How To Download & Install Optifine on Windows 10 in Minecraft (2021-2020)


If you are looking at how to download and install Optifine on Windows 10 then this guide is for you. Considered an indispensable mod for Minecraft, Optifine is probably one of the best mods out there and one of the most recognizable mods among the Minecraft community. Optifine adds a multitude of features to upgrade your Minecraft game experience in general. From performance optimization to enhanced graphics, this mod is one of the MUST-install mods that you should have in Minecraft. In this tutorial, we will see how to download and install Optifine to get a whole new experience on Minecraft.

To download and install Optifine on Minecraft, go to and click on “OptiFine HD U G5” to start downloading Optifine Mod, then double-click on the downloaded file to install Optifine. After installation, start Minecraft Launcher and click on the little arrow on the bottom left, select Optifine and click on Start.

This article was originally posted on December 2020 and updated on June 2021.

What Is Optifine?

Optifine is a mod that was originally created for performance tuning for Minecraft on Windows. But with time Optifines expanded its features to graphic enhancements with its uncountable tuning settings.

Minecraft is one of the most popular games in the world. With its huge community, a lot of independent developers create new content and mods for the game. Most of the time mods are designed to add content to the original game like new items and campaigns. Other times, developers focus on gameplay, performance, and optimization, that’s the case with Optifine Mod. With its huge community of players, many find themselves unable to have a decent game experience with low specifications PCs. A lot of people experience lags and low FPS when playing Minecraft and that’s what Optifine is trying to solve.

With its performance optimizations, Optifine is the best friend of people with Low spec PCs. Optifine allows you to play Minecraft on your old PC like someone who has a brand new gaming PC as it takes Minecraft to a whole new level. This mod can literally double Minecraft FPS and smooths the game in general. Never experience lags while playing Minecraft again!

Besides the drastic performance improvements that Optifine gives, your whole Minecraft graphics will get polished and modernized (Minecraft was created in 2009 after all..). And unlike many other Minecraft mods, Optifine can be installed on modified and unmodified Minecraft as it is standalone.

Here is a little list of some of the graphic features that you can benefit from by installing Optifine:

  • New HD textures (Grass, Items, Terrain, etc)
  • Support for Shaders 
  • Dynamic Lights
  • Smooth Lighting 
  • VSync support
  • Avoids graphic artifacts
  • Fog control
  • Mipmaps 
  • Anisotropic Filtering
  • Antialiasing 
  • Better looking Grass, Snow, and Water
  • Natural Textures (Not repeating textures)
  • FPS control

and so on…

I think with this huge list of features, you understand why Optifine is so popular.

Now that we saw how awesome Optifine is, let’s see how to install Optifine on Windows.

How To Download And Install Optifine On Windows 10 In Minecraft

Downloading and installing Optifine on Windows 10 in Minecraft is very simple but you need to have the last version of Minecraft to avoid any problem during installation and guarantee compatibility with Optifine. If you have Minecraft and Java installed then you can proceed.

How To Install Optifine

Follow the steps below to download and install Optifine.

Needed time 2 minutes

1. Download Optifine

Optifine download

To download Optifine, go to and download OptiFine HD U G5. the current version is Optifine 1.16.5 (If you get an ad when trying to download it, click on Skip and click on download again)
Chrome may show a message saying that this file “may harm your computer”. You don’t have to worry as long as you have downloaded the file from the official link. it’s 100% clean from viruses and you can save it on your computer.

2. Double-click on the downloaded file.

Optifine double click

Double-click on the downloaded file (OptiFine_1.16.x_HD_U_G7.jar) to launch it on your computer.

3. Click on Install

How To Install Optifine

In the next window, click on the Install button to install Optifine in the default folder.

4. Wait for installation to finish and click OK

Wait few seconds for the installation of Optifine to perform then click on OK

5. Open Minecraft Launcher

Open Minecraft just like before, Minecraft will NOT load with Optifine until you finish the next steps.

6. Click on the arrow icon on the left of the PLAY button

On the Minecraft Launcher, click on the little arrow icon on the left of the PLAY button.

7. Select OptiFine on the list

In the list of versions, look for a version tilted with “Optifine” and select it. This will allow you to play Minecraft with the Optifine Mod.

8. Click on PLAY

After you have chosen the right OPTIFINE version, click on PLAY and enjoy playing Minecraft with Optifine MOD.

This is how to download and install Optifine in Minecraft on Windows 10. If you don’t want to play Minecraft with Optifine mod, click on the little arrow on the left and select your Minecraft version without Optifine and click on play.

If you have any issues or questions please leave a comment below for help.

Is Optifine Safe?

Optifine is 100% as long as you download it from the official website. When you download it Chrome will say that this file may file “may harm your computer”. This is a message that Chrome always shows when you download a .jre file as many viruses spread through this file type. But the files on the official website are 100% clean from viruses and you can download them safely. Optifine will also not break your Minecraft installation if you are wondering.

Please note that Optifine is available as a .jre file, thus you need to download Java for Optifine to be able to install it.

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Is Optifine a MOD ?

Yes. OptiFine is a Minecraft optimization mod. Its main purpose is to allow Minecraft to run faster and look better with its many graphic enhancements.

Does Optifine Increase FPS ?

Yes. Optifine will drastically improve Minecraft FPS and speed performance 

Is Optifine allowed on Hypixel?

Yes Optifine is allowed on Hypixel servers.

Is Optifine safe for your computer ?

Optifine is 100%, if you still doubt about it, just scan it using VirusTotal.

Is Optifine free ?

Yes. Optifine is a 100% free mod that allows you to make Minecraft run faster and look better.

Do you need Forge to use Optifine ?

No. You don’t need to have Forge in order to install Optifine.

Does Optifine have shaders?

Yes, Optifine comes with many preinstalled shaders but you can choose to install other shaders like BSL and Nostalgia.

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