List of Performance Mods for Minecraft

Below you'll find a helpful list of mods sorted by 4 categories: Lag Diagnosing Mods, Tick and Backend Performance Mods, Client and Graphical Mods, and Rendering Overhauls. For more information on which you need and what kind of lag you are experiencing, check out our lag article here.

Lag Diagnosing Mods

These mods are great at finding sources of server/TPS lag. The mod name of each is linked to support articles that explain how to use them.

Mod NameMod FunctionMinecraft VersionsClient/Server
LagGogglesScan for lag in-game with 3D lag overlay and more1.10.2-1.12.2(Forge)Both
ObservableScan for lag in-game with 3D lag overlay and more1.16.5-1.20.1(Forge and Fabric)Both
SparkTake detailed scans of per-tick thread performance, useful for finding lag1.12.2-1.20.6(Forge), 1.15.2-1.20.6(Fabric) 1.8-1.20.x(Spigot)Server
OpisTake Detailed scans of per-tick thread performance, useful for finding lag1.6.4-1.7.10(forge)Server

Tick and Backend Performance Mods

Tick and backend performance mods are mods that improve the overall performance of modpacks or servers. They are usually installable on both client and server, or sometimes just the server. They help improve the TPS. These are often good for server-side lag and some client-side lag.

Mod NameMod FunctionMinecraft VersionsServer/Client
FerriteCoreReduces memory usage1.16.4-1.20.6(Forge), 1.16.5-1.20.6(Fabric)Either/Both
ConnectivityFixes/improves several network functions1.16.2-1.20.1(Forge), 1.18.1-1.20.2(Fabric)Either/Both
LazyDFUImproves load times1.16.1-1.19.3(Forge), 1.14-1.20.4(Fabric)Both
ClumpsClumps up XP orbs to reduce lag1.10.2-1.20.6(Forge), 1.17-1.20.6(Fabric)1.17+-Server, Older-Both
Adaptive Performance TweaksLarge suite of mods that improve server and client performance1.16-1.20.3(Forge)Server
FastSuiteImproves performance of recipes and certain blocks1.16.4-1.20.1(Forge)Both
FastFurnaceImproves performance of furnaces1.12.2-1.20.1(Forge), 1.15.2-1.19.2(Fabric)Both
FastWorkbenchImproves performance of crafting1.12.2-1.20.4(Forge), 1.15.2-1.18.1(Fabric)Both
PerformantImproves TPS1.14.4-1.16.5(Forge)Server
Dynamic ViewImproves serverside chunkloading performance1.15.2-1.20.1(Forge) 1.18.2-1.20.1(Fabric)Server
AI ImprovementsImproves AI server load1.14.4-1.20.6(Forge)Both
CanaryGeneral Optimizations (Fork of Lithium)1.18.2-1.20.4(Forge)Either/Both
LithiumGeneral Optimizations1.15.2-1.20.6(Fabric)Either/Both
ChunkGenLimiterLimits chunk generation per tick to improve server performance1.12.2(Forge)Server
DataFixerSlayerRemoves the DFU to save on memory (don't use this while changing minecraft versions)1.16.5(Forge)Server (Client for single player)
Foam​FixGeneral optimizations/fixes1.7.10-1.14(Forge)Either/Both
Limited ChunkloadingUnloads chunks1.16.5-1.20.1(Forge), 1.18.2-1.20.1(Fabric)Server
MemoryLeakFixFixes memory leaks in Minecraft1.16.5-1.19.4(Forge), 1.14.4-1.19.4(Fabric)Both
Leaves Be GoneFast leaf decay1.19.2-1.20.4(Forge and Fabric)Both
Fast Leaf DecayFast leaf decay1.7.10-1.20.1(Forge)Both
In Control!Customizable mob spawning rules1.10.2-1.20.1(Forge)Server
Smooth Chunk SaveSpreads out chunk saving1.18.1-1.20.1(Forge and Fabric)Either/Both
Alternate CurrentEfficient redstone dust1.18.1-1.20.6(Forge), 1.14-1.20.6(Fabric)Both
Chunk SendingOptimizes chunk packets1.19.2-1.20.1(Forge and Fabric)Both
FastloadSpeeds up world loading1.18.2-1.20.1(Forge), 1.18.2-1.20.1(Fabric)Either/Both
Magnum TorchAdds items that prevent mob spawns1.18-1.20.4(Forge), 1.19-1.20.4(Fabric)Both
KryptonNetworking Optimization1.16.2-1.20.6(Fabric)Both
PlutoNetworking Optimization1.18.2-1.19.3(Forge)Both
SaturnRAM Optimization1.16.5-1.20.4(Forge)Either/Both
ChunkyPregenerates chunks to prevent chunk generation lag1.16.5-1.20.6(Forge), 1.16-1.20.6(Fabric), 1.13-1.20(Spigot)Server
Recipe CacheCaches recipes to improve crafting performance1.16.4-1.19(Fabric)Server (Client Optional)
Crash UtilitiesTools and Commands to fix common server issues1.15.2-1.20.4 (Forge and NeoForge)Server
Erroring Entity RemoverRemoves Erroring Entities from Fabric server1.14.4-1.19 (Fabric)Server
Neruina - Ticking Entity FixerRemoves erroring entities and auto kills them1.18-1.20.1 (Forge, Neo Forge, and Fabric)Server

