Immersive Portals Mod

Immersive Portals is easily one of Minecraft’s most interesting mods. Players can enter through Portals, without any sort of loading screen. But the best feature is that players can see straight through a portal to the other side.

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Shader Support

If you’re using Fabric, chances are that Optifine and OptiFabric won’t work with Immersive Portals. It’s recommended to use a mod like Iris instead, which allows you to use shader packs within Fabric.

Forge users who are using Optifine will find a few incompatibilities. Only some Shader Packs work. I tested out Complementary Shaders, and that led to a flashing screen and crashed the game. Whereas SEUS Renewed seems to work perfectly.


One feature that’s often overlooked is horizontal portals. Now, players will be able to create Nether Portals which are laid out horizontally. Meaning that they match the End Portal in design now.

Horizontal Nether Portal
Horizontal Nether Portal

This is a very useful feature. Having a lair-type base means you can just jump down into a Nether Portal. Or perhaps with some sort of glider mod, gliding into the Portal will feel satisfying.

Inside a Nether Portal
Inside a Nether Portal

Of course, standard Nether Portals still work too. With the mod installed, players will be able to see straight through to the Nether and End Dimension. It’s possible to see what threats sit near the Portal and even see your friends on the other side.

Looking Through an End Portal
Looking Through an End Portal

Although sometimes, the Ender Dragon might not be visible until you’ve loaded the Dimension at least once. Portals also have different modes that can be set in the configuration files.

For example, an End Portal can be set to point to an Obsidian Platform. Or with Scaled View, it’s able to show the entirety of the End Island inside the End Portal.

Immersive Portals Mod Download

1.12.2No Release
1.13.2No Release
1.16.5Forge Fabric

The links above will take you to the CurseForge page for the Immersive Portals Mod. Specifically, they direct you to the download for your chosen version of Minecraft. Learn more about why you should only download files from CurseForge.

How to Install

If you haven't already, make sure to install Forge for Minecraft. It's a simple process and takes just a few minutes. Once Forge is installed:
  1. Download the mod for your Minecraft Version. It will be a .JAR file.
  2. Take this file, and place it in the 'mods' folder of your Minecraft directory. If this folder doesn't exist, create it. The easiest way to access your Minecraft directory is opening the game, going to Resource Packs and pressing the 'Open Resource Pack Folder' button.
  3. Once it's inside the mods folder, run Minecraft with the Forge preset selected. The mod will be installed and can be played with in-game.