Can maps be cloned in SMP without cheating? (i.e. without editing saves or using /give or similar commands).

Can this be done only at creation time (all the clones are created together), or can they be also cloned later (you already have a map and you clone it)?

  • What exactly do you mean? Do you want to run a new/separate map? Should it be completely identical to the old one (cloned), with all the changes you made, items, etc.? Copying the map files suffices. Or do you only want the terrain to be the same? If so, copying the level seed should do the trick.
    – ver
    Commented Nov 29, 2011 at 13:23
  • It used to be that you could hold down the shift key while taking a map from the crafting table to create a copy of the very first map created in that world, but only that very first map.
    – Kurley
    Commented Nov 29, 2011 at 13:26
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    @ver - I think he means Map Object in the game, rather than the game world.
    – Kurley
    Commented Nov 29, 2011 at 13:27
  • Similar to this question?: gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/23866/…
    – Kurley
    Commented Nov 29, 2011 at 13:29
  • @Kurley Yeaaaah, when I started reading your first comment, it dawned on me. :)
    – ver
    Commented Nov 29, 2011 at 13:40

3 Answers 3


It's not possible to clone maps at the moment without cheating using the /give or /i command. It's stated on the Minecraft Wiki that maps can only be cloned by using a command.

Below is a quote from Notch's Blog, he said that there will be some way to clone maps. He has not yet implemented a way to do so (wthout cheating).

You will also be able to (somehow) CLONE maps so that two separate map items link to the same map data.

So in short, no at the moment you'll have to use the /i or /give command. Until Jeb makes a way to do so.


Since version 12w34a it is possible to clone maps. Recipe putting an "empty map" to the right of the "original map", which will create two copies of the "original map".


I am not 100%, but I think you can make the same exact world by using the same exact seed. If you do that anything you createdor destroyed wont copy, but the landforms should.

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    I'm 99.98% sure the question is about maps not worlds. Commented Apr 27, 2014 at 23:35

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