I have two friends who often play minecraft on my computer. They don't have their own accounts, but they want their worlds separate from mine without the hassle of moving around save files. I have already set up two new profiles like this:


Jack has one world, spartacus. Ethan has two worlds, City and Tests. I have one world, Pure survival. I want them and me to be able to get to their worlds, and only our worlds when we select our profiles in the new launcher, no save file moving involved. How can I do this? I am confident that this is able to be done in the new launcher, but correct me if I'm wrong.

Here is what I have already tried: I tried making a main-Minecraft file in the roaming directory, which contained three folders, each labeled with the name of me and my friends. Inside each of these files is a copy of the .minecraft folder, each saves folder containing each of me and my friends worlds. I was extremely sketchy about this though, as I didn't know if it would corrupt the game.

  • I'm not actually familiar with profiles (I haven't played MineCraft in a year or so), but you could 100% do this with batch files; it'd just be a bit clunky.
    – Schism
    Commented Jun 15, 2014 at 3:41

3 Answers 3


You can set the Minecraft Directory in the Profile Editor.

Go to "Edit Profile", and check "Game Directory" for each profile. The game will create new folders for saves, resourcepacks and logs. It will continue to use the appropriate version you selected for the profile (found in the "versions" folder), rather than download the game files again.

Game Directory

You can then move the saves you have to the save folders for the correct profile.

  • Faster than me Dx
    – Duncan
    Commented Jun 15, 2014 at 12:28
  • @MarioErmando I'd appreciate the upvote in that case.
    – MrLemon
    Commented Jun 15, 2014 at 12:30
  • Wouldn't this result in an additional complete Minecraft installation for each profile? Commented Aug 1, 2014 at 22:17
  • @JohntheGreen No. All profiles with the same version access the same game files. It's actually quite difficult to get two copies of the same version (e.g. for modding) since you have to tell the game that one of them is different.
    – MrLemon
    Commented Aug 3, 2014 at 21:11
  • Ah, you're right. I glazed over the part where you detail what it does and does not duplicate :P Commented Aug 3, 2014 at 22:19

First open your roaming folder which is easiest by typing %appdata%

you will see your .minecraft folder in there that will be your profile and where your worlds are saved.

now in the roaming make a new folder for both of your friends.

now go into the launcher press new profile label it their name and and the same for your other friend.

check the box in launcher for "game directory" and where it says .minecraft in the game directory ending after roaming type exactly what you named the two folders

then open each of your friends profiles then close it when you get to the menu so that way it will put the all the files they will need!

then every time they save a world inside there profile it will go into their saves, if they are in their profile

(they do not need there own account only yours is needed)

if you are unclear about anything ask and ill help! :D


Why not just run a local server? You could have 3, use the same client, and whenever one of your friends logs on, he just starts his own server. This also allows for you to use easy plugins, specially if running a bukkit server (its REALLY easy). Comment if you wanna know how to.

  • This isn't what I was looking for. If you read all of my question, you would know that both of my friends don't have minecraft accounts, therefore making this method unusable. Commented Jun 15, 2014 at 15:52
  • @DatEpicCoderGuyWhoPrograms actually this is a solution, albeit not too well-worded, and not a good one. t3hCrush3r suggests you to have three "minecraft_server.jar"s in different folders, and set the worlds for your friends via the respective server.properties file. Locally running a server just for yourself requires more of your Comp's resources though.
    – MrLemon
    Commented Jun 16, 2014 at 8:43
  • @MrLemon Yeah, I guess this guy deserves some credit. Even if it does work, my PC is already crappy as is. Commented Jun 16, 2014 at 12:24
  • ^You can actually run it off oe server using the multiverse plugin. I have 17 worlds runnning on ym server , one for creative, one for pvp with friends, one for making things in survival and so on. One account can log into any of these worlds - you can even password-protect them. I think , personally, this is the most hassle free way. Its not TOO resource demanding, given people arent logged into multiple worlds simultaneously.
    – t3hCrush3r
    Commented Jun 16, 2014 at 12:50

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