How to move a Minecraft world from a server to a single player game

A modern house on our Shockbyte server

Over the last year, my children and I have been enjoying playing together on a 6GB Minecraft server from Shockbyte.

The service has been superb from Shockbyte, the interface is clear and being able to connect to the server via FTP has been very helpful.

But over the last few months, I have been the only one playing on the server while my children have either been working on their own single player worlds or servers run by their friends.

So, I have decided to shut down our server and move the world from the online server to a local single player game. This is how to do it…

  1. Create backup folder on PC
  2. Copy the following folders from Minecraft Server to PC:


  1. Copy \world_nether\DIM-1\ to \world\
  2. Copy \world_the_end\DIM1\ to \world\
  3. You should now have both \DIM-1\ and \DIM1\ folders in \world\
  4. The \world_nether\ and \world_the_end\ may now be deleted.
  5. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog.
  6. Type: %appdata% and hit Enter.
  7. Navigate to %AppData%\Roaming.minecraft\saves\
  8. Copy your \world\ folder into the ...\saves\ folder.
  9. Rename the folder to whatever you want it to be, e.g. \Minecraft Server World\
  10. Now open Minecraft and check that the world is listed.
  11. Select the world, click Edit and rename the world there too. When you’re done click Save.
  12. Join the world and check that everything is working as expected—visit the main world, Nether and the End to be sure.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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