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Worlds generated in single player ' games can be downloaded by the player only tapping it into fullscreen.

But saved worlds are stored in different locations depending on the operating system. It is currently possible to select where the .minecraft data folder, and thus the saved worlds folder, is stored.

Prior to Alpha 1.8, there were nine world slots, and custom names were possible. To use more than five worlds then, it was not required to rename and move folders. This is still necessary; there can be theoretically any number of worlds, each with their own names.


  • An archive utility, such as WinRAR or 7-Zip in Windows 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 worldEdit

Download your chosen world with a web browser.

Extract the worldEdit

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 data 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 data and session.lock. Once you find them, extract the folders to your desktop.

Importing into MinecraftEdit

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 data 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 these folders in it, all right under your_save.
    • your_save
      • data
      • DIM-1
      • DIM1
      • players
      • region
      • level.dat
      • session.lock
  6. Once they're all there, launch the game, and the world can now be found in your worlds list.

Find the folder in MinecraftEdit

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!

Alternate InstructionsEdit

If you found the above instructions confusing, here's 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