Client and Graphical Performance Mods

All mods in this list are client-only. Client and graphical performance mods help improve your FPS, improve load times, or help cut down on memory usage on your local game on your computer, but cannot be installed on a server.

Mod NameMod FunctionMinecraft Versions
Smooth BootSmooths and speeds up initial load times1.14-1.16.5(Forge), 1.14-1.19.4(Fabric)
Smooth Boot (Reloaded)Same as Smooth Boot, ported to later Forge versions1.18.2-1.20.1(Forge)
Enhanced Block EntitiesIncreases FPS by optimizing block entities (plus some extra features)1.16.2-1.20.2(Fabric)
FPS ReducerReduces usage when inactive or AFK1.12-1.206(Forge), 1.16-1.20.6(Fabric)
Dynamic FPSReduces usage when inactive or AFK1.14-1.20.6(Fabric)
VanillaFixPerformance boost and bug fixes1.12-1.12.2(Forge)
Entity Culling Fabric/ForgeSkips rendering of hidden entities1.16.4-1.20.6(Forge and Fabric)
Entity Collision FPS FixSkips collision checks on clients1.18.2-1.19.2(Forge), 1.18.2-1.19.2(Fabric)
Cull Less Leaves (And reforged)Skips rendering dense leaves1.18.2-1.20.1(Fabric), 1.18.2-1.20.2(Forge)
FastAnimImproves laggy entities1.19-1.20.1(Fabric)
BetterFpsVarious FPS improvements1.7.10-1.12.2(Forge)
Better BedsOptimizes the bed1.16-1.20.4(Fabric)
Better Biome BlendOptimizes and enhances biome blend1.12.2-1.19(Forge), 1.16.4-1.19(Fabric)
Cull CloudsOptimizes "Fancy" clouds1.17-1.19.2(Fabric)

Rendering and Lighting Overhauls

All mods in this list are client-only. Rendering and lighting overhaul mods are complete revamps of Minecraft's rendering. Most of them add many extra graphics settings and drastically improve FPS. Plus, many of them allow for the use of shaderpacks. Two rendering overhauls cannot be used together, the same as two lighting engine overhauls. Make sure to read the curseforge description page for compatibility notes and instructions!

Mod NameMod FunctionMinecraft Versions
OptifineRendering Overhaul1.7.2-1.20.4(Forge)
OptiFabricMakes Optifine compatible with Fabric1.14-1.20.4(Fabric)
SodiumRendering Overhaul1.16.5-1.20.5(Fabric)
RubidiumRendering Overhaul1.16.5-1.20.1(Forge)
EmbeddiumRendering Overhaul1.16.5-1.20.6 Forge
Magnesium/Rubidium ExtrasImproves and optimizes Rubidium1.16.5-1.20.1(Forge)
Magnesium/Rubidium Extra: Potato EditionImproves and optimizes Rubidium (for potato PC's)1.16.5(Forge)
PhosphorLighting Engine Overhaul1.15.2-1.19.4(Fabric)
StarlightLighting Engine Overhaul1.17.1-1.20.2(Forge), 1.17-1.20.4(Fabric)
RadonLighting Engine Overhaul1.18-1.19.4(Forge)
Canvas RendererRendering Overhaul build for modded and shaders1.14.1-1.20.2(Fabric)