Complementary Shaders 1.21 / 1.20

Complementary Shaders is the perfect shader pack to improve Minecraft’s graphics and performance. If you ever played Minecraft for more than five minutes, you know the game is incredibly fun – but a little bit lackluster in the graphics department. Fortunately for all Minecraft lovers out there, this shader pack is here to change that. That’s not to say you should expect a complete, 3D graphics overhaul. When you’re playing Minecraft, you’re not exactly in it because of realistic textures. That’s not what Complementary Shaders is here to change. Instead, this shaders improves a little bit of everything, while still maintaining its essence. Complementary Shaders is an off-shoot of another popular shader pack called BSL Shader. If you liked that pack, you’re going to love this one. This shaders takes the best out of BSL Shader and improves the rest. You can install it if you want to experience better graphics, gameplay, compatibility, and more.

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It’ll help you improve an already-great game like Minecraft is. Although it improves a little bit of everything, it will not ruin your performance. This shader pack is specially designed to keep everything running smoothly. Simply put, it just works. Not only that, but it’ll also fix compatibility issues that you might have with other shader packs. This Complementary Shaders pack always has the player in mind. With Complementary Shaders, you’ll realize Minecraft will run rather fast and better than with most other shader packs. No matter what GPU or drivers you have, this shader pack will make your game smoother compared to other shaders. Keep in mind this is a one-of-a-kind shaderpack. You can’t install it like the other ones. Make sure you pay attention to the installation guide before you do anything. Check and double-check it. Then, enjoy everything that Complementary Shaders has in store for you!

Complementary Shaders should be compatible with all of these Minecraft versions: 1.21 - 1.20.6 - 1.20.5 - 1.20.4 - 1.20.3 - 1.20.2 - 1.20.1 - 1.20 - 1.19.4 - 1.19.3 - 1.19.2 - 1.19.1 - 1.19 - 1.18.2 - 1.18.1 - 1.18 - 1.17.1 - 1.17 - 1.16.5 - 1.16.4 - 1.16.3 - 1.16.2 - 1.16.1 - 1.16 - 1.15.2 - 1.15.1 - 1.15 - 1.14.4 - 1.14.3 - 1.14.2 - 1.14 - 1.13.2 - 1.13.1 - 1.13 - 1.12.2 - 1.12 - 1.11.2 - 1.11 - 1.10.2 - 1.10 - 1.9.4 - 1.9 - 1.8.9 - 1.8.8 - 1.8.6 - 1.8.1 - 1.8

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How to install Complementary Shaders:

  1. Download and install Minecraft.
  2. Open Minecraft launcher and setup your game profile for the Minecraft version you want to run. – in the top menu, select the “Installations” tab, click “New installation”, under the “Version” dropdown, select your preferred Minecraft version and click “Create”.
  3. Download and install Optifine or Iris. – we recommend Iris, it’s a bit more optimized;
  4. Open Minecraft launcher and select the newly created Optifine or Iris profile. – if in step 3 you chose to install optifine it will have an optifine profile, if iris it will have an iris profile;
  5. Download the Complementary shader pack from the download section below.
  6. Launch Minecraft.
  7. For Optifine: Go to Options > Video Settings > Shaders and click “Shaders Folder” to open shaderpacks folder.
    For Iris: Go to Options > Video Settings > Shader packs and click “Open Shader Pack Folder” to open shaderpacks folder.
  8. Put the Complementary shader pack (.zip file) downloaded in step 5 into the .minecraft\shaderpacks folder you opened in step 7.
  9. In the game, select Complementary Shaders from the list and click “Done”.

Complementary Shaders - Comparison Slider #1 day

Comparison slider #1 for those who want to compare vanilla Minecraft without any shaders installed (on the left) with Minecraft using this particular shader pack (on the right).

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Complementary Shaders - Comparison Slider #2 night

Comparison slider #2 for those who want to compare vanilla Minecraft without any shaders installed (on the left) with Minecraft using this particular shader pack (on the right).

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Comparison slider #3 for those who want to compare vanilla Minecraft without any shaders installed (on the left) with Minecraft using this particular shader pack (on the right).

