I've got some funky minecraft maps that I'd like to share with my friends. However, they're, more often than not, far away and unable to stop by my computer and see what I've wrought.

I was wondering if there was a way to transform a singleplayer map into a multiplayer one, such that I could share my singleplayer creations remotely?

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    All minecraft maps are capable of supporting multiple players now, so this question has been rendered obsolete. Sep 29, 2012 at 21:28
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    Isn't deleting this a bit excessive if someone's caught on a (very) old version? Just update the question to be "in versions earlier than ___..."
    – Nick T
    Dec 24, 2014 at 19:38
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    I just googled for exactly this problem, since I was experimenting with older versions. Then I saw it was "too localized". I would suggest reopening this.
    – user143228
    Oct 18, 2016 at 18:19

3 Answers 3


Yes, just copy the world you want to share to minecraft server directory, delete old world named "world", and rename the directory of your single player world to "world". You can insert single player world into SMP.

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    You don't necessarily need to rename it to world - you can just change the name from world in the "server.properties" file.
    – soulBit
    Apr 22, 2011 at 18:55
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    @soulBit I just told the easier method, and yes, i know you can change server.properties, but for beginners, it could be really confusing.
    – Riki137
    Apr 23, 2011 at 9:21
  • Hey, what's SMP?
    – tobych
    Jan 2, 2017 at 20:11
  • @tobych Survival MultiPlayer, probably a legacy abbreviation by now.
    – Riki137
    Feb 23, 2017 at 13:03
  • Copying is a good suggestion, but isn't a perfect solution. I would like to sync changes betweeen the two, or better still, share a single save for use by both single player and server-based games. Jun 15, 2017 at 0:55

Alright, here we go. Go to "run" and type "%appdata%". After that, click on the ".minecraft" folder. Look in there for a folder named "saves". Open that up and leave that there. Next, go to "Minecraft.net", press download, and then click on and download "Minecraft Server.exe", which should be 270 kilobytes big. Alternatively, you could use "Minecraft Server.jar", which is smaller. Once you are done with that, copy the world that you want to convert (from the "saves" folder) and paste it in the server folder. Now delete the folder called "world", and then rename your map folder's name to "world". Then go to "Mincraft_Server". It will take some time to load, but will get there.

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You can always just e-mail them the map if you want them to see and play on it, but that will of course only allows them to play it in single player. If you want to be able to play it with them, you'll need to set up a server, like Riki137's answer states.

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    Your friends must have a large inbox! The world I have right now is 165MB.
    – travis
    Jun 22, 2012 at 3:39
  • Dropbox! (is your friend) Sep 2, 2012 at 6:46

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