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Intro
File Types
Installing Projects
Uploading and File Backup
Helpful Mods
External Programs
Tips and Tricks
Project Ideas



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This blog was created to answer some of the most common project related questions I see asked on this site. Most of this is very basic info that is intended to help new users who aren't familiar with how projects work. It will also include some tips, tricks and other things I have learned along the way.

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If you want to download a project you see on this site you need to understand the different options that may be available.

The first is called a world save, it is what minecraft actually reads to load different maps and levels. It includes all the terrain, buildings, map info and other items that the game uses to compose a complete world you see in the selection screen. It is the most common type and can be played without having to use any other programs. World saves are not a single file, each world has its own folder containing a level.dat file and a few others the game uses.

The second type of file you will find is called a schematic. This is a special type of file the can be used with MCEdit and a few other minecraft editing programs. A schematic file is different from a world save as it is a specific section of blocks that are saved instead of the whole world. They can vary greatly in size and content from something as small as a single block, to a large building or even a whole map. They are best used to copy or import single items into your own minecraft world save.

The third type is called a zip or rar file and is not directly related to minecraft. These are compressed files that are often used to "merge" multiple files or folders into a single one for ease of sharing or storing. Once zipped, all you need to do is extract them to get the original contents. You may need an external program to do this if your OS doesn't have something built in.


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Now that you have a project world or schematic all downloaded and unzipped, all you need to do is install it and start playing!

For world saves, installing is as easy as copying a few files. First, you need to find the world save folder you download or unzipped and copy it (make sure the folder you are copying has the level.dat file in it.) Now you just need to get to the folder where minecraft keeps all the save files. On windows this can be easily done by opening up the command line, accessible by Windows+R and then typing "%appdata%/.minecraft/saves/" into the command line. This will open the saves folder where all the your worlds are stored. Once in that folder all you have to do is paste your downloaded save in. The next time you open up minecraft the new world should show up in the selection screen. (If you're on a Mac, your save files are in: ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft/saves/)

If you are using a schematic file I will assume you have MCEdit installed, if not, download and install it now. After you have it all setup, open the program and select the world from the list that you would like to add the schematic to (If none are on the list you will have to click the "Open a Level.." text and find it in the file browser.) After you selected your world and have it loaded you need to click the import button (little red crane) on the bottom right, find the schematic in the file browser and click open. It will load the schematic under the mouse allowing you to move it around. After you place it in a good spot, click the import button to complete the operation. Now hit Ctrl+S to save the world, then Ctrl-W to close it, after which you can exit MCEdit. That's it, all you have to do now is open the world in minecraft and behold your new items.

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I highly recommend backing up your minecraft files! This includes your world save files and bin folder. If you haven't already, please read the file types and installing sections as a lot of it applies to this also.

To backup your world files all you need to do is copy the specific world save out of the .minecraft/saves folder, as mentioned in the installing section, and paste it to a another location. This is good to do if you are testing new ideas or have just done a lot of work to something and want a little peace of mind.

The other item you may want to backup is your minecraft bin folder or jar file. There are several reasons to do this including accidentally updating your game version which breaks old mods or installing new mods that "black screen" the game. The bin folder is located in the main .minecraft directory like the world saves and contains the minecraft.jar and a few other files. I normally copy the whole bin folder when backing up but you may get away with just saving the jar file. Once you its copied just paste it to another location and you're set.

Uploading a world save is just like downloading and installing, except you do the steps in reverse. This means you need to find the world save folder you want to upload, create a zip file with it, then upload it to a fire sharing site like mediafire. Once its uploaded you just need to copy and paste the link to the "world download url" field in your project. Schematic files can actually be uploaded directly to this site without having to use another host.

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This is a list of in-game mods that I routinely use to help create my projects. This is by no means a complete list and only includes the ones I find most useful.