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Complementary Shaders Shader Pack Download

  • Credit for the creation of Complementary Shaders goes to EminGTR.
  • We never modify or edit resource packs in any way. None of the resource packs, shader mods or tools you see on this website are hosted on our servers. We use only official download links provided by official authors. Therefore, they are completely safe and secure.
  • Since the links are official and we update them manually - the links may stop working with each new update. We make every effort to update links as quickly as possible and usually we update everything on time and users have no problems, but if suddenly any link stops working - let us know through the comments below.
  • Don't forget to leave a comment below and vote for the pack. By doing this, you help the author(s) keep improving the project. If you want to support the author(s), be sure to check the author links just below the download links.
The Java Edition of this shader pack requires Optifine or Iris to run and will not work without them! Get optifine here or get Iris here.

Java Edition:

[1.21.x – 1.7.x] Download Complementary Shaders

Download instructions:

Curseforge: download starts automatically after a few seconds;

Mediafire: click the big blue button with the text "DOWNLOAD";

Google Drive: in the top right corner you will see a small download icon (down arrow), click it and the download should start;

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Author: EminGTR
Last updated: 7 July 2024
Category: Shaders
Compatibility: Java

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  1. nouf almousa

    whati try

  2. Mathew

    Do you have to have some graphic card? nvidia or something ?

    1. Admin

      Of course, without it it would be simply terrible in terms of fps.

  3. L

    Hey, when I tried to instal the shaders on the Minecraft (I already have Optifine and Java) on the resource packs buton it says that the resource packs are invalid, what can I do?

  4. kaisye

    please make a 1.20.6 one :<

  5. Splommy

    Hi I just downloaded this shaderpack for 1.20 and love it! but it makes all the copper ore blocks glow, is there any way to fix that? very distracting while caving.

  6. Traza

    Hey admin please make for bedrock version I would like to enjoy.😡😡😡😡😡😡

    1. Admin

      You should ask the official authors of the pack about this. But we can tell you that this is technically impossible.

  7. Beeet

    Is there a Bedrock download?

    1. Admin

      No, this is a shader pack for the Java Edition only, like most other shaders.

  8. Arian

    I have a powerful PC . RTX 3070 , 16 ram , i5- 12 gen but it still lags alot

    1. Godie

      You kidding me. 3070. I use 4060 and AMD 7

      1. 7mney

        stop flexing your gpu fan, some people dont want to upgrade or cant

  9. Dove

    How do i fix regular (unstained) glass being invisible? i want to be able to see my glass

    1. DeicticCelery86


  10. Lisa

    What do I do when a new version is out? Right now, 1.20.2? How do I update?

    1. Admin

      You don’t have to update it. Shaders usually work on older versions as well.

      1. Lisa

        But what if I want to play the newer version? My friend is playing on 1.20.2, can I do anything to join him?

  11. phoenix

    how do u zip the file pls help anyone?

    1. Admin

      Just place the downloaded file in your shader packs folder. You don’t need to zip or unzip anything.

  12. phoenix

    im trying to do step numb 8 but it wont work

  13. Shirkhana

    All entities that are sitting inside a boat are invisible, e.g. I can´t see my legs, and I can only see a cats head inside the boat. Even without a ressourcepack. How can I fix this? Can I edit this inside the .zip?

    1. JakeLaMtn

      I’ve noticed the same thing. Would love to see this fixed

  14. Timbletop

    i installed it for 1.16.5 create above and beyond forge version, using oculus and rubidium. chests and all moving blocks have a weird white color overlay that i cant figure out how to disable

    1. Lapaloop

      same thing happened to me. if you are using tlauncher just download the shader from their site. i don’t thinks its ok to post the link, so just find it yourself.

  15. Radekr5

    i have RTX 3060 12 GB and when using this shaderpack banners in inventory and placed have no patterns on them, any idea how i can fix this or help fixing this ?
    (optifine 1.20.1)

  16. Dante

    I searched for bedrock, and I got Java? I thought bedrock does not support Iris/Optifine nor can you change the version. Welp. back to another hour of searching.

    1. Admin

      Complementary Shaders do not have bedrock support as well as most other shaders. They are all based on either optifine or iris, which by themselves are incompatible with bedrock.

