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Sodium (for Fabric Loader)

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Sodium is a powerful rendering engine and optimization mod for the Minecraft client, which improves frame rates and reduces micro-stutter, while fixing many graphical issues in Minecraft.

It boasts wide compatibility with the Fabric mod ecosystem when compared to other rendering-focused mods, and it does so without compromising on how the game looks, giving you that authentic block game feel.

📥 Installation Guide

Please make sure you read the Driver Compatibility section on our wiki before you install Sodium. It contains important instructions on how to prevent crashes and other performance problems.

Sodium is a Fabric mod, which means it requires the Fabric Loader. If you are using a third-party launcher, it probably has built-in functionality to automatically install mod loaders. Once you have installed Fabric Loader, you can simply place Sodium into your mods folder like anything else.

Not sure if you installed the mod correctly? Check your Video Settings screen in Minecraft, which should show our new and improved user interface for changing settings.

Not sure how to configure the mod? Don't worry, you probably don't need to. By default, Sodium will enable all optimizations which are supported on your system, giving you the best experience possible. You should generally only change video settings related to performance and other advanced features if you are experiencing issues.

Need even more performance? By design, Sodium only optimizes the rendering code of Minecraft. You should also install our other mods, such as Lithium (for MC 1.15+) and Phosphor (for MC <1.19), to optimize the other parts of your game. This is done so that players can pick and choose which mods they want to use, but we generally recommend using our entire collection.

✅ Hardware Compatibility

We only support graphics cards which have up-to-date drivers that are compatible with OpenGL 4.6. Most graphics cards released in the past 12 years are compatible. This includes the following hardware:

  • INTEL HD Graphics 500 Series (Skylake) or newer
  • NVIDIA GeForce 400 Series (Fermi) or newer
  • AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series (GCN 1) or newer

In some cases, older graphics cards may also work (so long as they have up-to-date drivers which have support for OpenGL 3.3), but they are not officially supported, and may not be compatible with future versions of Sodium.

Android devices which use OpenGL translation layers (such as GL4ES, ANGLE, etc) are not supported and will very likely not work with Sodium. These translation layers do not implement required functionality and they suffer from underlying driver bugs which cannot be worked around.

If you are running into problems, you should make sure that your graphics drivers are up-to-date. Out-of-date graphics drivers are often the reason for most crashes, rendering bugs, and performance issues.

🐛 How to Report Issues

Please use the issue tracker to report bugs, crashes, and other issues. Make sure you include information about the mods you are using, and attach any crash/log files you have.

❓ Frequently Asked Questions

We have a short wiki with some of the most frequently asked questions here. More likely than not, your question already has an answer here.