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Installing Maps Tutorial for Minecraft

This is a guide to install custom worlds or maps into Minecraft. One of the things that attract players to Minecraft is the ability to create a world of their own, or download those that were created by other gamers. Most Minecrafters uses custom maps once in a while because they are done with the defaults. Custom maps describe the perfect (or chaotic) world in creator’s eyes.

installing maps tutorial for minecraft

Downloading Maps

To play in a new Minecraft world, you must first download it. You can easily find download links for maps on websites like ours. We provide free download links for new mods and packs every day, so go check it out. Most downloads come in the form of an archive (.zip or .rar). You’ll need an archival tool to extract these downloads. Most people would just install WinRAR for free. Unzip your world file and move it to your Minecraft directory.

Installing Maps

This is not difficult. However, it can be confusing due to the fact that each operating system requires a slightly different process. Depending on your operating system, follow the steps below to install maps into Minecraft:

For Windows

  1. Open the Run prompt. This can be done by pressing Windows+R.
  2. Type %appdata% into the prompt and hit OK. The command should be running.
  3. A folder filled with other folders will now open. Just find the Minecraft folder among these and open it.
  4. In .minecraft you will find another folder named “saves”. Move your world into the “saves” folder and you’re all done.

For MacOS

  1. Access your particular user’s folder through Finder.
  2. Now you’re just clicking through folders. Go to Library, then Application Support, then .minecraft, then saves.
  3. Just put your world file in the “saves” folder and you’re all done.

For Linux

  1. Using a file manager of your choice, access the following path: ~/.minecraft/
  2. Find the “saves” folder here and move your world file into it.

So you can say it’s pretty much just put the world file into your “saves” folder. It’s just finding the .minecraft directory is the confusing part depending on your opperating system.

Sharing maps

Do you have a map that you want to share to the world? Don’t hesitate and let your creation be someone else’s pleasure. All your worlds can be found in the “saves” folder. It is recommended that you compress your world using WinRAR because everybody does it. Upload it to any sharing website like MedieFire or Mega.

Next up, join up a few Minecraft forum and share the download link, as well as some description and screenshots. It’s all about advertising if you want others to know of your work.

Custom Map Types

There are many popular types of custom maps which tend to fall into specific genres.


Puzzle Maps are all about solving puzzles and answering questions. Scores are determined by the map creator, which can be kept using gold ingots, diamonds or even pieces of flint. There are redstone machine puzzles and mazes, mainly.


These are all about actions, baby. Puzzling is involved but no one cares about that. We just want to fight monsters and survive. Survival maps are just like Survival mode in Minecraft, but CTM and Arena maps offer much more than a standard experience.


This is exactly what you think it is. Parkour from an 8-bit experience.  Courses that go high up into the sky or across a wide expanse of ocean will force players to run, jump, shift-walk and more to get from the start to the end. You got to be smart and agile for this one. These are just a few of the main custom map types available for play. There are also creative maps, adventure maps, PVP maps and more to choose from. That said, there are certainly custom maps which cater to every player’s tastes, and you will undoubtedly find one or more which you enjoy if you take the time to go looking for them.