  17. help

    The sky is super bright using the shaders, how do i fix?

  18. bru

    i had a problem with it lol, when i applied the sharers and everything, i had to close Minecraft to get them to load, here’s the problem, when i tried opening MC again, it never finished loading, forever, and only fixed when i deleted the file from my computer, XD

  19. Rein

    i cant install it on-game, i cant find the shaders part (step 7)

  20. Malakas

    Can we have a version of this but only for the custom skies, i don’t want to sacrifice performance using everything but i really like the custom skies you can make with it.

    1. MaCLagI

      then off everything except the sky?

  21. Neigh

    Can I get something like this on bedrock? If I can where would I go?

    1. SM0keyy

      no you cant

      1. Mikaellaplayzz

        Yes you can!!!!

  22. Admin

    these are best shaders ever!

  23. hater

    yk you spelt complimentary wrong….

    1. Admin

      Spelling is all right. Complementary and complimentary are existing words that mean slightly different things.

    2. Keith

      my son wants the world, my glass shader, so I need it for him, cause today is his birthday

  24. brumm

    Rip my gtx 1660 super

  25. Random guy ig

    Is this ok for mobile?

    1. MaCLagI

      u cant use it on mobile. its for java edition only

  26. Jayfeather1089

    Is it possible to download this on minecarft bedrock?

  27. bob

    running a laptop with an RTX 3070 and an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H with Radeon Graphics 3.20 GHZ and im tanking into 20/15 fps with this texture pack no idea why

    1. AhoroBuchok

      skill issue honestly

    2. AhoroBuchok

      Try updating ur gpu drivers maybe itll work

    3. Jake

      make sure your 3070 is the actual GPU being used and not the on board GPU on the 5800H

  28. Chocmilk69420

    I haven’t got is yet but I can tell it’ll be great! <3 \(^v^)/

  29. colon

    error on v4.7 that crashes the game with “The game crashed whilst initializing game
    Error: x: Non [a-z0-9_.-] character in namespace of location: modName:tomatoGuy”

    downgrading to v4.6 seems to fix the issue.

  30. dottie

    crashes my game everytime i select the shader to use in menu

    1. DIO

      Maybe you need a better computer, because it worked for me when I got a new (and better) one

    2. ICyberI

      maybe u downloaded wrong version happened to me

  31. ItzTheGrineer

    How often does this version of shaders update? Just curious because I am running a server and 1.19.3 came out about a month ago and its not updated yet.

  32. J3mie

    How do i install this shaders? im having trouble with it

    1. zach769

      download the shader go to minecraft files witch should just be a picture of a file on minecraft Tlauncher or normal minecraft then go to shaders then just past it into the folder it does need to be ziped not unziped then your good

  33. selma

    one of my fav shaders ever!! one thing i think would make it even more amazing is if the leaves on the tree would move? maybe they are and its a problem that only i have, but if it isnt then that would be a cool thing! :)

  34. Jwoo

    Is there a way to only have the skybox changed? I love the sky changes but I don’t really want the rest of the shader options like the lighting changes, reflections, etc.

  35. Shiki

    Hi, i have a rog strix g15 ryzen 7 4800 and rtx 3060 8gb ram laptop and i get 20 30 fps with shader is it normal or im doing something wrong?

    1. SoloAction

      Surely not. You should probably check your GPU/CPU drivers. If it doesn’t work try deleting the version of minecraft and redownloading it and also updating java helps it could be just the JDK that is doing something funky in there.

    2. Sertyy

      It is possible that Minecraft starts on an integrated card. I recommend looking for it on the internet

    3. zach769

      no you shold be getting 100s of fps with shaders you prob need to install the graphics card drivers thats what my sister had to do she had the same issue just go to ninvidea.

    4. M

      Make sure you’re actually running it on your GPU. Mine was running on the Intel integrated graphics and was laggy AF. Then I figured out how to make it run on my rtx 3060 and now it runs like a dream. Google search “Optifine not running on Dedicated GPU [FIXED]”.

  36. sara

    would this work on macbook air?

    1. cjj

      it’ll function, just at really low FPS

  37. MidnightGamer001

    Can you please add swaying to the leaves? Everything else is great, but that one thing keeps nagging at me.

