How to Install Downloaded Minecraft Maps

What is a Minecraft Map? How Do I Download One?

In Minecraft, you can craft a map out of paper made from sugar cane and add it to your inventory. The map will draw itself as you explore and record where you go. To use a ready-made map, you can be gifted one from a friend, or you can download one from the Internet.

Once you've downloaded a map, though, there are a few steps you need to take in order to be able to explore it in the game. Read on to learn about the following steps:

  1. Downloading a Minecraft map
  2. Locating the Minecraft map on your computer
  3. Unzipping the compressed file
  4. Playing your new map

1. Find and Download a Minecraft Map

The first thing you need to do is find a map to download. As mentioned above, many times YouTube videos of Minecraft play will contain download links for that map. There are also websites which aggregate Minecraft maps for download.

Always be careful when downloading files from the Internet and only download maps from trusted sources. Be sure that your computer's anti-virus software is up-to-date. Don't download .EXE files that claim to be installers, as they are likely to be viruses.

Some popular sites for downloading maps include: Planet Minecraft Projects, the Maps section of Minecraft Forum, and Minecraft Maps.

2. Find Your Saved Minecraft Files

Your downloaded map will most likely be in a .ZIP or .RAR form. To unzip it, you will first need to locate the saved file in your Minecaraft "saves" folder, as that is where downloaded game files like maps are stored.

What is the Minecraft "saves" folder, and how do you locate it? The folder is in your directory of Minecraft files. There are a few ways to locate it:

Using the Minecraft Launcher:

  1. Open the Launcher, and select Edit Profile.
  2. Click the Open Game Dir option. "Dir" is short for "Directory."
  3. Your "saves" folder will be in the .minecraft directory.

Using Windows

  1. Open the Start menu and select Run.
  2. Type (without quotes) "%appdata%\.minecraft\saves\" and hit Enter.

Using Mac OS

  1. Open the Finder.
  2. Select Go and Go to Folder...
  3. When prompted, enter (without quotes) "~/Library/Application Support/minecraft/saves".

3. Unzip the Minecraft Map File

The downloaded map file it is most likely in .RAR or .ZIP format, which will need to be unzipped. Unzip it with your favorite unzipper, such as WinRAR, 7-Zip, or The Unarchiver (for Mac OS).

  1. Having located the "saves" folder, you can copy the folder path of the "saves" folder into your unzipper of choice.
  2. Depending on which program you use, the unzipped file will be automatically saved to the Minecraft "saves" folder, or you may be prompted to choose where to save the file.
  3. If saved to the Desktop or another location other than the "saves" folder, copy and paste the extracted file into the "saves" folder, which you learned how to locate in Step 2.
  4. You can also rename your downloaded map if you like.

4. Launch Your Downloaded Minecraft Map

If your downloaded, unzipped map has been saved in the Minecraft "saves" folder, you should be able to select it when you play Minecraft when asked to select a World from your Worlds list.

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Comments 102 comments

Ash 6 years ago


isaac 6 years ago

it didn't work. I unzipped it and named it world4 (my world 4 is empty) and put it in the saves file (however the folder was empty even though i have other saves) and nothing happened! WHY?

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ERGO Tutorials 6 years ago Author

Make sure you rename it while it's in winRAR, that way it renames all the files. For example the inventory file has to say world4inv instead of just worldinv. So rename it in winRAR.

isaac 5 years ago

ummm... i found out i didn't have the legal version. but now i have legal version! my new problem is that i don't have run. it just isn't in my computer! so what can i do?

Urubane 5 years ago

for those who don't have run on windows, press the windows button and R at the same time.

RED 5 years ago

yea i use 7zip so how do you rename it

Meguy1999 5 years ago

i followed all of your steps and it isn't showing up in my select a world screen

5 years ago


me 5 years ago

is there a good unzipper i can't find a good free one

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ERGO Tutorials 5 years ago Author

@me just try winRAR

Confused 5 years ago

I followed all the steps which worked thing apart from chnaging the name to something like "World4", thts where i am a bit confused because all my saves have the names("castle land" and other names), eg i have about 6 saves and there not World1,World2,World3 ect So would i need to change the name to World 7 or something ?

