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The Complete WorldEdit Tutorial | With Personal Tips & Tricks |

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Pandasaurus_R avatar Pandasaurus_R
Level 74 : Legendary Ninja
Hello fellow Minecrafters! Today I will go through the basic and advanced uses of WorldEdit as of 1.7.2. Here you will learn basic block manipulation, shape creation, use of the clipboard and hopefully all the commands.

Section 1: The Basics of the Trade

So you just popped out of the block by block stage and you want to use world edit right? Well there are some basic concepts you'd need to understand.

S1.1 - Area Selection
The first command that rules them all!
This command gives you the WorldEdit wand, or more well known as 'the wooden axe' (Hey its in preview picture!)
The basics of the axe is that it allows you to select Cuboids, which means a rectangular area of space.
With the wand you left click to select the 1st Point and then right click to select the 2nd Point.

There are also a range of other commands to select a cuboid region but the wand is generally enough:
  • //pos1
  • //pos2This respectively sets the first and second block above the one you are standing on as corner points
  • //hpos1
  • //hpos2This respectively sets the first and second block you look at as the corner points

Other commands that selects regions are:

  • //chunkSelects the entire chunk you are currently standing on

S1.2 - Area Modification
After learning how to select areas and chunks, you probably want to do something with them, like filling it up with TNT or maybe deleting everything inside. The most basic command is:
//set [block], and this command basically fills up the entire area selected with the block set. You can add multiple blocks to this command and each [block] should be seperated by a comma. Percentages can also be used. When you want to delete the selected area, //set 0 will make every block air, thus deleting them
//set 80%stone,20%cobble (80 percent of the area will be filled with stone and 20 will be filled with cobble

//replace [list of blocks to replace] [blocks to replace with]
This command replaces certain blocks in the selected area with the block you selected. each part of the command can have multiple blocks and percentages just like //set.
You can also use //replace to fill in empty space by replacing the air blocks (which is 0)

//outline [block]
This command covers each side of your selected region and leaves the centre blank, however if you only want the side walls covered, the command
//walls [block] does the trick of doing so.

One bukkit only command is //regen which makes it so that the selected region actually reverts to its original seed blocks, isnt't that cool!

Section 2: Using the Clipboard

S2.1 - Copy and Pasting
Copying and pasting may seem very straight forward but many world edit users facedesk every time they try to even operate it. The commands are simply //copy and //paste but the hard part is the way it works. When you select a region and copy it, the blocks you copied are copied relative to you from the region, and it also means when you paste, the blocks are pasted relative to your position from the copied region.

If that confused the hell out of you heres a diagram explaining what happens!

Also to make your life easier, you can type //paste -a and that would paste everything but air, meaning if you paste a chandelier into your castle the roof wont be replaced by air :D

S2.2 - Rotating
Rotating is the same deal but even more mind boggling. Some players never even heard of this before because its even more confusing to use. The command is //rotate [angle] but heres a diagram to show you how it works!

S2.3 - Flipping
Now for even more facedesking, flipping is like rotating but 10x more confusing to handle. Basically the command is//flip [direction]
Now you dont actually have to type in a direction, its much easier to look at the direction you want the clipboard to be flipped then type the command. Heres another lovely diagram to show you how it works!

Also, typing //flip -p flips it around you rather than the flip plane, dunno if it makes it less confusing but the more you know!

Extra Knowledge: typing //clearclipboard clears your clipboard

Section 3: Painting with the Brush

After mastering the regions and the clipboard, another tool to master is the almighty brush. Typing //brush will bring up the basic help bar with tons of confusing options. The option gets bound to the item in your hand when you use the command so try to stick with a particular item. I prefer the wooden shovel! To paint with the brush right click and the brush will paste onto the surface you are directly looking at. So lets start with basic commands:
[list][*][b][size=12px]//brush sphere [-h] [/size][/b][b][radius] [/b]will make the basic brush of painting with a ball. the [b]-h[/b] will just make the brush paint hollow spheres.
[*][b]//brush cyl [-h] [/b][b] [radius] [height] [/b]will make a brush paint cylinders, same as sphere brush but different shape.
[*][b]//brush clipboard [-a][/b] will use whatever design you have on your clipboard and use it as a brush. [b]-a[/b] just means the clipboard wont paste the air.
[*][b]//brush smooth [-n] [size] [/b]will smooth out terrain and such, [b]-n[/b] will make the brush only edit natural terrain.
[b]//mask [block list][/b] will limit the brush to only change the blocks listed. Type [b]//mask [/b]to disable a mask after it's enabled.