    1. kolorotow

      you can enable that in the shader options

  38. Marco

    I love this shader, but do you think its possible to add rain effects on the ground?

  39. KreatorB

    I was wondering if anyone has run into the following issue of shadows bobbing when bobbing is on and/or jumping?
    I am using Windows 11 and the latest forge version for optifine.
    If you have a fix please share!

  40. total

    Well when I tried to get Optifine or Iris I couldent open the fil with java tm se binary blah lbah IDK WHY i tried searching for it and I tried a few times but IT NEVER LET ME OPEN IT WITH THAT! it would only open with like notepad or something…

    1. Liam

      You don’t want to open the file, instead you want to find the shader file in your downloads folder – open Minecraft, then find in minecraft settings where it says “Shaders”. Make sure minecraft isn’t Fullscreen because you can drag and drop the Shader file from your download folder right into the spot that asks which shader to use.
      Hope that helped :)

  41. Kyle

    I have a problem with downloading java, my computer wont download it, anybody help me bc im getting so upset abt this :/

  42. Tristan Williams

    Is it available for bedrock?

    1. Admin

      No, this is java edition shader pack.

  43. Admiral Oink

    Getting around 70fps with default settings 20 render distance but the second I look at water it drops to 50 and scales down to about 20fps the closer I get to the water is this a problem with the shader pack, optifine, or 1.19? or something else.

  44. wavy stuff

    i had an issue with some stuff not waving in open areas with “do waving in closed areas” toggled to OFF. i just leave the option on so it’s not that big of a deal. but this seems to have no effect on lush cave items except leaves, nether vines, and lanterns. is this yet to be implemented or possibly an issue with optifine?

    (also would you ever consider making the spore blossom particles emissive? :3)

  45. Crisspp56

    It seems to not work for me when i load up this shader.

    I use sodium and iris but when i put it on the pack it doesnt let me click on it/activate it

    any tips?

    1. Admin

      Most likely, at the very top of the list of shaders in the game, there is a first line that should say something like enable or disable shader support. Just turn it on and the shader list will become active and you will be able to select the shaders supported by the iris.

  46. Ghost

    I can’t insert it in shader pack thingy? Is that normal?

    1. Blue

      it’s because it’s a resourcepack

      1. Admin

        Complementary Shaders is not a resource pack.

        1. honza

          so where should i put it?

          1. honza

            when i go to video settings, i dont have any shaders button.

            1. Admin

              Optifine or Iris installed?

  47. John Doe

    Issues with the first few letters of players being glitched when using with Lunar Client

  48. CRazy06

    can you turn off the glowing ores?

    1. Faris

      yes in shader Settings

    2. DIO

      Why would you want that

  49. scaf

    Packing causing lag on OF 1.19?

  50. MercyGG

    The shader is seriously broken on 1.19 but the fault is on Optifine’s side rather than shader itself. It has a ton of configurable features and doesn’t hit the performance that much like SEUS or Continuum.

  51. Hyp3r

    Cant seem to work on 1.19 ?

  52. torenty

    i really like it but does this have godrays like sildurs?

  53. Nobody

    I really Like this shader, The lighting and all of that stuff. Its Just Really good.

  54. RioStarlin

    Oh like this shader very much I love this shader more than sildur and BSL.
    I am using this shader for my YouTube videos like Minecraft builds nice 🙂👍👍👍👍👍 💕

  55. diimi

    this pack is not working

    1. Admin

      From our side it works flawlessly. Just saying… this is a shader pack, not a resource pack.

  56. Tiziano

    Whats the Name of the Texture-Pack on the first imgage?

  57. Ujjwal_kapoor

    A very nice good very very super shaders

  58. Wijdet10

    How do i enable POM

  59. oSecret

    Anyone know why my chests would be glowing? I think it’s making me lag.. Away from my house I have 100+fps but at my house I have 20.. TIA

  60. That one guy who’s not cool

    cool it works

  61. 1

    i want to use it on my BE minecraft!

  62. khgdg

    Do these shaders lag as I have a stander Pc and it ok ok.

