Recommended Alternatives for Optifine


1. Canvas

What is Canvas?

Canvas is a rendering library for Fabric mods that offers visual improvements for players, and also implements an API mod authors can use to implement rendering effects that would not be possible with the vanilla renderer. Canvas also improves chunk-loading and frame rates on most hardware in most scenes

2. Ok Zoomer – Logical Zoom – WI Zoom

These 3 mods are each a great replacement to optifine’s much loved zoom feature. They provide more options than optifine’s zoom functionality. (You only need to install one)

Most of the people use optifine because of its zoom-in feature. with Sodium, you don’t get this feature included, but you can use ok zoomer, Logical Zoom, or WI Zoom which is compatible with sodium to fulfill that. Not only that, but these mods also have some extra features which you do not get even with optifine zoom.

Ok Zoomer

Ok Zoomer is a mod that adds a configurable feature-packed zoom key, which allows for zooming. By default, the zoom key is bound to C with the zoom itself being different, with features like zoom scrolling, smooth transitions, and reduced mouse sensitivity. However, this isn’t the end of the story, because here, you are in charge of your own zoom! Through the config screen (which is accessible through the Mod Menu), the zoom is completely configurable, and if the default behavior isn’t exactly what you want, you can change the smallest details or even restore the OptiFine zoom with a press of a button!

Logical Zoom

This is a simple Minecraft Fabric mod that adds a configurable zoom key. By default, the C key is mapped for zooming (as with Optifine) but you can change this in the Controls settings of Minecraft. If you already have the C key bound then you’ll need to remap it before it’ll work :o)

WI Zoom

NOTE: Do not install this if you have the Wurst Client. This is already included in Wurst and having it twice will crash the game.


  • Up to 50x zoom!
  • Zoom in and out with the mouse wheel!
  • No wobbly camera nonsense!
  • Dynamic mouse sensitivity! (since v1.1)
  • Fully compatible with OptiFine / Sodium!

3. Colormatic

Colormatic is an independent implementation that is resource-pack-compatible with the original Custom Colors mod for Minecraft 1.14 on Fabric. It is fully compatible with resource packs that use Optifine’s custom colors feature. Colormatic sports almost all features of the original Custom Colors mod and adds a few of its own. Features include

  • Biome colormaps for water, foliage, underwater, under lava, sky, and fog
  • Custom biome colormaps for any block
  • Custom lightmaps for any dimension (including data pack dimensions)
  • Custom dye colors
  • Custom chat colors

4. LambDynamicLights

What’s this mod?

It’s dark outside, very dark… You can’t see a lot in the darkness, you wished you had a torch, or a lantern to hold and see in the light…

And this is possible with this mod as it adds dynamic lights to the game. Now you will be able to see in the darkness thanks to your torch!

5. Lithium and Phosphor

Lithium provides a great improvement to server performance while Phosphor targets lighting performance. Both mods can be installed on the client or the server and are also made by Jelly Squid.


Lithium is a general-purpose optimization mod for Minecraft which works to improve a number of systems (game physics, mob AI, block ticking, etc) without changing any behavior. It works on both the client and server, and can be installed on servers without requiring clients to also have the mod. With the mod installed, you can see on average a 45% improvement to server tick times, resulting in a much leaner game.

Even in single-player, your game runs an “integrated server” which ticks the world your player is in. Through optimizing the server-side of the game, this can free up your computer’s processor to focus on other tasks, resulting in improved frame rates and responsiveness. For multiplayer servers, administrators can expect a sizeable improvement to tick times, allowing their hardware to support more loaded entities, chunks, and players.


Phosphor is a Minecraft mod which works to optimize one of game’s most inefficient areas– the lighting engine. It works on both the client and server, and can be installed on servers without requiring clients to also have the mod. With Phosphor, the amount of time the game takes to generate chunks can be halved for some dimensions, and frame stuttering experienced while traversing the world can be significantly reduced. It’s a no-compromises solution for improving performance either in single-player or large multi-player servers, and changes no features or behaviors of the vanilla game.

If you aren’t using it already as well, my other optimization mods Lithium and Sodium both pair great with Phosphor and are fully compatible.

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