Tutorials/Custom maps

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Custom maps are maps created by other players who then upload the files online to share. You can then download them into a folder and play. Note that this is not a list of maps; instead, it just has suggestions of how to play maps or how to make them (You can find a list of maps on other websites).

Getting one[edit]

1. First, go to any website which maps are uploaded to and download one you like the look of. It should be in .zip format.

2. Find the file you downloaded and extract it using WinZip or 7-Zip. Copy the folder that has been extracted.

3. Start up the Minecraft Launcher, and click Launch Options on the top right corner. Then click the profile that you are willing to use. Then click Open Game Dir, and the .minecraft folder should appear.

4. Paste your map file into the saves folder and start Minecraft as normal. The world should appear and you can play the map.

Uploading one[edit]

1. Windows: Press ⊞ Windows + R, type in %appdata% and find the Minecraft saves folder. Compress (preferably by using .zip) the world you want to upload.
Mac OS X: Go to your user's folder in Finder, then access "Library" then "Application Support", then "minecraft" and finally "saves". Compress the world you want to upload, in .zip format. or go to Minecraft create new world Click Edit then open folder then copy or paste map files not the map folder just the files in to the new folder then press play
Linux: Open your favorite file manager then access this path (in Nautilus, Ctrl + L): ~/.minecraft/
Now click "saves" and compress the world (preferably in .zip format) you want to upload.
2. Go to a site such as MediaFire or CurseForge and go to their uploads screen. It differs, but paste the file in and follow the instructions.
3. The Internet can now see your creation!

Playing them[edit]

Playing the maps is the most important part. Custom maps often have objectives, and a storyline. They can be great fun and there are many types. Here are many of the types, as well as some tips to completing them:


A fork shown in a Minecraft maze made of sandstone.

These are obstacle courses involving puzzles to complete. They might have a scoring system, with chests hidden full of gold. The more you collect, the higher your score. Here are some obstacles you may see:

  1. Redstone Puzzles. These will have you given a repeater or two and some redstone dust and ask you to rewire a door to open, for example. Check the relative sections on them in this very wiki to get some tips on how to make the most of what you get.
  2. Mazes. Wander around narrow paths aimlessly until you see a door. Mazes can be very fun to play. At a fork, choose a path and mark it with a torch. This will help you know that you have been down that way.


Generally, these maps involve much fighting and survival skills.

  1. Survival Maps. Like regular Minecraft survival, but with a twist. You may be in the clouds, have limited resources/space etc.
  2. CTM maps. These maps are known to be very difficult. The goal is to complete a "Victory Monument", where you have to fill it up with wool, records, or some other type of items. These maps have many traps.
  3. Arena Maps. These maps have stages and in each stage, you must fight a wave of mobs to progress.


These maps are for Player vs. Player. They are great if you get tired of fighting the same in-game mobs.

  1. Race For Wool maps. This is when teams of four go into a lane and try to complete a monument there. They include dungeons and crossfire from the other lane. This is a subtype of CTM.
  2. Capture The Wool maps. This is where people rush to the opponent's base and attempt to steal wool from a fleecy box. They then have to return to their base. Can be played in small or large groups.
  3. Destroy the Monument/Core maps. Self-explanatory. Usually only played in large groups, sometimes up to 50v50.
A short parkour course, with Blocks over a pit of lava with a chest at the end. The player is expected to jump across the blocks and get to the chest for a reward.


Jumping around on platforms. They are usually organized in stages. There are several kinds of jumps, ranging from corner jumps, S - jumps, and ladder jumps. These maps are a test of agility.


These are maps with no real goal in mind. They often have stunning scenery or mechanics. Planet Minecraft is filled with these. They can sometimes have a purpose like a map for a server.


Complete a long and winding storyline. Has lots of content. Sometimes puzzle, sometimes action. You cannot break any blocks in these maps, unless specifically told otherwise.


Generally an Adventure map with jumpscares and a dark/ambiguous storyline.