by Tore Andersen


Step-by-step modification guide
Improved visuals and info on how to make a private server




MineCraft is one of the most successful indie-games ever made. It's simplistic style and easy systems make it fun for everyone to create. Adding some better textures and environmental effects doesn't ruin the fun, and it will significantly improve the games visuals. This guide will show you how to use texture-packs, import maps, use Shaders and setup a private LAN server. Once you know the basics, modding MineCraft will be easy as pie.

1: Requirements
Texture Packs
4: Maps
5: Private LAN Server
6: Screenshots



> Minecraft Java Edition. (Latest version)
> Run the game at least once before installing mods.


The shaders will bring new effects like real water, clouds, sun rays, lighting, DoF, etc..

1: Download & install OptiFine HD Ultra (LINK)
Download the latest version and place the file anywhere. Right-click it and choose: "Open With", then select: "Java Platfor SE library".
The file should now install. *If it doesn't, then you need to update Java first (LINK)

2: Installing a shader
*There are lots of great shaders available for MineCraft. Sildur's shader is my personal favorite so I will use that as an example here, but you can search Google for "MineCraft Shaders" and you will have plenty of other choices.

Sildur's Vibrant Shaders (LINK)

Download: "Sildur's Vibrant shaders v1.22 Extreme-Volumetric lighting"
Unpack the file into the "shaderpacks" folder inside MineCraft's game-folder. Typically located here: "C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft\".

That's it. Start MineCraft and turn clouds "off" in the settings menu. If you leave clouds "on", you will have both new and old clouds at the same time.
*If you want the game to look exactly like in the screenshots, use these settings: (LINK)


There are lots of texture packs (A.k.a.: resource packs) available for Minecraft. You can install as many texture packs as you want, and easily switch between them in-game. *The pack used in the screenshots is: MonsterleyHD.

Here is a list of my personal favorites:

MonsterleyHD (LINK)
AdventureTimeCraft (LINK) *It's made for an older version of MineCraft, but it still works.
AnnahstasBeastrinia (LINK)
Faithful (LINK)
GlimmarsSteampunk (LINK)
LBPhotoRealismReload (LINK)
TheFindOvergrown (LINK)
OzoCraft (LINK)
VividHD (LINK)

Installing a texture pack:
Download a texture-pack file. Then open the "resourcepacks" folder inside the MineCraft game-folder, and create a new folder with the name of the texturepack. (It can be any name). Then unpack the texture-pack into that folder. That's it! The pack should now show under Resource packs in-game.


While it's awesome to build your own map, it's also fun to see what other people have created.

A good place to look for maps: (LINK)
*This is just one of thousands of sites with MineCraft maps. Use Google and you will have an abundance of shoices

Installing a map:
Download a map-file and unpack it into the "saves" folder inside the MineCraft game-folder. That's it. The map should now show up as a save-game you can load in-game.


Setting up a private LAN server is fairly easy, but it does require a few manual edits.

Download the server file here: (LINK)
Place the file wherever you want the MineCraft server to be installed.
2: Click the file, and it will unpack some more files. One of the new files should be "eula.txt". Open this file with a note-pad, and change "eula=false" to "eula=true" and save.
3: Click "server.jar" again, and the server should start.
*It takes a while to boot, but it will prompt "done" when ready. Now type "stop" in the command bar, and the server will shot down.
4: Open the file "" with note-pad, and make the following changes:
gamemode=(Set to either "survival" or "creative")
server-ip=(Put your computers IP adress. E.g.: "")
*Make sure that you put the right address if you have multiple network adapters, and that the IP is static.
*If you don't know how to do this, Google it. It's very easy to find, but would take up too much space here.
Exit and save.
5: Create a new text file (In the same folder). Name it "RunServer" (or whatever you like), this will be the file that you start the server with. Open the text-file with note-pad, and add this line of text: java -Xmx3G -Xms1G -jar server.jar
Save and exit.
6: Rename the text-file from .txt to .bat
7: Make a desktop shortcut to the .bat file you just created.
From now on, use this shortcut to start your MineCraft server.

To join the server, start MineCraft and click Multi-player. Then "Add Server", and put any name. Put the IP that you used in the "" in the address field. You can do this on up to 20 computers in your LAN, and they will all join your server.
*The server will save status when shut down. If you want to start a new world, just delete the "world" folder, and the server will then generate a new one upon next launch.
































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