[b]TIP:[/b] To make your brush an eraser, simply set the block to 0, it will then replace all blocks with air![/size]

[size=10pt][b]//mat [block][/b] will change the material used by your current brush, this saves alot of time because you don't need to rewrite the entire brush command again.[/size]

Also if you want to make your mountain look more natural, you can use the command [b]//naturalize[/b] and worldedit will automatically add a layer of grass and dirt to the selected area of your mountain

[h2][color=rgb(102,51,0)]Section 4: Shape Generation[/color][/h2]
[size=10pt]Shape generation is quite straight forward and much easier to use that the brushes and clipboard. The commands are:[/size]
[list][*][b][size=13px]//cyl [height][/size][/b]
[*][b][size=13px]//hcyl [height][/size][/b]
[*][b][size=13px]//sphere [/size][/b]
[*][b][size=13px]//hsphere [/size][/b]
[*][b][size=13px]//pyramid [/size][/b]
[*][b][size=13px]//hpyramid [/size][/b]
[size=13px]From top to bottom the commands make cylinders, hollow cylinders, spheres, hollow spheres, pyramids, and hollow pyramids. You are the centre point of all the shape generations so be wary of where you stand when creating shapes.[/size]

[h2][color=rgb(102,51,0)]Section 5: Useful Utility Commands[/color][/h2]
[size=10pt]There are also some useful commands provided by WorldEdit and can save so much time by utilizing them correctly.[/size]
[list][*][b][size=13px]//fixlava[/size][/b][size=13px] This levels out nearby pools of lava for you, no more buckets![/size]
[*][b][size=13px]//fixwater[/size][/b][size=13px] The same as above but with water[/size]
[*][b][size=13px]//thaw[/size][/b][size=13px] This removes all snow in the area[/size]
[*][b][size=13px]/butcher[/size][/b][size=13px] Kills nearby mobs[/size]
[*][b][size=13px]/ex [size] [/size][/b][size=13px] Extinguishes all nearby fires[/size]
[*][b][size=13px]//drain [/size][/b][size=13px] Drains all nearby pools of lava or water[/size]
[*][b][size=13px]//green[/size][/b][size=13px] This greens the area by adding grass to dirt etc.[/size]
[*][b][size=13px]//undo[/size][/b][size=13px] This will undo your last action, this only works for world edit commands, not your personal edits like placed or removed blocks. [/size]
[*][b]//redo [/b]This redos your last world edit action, this doesn't however redo any personal changes lost by the //undo command so be careful.
[/list][b]WARNING: [/b]World edit is a powerful tool, however with much power comes great responsibility. If the changes are too large, you will risk crashing the server and losing your work up to the last backup/save. Nobody wants to lose work so please know your server limits with world edit. 
Plus this should never be an issue with good servers but be careful of lag spikes and temporary client crashes when editing over a million blocks at a time. (It's actually not that large of a space)
[size=10pt]Thanks for reading. If you have learnt something here today please leave a [bgcolor=rgb(51,255,255)]Diamond[/bgcolor] and leave a comment if you have any questions or you thin I've missed something important! Subscribe to read more of my upcoming tutorials explaining the ins and outs of minecraft![/size]
Creditsk89q for creating this amazing and powerful building tool!

4 Update Logs

Update #4 : by Pandasaurus_R 02/23/2014 6:01:15 amFeb 23rd, 2014

Added //naturalize command

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01/05/2019 10:11 pm
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bunnycat2048 avatar
is there a way to make a ceiling without making a huge solid block ?
09/25/2018 11:43 pm
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kingofworld51 avatar
can you be more specific about the sphere brush but other than that this is really helpfull

08/07/2018 1:04 pm
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Coltc7 avatar
Hey, Do u know how I can paste something what I copied, How i can get that on an pickaxe or something that i can paste it with an click

06/30/2018 3:16 pm
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Nxbxdii avatar
nicee, tysm for making this
05/22/2018 10:12 am
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jdw6701 avatar
Is there a way to copy and paste a whole structure like a ship or something?
02/18/2018 10:08 am
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Bonnygameri avatar
like Checkered
02/18/2018 10:06 am
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Bonnygameri avatar
02/18/2018 10:06 am
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Bonnygameri avatar
how di i do patterns?
02/11/2018 6:45 am
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Rhakon_ avatar
perhaps a stupid question but is there a way to set your tools to default again?
i set a stick to becoma a brush but now every time a take a stick ist's a brush
11/12/2016 2:50 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
KiwiNugget avatar
for the shape generation, how would i put it back to normal.
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