How to Install Downloaded Minecraft Maps

Updated on February 2, 2017

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 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 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 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 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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        Me666 

        4 months ago

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

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        horst 

        13 months ago

        im not able to Play my maps

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        andrew 

        21 months ago

        i cant do it beacause i use the latest launcher

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        Uni 

        22 months ago

        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

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        dylan 

        2 years ago

        in mincraft skiblock

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        kimjihoo 

        3 years ago

        WOW IS COOL omg

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        asd 

        3 years ago

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

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        jacobmc0705 

        3 years ago

        i don't know how to use the map

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        jonald 

        3 years ago

        how to download a minecraft 18

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        jigs 

        4 years ago

        Minecraft Download 1.7.2 Cracked No Survey https://vid.me/BRC

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        395skr 

        4 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

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        Me123 

        4 years ago

        stupid files never work right this sight stinks

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        city seed 

        4 years ago

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        Spirit 

        4 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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        zhypowercar 

        4 years ago

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

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        zhypowercar 

        4 years ago

        Argh!

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

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        eddie 

        4 years ago

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

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        Arceushera 

        4 years ago

        What file do i rename World 54?

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        Jade 

        5 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

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        person 

        5 years ago

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

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        wilfredounico 

        5 years ago

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

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        ihatethis 

        5 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

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        Your Name 

        5 years ago

        I did it sucessfully! :D

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        Person 

        5 years ago

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

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        blackman 

        5 years ago

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

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        sly(2) 

        5 years ago

        lmfao it work all of a soden thnks

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        sly 

        5 years ago

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

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        minizonbie 

        5 years ago

        ik wil spleen

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        themaster 

        5 years ago

        what if i have a mac

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        crudsou 

        5 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.

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        wut 

        5 years ago

        This worked for me. Downloading maps like a BOSS.

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        Robert 

        5 years ago

        I love minecraft

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        daughter 

        6 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!!!

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        xaminz144 

        6 years ago

        can you help me with download maps for macbook pro

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        Nolls 

        6 years ago

        THANNNNNNNKYOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        booboo 

        6 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 :(

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        booboo 

        6 years ago

        it doesn't work

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        booboo 

        6 years ago

        such a liar

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        help 

        6 years ago

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

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        Help 

        6 years ago

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

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        Fail 

        6 years ago

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

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        someone 

        6 years ago

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

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        ... 

        6 years ago

        THANKS ^^

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        hacker 

        6 years ago

        It worked fine... tnx a lot :p

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        x3ffectz 

        6 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....

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        Livster 

        6 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?

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        A person 

        6 years ago

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

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        mark 

        6 years ago

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

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        6 years ago

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        Rukia453 

        6 years ago

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

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        buttcrack 

        6 years ago

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

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        pieter 

        6 years ago

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        Minecraft 

        6 years ago

        Newest version of minecraft: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAKFHFs5lBY

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        Gamerjazz 

        6 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

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        bob 

        6 years ago

        where do i place a download levals

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        Payton Scott 

        6 years ago

        how do ya select it to play????

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        gamerman004567 

        6 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!

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        mew 

        6 years ago

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

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        jake 

        6 years ago

        it didn't work with me

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        Mr.Awesome 

        6 years ago

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

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        טעם וגחלים 

        6 years ago

        ????45?645457?45?4?6?4767477?

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        ThorLohnaas54 

        6 years ago

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

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        fnhakgnd 

        6 years ago

        i open the map but thers nuthin in ther

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        slappy 

        6 years ago

        thanks for nothing!

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        Problem!! 

        6 years ago

        How do you unzip it?

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        Daniel 

        6 years ago

        Thank You So Much

        I'm playing the world from the minecraft 1.2 trailer

        :D

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        kat 

        6 years ago

        thank you so much !

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        Guy 

        6 years ago

        You are ment to extract it

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        samtastic101 

        6 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

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        meezies 

        6 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?

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        MisterBister99 

        6 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...

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        ikkeheltvanlig 

        6 years ago

        -THIS IS OUTDATED-

        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

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        minecraftlover 

        6 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!

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        hi 

        6 years ago

        it does not work duh

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        nellepirelle 

        6 years ago

        it worked (n_n)!

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        Gotit 

        6 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

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        Mertiboy 

        6 years ago

        uhm it still doesn't want to work:/

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        fierfly567 

        6 years ago

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

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        Link 

        6 years ago

        Duh. Nevermind, I figured it out. Thanks.

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        Link 

        6 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"

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        Gibstack 

        6 years ago

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

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        Tigerklo 

        6 years ago

        M9960

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        VipDude 

        6 years ago

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

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        diamond 

        7 years ago

        minecraft map failed

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        Patrick 

        7 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

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        ufail2000 

        7 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?

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        cowfish1000 

        7 years ago

        THANK U

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        ha 

        7 years ago

        hmmmmmmmmmm it works yay

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        Wolfbrother 

        7 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...

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        Jake 

        7 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?

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        bunnynoah 

        7 years ago

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

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        SNIP34URLIF3 

        7 years ago

        HOW THE HECK DO YOU INSTALL THEM THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF STUFF LIKE THIS ITS AS HARD AS INSTALLING A MOD MAN HOW TO YOU DO ALL THIS STUFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        me 

        7 years ago

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

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        Yeah.. 

        7 years ago

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

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        Epic 

        7 years ago

        Thanks!

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        Confused 

        7 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 ?

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        ERGO Tutorials 

        7 years ago

        @me just try winRAR

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        me 

        7 years ago

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

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        7 years ago

        LLLLLLOOOOOOLLLLL

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        Meguy1999 

        7 years ago

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

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