Tutorials/Map downloads

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Worlds generated in other players' games can be downloaded by the player and opened in their copy of the game. They are stored in different locations depending on the operating system. It is often located in the .minecraft/minecraft folder.

Prior to Beta 1.3, there were five world slots, and custom names were not possible. To use more than five worlds then, it was required to rename and move folders. This is no longer necessary; there can be theoretically any number of worlds, each with their own names.


  • A file archiver, such as WinRAR or 7-Zip in Windows or Archive Utility in Mac OS and Archive Manager in Linux. Some files come as .rar, which cannot be extracted without the use of any external program. .zip files can be opened without any external programs in all operating systems, and the use of external programs is not needed in macOS.

Download a world[edit]

Download your chosen world with a web browser.

Some sites to download Minecraft worlds are:




Extract the world[edit]

This is necessary if your file is a .zip or .rar.

  1. Extract the file if the file format is .rar
  2. If you see a folder named region and a file named level.dat, then you're good to go! Extract the folders to your desktop.
  3. If not, the files are probably there, you just have to dig deeper. Some might have two folders named __MACOSX and your_save. Check the your_save folder until you see region and level.dat. Once you find them, extract the folders to your desktop.

Importing into Minecraft[edit]

Now that we have the files, we're going to put them in the .minecraft folder.

  1. Copy the folder off your desktop (i.e. copy the folder one directory above region and level.dat).
  2. Open the .minecraft folder. Below is a table showing the default directory for .minecraft.
    OS Location
    Windows %APPDATA%\.minecraft
    macOS ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft
    Linux ~/.minecraft
  3. Open the saves folder. You will notice all your worlds are here.
  4. Paste the folder (Ctrl + V or ⌘ Cmd + V) into the saves folder.
  5. Open the new folder and check to make sure it has this folder and file in it, all right under your_save.
    • your_save
      • region
      • level.dat
  6. Once they're all there, launch the game, and the world can now be found in your worlds list.

Find the folder in Minecraft[edit]

Here's the hardest part: finding your new save in all your other saves.

  1. Once Minecraft opens, click "Singleplayer"
  2. The name of the folder you copied will be the grayed out name under the world name.
  3. The new save is usually all the way at the bottom, but that's not always the case. You might need to do some hunting.
  4. Once you found it, load it up and have fun! You may have to back up the world if it was saved in a different version of Minecraft.

Alternate Instructions[edit]

If you found the above instructions confusing, here is a simpler explanation:

  1. Download the world file (usually in .zip or .rar) format
  2. Extract it
  3. Find the .minecraft folder
  4. Look for the saves folder
  5. If the extracted content contains many files and folders, create a new folder
  6. Copy all the extracted content into that folder
  7. Open up Minecraft and it will be in your selection of saved worlds