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SORA Shaders 1.19.4 → 1.18.2

Experience breathtaking graphics with efficient optimization for smooth performance on mid-tier graphics cards.

Support GPUs
Performance ImpactLow
Presets πŸ› οΈ Cinematic+3
Features Waving Plants+34
CreatedJun 18, 2020
UpdatedFeb 27, 2022
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Fans of our site might have seen our previous review of one of the most famous shader packs, ProjectLUMA. SORA Shaders is a new shader pack inspired directly by ProjectLUMA. As expressed by the developers, they have taken many popular elements and tweaked them for further performance upgrades. Additionally, they have added some new features and ideas to further improve the shader pack’s popularity. There were undoubtedly some shortcomings in the reference pack, and the developers’ goal was to improve on those flaws and create one of the most perfect shader packs. The end goal of SORA Shaders is to provide many different types of Minecraft gamers with a shader pack that compliments their gameplay style.

This is a more subtle shader pack. It does not use over-the-top visual adjustments to give the game a “movie-like” atmosphere but gives slight visual boosts to improve your immersion into the game world. Many gamers know Minecraft to be one of the most simplistic gaming experiences, main thanks to its minimal 8-bit design. With a shader pack such as SORA Shaders, you will find that a boost to the world lighting, shadows, and graphics performance makes for a remarkable upgrade to the game. Minor adjustments to simple game details combine to immerse you into the adventure and thrill of surviving and building inside your own Minecraft world. Combining all the improved visuals will set your game in an ultra-high visual mode where you can fully enjoy the artistry and feeling of gaming within Minecraft.

Along with some lighting, visual upgrades, and new elements, one of the most significant changes is to the water within the game world. They have included a new texture for the water to give it a more natural feeling. The crystal clear waters allow you to really feel like you are in a more realistic game world. Many gamers asked for new water shaders; others prefer the blue ocean’s default visuals. Regardless of which one you choose, it is worth giving the new water visual enhancement within SORA Shaders a shot.

Gamers need to keep in mind that to play and use SORA Shaders, you must have Iris Shaders or Optifine to load up the shaders properly. After installing the shader loader, you can use SORA Shaders seamlessly within your Minecraft world.

SORA compatible versions:
  • 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
  • 1.14
  • 1.13.2
  • 1.13.1
  • 1.13
  • 1.12.2
  • 1.12.1
  • 1.12

SORA Shaders – Color Profiles


How to Customize Color in Sora Shaders for Minecraft

  1. Navigate to Options > Video Settings > Shaders > Shader Options.
  2. Select the “Color Profile” option.
  3. Choose from the many new color profiles available to find the perfect look for your game.

If you’re unsatisfied with the default color, don’t give up on the shader just yet!

  1. Try adjusting the color profile first.
  2. Go to your shaderpacks folder in the .minecraft directory.
  3. Unzip
  4. To match your chosen color style with the skybox, navigate to the Sora_Shaders_1.142 folder, then go to shaders > textures.
  5. Rename the alternative skyboxes textures to “skyboxes.png”.

The alternative skyboxes are named according to their color style (e.g. skyboxesCHERRYPINK).

Available Skyboxes
  • skyboxesCHERRYPINK: Apply for Cherry & Pink
  • skyboxesFIREWATCH: Apply for Firewatch
  • skyboxesGMODCARY: Apply for GMod & Cary
  • skyboxesGTAVAPUWARTHUNDER: Apply for GTA5, VAPU & Warthunder
  • skyboxesRENDER: Apply for Render
  • To keep already made settings, rename to Sora_Shaders_1.142.txt, so your settings will be transferred.
  • Also, select Sora_Shaders_1.142 inside of in the Shaders list in-game.


Over 34 new features are available in SORA Shaders to enhance your gaming experience.

πŸ“Š Performance Impacts

  • None
    No performance decreases
  • Small
  • Medium
  • High
  • Extreme

There are 4 profiles pre-built into SORA Shaders to adjust the level of intensity of these effects.






Ambient Occlusion
Chromatic Aberration
Depth of Field
Distance Blur
Film Grain
Lens Flare
Shadow Distance
Shadow Resolution
Soft Shadows
SSR Method


Our comparison tool makes it easy to compare SORA Shaders with Minecraft vanilla and other shader packs.

