Updated: Apr 9
Although Minecraft has a dedicated launcher that includes the Java and Bedrock Editions of the game, the spinoff Minecraft: Dungeons, and the upcoming new game Minecraft: Legends, a bunch of players prefer using alternative clients.
Some of them have whole modded additions for PvP purposes, and others give slight performance boosts to make the game more accessible on older hardware.
Below we will review the best and most popular alternative clients for Minecraft, with different features and advantages to using each one laid out for you to understand.
So, check them out, and, you never know, you might like one!
OptiFine is an old favorite of many players since it was one of the first of these types of modifications to the game. It primarily focuses on improving performance, providing players a smoother gameplay experience.
OptiFine allows players to customize graphics settings, add new graphical effects, and improve frame rates. It also includes advanced settings that can be used to tweak the game's performance for different hardware configurations.
What's neat about it is that it also has a really exciting zoom feature, allowing you to zoom in on distant targets with just a single click of a button.
Badlion is a client that has seen a surge in popularity lately, mostly because of the popularity of PVP game modes.
It focuses mainly on enhancing gameplay and has features like auto-reconnect, improved chat, and a minimap that can be used for other things.
In addition, the PvP features include things like Hitboxes and FPS Boost that will significantly improve your performance during PvP.
Something like a modern Optifine, Lunar Client is a more lightweight Minecraft client that includes performance enhancement features, but is mostly used because it's an all-in-one client, similar to Badlion Client.
Fabric is a more creative Minecraft client than the rest of the entries on this list.
It provides a lot of flexibility and customization options, with a primary focus on modding, describing itself as a "lightweight, experimental modding toolchain for Minecraft."
It's a popular choice for modders because of the extensive tools it includes, so definitely check that out if that's something you're into.
Although a bit more low-key than the rest of the entries here, Sodium is another client that's been steadily rising in popularity.
It is an open-source client, also focused on improving performance.
Features such as chunk caching and faster chunk loading are what set it apart from other clients, and it's compatible with mods.
Obviously, there are more alternative clients than the ones on this list.
Some examples include Impact Client, Aristois, BLCGaming, and more.
We didn't cover these because they're similar to the other entries on the list, and some of them give significant advantages like X-Ray vision that could be considered cheating. Regardless, feel free to check those out, or let us know if we missed something by replying below.
If you're passionate about PvP, or you have a bad setup, and you need to get a little bit of a performance boost in any way possible, then you should definitely look into some of these clients we've listed.
Maybe you're into modding, so you want to give Fabric a try. Even if not, still take a look at all of them.
Who knows, maybe you'll find something you like that makes you never want to use the vanilla client ever again!