How to Make a Map in Minecraft

Minecraft is an open-world game with lots of various locations and different worlds that are enormous. So if you are traveling all alone and trying to figure out everything by yourself, then it’s entirely possible to become lost somewhere in the endless world. This is where maps come for your rescue. Maps make it a bit simpler to explore unfamiliar territory.

You may leave a trail of your current location as well as of your destination. This makes your journey more accessible, and if you want to come back later, you can do that by following the map without any problem. This article will teach you how to make your own map and get the required items for its creation.

To make a map, you need two main items, which are mentioned below. Later we will discuss them in detail as well.

  • Paper (8)
  • Compass (1)

How to make a paper in Minecraft

Even if you’re new to the game, there’s a good possibility you’ve stumbled across sugar cane throughout your adventures. They can be found near a water source and sometimes near lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water in various biomes, including deserts and marshes.

After getting sugarcane, you need to place three of them onto the crafting table consecutively in any row that will generate three papers. As you need eight papers for the map, you need to repeat this process at least three times to generate a total of nine papers. This method is displayed in the image below.

How to make a compass in Minecraft

You need the following items to make a compass which are mentioned below.

  • Iron Ingots (4)
  • Red Stone (1)

To create the iron ingot, you need to open the furnace first, put the fuel in the bottom, and place one piece of iron above for its smelting. After the process is complete, it will produce one iron ingot.

How to make a map in Minecraft

You should now be able to make a map if you have carefully followed all the steps so far. You can make a map by following the image below.

This map is empty by default, so if you want to see your current location, you need to equip the map by selecting it then right-click anywhere on the surface to see your current location, as shown below.

The white dot mentioned in the map will be your current location. Using this map, you can also track your position when moving or switching to any other location.


The best way to avoid becoming lost in the Minecraft world is to have your own map. A map shows the location of your current position and the direction of your travel. This will save you time since you can track your position and arrive at your destination faster. The goal of this article was to teach you how to create your own map and what items to use.

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