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How to Install Downloaded "Minecraft" Maps

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There are tons of different maps to explore in "Minecraft." Learn how to find and load new ones safely.

There are tons of different maps to explore in "Minecraft." Learn how to find and load new ones safely.

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 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 that 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
  • Minecraft Maps

2. Find Your Saved 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 Minecraft "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 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.
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4. Launch Your Downloaded 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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me on June 17, 2020:


Allan Trzoncoscki on April 11, 2019:

Lol Maps for minecraft is not working for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Me666 on July 02, 2018:

Go to addons and maps on the App Store way easier!one tap install no files way better!!!!!!!!!

horst on October 01, 2017:

im not able to Play my maps

andrew on February 21, 2017:

i cant do it beacause i use the latest launcher

Uni on January 13, 2017:

Ummmm how do you find the minecraft file I have the roaming but I cant find .minecraft all I see is like Mocrosoft and stuff sorry please help

dylan on November 03, 2016:

in mincraft skiblock

asd on July 03, 2015:

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

jacobmc0705 on March 25, 2015:

i don't know how to use the map

jonald on November 21, 2014:

how to download a minecraft 18

395skr on August 23, 2014:

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

Me123 on July 22, 2014:

stupid files never work right this sight stinks

Spirit on July 01, 2014:

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

zhypowercar on March 28, 2014:

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

zhypowercar on March 14, 2014:


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

eddie on February 22, 2014:

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

Arceushera on December 21, 2013:

What file do i rename World 54?

Jade on November 03, 2013:

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

person on October 06, 2013:

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

wilfredounico on September 28, 2013:

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

ihatethis on August 26, 2013:

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

Your Name on June 28, 2013:

I did it sucessfully! :D

Person on May 18, 2013:

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

blackman on March 23, 2013:

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

sly(2) on February 13, 2013:

lmfao it work all of a soden thnks

sly on February 09, 2013:

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

minizonbie on January 28, 2013:

ik wil spleen

themaster on January 08, 2013:

what if i have a mac

crudsou on January 03, 2013:

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.

wut on January 01, 2013:

This worked for me. Downloading maps like a BOSS.

Robert on December 30, 2012:

I love minecraft

daughter on November 10, 2012:

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!!!

xaminz144 on November 05, 2012:

can you help me with download maps for macbook pro

Nolls on October 19, 2012:


booboo on September 26, 2012:

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

booboo on September 26, 2012:

it doesn't work

booboo on September 26, 2012:

such a liar

help on September 23, 2012:

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

Help on September 15, 2012:

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

Fail on September 15, 2012:

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

someone on September 10, 2012:

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

... on August 30, 2012:


hacker on July 20, 2012:

It worked fine... tnx a lot :p

x3ffectz on June 30, 2012:

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....

Livster on June 23, 2012:

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

Or does it have to be an already created world?

A person on June 22, 2012:

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

mark on June 06, 2012:

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

g on June 03, 2012:

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Rukia453 on June 01, 2012:

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

buttcrack on May 31, 2012:

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

pieter on May 25, 2012:


Minecraft on May 25, 2012:

Newest version of minecraft:

Gamerjazz on May 21, 2012:

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

bob on May 20, 2012:

where do i place a download levals

Payton Scott on May 16, 2012:

how do ya select it to play????

gamerman004567 on April 25, 2012:

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!

mew on April 24, 2012:

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

jake on April 21, 2012:

it didn't work with me

Mr.Awesome on April 09, 2012:

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

טעם וגחלים on April 09, 2012:


ThorLohnaas54 on April 05, 2012:

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

fnhakgnd on March 18, 2012:

i open the map but thers nuthin in ther

slappy on March 16, 2012:

thanks for nothing!

Problem!! on March 07, 2012:

How do you unzip it?

Daniel on March 05, 2012:

Thank You So Much

I'm playing the world from the minecraft 1.2 trailer


kat on February 29, 2012:

thank you so much !

Guy on February 24, 2012:

You are ment to extract it

samtastic101 on February 13, 2012:

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

meezies on February 09, 2012:

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

MisterBister99 on February 03, 2012:

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...

ikkeheltvanlig on January 27, 2012:


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

minecraftlover on January 24, 2012:

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!

hi on January 20, 2012:

it does not work duh

nellepirelle on January 17, 2012:

it worked (n_n)!

Gotit on December 30, 2011:

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

Mertiboy on December 27, 2011:

uhm it still doesn't want to work:/

fierfly567 on December 26, 2011:

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

Link on December 11, 2011:

Duh. Nevermind, I figured it out. Thanks.

Link on December 11, 2011:

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"

Gibstack on December 02, 2011:

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

Tigerklo on November 19, 2011:


VipDude on November 18, 2011:

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

diamond on November 07, 2011:

minecraft map failed

Patrick on October 30, 2011:

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

ufail2000 on October 28, 2011:

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?

cowfish1000 on October 08, 2011:


ha on September 22, 2011:

hmmmmmmmmmm it works yay

Wolfbrother on September 18, 2011:

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...

Jake on August 24, 2011:

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?

bunnynoah on August 22, 2011:

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

SNIP34URLIF3 on August 09, 2011:


me on April 23, 2011:

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

Yeah.. on April 04, 2011:

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

Epic on April 01, 2011:


Confused on March 14, 2011:

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 ?

ERGO Tutorials (author) on March 06, 2011:

@me just try winRAR

me on March 05, 2011:

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

w on February 20, 2011:


Meguy1999 on February 19, 2011:

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

RED on January 27, 2011:

yea i use 7zip so how do you rename it

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