I've watched lots of Minecraft videos on YouTube, where they tell you to "extract the Minecraft map", but none of them explain exactly what I need to do to get that map imported into Minecraft, once I've downloaded it.

What exactly do I need to do to get a custom map available within the game?

I'm using Windows 10 and Minecraft version 1.8.8.


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Okay, follow along with me:

  1. Go to the downloaded map or whatever, and if you have it in a .ZIP file extract it using WinRAR to a specified folder (I would recommend your documents folder). If you don't then go to the folder where the file was downloaded too, and continue on
  2. Cut the extracted file
  3. Go to your search bar, and type in run. Click the application "Run", and inside of run type in %appdata%
  4. Open up the folder called .minecraft
  5. Inside of that folder, open up the folder called saves
  6. Paste the file you cut in the beginning into that folder

Boom! You are done!

EDIT: JonK posted this method:

  1. Follow the first two steps above
  2. Open up the current Minecraft Launcher
  3. Go to the Edit Profiles Button
  4. Select Open Game Dir
  5. Then go into saves
  6. Paste the file
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    There's another way to get to the saves directory: in the Minecraft Launcher hit Edit Profile, then select Open Game Dir. That takes you directly to the .minecraft folder in AppData, from there, just double-click on the saves directory.
    – JonK
    Commented Sep 12, 2015 at 23:09
  • It does? I didn't know that! Thanks JonK!
    – Super'd
    Commented Sep 12, 2015 at 23:11
  • I've already upvoted, but I think if you include that as an alternative method it'd make this an even better answer.
    – JonK
    Commented Sep 12, 2015 at 23:13
  • Done! I did your suggestion!
    – Super'd
    Commented Sep 12, 2015 at 23:17
  • but i dont know how to extract
    – LyricsBot
    Commented Sep 13, 2015 at 0:16

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