  63. elizasquider

    do these shaders work for switch?

    1. E

      No, since it is Bedrock version on the Switch.

      Shaders Only Works On Java Edition


  64. |256|

    Best shaders i ever seen but since i once turned off the shaders everytime i turn to turn them on minecraft crashes

  65. Mina

    It’s really beautiful but is there a way to disable the fog at night? I don’t like the way it obstructs my vision and makes it hard to see mobs

  66. Aud

    Where is the Optifine profile button in the minecraft launcher???

  67. Mr Gamer

    I downloaded it but the light is so bright and I cant see anything?

  68. HHHH


  69. Ben

    can someone help me my sky is white how can i fix it pls ??

    1. Ben

      turn off clouds or sky

  70. Minh Isekai

    crash time ;-;

  71. LeviXD

    its time to crash my pc

  72. Night_Monkey2021

    Im Gonna Download After School :)

    1. tgertgetfDrreer


  73. Creeper Hack

    I want this normal in minecraft why is it not in the minecraft this is so amazing

    1. idkman

      it is not in normal minecraft because it is a heavy shader pack and requires mods. minecraft did want to add official shaders but optifine developer didn’t want to sell the mod. vanilla minecraft java runs well enough on weaker pc but with shaders it runs bad on weak pc

  74. mb

    Does this shader contain the aurora borialis(northern lights)? I saw a youtuber use a shader and it had them in. I am not sure which it is.

  75. My retinas are burning

    The shaders are fine on the ground, nether, and end, but in the overworld the sky is just blank white, even at night. What steps can I take to fix this?

    1. huzaim

      cuz u disable the clouds

    1. Rudra

      yes rip my also pc

  76. dapper

    Does anyone recognize the resource pack in the first screenshot?

    1. Volpone

      That’s not a resource pack, it’s a mod. Aether II to be precise.

  77. Emmeck23

    This is an amazing shader other than one problem that kept occurring. This problem is that no matter what skybox settings I enable or disable the very top part of the skybox is always white. This would happen only happen in the overworld oddly. If you have any suggestions on what might be happening or how to fix it, that would be great.

  78. gungon

    I want to able cloud in ender world. what setting is turn on ender world could?

  79. Sensa1_

    There is a huge white blob-like thing in the sky all the time. (Overworld) I don’t know how to fix it.

  80. Congrats

    Congrats! While other shaders simply froze or made my Minecraft graphics one pixel, your shaders were the first to crash it! Good job fam.

    1. Admin

      Are you sure your pc hardware can handle shaders at all?

    2. Congrats

      Congrats! It’s time to upgrade your PC!

  81. billy

    When there a sunrays in the game, the rays flicker like crazy for me? What do I do?

  82. Lambo

    whats the minimum requirements

  83. subcidal

    Also have the weird line in the sky, everything else seems great.

  84. Sakarcas GD

    The ground is too bright even at night and there is like a wired line in the sky

  85. Elias

    Is this for Java or Bedrock?

  86. Augusto

    Okay so i was finally able to join a server but all the blocks and stuff are white washed and the water looks like a white version of the normal water. Only the sky texture looks like its supposed to

    1. Sensa1_

      I think you turned on white-world. You should be able to turn it off in one of the settings tabs.

  87. guest

    i can’t select it, when i go to the video settings it won’t let me click it how do i fix that?

    1. guest

      i can’t select the shaders button i forgot to say that

      1. Some Random Idiot

        maybe because youre not using optifine?

        1. knockoff

          so how do you ‘use’ optifine then? got it downloaded but im having the same drama..

    2. CRElb0w

      your not using optifine then

    3. memerguy

      make sure you have antiscopic filtering off

  88. RaZer

    Is this for Minecraft Java or Minecraft Bedrock?

    i have Minecraft Java

  89. CaptainRex09

    Hi your mod/resource pack/shadier pack, looks very cool but when I try putting the file in the resource pack area it doesn’t work, please help.

    1. Admin

      You should put it in shaderpack folder, not resourcepack.

  90. Mac no optifine

    If i installed this would it explode my mac?

    1. Admin

      Depends on the hardware of your Mac, but Macs are not suitable for games with high hardware requirements. Shaders are resource intensive.

