How to Download and Install Minecraft Maps

Get custom maps for your world

Custom Minecraft maps can be shared, allowing others to enjoy your creations and giving you access to remarkable templates. Whether you're interested in player-versus-player action, parkour, puzzles, survival, or something else, there are maps available for every style of gameplay. Here's how to download a Minecraft map and install it.

Downloading and installing Minecraft maps varies by platform.

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Download and Install Maps on a Computer

Installing a custom map in Linux, macOS, or Windows involves extracting the downloaded package into the correct folder location and launching it from the game's world interface.

  1. Download a custom map and extract the file contents using an appropriate program for your operating system. Most map downloads are in a RAR or ZIP file, and you can extract these files using the OS's default application.

  2. Copy the extracted folder from its current location.

  3. Navigate to the default location for your Minecraft saves directory, typically found in the following path:

    • Linux: /home/<username>/.minecraft/saves/ ...
    • macOS: /Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/minecraft/saves/ ...
    • Windows: \Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft\saves\ ...

    If you have a Windows computer, you may need to show hidden files and folders to reveal the AppData directory.

  4. Paste the previously extracted contents into the saves folder.

  5. Open Minecraft and select Play.

  6. Select Singleplayer.

  7. A list of available worlds displays, including the custom map that you downloaded and copied to your saves folder. Choose the new map and select Play Selected World.

  8. After a brief delay, the custom map loads, and you can begin playing.

Download and Install Maps on iOS

Most Minecraft map files intended for mobile devices are in the .mcworld format, making these files easy to install on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

  1. Locate the custom map that you wish to download and install. Tap Download, or the related button that accompanies the map's details on the download site.

  2. In most cases, you're taken to a screen displaying the file name and size along with a couple of options. Select Open in Minecraft.

  3. Minecraft should launch automatically at this point. Select Play.

  4. A list of available worlds displays, including the recently installed map. Select its name to begin gameplay.

Download and Install Other Formats on iOS

You can also install some custom map packages in the RAR or ZIP formats on iOS, but it takes more work. Also, these maps may not always work as expected. If you'd like to try this method, install the Documents by Readdle app on your iOS device.

  1. Locate the custom map that you wish to download and install. Select Download or the button accompanying the map's details on the download site.

  2. Once the download is complete, you'll be taken to a screen displaying the file name and size along with a couple of options. Select More.

  3. The iOS Share Sheet appears on the bottom half of the screen. Select Copy to Documents.

  4. A message appears, confirming that you have imported the compressed map file into the Documents app. Select OK to continue.

  5. A list of documents displays, each accompanied by a thumbnail image and filename. Select the RAR or ZIP file containing your custom map to extract it automatically into the parent folder and subfolders.

  6. Select the newly-extracted folder, which should have the same name as the compressed file.

  7. A list of subfolders is visible. Select Edit, located in the upper-right corner of the screen.

  8. Select each one of the folders and files in view so that each one has a check mark accompanying it. You must not miss any.

  9. Select More, located in the lower-right corner of the screen. When the pop-out menu appears, select Zip.

  10. Remove the check marks from all selected files and folders by tapping each once. Next, place a check mark next to the newly-created Archive file.

  11. Select the Rename button located at the bottom of the screen.

  12. Modify the filename so that it contains a .mcworld extension. Once complete, tap Done.

  13. A message asks if you're sure about changing the file extension. Select use .mcworld.

  14. Select the Done button located in the upper-right corner.

  15. Ellipses replace the check marks accompanying each file. Select your renamed file to open it.

  16. An error message appears, stating that Documents cannot open the file. Select Try another app.

  17. The iOS Share Sheet appears again. Select Copy to Minecraft.

  18. Minecraft opens automatically at this point. Select Play.

  19. A list of available worlds displays, including the recently installed map. Select its name to begin gameplay.

Download and Install Maps on Android

Most Minecraft map files intended for mobile devices are in the .mcworld format, making these maps easy to install on your Android smartphone or tablet. Before getting started, install the ES File Explorer app from Google Play if you don't have it on your device.

  1. Locate the custom map that you wish to download and install. Select the Download button or whichever button accompanies the map's details on the download site.

  2. Return to the Android home screen and select Apps.

  3. When the list of apps appears, select ES File Explorer.

  4. Navigate to your Download folder and select the .mcworld file you downloaded.

  5. Your downloaded files display. Select the file associated with your custom map.

  6. A dialog appears that lists one or more apps that can open this file. Select Minecraft.

  7. Minecraft launches automatically at this point. Select Play.

  8. A list of available worlds displays, including the recently installed map. Select its name to begin gameplay.

Download and Install Other Formats on Android

You can install some custom map packages in the RAR or ZIP formats on Android, but it takes more work. Also, these maps may not work as expected. If you want to try this method, install the ES File Explorer app on your Android device.

  1. Open the Minecraft app.

  2. When the welcome screen appears, tap Settings.

  3. Go to the left menu pane, locate the General section, then select Profile.

  4. Select the File Storage Location drop-down menu and select External if it isn't selected.

  5. Return to the Android home screen and open a web browser.

  6. Locate the custom map that you wish to download and install. Select the Download button or the related button that accompanies the map's details on the download site.

  7. Once the download is complete, return to the Android home screen and select Apps.

  8. When the list of apps appears, select ES File Explorer.

  9. Select the main menu button, represented by three horizontal lines, and located in the upper-left corner of the ES File Explorer interface.

  10. When the drop-down menu appears, select Download.

  11. A list of downloaded files appears, including the RAR or ZIP file containing your custom map. Press and hold the compressed file so that a green and white check mark appears.

  12. An icon-driven menu appears toward the bottom of the screen. Select Copy.

  13. Select the menu button again, then select Home.

  14. Select the icon for your device's storage, typically found near the top of the screen.

  15. A list of visible folders becomes visible, located in the /storage/emulated/0 path.

  16. Select the Games folder. Next, select the com.mojang subfolder.

  17. A group of files and folders used by the Minecraft app display. Select the minecraftWorlds folder.

  18. Select Paste, located in the lower-left corner of the screen.

  19. The RAR or ZIP file containing your custom map is visible in this new location. Select and hold the file so that a green and white check mark appears.

  20. Select the More option, located in the lower-right corner. When the pop-out menu appears, select Extract to.

  21. The Extract selected files to dialog box displays and contains three options. Select Current path and choose OK.

  22. After a brief decompression process, a new folder appears with the name of your downloaded custom map. At this point, exit ES File Explorer and open the Minecraft app.

  23. When the intro screen appears, select Play.

  24. A list of available worlds displays containing your new custom map as one of the playable options.

Apps that Install Minecraft Maps

If searching for maps on websites and forums and then following the installation procedures detailed above seems like too much work, then you may want to use an app. Many offer thousands of Minecraft maps and install maps for you, usually with one or two taps.

Read the reviews of each one before installing an app. Quality often varies greatly with these kinds of apps.