SinglePlayerCommands - Adds a command line with lots of different tools. It's like having 100 mods in one!
WorldEdit (included with SPC) - Allows large scale in game world editing, creating and replacing.
WorldEdit GUI - Adds a graphical selection element to the worldedit mod.
TooManyItems - Gives a menu in the inventory screen with all in-game items and codes.

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These are a few external programs that I find useful and commonly use.

MCEdit - A building and editing tool that excels at importing schematics into a world.
WorldPainter - A powerful tool used to create custom terrain at almost any size and shape.
Eihort - An OpenGL world viewer great for long distance views with no fog.
Cartograph - Another world viewer with lots of rendering options.
7-Zip - A free file archiver that allows you to zip and extract your files.

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To be added.

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To be added.


I plan on finishing the two empty sections along with adding lots of other content in the future.





If you found this guide helpful at all please comment and upvote so others may also see it.
I also encourage you to link this article to anyone you see asking any of the questions answered here.
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  • Luglio251
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • July 26, 2015, 5:58 am
  • Teamsmasher
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Taco
  • February 1, 2014, 9:54 am
InHaze... i have a request...
are u able to make an ocean map?
with a yacht that you spawn on?
because i was gonna use the yacht for the archimedes ship mod
  • MCLuonic27
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Miner
  • March 17, 2013, 1:17 pm
Good idea cause i joined a week or 2 ago
  • minermines
  • Level 25
  • Expert Miner
  • January 10, 2013, 3:47 am
Mining tool of my choice lol
  • rancidcheez
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • November 20, 2012, 6:33 pm
that mining machine of choice bit really made my day.
  • Tom
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • September 27, 2012, 11:43 am
You should do one on cinematics and just general building
The achievement generator website thing must have screwed up.
You have the same weird image thing over and over again!!!!!!!!!!
  • jerhe2016
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • November 11, 2012, 4:00 pm
Yeah, error image. Not that appealing.

ONTopic: Keep up the great work InHaze.
  • shane007
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • May 24, 2012, 12:44 pm
I cant download your Hillside Manor (1.0 Update) because when I use world save it brings me to this adf.ly site where you cant download it. its useless that adf.ly
  • ISK Shadow
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Dragon
  • June 10, 2012, 12:44 pm
In the top right corner there is a button that says skip ad click that
Hope that helped :)
  • shane007
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 13, 2012, 8:06 am
thanks it did work :)
  • ISK Shadow
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Dragon
  • June 13, 2012, 4:44 pm
Your welcome :)
  • shane007
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 24, 2012, 8:46 am
your a lad
  • EpicalDude
  • Level 20
  • Expert Cake
  • May 5, 2012, 1:52 am
"My mining tool of choice." Lol
How di i update my project ?
I mean i did Updated it but it doesn't want to repost in the projetcs
Are you asking how to make it appear in the "Recently Updated" section? If so, what you do is click on the Update Logs section while editing and type what you updated, then click the Save Log button. It will only work once every 24 hours though because some people might spam updates for views.
  • Hakim-Mimo99
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Architect
  • June 23, 2012, 8:50 am
Haha ok thanks it works fine now :)
  • Aaron_09
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Cowboy
  • April 24, 2012, 6:29 am
I have a question for making a nice post about your project, which is also very important. A video is the best way to show your building. But i always get laggy videos.. I use CamStudio. How can i film my project the best way with some nice effects. I dont want to pay for it.
Do you use any other programs other than the ones suggested in the helpful mods section?
This was extremely helpful! I have been looking for a map generator and now I have found one (world painter)! Looking forward to the tricks and tips section to be finished!
  • Zanthok
  • Level 24
  • Expert Nerd
  • March 3, 2012, 2:26 pm
quick question: i'm trying to upload a schematic i made from MCEdit. When i try to upload the schematic the media add area says tht the .schematic file extension is not supported. iv'e seen schematics on PMC before, so is there some trick to uploading, or can i just not use MCEdit?
  • DemonX444
  • Level 25
  • Expert Spider Rider
  • March 13, 2012, 11:53 am
You need to compress the .schematic file, as it only supports .zip extensions
  • Zanthok
  • Level 24
  • Expert Nerd
  • March 15, 2012, 12:18 pm
thanks bro
  • yoavsnake
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Herobrine
  • March 5, 2012, 7:44 pm
Did you upload on the world save or on the schematic?
  • Death Pool45
  • Level 46
  • Master Architect
  • February 29, 2012, 7:33 am
thanks really helpful
  • Clui
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Artist
  • February 24, 2012, 4:12 am
Y u no finish teh tips n tricks?!?!?
  • gameplaya
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Miner
  • February 22, 2012, 3:26 pm
I'd wish you would tell me how to upload a minecraft save and the link being adf.ly becuase you did it and planetminecraft dosen't allow adf.ly so tell meh teh secret plz
  • inHaze
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 96
  • Overlord Terraformer
  • February 23, 2012, 10:33 am
You need to be a certain level to use adfly links, it is setup like that so new users can't spam them everywhere. I think the min level is 10 or 20, not really sure.
  • archery98
  • Level 43
  • Master Dragonborn
  • January 22, 2012, 10:59 am
thank you!
tips 'n tricks:

start by making the general look of the build and then add detail later, going directly for detail can be a somewhat overwhelming project for new players.

focus on one part of the build at a time. instead of spreading your attention over the entire build, focus on sections of the build. this way if you get stuck you can move to a different section untill you get a suitable idea.

make the basic structure on the ground. this is useable because it makes you see a bit about how the build is gonna end up.
yo inHaze, how do i get WorldEdit GUI to work for multiplayer on my bukkit server ?....
Lol my favorite mining machine the baggar-288
  • Avamansu
  • Level 40
  • Master Mage
  • October 31, 2011, 12:26 am
if you cant run a jar file search jar fix on the minecraft forums there is a .exe file , no viruses i have used myself it helped my windows 7 recognise jar files again, it sometimes has that problem, if u cant find it let me know ill put it on my mediafire for you :)
  • mpaley
  • Level 21
  • Expert Architect
  • October 15, 2011, 4:14 am
I cant get worldpainter to work, help?
  • planeta
  • Level 22
  • Expert Pirate
  • September 29, 2011, 8:45 am
thanks very much
  • Avalanche_Ali
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 73
  • Legendary Architect
  • September 14, 2011, 9:58 am
thanks, this is really useful.
  • sparky127
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Hunter
  • September 13, 2011, 7:46 pm
your amazing!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Beret
  • Level 62
  • High Grandmaster Terraformer
  • September 9, 2011, 10:44 pm
I already had everything you told to download :P
  • +_+Cocaa
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 26, 2011, 10:18 am
thats a hugeeee crane thingy lol

i wish i was riding tht thing! lol
  • ArcticLemon
  • Level 20
  • Expert Architect
  • August 16, 2011, 1:03 pm
nice clear guide, like the mods!
  • Kitsuna777
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Soldier
  • August 11, 2011, 8:35 pm
Hey you seem good with large projects any advice for this http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/puerto-angel/
  • Krisrox101
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 10, 2011, 11:25 pm
Do you do this in Single Player and use Editors like MCEdit???
The only possible way I know of is to use VoxelSniper in a bukkit server and terraform everything
  • inHaze
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 96
  • Overlord Terraformer
  • August 8, 2011, 11:40 am
Thanks all for the support! The next sections I have planned should be a little more interesting for people that already know the basic stuff.
  • Jadoom
  • Level 22
  • Expert Architect
  • August 8, 2011, 10:09 am
Very great idea! I love that guide!
Great guide! Thanks very much! I can't wait to read more :).
  • mommaCarole
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Narwhal
  • August 7, 2011, 7:57 pm
excellent info! thanks InHaze, keep up the great tutorials!

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