minecraft

BSL is another good option if you're looking for a shader to try out that will give you a more realistic feel to your game. It gives your water an upgrade, as well as giving things a more ethereal feel overall by adding a bit of haze to distant objects. There's a nice cloudy sky and you just get a nice overall feel right out of the box.

Download it here.

Chocapic13's Toaster Edition

Example screenshot of Chocapic13's Toaster Edition shader in Minecraft

If you're looking for a shader that is a bit lighter on the resources for your possibly low end PC then this is one of the best! You can get some beautiful lighting, clouds, and night displays with Chocapic13's Toaster Edition shader. The only reservation I have about this shader is that it doesn't change the water, which is one of my favorite details when it comes to shaders. However, if you've got a low end PC and want some better looking lighting, this is one of your top options!

If you want to run the clouds with this shader, make sure to disable the default clouds or you'll get both and it looks weird!

Download it here.


Example screenshot of VanillaPlus shader in Minecraft

This shader is a lot more subtle than the previously listed BSL Shader, but can also be customized a great deal. If you want a heightened but traditional feel to the game, then this is worth checking out.

Download it here.

Sildur's Vibrant Shader

Example screenshot of Sildur's Vibrant shader in Minecraft

Sildur's Shaders are probably the most popular around. These are the ones I see mentioned most frequently when someone talks about shaders. They are updated very quickly after an update, and provide players with a variety of options regardless of the power of your PC. You don't have to go with the Vibrant version, make sure to check out the other options that might suit you better.

Download it here.


Example screenshot of Continuum shader in Minecraft

Continuum has a much more realistic vibe about it, where the lighting isn't as harsh and vibrant. It gives a beautiful overall look to the game, especially if you want a more realistic vibe with some beautiful lighting and shadows.

Download it here.


Example screenshot of SEUS shader in Minecraft

Another beautiful shader, but this one in particular has wonderful water effects. SEUS is a great one if you want more of that surreal looking vibe, as well as wanting to stare at some very beautiful water.

Download it here.

Shaders in Action

If you still can't decide, the following video features a lot of the ones listed here in action. It has a lot of different comparisons, so it's a great way to figure out what you like.

How-to Install Forge & OptiFine

Forge makes running mods a lot easier and will save you sometime if you are messing around with changing things up in your game. If you're going to pair this with OptiFine (you should), then you'll want to make sure you have the latest version of Forge which you can download here. Once you've got that installed, you'll want to download a specific version of OptiFine. Go to this page, and then click Preview versions. Find the most recently added preview version and download that and then place it in your mods folder. If you don't do this, you will get a message that OptiFine is not compatible with that version of Forge.

Most of these shaders require that you have OptiFine installed. OptiFine is an important addition to the game that allows Minecraft to run much faster by giving you an FPS boost. It also has support for HD Textures, Shaders, Dynamic Lights, Variable Render Distance, and a whole lot more.

How-to Install Shaders

Once you have Forge & OptiFine installed, all you will need to do is download the zip file of the shader you would like to try and drop it in your shaders folder. If you can't find that folder, head into the game and go to Options > Video Settings > Shaders. You'll find a button called "Shaders Folder" which will open up the area you'll need to drop the files into. Do not unzip the file you download, that is not required!

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  1. I have a question, is bsl shaders for low end pc’s?

  2. guys how i can downald it

    1. sorry for late response, you can download it by clicking download “here” word.

  3. I literally want to see more of these shaders 😳

  4. This is so good! OMG!

  5. What Rescource Pack you use with SEUS?

  6. I love shaders

  7. This Looks so good!!

  8. Hello. I have the ltest optifin 1.15.2 also MC 1.15.2 and shaders for 1.15.2. There is a list of shaders in shader option in video settings, I can highlight them, but they won´t load. I try doubleclicking or unpacking zip file in shaderpack folder but still they only appear, and all the features on the right of the shader list in MC are dark grey including shader options, except for the first one “antialiasing” How can I make them work??

  9. Every time i put the shaders in the folder, and i open MC, when i select the shader it doesnt allow me to go into the shader settings and even with it selected the shaders dont work

    1. Do you have optifine? its required for shaders. Then open minecraft>options>video settings>shaders>Shader folder then drag the file into that folder.

      1. Is this for bedrock?

  10. BSL was so good it was on here twice!

    1. Whoops, not sure how I missed that. Fixed!