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How To Install SORA Shaders

Supported Optifine Recommend β€’ 1.19.1β€”1.8.8
  • Support Forge / Vanilla
  • Extra features
  • Good performance
Supported Iris Recommend β€’ 1.19.1β€”1.16.2
  • Support Fabric / Quilt
  • Better performance, depend on your hardware
Optifine Installation Guide


Your device must have Java installed to run the Forge and Optifine installers.

Quick Java Installation Guide
  1. Download Java

    Download the Java installer from the official website here.

  2. Open Installer

    Once you have downloaded the file, run it and click the Install button.

How to install SORA Shaders with Optifine?

  1. Download Optifine

    Get the latest version of Optifine for your Minecraft version.
    Download Optifine

  2. Install Optifine

    Run the Optifine installer and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

  3. Download SORA Shaders

    Go to the download section and get shaders zip file. Unzip the file if necessary, as some shader developers may bundle multiple shader versions in one zip file.

    Jump to Download Section

  4. Launch Minecraft

    Start the Minecraft launcher and make sure you have the Optifine profile selected.

  5. In-game Shaders menu

    Go to Options > Video Settings > Shaders to access the shaders menu.

  6. Open shaderpacks folder

    Click on the "Shaders Folder" button to open the folder where shaders are stored, so you can add or remove shaders as desired.

  7. Install SORA Shaders

    Copy or move the downloaded SORA shaders zip file into the shaderpacks folder.

  8. Select SORA Shaders

    Choose SORA shader pack from the list of available shaders in the options menu.

How to install SORA Shaders with Forge and Optifine?

Quick Installation Guide
  1. Install Forge

    Obtain the latest version of Forge that is compatible with your Minecraft version.
    Download Minecraft Forge

  2. Launch Minecraft

    Start the Minecraft launcher and select the version of Minecraft you want to install Forge on. Run the game once by clicking on the "Play" button to create necessary files for Forge.

  3. Install Forge Client

    Double-click on the Forge installer jar file and choose "Install Client" in the window that appears.

  4. Install Optifine

    Download the Optifine jar file after Forge is installed. Move the Optifine jar file to the mods folder in the .minecraft directory.
    Download Optifine

  5. Launch Forge Profile

    Launch Minecraft using the "Forge" profile, Optifine will be automatically loaded along with Forge.

  6. Install Chocapic13's Shaders

    Now the installation is the same as from the above Optifine instructions, just follow the steps starting from step 5.

Iris Installation Guide


Your device must have Java installed to run the Iris installer.

Quick Java Installation Guide
  1. Download Java

    Download the Java installer from the official website here.

  2. Open Installer

    Once you have downloaded the file, run it and click the Install button.

How to install SORA Shaders with Iris?

  1. Download Iris Shaders

    Find the latest version of the Iris Shaders installer and download it.
    Download Iris Installer

  2. Install Iris Shaders

    Open the downloaded jar file, and choose the preferred game version and installation type.

    ⯈ Iris Install:
    If you don't plan on using any other mods with Iris, choose this option.

    ⯈ Fabric Install:
    Choose this option if you want to use Iris with Fabric and other mods. The Iris jar files will be copied to the mods folder within the .minecraft directory.

  3. Start Installation

    After selecting the game version and installation type, click the "Install" button to start the installation process.

  4. Launch Minecraft

    Start the Minecraft launcher and make sure you have the Iris profile selected.


    Select the Fabric profile if you opt for the Fabric installation type.
  5. In-game Shader Menu

    Open the Minecraft game and go to Options > Video Settings > Shader Packs to access the shaders menu.


    To simplify the process, simply drag and drop the shader ZIP file directly into the Minecraft window, bypassing the next two steps.
  6. Open shaderpacks folder

    Click on the "Open Shader Pack Folder" button to access the folder where shaders are stored.

  7. Install SORA Shaders

    Copy or move the shaders zip file into the shaderpacks folder.

  8. Select SORA Shaders

    Choose installed shader pack from the list of available shaders in the options menu and click the "Apply" or "Done" button to select it.


    When the shader pack is selected, its name will be changed to yellow.

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Something You Should Know

  • Our links are only from the official developer, so you can be sure they are secure.
  • No modifications or edits are made to the files.
  • πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» squeakypistonmc is the creator of SORA Shaders

πŸ”„ Update Logs

  • Morning lasts longer.
  • Added color profile wildlands.
  • Added green color multi wildlands.
  • Tweaked internal formatting.
  • Increased ao slightly.
  • Tweaked Color profile mornings.

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