Epic 5 years ago


Yeah.. 5 years ago

How do you copy? I can't find it in the options

me 5 years ago

How do i do this with .dat files???

SNIP34URLIF3 5 years ago


bunnynoah 5 years ago

HEELLP. HOW DO YOU DO THIS,I did everything right,but i didn't use winRAR

Jake 5 years ago

I tried this, and when I downloaded the map, it appeared to already be sorted with winrar. However I renamed the folder World1 (I have no other saves) yet when I open Minecraft it still says i have no worlds?

Wolfbrother 5 years ago

I hope the map I downloaded works, and that Winrar won't stuff up like it did with one of the files for Kerbal Space Program...

ha 5 years ago

hmmmmmmmmmm it works yay

cowfish1000 5 years ago


ufail2000 5 years ago

uhmm... 1.8 has come out a few weeks ago and this map what I have in at survival mode. How can i change it?

Patrick 5 years ago

step 1. download the world you want

step 2. extract the world you want

step 3. run %appdata% search for Roaming->.minecraft

step 4. in .minecraft search for saves, put the extracted folder in there, DO NOT RENAME IT, you can rename your worlds in minecraft itself.

step 5. start minecraft and play

diamond 5 years ago

minecraft map failed

VipDude 5 years ago

It wont work. I have 7zip and it says to download it on the AD. Please help. I have Windows 7.

Tigerklo 5 years ago


Gibstack 5 years ago

@VipDude, Do Winrar and try it. That's all I can say, since I don't know how to use 7zip.

Link 4 years ago

Sorry for the dumb questions, but what do you mean by "Find and Enter" when you say:

Step 6: Find and Enter the "Roaming" file. Once inside that file, Find and Enter ".minecraft"

Link 4 years ago

Duh. Nevermind, I figured it out. Thanks.

fierfly567 4 years ago

yeah, i tried it all, but when i go on minecraft it just doesn't show up. am i doing something wrong?

Mertiboy 4 years ago

uhm it still doesn't want to work:/

Gotit 4 years ago

After the file is in there start minecraft and go a little bit throw the different óptions it has to load a little time

nellepirelle 4 years ago

it worked (n_n)!

hi 4 years ago

it does not work duh

minecraftlover 4 years ago

this is the quick way. just open .minecraft folder and go to saves. in the folder saves, put your downloaded map in it. and then extract it. then you are ready to play!

ikkeheltvanlig 4 years ago


worlds no longer "occupy" a world slot of 1 to 5, but have unique names (mostly exactly same as world name ingame).

Like last guy said, just copy the folder (unzipped) to your .minecraft\saves folder to get it as a singleplayer world

MisterBister99 4 years ago

When I download it it's not a .zip file so I instantly put it in the saves folder but it doesn't show up. I've done this before and it worked, and I just did it again and it didn't...

meezies 4 years ago

When i put it into the saves file and open minecraft, i can't find it on my world list!!! what do i do?

samtastic101 4 years ago

you can't copy and paste files in winrar so how do you put it in the saves folder? I presume you drag and drop if i'm wrong correct me

Guy 4 years ago

You are ment to extract it

kat 4 years ago

thank you so much !

Daniel 4 years ago

Thank You So Much

I'm playing the world from the minecraft 1.2 trailer


Problem!! 4 years ago

How do you unzip it?

slappy 4 years ago

thanks for nothing!

fnhakgnd 4 years ago

i open the map but thers nuthin in ther

ThorLohnaas54 4 years ago

i can't find the folder save, what should i do

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Mr.Awesome 4 years ago

How can you turn it off, I meant you already downloaded it how do you put it off?

jake 4 years ago

it didn't work with me

mew 4 years ago

I did everything but the map doesn't show up in my minecraft WHAT DO I DO

gamerman004567 4 years ago

for some reasons .rar files don't work! my .zip files work fine, but these seem to be set up differently in the files, and it doesn't come up on my minecraft world selection!