  91. Manky_Hamster

    hi, the zip seems to no longer contain the resource pack – is there a separate place I can get this please?

    1. Admin

      “No longer contain the resource pack” – are you sure you are checking what you need? This is a shader pack, not a resource pack.

      1. Manky_Hamster

        yes .. I was following the instructions for application as above:-
        the file at step 6 marked with (unzip me) isn’t downloaded from the link above
        step 11 being applying the shader pack is fine
        but the file at step 9 isn’t there – unless it’s the same zip file – in which case it’s not showing in the resource packs list under options

        1. Admin

          We’ve personally tested everything and if you are using Minecraft version 1.16+ ignore step 9 as ComplementaryResources are already integrated into ComplementaryShaders. Without extracting, drag & drop the ComplementaryShaders .ZIP archive into the Shaderpacks folder. P.S. We will update the instructions for new versions as soon as possible.

          1. Manky_Hamster

            thanks for your help – I think I have everything working OK for overworld – it’s just the End seems to be missing the aroura borealis – I only get a grey sky … would you know if that’s an setting? tried a few things but no luck as yet.

  92. QT Bluey6

    How do I get it into Minecraft?

    1. Admin

      Well, you could just read the installation guide on this page ..

  93. TheForge129

    @cali …

    Chromebooks don’t run java edition…

    1. DIO

      Yes they do, it’s just MacOS version. It works for me

  94. cali

    is this okay to put on a chromebook? I really hope it wont destroy my game

  95. NotTheDragonborn

    I’d like to know what some of the mods in the screenshots because they look pretty cool thx


    1. Bekas

      there are no mods

    2. Aliminion

      The last one is BetterEnd

  96. Guest

    can you make it available for 1.17 vanilla built in shader???

  97. Guest

    when i dowolad it just lika competrary_13 (idk bad name ) and next is with out space so wich one go to wich one hmm ????

    1. Admin

      Well, you can just read the installation guide on this page and everything will become clear)

  98. Abichu

    I did everything right. But when I join a server it just gives me the dirt loading screen. I do have more than one rescoure pack on. Am I only suppose to click on the complementary Shaders pack in my rescoure pack settings?

  99. Axxy

    this absolutely destroys my FPS. is there any way to fix this? im basically playing an interactive slide show

    1. Admin

      Upgrade your PC. Shader packs are resource intensive.

  100. Sami

    OH WOW this is way cool i love ittt.thank you

  101. Donovan Veasey

    how do you unzip the file?

    1. Admin

      You don’t need to.

    2. Zerx

      I open downloads drag it to my home screen go to search bar(not google) and type %appdata% open it go to minecraft resource packs and open minecraft drag the resource pack to the resource pack thing and activate it



  103. bartus_321

    i loaded this and i havent got any effect ,,scam,,

    1. Admin

      Have you even enabled the shader pack in the game settings? Have you read the installation guide on this page?

  104. Angie

    For some reason, this doesn’t work? I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. It just doesn’t work.

  105. sam

    it crashes my game when i open up a world and says something about an unexpected error on the launcher?

  106. floydbarstool

    i put the resource pack in but it doesnt do anything.

    1. Admin

      This is not a texture pack..
      These are shaders, which is a completely different thing.

    2. TJ Rozzelle

      I think you have to put it in ShaderPacks

    3. Turbo_s1ayer

      its a shader not a resource pack

    4. the_caped_Galaxy

      u need to put it in the shaders folder

  107. Ardesqu

    i like it
    its soo good

  108. notmyname

    When I loaded it up it was fine, but after a couple of minutes it just freezes my game. I have noticed the game still works, just all of the visuals are locked in place. I have tried 2 times restarting minecraft and it still wont work. Is there a way to fix this or am I just going to have to not play with the shaders?

    1. caza1027

      yea thats what happens to me and it just freezes but theres no sound and so i have to restart mc and its really anooying. but what u can do is go to the launcher and go to installations and click on optifine and press edit. next u press more options and theres the piece of code or something that will probably say 2G. change the 2 to a bigger number like 5 or something and it will give it more ram and ur game might not freeze

      1. D diddy

        thanks caza