How to make a map in Minecraft

How to make a map in Minecraft: You have just built your own shelter in  Minecraft and have begun to venture into its surroundings. You would also like to explore the most distant places, but it is a bit difficult for you to find your way around, as you are afraid of getting lost and never finding your way home. This is how things are, am I right? In that case, you don’t have to worry, because the simplest solution to solve this problem is to make a map.

Yes, you read that right: a map! This item is very useful during your Minecraft adventures, as it shows everything around the avatar as you progress through the exploration. Since this is exactly what you are looking for, you will be pleased to know that in this guide of mine I will show you how to create a map in Minecraft, in a few simple steps. In addition, I will also show you some methods to enlarge a map or clone one. If, on the other hand, you want to access the Minecraft adventure map, I will explain the procedures you will need to follow to achieve this goal.

I bet you can’t wait to get started, right? Then sit comfortably and let’s not waste any more precious time: all you have to do is read carefully what I will show you in the next chapters, so as to be sure that you too can create a map for your explorations. All that remains for me is to wish you a good read and, above all, have fun!


  • Gather the necessary materials
  • Create a map in Minecraft
    • Make a map
    • Expand a map
    • Clone a map
  • Create an adventure map in Minecraft

Gather the necessary materials

Before talking to you about how to create a map in Minecraft, I want to show you the materials necessary for the manufacture of the same.

First, you need some paper, starting with sugar cane. I advise you to read carefully what I have suggested in this guide, to learn the procedures for the manufacture of this resource.

In addition to the card, you need to make a compass. This tool is obtained by combining, in a workbench4 units of Iron Ingots and 1 unit of Redstone Dust.

When you have all these elements, you just have to start making a map, using the tips you will find in the next chapter.

Create a map in Minecraft

Now that you know the resources to use for creating a map, it’s time to see together how to make one. I advise you to carefully read the following paragraphs, in which I will explain both how to create one, and how to clone it or expand its exploration range.

Make a map

To create a map, go to a workbench and make sure you have the resources I indicated in this chapter: you need a compass and 8 paper units. You must place the compass in the center of the slots and the card units in the rest.

Doing so will create an object called Blank Map. By equipping the latter and interacting on it, it will be converted into a new object, called the Map. You will then be shown the cartography of what is around you, with a marker representing the position of your avatar.

I remind you that, after interacting on the empty map, it will only register the quadrant of the Minecraft world you are in.

This means that, to have a more detailed map of the other sectors, you have to create more maps and use them in other areas, as I have described to you in the previous lines. Alternatively, you can expand the one you already have, using the instructions I will give you in the next chapter.

Expand a map

As I already told you in previous chapters, a map represents only a quadrant of the world of Minecraft. To be exact, it shows what the avatar is in when interacting on it.

If you want to extend the range of exploration displayed on the map by extending the quadrants represented, you need to get  8 units of paper. What you have to do is, therefore, open a bench work and position the map in the middle slot, along with the card, you have to place on all remaining slot.

By doing so, a new map will be generated on which the same quadrant you previously viewed will be indicated, with the addition of another area to explore. The moment you reach the unexplored quadrant, the area on the map will be unlocked.

This enlargement process can be repeated up to four times to create a map that represents an increasingly large area around the avatar.

The same procedure described above can also be carried out using a cartography bench. Again, you need to get some map to place in the bottom left slot of the chart stand. You will only need 1 unit of paper, unlike what is required by the workbench.

At this point, place the map to be expanded in the top left slot, to get a new extended map in the right slot.

Clone a map

If you need to create multiple copies of the same map, Minecraft allows you to clone the object using the workbench or the cartography bench.

In both cases, what you need is an empty Map, which you can create using the advice I indicated in this chapter, and the map to duplicate. If you are using a chart bank, insert the empty map in the bottom left slot, and the one already drawn in the top left slot. By doing so, the object will be duplicated, collecting two identical maps from the slot on the right.

If you are using a workbench instead, the procedure is similar, but you can create multiple copies in one process. Then place the map in one slot on the workbench and fill the others with blank maps, based on how many copies you want to make.

Create an adventure map in Minecraft

In Minecraft, you can create an adventure map. This is a game mode, accessible via the command console, which makes the world of Minecraft indestructible, useful in the case of starting customized multiplayer, in which you do not want to allow any changes.

This mode can be accessed at any time via the command console by pressing the T key on the keyboard and typing the command / gamemode adventure, followed by pressing the Enter key.

In case you have not enabled the command console since the creation of the new game, you can perform this operation from the game menu. What you need to do is press the Esc key and then the Open in LAN button. In the screen that is shown to you, then click on the Commands item, so as to display the wording Yes.

At this point, press the Start the world in LAN button and that’s it. From this moment on, you can enter the command I indicated in the previous lines to change the game mode to Adventure.

To return to the previous mode, use the command / gamemode survival, for the Survival mode, or / gamemode creative, for the Creative one.


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