So, as you may have noticed by your stuttering FPS, Tekkit Lite (as of version 0.5.7) still does not come with OptiFine natively installed. For those who may not know, OptiFine is an awesome mod put out by sp614x that really ramps up the graphics handling on Minecraft, adds a ton of configurability, and, for me at least, doubles minecraft FPS quite consistently.

Earlier this morning I was messing around with some mods and accidentally unzipped an entire mod into the regular mods folder. Instead of trying to clean out the folders the right way, I decided to save my options and texture-packs and just delete the whole tekkit lite folder and start again.

I got 10 seconds into the game before I realized… I FORGOT OPTIFINE! So, since I have to install it again anyways, I might as well show you guys how, too!

UPDATE (2013.03.01): OptiFine HD has been updated to version ULTRA D5. This version works fine, just like D3 so no worries!

Video Tutorial

Step-by-step Tutorial

UPDATE: For those are you who are looking for “Optifine for 1.4.7″ you need to download the version for 1.4.6 which fully supports 1.4.7 – click here for the official download of OptiFine ULTRA D5 for Minecraft 1.4.7 (uses the author’s adf.ly link)

    1. Download OptiFine for the current version of Tekkit Lite
      1. We are going to use OptiFine HD ULTRA D3 for Minecraft 1.4.6/1.4.7 which is available for download here
      2. Note: the versions may change over time so I used the generic link above; make sure to get the right version for your computer (ULTRA, LIGHT, etc) and Minecraft version (1.4.6, 1.4.7, etc)
    2. Open your tekkit lite’s bin folder
      1. on C:Users<USERNAME>AppDataRoaming.techniclaunchertekkitlitebin
    3. BACK UP THE modpack.jar FILE
      1. Copying it to another location (e.g. your desktop) is totally kosher
    4. WINDOWS
      1. Right-click on the modpack.jar folder and choose “Open With…” then “Winzip” (or “WinRAR”)
      2. Locate and delete the META-INF folder in the modpack.jar file
      3. Open the OptiFine zip file you downloaded earlier
      4. Select all the files in the OptiFine zip file and copy them into the modpack.jar file that you opened with WinRAR
        1. Choose “Add and Replace” if asked
      5. Save and Close everything, you’re done!
      1. You gotta do it slightly different on mac because of ZIP uselessness.
      2. Rename “modpack.jar” to “modpack.zip”
      3. unzip it,
      4. open this new modpack folder and inject the optifine files (copy/paste/add/replace),
      5. Then select all of the files inside the folder modified modpack folder (cmd+a), right click and “Compress xxx items..”
        1. This will make an “Archive.zip” file inside the modpack folder.
      6. Move this zip file (Archive.zip) back up one level out of the modpack folder into the “bin” folder, rename it to “modpack.jar” and you’re good to go!
    6. Enjoy!
      1. Yeah, that’s really it. Now open Tekkit Lite, and start tweaking!

Recommended Settings

The mod author has some recommended settings to max your FPS, go ahead and follow those if you want – they work well. We use some slightly different settings; namely, render distance “Far +32″ but it will all depend on what your system can handle.

sp614x’s recommendations for maximum FPS :

  • Graphics: Fast
  • Render Distance: Short/Tiny  (we use Far + 32)
  • Smooth Lighting: OFF
  • Performance: Max FPS
  • AdvancedOpenGL: Fast
  • Clouds: OFF
  • Fog: OFF
  • Animations: All OFF (we leave ours ON)
  • Sky: OFF
  • Stars: OFF

A note on Versions

There are several versions of OptiFine and the names follow a general pattern

OptiFine <level> <version> for Minecraft <mc version>

So OptiFine HD ULTRA D3 for Minecraft 1.4.6 and 1.4.7 is the ULTRA pack, version D3, for the Tekkit Lite Minecraft Version; it’s what we will be using. There are other lighter versions if you’d prefer, but we operate on the “go big or go home” principle and I’m not really sure why you’d want LIGHT when you can have something called ULTRA :)

The mod author has a chart of what the different versions give here.

16 Responses to “How to install OptiFine for Tekkit Lite”

  1. Adam Burdette, Reply

    Just tried this with 0.6.1 and my Mojang splash never showed up and the game looked frozen. Have you experienced anything like that since the update?

    • ingrimmm, Reply

      A bunch of us are running it with no problems on 0.6.1 so there is hope! Make sure you use the version for Minecraft 1.4.7 (there is a version for 1.5.x on the Optifine site now) and don’t forget to delete META-INF!

      Let us know!

      • Adam Burdette, Reply

        Interesting, I used the build for 1.4.6/7 and have the same issue as the guy below. I definitely deleted my META-INF folder in minecraft.jar and pulled the entire contents over. Maybe I messed up and didn’t realize, I’ll try again tonight. I miss my Optifine…

        • ingrimmm, Reply

          Make sure you’re editing the MODPACK.JAR file not the minecraft.jar!!

          • Adam Burdette,

            Arg! I thought I remembered doing it differently than the instructions on his site. That’s definitely the issue. Thx!

  2. shanelulz, Reply

    I followed this tutorial exactly, but when I open the launcher and load tekkit lite, I just get a white screen. I don’t even get the mojang screen.

    • shanelulz, Reply

      NEVERMIND. I fixed my problem. I was using Optifine for 1.5.1, but then I tried with Optifine for 1.4.6 and it all works fine now :) silly me.

  3. WiickeN, Reply

    Problem: Minecraft has stopped running because it encountered a problem; Exception while adding particle. Please, help??

  4. Reshepman, Reply

    I followed the instructions for installing this. When I run Tekkit lite through the technic launcher it acts as if I never installed optifine. Please assist

  5. Pepsolman, Reply

    Do you have to delete the META-INF folder on a mac?

    • ingrimmm, Reply

      SHORT ANSWER: Yes.

      LONG ANSWER: Yes. Minecraft is digitally signed and the META-INF contains the signature and checksums that prove to java that nothing has been tampered with. When you add stuff to the jar it won’t jive with the signatures and checksums in META-INF, and will make Minecraft hate you.

      By removing the META-INF folder completely you’re not giving Java any hint as to internal integrity, so it just loads everything – if you don’t care about security then it doesn’t either; well that depends on your security settings for Java but the most it’ll do is warn you that you’re using un-signed stuff.

  6. Ioan, Reply

    When i attempt to launch tekkitlite it refuses to launch. It says launching but it never actually launches. the update bar says 100% no update for teekitlite found and it continues to say launching until i rage close the launcher :L Please help.

  7. FROST, Reply

    I followed the instructions completely for Mac and when i open up tekkit and i try to play it just crashes PLEASE HELP

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