How To Make a Map in Minecraft

Learn how to make a map in Minecraft by combining a compass with eight pieces of paper so you can track your location and record information about the land around you.

In today’s how-to article, we will learn how to make a map in Minecraft step by step.

Maps are an important item in your inventory.

They help you to figure out where you are at that moment, where you’ve been, and where you’re headed to.

It makes exploring new terrain a little easier. 

Let’s explore how to make a map in Minecraft.

Supported Platforms

A map is available in the following versions of Minecraft:

PlatformSupported (Version*)
Java Edition (PC/Mac)Yes
Pocket Edition (PE)Yes (0.14.0)
Xbox 360Yes
Xbox OneYes
Wii UYes
Nintendo SwitchYes
Windows 10 EditionYes (0.14.0)
Education EditionYes

How to Make a Map in Minecraft

There are three ways to make a map in Minecraft:

  1. Craft one
  2. Trade for one
  3. Find one in a chest

Let’s learn how to make a map in Minecraft for yourself.

You need:

  • One compass
  • Eight pieces of paper

How to Make Paper in Minecraft

Sugar cane is an important making factor for crafting paper.

It grows around near water in both swamps and desert biomes.

Place three pieces of sugar cane in a row on your crafting table.

This will make three pieces of sugar cane for you.

Do this three times to get yourself nine pieces of sugar cane for your map.

Now, we have to make a compass in Minecraft to create a map in Minecraft.

You can make one using four iron ingots and one piece of Redstone dust.

You can find this when mining especially when you get nearer to the bottom of the world.

You need an iron pickaxe or better to mine Redstone.

Once you have at least one piece of Redstone dust and four iron ore blocks, smelt the ore into four iron ingots with a furnace.

Then at a crafting table, place the four ingots in four spaces adjacent to the centre block, where you’ll place the Redstone dust.

Once you have your materials, you can finally make a map.

Place the compass in the centre slot of the 3×3 crafting table area, and insert a paper in each of the other nine slots.

Now that you have filled the crafting area with the correct pattern, the map will appear in the box to the right.

Move the Map to Inventory.

Now, it’s time to fill it up.

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How do you make a full map in Minecraft?

To make a full map in Minecraft you have to equip it.

It is important to equip the map to use to draw a picture of everything around you.

Select the map in the equipment bar at the bottom of the screen.

At first, the map will be empty. It will be blank.

You have to hold it as your active item while moving through the world.

Tap the hold screen (mobile) to bring up the map view.

On mobile, you can also tap create a map to bring up the map view.

Your map will begin filling in the direction you are currently looking.

Walk around your Minecraft world to see the edges of the map start to fill with the data from a top-down perspective.

Each pixel represents one pixel on the map which represents a single block in the world.

A white oval will locate you on the map.

If you construct the map without a compass (Bedrock Edition only), there will be no indicator.

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Minecraft Java Edition (PC, Mac)

Here is where you can find a map in the Creative Inventory menu:

PlatformVersion(s)Creative Menu Location
Java Edition (PC/Mac)1.8 – 1.17Miscellaneous

How to Make a Map in Minecraft Cartography Table

If you want to adjust your map or copy it, or lock a map the cartography table is the crafting station for you.

This will help you to copy maps, make them bigger, rename them and transform them into locator maps so you can keep track of where you are.

The cartography table also helps you to map the terrain of your world.

You need:

  • Two pieces of paper
  • Four wooden planks

Turn a row of sugarcane into paper at a crafting table.

Place the wooden planks in a 2×2 square in the bottom two spaces of the crafting menu and place two pieces of paper above the planks.

Note: No particular wooden plank is required. Any wood from the overworld will work.

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What is a Map level in Minecraft?

It is the smallest map size covering 128×128 blocks.

If you want to expland the map, surround it with more paper in a 3×3 crafting table.

How to Make a Map in Minecraft bigger?

To make a big map in Minecraft, you need to add the same map in the middle of the 3×3 crafting grid.

Then add 8 more papers to the 3×3 crafting grid. The newly crafted map will now be upgraded to a level 1 which will be bigger and better than the previous.

How big is a level 0 map in Minecraft?

Level 0 map in Minecraft has a size of 128×128 blocks.

A standard map represents 1 block per pixel, 8×8 chunks and that’s how big is the smallest map in Minecraft.

How do you see other players on Minecraft map?

You can share a map item on a multiplayer server.

You can clone it to create an exact duplicate.

This will show the same explored area on each clone and all those who are using the map will see player arrows for each other.

I hope that you learned how to make a map in Minecraft.

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