I'm looking for clay blocks, and they are quite hard to find. I know that I could simply edit my inventory and add more clay blocks, but that doesn't quite have the same "fun" factor as setting out in a boat and fighting tooth and nail to wrest every last clay block from the hands of those filthy creepers.

Are there any external utilities that will at least point me towards the nearest patch of clay? I saw this image in the minecraft chat that looks like it could be what I want, but I don't know how that screenshot was taken (or how to use it).

Edit: Thanks to the mod, I discovered a cache of 88 clay blocks not 20 units from my spawn!

  • Interesting mods but I have to resist to not use them, it seems like cheating. :)
    – Drake
    Jan 31, 2011 at 8:41

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Minecraft X-Ray Maintenance Branch was one of the map viewers on the Programs and Editors page of the Wiki. I haven't personally used it, but the wiki says it supports Windows, Mac, and Linux. The program allows you to view your map and make certain blocks glow (ex. clay, diamond).

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Since the program mentioned above seems to not have an .EXE download available, I found another program named MineViewer. It allows for real-time layer slicing.

This would take a little bit of time, but to find clay, I suppose you could set the colour of all blocks other than clay to white or gray (you can make your own colour schemes!), and slice down to sea level (so the rest of the terrain doesn't get in your way).

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  • Highlight as in "select blocks to be highlighted" or as in "Highlight all X blocks"? Jan 17, 2011 at 3:30
  • Here's a video of it in action. I guess it's less of a highlight and more of a pulsing action - if you turn on a block type, all blocks of the same type will pulse, making them easier to spot when panning around the map.
    – Kevin Yap
    Jan 17, 2011 at 3:34
  • That looks perfect. Jan 17, 2011 at 4:34
  • Though it does beg the question, "how do I run it"? Jan 17, 2011 at 5:08
  • The answer of course being "The latest version of the program doesn't ship with an .exe". /facepalm Jan 17, 2011 at 5:11

For the sake of completeness, if you happen to be on a Mac, there's the very excellent MCMap Live, which has a built-in block finder:

MCMap Live screenshot

Here, it's highlighting clay blocks.

  • Hence the "PC" tag. Still useful, however! Jan 17, 2011 at 6:32
  • 2
    @Raven Macintosh computers are still personal :P
    – badp
    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:26
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    Yes, even if the OP asked for Windows, this is a good answer, +1. Remember that other people may have the same Question, but have different machines.
    – Cyclops
    Jan 17, 2011 at 15:27
  • I use MCMapLive on my Mac - works great.
    – Kevin Yap
    Jan 18, 2011 at 1:05

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