Players need to get their Minecraft saving files for many different reasons: they want to do a backup, they need to solve a level.dat file problem, to turn off the tutorial, or maybe to install a mod, like MCEdit or its alternatives for example.
To find the Minecraft Java edition folder you just need to hold the Windows key on your keyboard and press R. Then type C:\Users\John\AppData\Roaming.minecraft (change “John” with your Windows username).
Other than the better known Java edition, Minecraft can also be played and installed in the Windows 10 edition.
Both Java and Windows 10 editions are store games, which means that they have limited access to the Windows folders system and they keep most of their data in the AppData folder.
Sometimes it can be tricky to find the Windowss 10 edition folder without getting lost, so let’s see the exact path to follow, where the world saves are stored and how mods work in the Windows 10 edition.
How to find it
To get to the Minecraft folder, the quickest way to do it is as follows:
- go to the search bar
- type: %LocalAppData% and open the folder
- go in the Packages directory
- in the Packages directory, go to Microsoft.MinecraftUWP_8wekyb3d8bbwe
- go into the LocalState folder, then the games folder
- go into the com.mojang directory
And that’s it, you should be there. You can also check the following video in case you are having some difficulties.
Once in the Minecraft folder you could want to get a particular Minecraft world among the ones that you saved. To do so, go to the minecraftWorlds folder. In this directory you will see one or more folders with weird looking names: each of those folders contains all the data of one of your worlds saved.
If you have more than one world saved, to understand which is which (since the folders will not be named after your worlds names) you will need to open those folders. Inside them, among other files, you should find the levelname.txt file. Open it and it will show you the name of its world (which is the name that you gave it).
If you want to play one of your worlds on a different pc (where you already installed Minecraft Windows 10 edition), you just need to copy the world’s folder and paste it in the other pc’s minecraftWorlds folder.
How to install mods
Mods and customization are a bit more limited on this Minecraft version. The only way to change your gaming experience is through the marketplace and this means that you won’t have to manually change anything in the game folders.
You can visit the marketplace by clicking on the “Marketplace” button from the launcher. At the marketplace you can find many different add-ons, some of them are free and some are not.
They need to be approved by Mojang before being put on the marketplace. This means that there will be less mods available in comparison to the Java version, but this isn’t necessarily a problem. In fact, it’s safe to say that we should expect them to be safer, more reliable and to have better overall quality.