How to Upload a Minecraft Map to your Minecraft Server

When you find a Minecraft map, adventure or minigame that works well for multiple players, it is entirely possible to upload it to your server and share it with friends.
This guide will take you through the steps including folder location, FTP access with Multicraft and optional methods for more control over your Minecraft maps.


  1. Quick Guide
  2. First Steps
  3. Installing a Minecraft Map
    3.1 Preparing a World Save
    3.2 Uploading the World Files
    3.3 Restoring the World from a ZIP Archive
  4. Multicraft Settings
  5. Server.Properties Settings
    5.1 Recommended Settings
  6. Additional Tasks
    6.1 Reverting to your old World
    6.2 Resetting a Minecraft Map
  7. Play FREE Minecraft maps on StickyPiston
  8. TroubleShooting
  9. Minecraft Map Listings
  10. Further Reading and External Links

Quick Guide

This is for more experienced users who are familiar with FTP Access and server management.
For a more detailed explanation start with First Steps below.

  1. Download the map that you want to use and make sure it is in a .zip archived format.
  2. Upload the folder to your server’s root directory.
  3. Stop your server and use the Backup/Restore function to unzip and manage the map.
  4. Change the world field in the Multicraft server page to match exactly the name of the uploaded map.
    Note that capitalisation, spaces and punctuation are all included in the world name.
  5. Start your server.

First Steps

Make sure that you are familiar with the following aspects of server management before you continue with this guide

Installing a Minecraft Map

Preparing a World Save

  • All uploaded maps must be stored in a .zip archive before upload to your server.
  • Most Minecraft maps are in this format when they are downloaded.
  • If it is not then use these steps to prepare it for upload.
  1. Download archiving software. (We recommend 7zip, get it here: Download 7zip)
  2. Once 7zip is installed you will find new options when right-clicking files and folders on your PC.
  3. To create a .zip archive, right-click the files you wish to upload and follow the path: 7zip>add to archive
    7zip right-click options
  4. In the pop-up window select .zip for archive format and click OK.
    7zip compression options
  5. You now have a zipped archive with the same name as the files you downloaded.
    Remember that you must use .zip format to upload through Multicraft. .rar .7z etc will not work correctly.

Uploading the World Save Files

This section covers FTP Access through the Multicraft Control Panel.
See How to use Multicraft FTP Access to Upload and Download Files for more information

If you wish to use alternative FTP software instead then use this guide:
How to use Filezilla FTP Access to Upload and Download Files

  1. Within the main Multicraft server window, click FTP File Access.
    FTP File Access
  2. Log in to your FTP account with the information from your welcome emails.
    FTP Login
  3. On the left-hand menu select Upload.
    Multicraft file upload
  4. Choose the folder from your PC and make sure the Upload to Directory field contains only a /.
    Multicraft upload directory
    A single forward-slash (/) represents the root directory of the server, uploaded Minecraft maps must be placed here to function.
  5. Once the process is completed you can return to the servers main screen in Multicraft.

Did You Know

Restoring the World from a ZIP archive

  • Once the files are uploaded we can use the Restore/Backup function in Multicraft to enable them for your server.
  1. Stop your Server.
  2. Click on Backup in the left navigation menu.
    Multicraft Backup
  3. Select Restore on the left-hand side of the page.
    Backup and restore
  4. Click on Restore next to the zipped archive that you just uploaded.
    File restore
  5. You will receive a warning saying that some files may be over-written. Click OK to continue.
    This warning appears because some of the server files will be over-written by the versions found in the uploaded map.
  6. The process will take a few moments and completes in the background.
  7. You can check that the file has been successfully restored by locating a folder that has the same name as your zipped upload.
  8. If you have any issues at this point please check the Troubleshooting below.
  • It is safe at this point to delete your original world folder if you will not be using it again.
    Remember, if you do this the steps for restoring your original world below will not function.

Multicraft Settings

  • Now that the world has been uploaded and restored you will need to change one of the settings in the Multicraft panel so that your server knows which world to load.
  1. Make sure you are on the Main server window (This displays the pack logo, player slots, RAM usage and other items).
  2. Underneath the information about player slots, server address etc you will see a field labeled World.
    Multicraft world name
  3. This is the name of the folder that the server will use when starting up.
  4. Change the name in this box to match exactly the name of the folder that you uploaded and selected with the restore function.
    The server will recognise capitalisation, spacing and punctuation so keeping the file name simple will make this process easier.
  5. Scroll down the page and click the large Save button.
  6. Start your server and make sure that it runs successfully with the map installed. settings

  • Minecraft maps will often have a set of options that should be used for them to be effective.
  • All Minecraft maps will use command blocks and they must be enabled.
  • The steps below will show you how to access and edit your file.
  1. Go to the default server view.
  2. Click Config Files down the left hand side.
    Multicraft Server Config Files
  3. Locate and click on (Not Server Properties. It must have the . between the words).
    Multicraft server properties
  4. This will open a text version of your file.
    Multicraft server properties text file
  5. Changes made here will not take place until the server has been restarted.
  6. Change the settings to match the requirements outlined in the description page of the Minecraft map that you downloaded.
    You will find our recommended Minecraft Map settings below if you are unable to locate specific settings for your map of choice
  7. Click the save button at the bottom of the screen.
  8. Return to the main server screen and start your server.


  • Below you will find the most common settings for use on a Minecraft map.
  • Copy and paste them over your current and they will update the next time the server starts/restarts.

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Additional tasks

Reverting to your old World

  • If you wish to change back to the world that you were using before the upload, follow the steps below.
  1. Stop the server.
  2. Beneath the player slots, server address etc in the world field type world.
  3. This is the default world name that Minecraft uses.
  4. Click the Save button at the bottom of the page.
  5. Start the server.
  6. If you have any issues at this point please check the Troubleshooting below.

Resetting a Minecraft Map

  • If you finish a map and wish to start over, you can follow the steps below to achieve that goal.
  1. Stop the server.
  2. Delete the world folders for your current save.
    This will always be three folders with the same name as the map you uploaded and include the folders ending _nether and _the_end.
  3. Once you have removed the folders, simply follow the steps in the Restoring the World from a ZIP Archive section above as you did with the first upload and install of the Minecraft map.
  4. Start your server and log in to check that the world has been reset.
    Note that you will not need to change any settings in your Multicraft panel or as long as you are using the same map as before.

Play FREE Minecraft maps on StickyPiston

  • Stickypiston offers hundreds of Minecraft maps, games and adventures that you can play completely free.
  • Play as many as you like, as often as you like.
  • If you are a server owner with us, you will have access to switching between all of them in a matter of moments with the one-click installer: How to switch Modpacks or Minecraft versions with the One-Click Installer

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  • The default Minecraft worlds are always called world, because of this, it can sometimes cause problems when uploading a map that uses the standard names.
    We recommend changing the map that you are uploading to a unique name so that you can distinguish it in the restore/backup window and prevent any unexpected errors.
  • This also applies if you have given your normal Minecraft world a unique name.
    When reverting to it, you will need to type that custom name into the world field rather than world.

StickyPiston Support

Whether you own a Server with or don’t, we are always happy to help with any technical issues you may be having. Open a support ticket with our team and we will be in touch.

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Further Reading and External Links

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