Payton Scott 4 years ago

how do ya select it to play????

bob 4 years ago

where do i place a download levals

Gamerjazz 4 years ago

I did everything you said but it still didn't come up.i specialy downloade winrar for this.what a waste of disk space

Minecraft 4 years ago

Newest version of minecraft:

pieter 4 years ago


buttcrack 4 years ago

what do you do if you don't have windows?

Rukia453 4 years ago

If you do not own Minecraft, can you still do this, and play the maps?

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mark 4 years ago

Sweet! I've just received my free minecraft giftcode!

A person 4 years ago

I downloaded a world. Do I have to change the name for it to work

Livster 4 years ago

Can it be named "World 1" if "World 1" doesn't exist yet?

Or does it have to be an already created world?

x3ffectz 4 years ago

hmmmm.....i can't seem to do this i did everything correctly and i changed its name to world4 and it wasn't there. i have windows 7 i have minecraftSP..........cracked version for free....

hacker 4 years ago

It worked fine... tnx a lot :p

... 4 years ago


someone 4 years ago

Uh haha funny story there.... I accidentally removed my run option and now I can't get it back....

Fail 4 years ago

Can't find the fckin minecraft folder!! What did I do to itt!!!

Help 4 years ago

I am a fail and cant find the stupid minecraft folder!Good tutorial tho!

help 4 years ago

the world was downloaded as a .rar file how do I play this map?

booboo 4 years ago

such a liar

booboo 4 years ago

it doesn't work

booboo 4 years ago

sorry you are not a liar but i just want to play a map so bad i got so angry so please forgive me :(

Nolls 4 years ago


xaminz144 4 years ago

can you help me with download maps for macbook pro

daughter 4 years ago

that didn't help whatsoever :( i hate doing technical crap with Minecraft that's why i raged and deleted like 10000 things drom my laptop that i downloaded for a server, i hate this soooo much, i just want to play a freaking map!!!

Robert 3 years ago

I love minecraft

wut 3 years ago

This worked for me. Downloading maps like a BOSS.

crudsou 3 years ago

Once im done doing what you said to do, then I play minecraft, The world is there, I join it, AND ITS A FREAKING SNOW BIOM.

themaster 3 years ago

what if i have a mac

minizonbie 3 years ago

ik wil spleen

sly 3 years ago

didn't work i fallow everything and have try for 2 hours Didn't works

sly(2) 3 years ago

lmfao it work all of a soden thnks

blackman 3 years ago

it didn't work. i unzipped it, and everything but its not showing up in my worlds page

Person 3 years ago

This didn't work for me... I did everything right, but it isn't there when I log in.

Your Name 3 years ago

I did it sucessfully! :D

ihatethis 3 years ago

I put over 10 different minecraft maps into the saves folder, I did everything here, I unzipped it I tried using every different unzipper, but I don't have the map

wilfredounico 3 years ago

in the input/feedback can I choose "Floating desert island"? xD

person 3 years ago

I want to download the temple of Notch any body know how?

Jade 3 years ago

when i have downloaded it and I put it on my desk top and right click it it doesn't have extract or anything like this so why

Arceushera 2 years ago

What file do i rename World 54?

eddie 2 years ago

i downloaded the map, unzipped it, put it in the saves folder but its not in the word selection page in minecraft

zhypowercar 2 years ago


I tried it again and again and it doesn't work!

zhypowercar 2 years ago

Come to think of it now, I can play it but there is no texture pack.

Spirit 2 years ago

Does this work for windows xp? Cause I tried it and it didn't show up when I started up minecraft

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Me123 2 years ago

stupid files never work right this sight stinks

395skr 2 years ago

Worked Before Doesn't Work!!!!!!!!! Using The Dropper But Not There! I Can't USe WINRar Though Because I Am On OS X 10.6.8 Snow leapord, And Use The Archive Utility Built Into Mac OS X

jigs 2 years ago

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jonald 2 years ago

how to download a minecraft 18

jacobmc0705 20 months ago

i don't know how to use the map

asd 17 months ago

how do i do it in .dat files?? on windows?

kimjihoo 15 months ago


dylan 5 weeks ago

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