How to install a Java Minecraft map on PC and Server

Written by Jamie
February 21, 2020

The new Cops and Robbers revamps have just released on Java, and you’re raring to go, but how do you go about actually playing the maps? Here are a few basic steps to get you going in no time! 

A note before you get started

This guide will mainly be focused on the most recent updates of Windows 10, macOS and Linux (Ubuntu), if you’re running older versions of any of these, give these steps a go anyway as there may be some overlap. If you’re still struggling, why not join our discord where there will always be someone available to answer your questions!

Not here for Cops and Robbers? Not a problem! There’s plenty of content out there from both us and other creators. If you’re in a spooky mood why not give our Halloween themed The Wraithing Trials a go. We’d also recommend Terra Swoop Force from our friends at Noxcrew, as it’s an excellent map.

Why’s my file in a weird format (.zip or .rar)?

The first thing you may realise is that your file isn’t actually a Minecraft file… that may sound a little bit silly but stick with us.

Most Minecraft maps are wrapped up in another file (just to make things a little bit harder on you!), and this means that your Minecraft world isn’t ready to go as soon as it’s downloaded. In order to remove your file from its packaging you’ll want to do the following:

  • For Windows 10 users – You’re going to have to install a separate program. We’d recommend either 7-Zip or WinRAR. To install these, click on the links above, select the download that suits you, and follow the install instructions. If you’re unsure how to use these programs, we’d recommend these guides for 7-Zip and WinRAR.
  • For macOS users – You’re in luck! There’s already a way for you to do these built in. Simply right-click on your file and select “Open With > Archive Utility”. If this doesn’t work your file may be a .rar, and in this case you’re going to want to install a program like The Unarchiever.
  • For Linux users – If you are a Linux user, then you are probably experienced enough to do this, but if you aren’t totally sure then you need to install unzip and run the following command in your terminal, and your world will automatically be put in the correct folder. If you have changed your download folder or the location of your Minecraft folder, then you will want to make sure these are updated in the reference!
 unzip ~/Downloads/ -d ~/.minecraft/saves/mapname 


The original Cops and Robbers map was released in April of 2013. This means the map was released around 7 years ago. Feeling a bit old yet?

Playing the map locally (for singleplayer worlds)

Before we move any further, is your map in the right format? If you’re not sure, have a look at the previous section titled “Why’s my file in a weird format”.

Getting the map in-game – Windows 10 users

  • Open up your Minecraft Launcher as you would normally
  • Navigate to “Installations” at the top, under the ‘Minecraft: Java Edition’ text
  • On the next line down, click the “(+) New…” icon and to the right under “GAME DIRECTORY”, select “Browse”
  • Click on .minecraft > Saves. This is the location that you will need to save your world to! (if you don’t see this, make sure you’ve created a Minecraft singleplayer world, and try again)
  • Exit out of these menus, and find the location that you just found
  • If you can’t find this location again, click on the Windows logo at the bottom left of your monitor and type: %appdata% into your search bar. Then go through the same steps: .minecraft > Saves
  • Once you’re in the saves folder, simply drag and drop your new Minecraft world file in, and you’re good to go.
  • Launch up your game, and you’ll find the folder under “Singleplayer” (note that your world may have a different in-game name than its file name!)

Getting the map in-game – macOS users  

  • Press cmd + shift + g on your keyboard at the same time or open the Go menu and then Go to Folder
  • Paste into the search bar ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft/saves to take you to your Minecraft files!
  • Drag and drop your new Minecraft world file into this location, and you’re good to go!
  • Launch up your game, and you’ll find the folder under “Singleplayer” (note that your world may have a different in-game name than its file name!)

Getting the map in-game – Linux (Ubuntu) users 

  • Open your home folder from your taskbar
  • Navigate to View > Show Hidden Files while keeping this folder open (you should see a bunch of new files appear!)
  • Click on .minecraft > saves (if you don’t see this, make sure you’ve created a Minecraft singleplayer world, and try again)
  • Drag and drop your new Minecraft file into this location, and you’re good to go!
  • Launch up your game, and you’ll find the folder under “Singleplayer” (note that your world may have a different in-game name than its file name!)


When Minecraft was first in development it was known as “Cave Game” by Notch. This was later changed to the “Minecraft” that we all know and love, which we think was probably a good choice.

Playing the map on a server (for multiplayer worlds)

The first thing to do is to double-check that your map is intended for multiplayer use! Some maps (especially adventure maps) aren’t designed to work in multiplayer, so ensure that the world you’re looking to download has a player count or mentions in the description that you can invite your friends along.

In the case of Cops and Robbers, the map is fully multiplayer, so feel free to invite as many friends as you like along!

Before you get started

This guide assumes that you’re with a major Minecraft server provider such as MCProHostingStickyPiston or ApexHosting. If you don’t already have a server set up, we’d recommend choosing a plan and host that suits you. Feel free to use the three examples above as a place to start!

Part 1 – Getting set up

To begin, you’re going to want to install an FTP client (this is just a fancy way of viewing the files on your server). We’d recommend you use FileZilla for this, it is available on Windows 10, macOS and Linux. To install it, navigate to the download page above, and select the download that suits the platform you are on.

Part 2 – Uploading your world

Your server provider will have set you up with a Multicraft login to access and control your server, make sure to check your emails for a link to this if you don’t know what we’re talking about!

  • Once logged in, go to “Servers” along the top bar, and select the server you want to upload the world to
  • Along the left-hand side, you’ll see “Files”, click on click again on “FTP File Access”
  • You should see your FTP AddressFTP Port and FTP Username listed here. If you don’t, this is likely an issue with the permissions you have been given on Multicraft, so take this up with your server provider, or server owner.
  • Open up your FileZilla client (from the above step)
  • At the top, copy your FTP Address in to “Host”, your FTP Username in to “Username” and FTP Port in to “Port” (default 21).
  • Your screen will be split in to two boxes. On the left-hand side is your PC files, and the right is your server files. If you are able to see folders such as “plugins”, “players” and “region”, you’re in the correct place!
  • Drag and drop your folder from your PC files (on the left and side) or from your desktop or download location of the map.
  • Open your file (located in the base directory), find level-name = currentworldname, and change “currentworldname” to the name of your new world – save and exit.

Once the file is uploaded and properties updated, make sure to restart your server so that the changes take effect and load you’re good to go!

Part 3 – Playing the map (special cases)

We recommend a vanilla server to play all of our multiplayer maps, however, if your server is running a modded Server JAR (i.e. Spigot), and has several worlds you may want to do the following:

  • Install the plugin Multiverse Core 
  • Run the command /mvimport worldname normal, and use /mvtp worldname to get to your new world

Please note this can have unintended side effects with some maps, and we highly recommend you use a vanilla server.

Let’s wrap up

With all this information you should be ready to get going on your new Minecraft map! Again, if you’re still running into issues, we’d love to help, and the best place for this would be on our discord. This is also a great place to meet up with people who are playing the new Cops and Robbers revamps (and a good way to recruit new inmates for your prison)!

As always, we’d love to hear from you if you have any feedback on these blog posts, Minecraft in general or our new Cops and Robbers content by emailing [email protected] or tweeting us @podcrash. Have a great week and see you next time!

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