Minecraft Schematics BEWARE! Large schematics may crash your online server if it does not have sufficient allocated memory. Though less likely; pasting schematics may also crash your minecraft applet on single player if the file is exceedingly large. What is a schematic?A Minecraft schematic is a file that contains a selected chunk (explained later) of your MC world. When you save the chunk (explained later), it automatically writes a document with its own unique file type called .schematic-- vry original, amirite?. MC then places it in a folder in your %appdata% file or online server directory. These files can then be loaded up on your "clipboard" (again, explained later) and will be ready for you to paste it into your world, fully intact and fully functional in instances such as red-stone machines. Step 1: Prepare your directoryIn order to utilize Minecraft's schematic function, you will need a folder inside your directory. This is a very simple step, and requires no knowledge in order to execute. For Single Player: Locate your roaming file on your Windows computer (I don't know what it's called or where it's located on Macs, sorry). You can accomplish this by following these steps: If done correctly, your .minecraft file should now look like this: For your online server: Locate your server directory either on your computer or on your VPS depending on how you're hosting it. Follow steps 4 and 5 in the previously quoted method in your server directory. If done correctly, it may look like this (if you're using bukkit like I am): Step 2: Prepare your gameBACK UP YOUR FILES BEFORE PROCEDING Now that you have the folder in place, you will need the correct plugins for your minecraft applet and your minecraft server (depending on which you're trying to use schematics with). The plugin for SP is called "Single Player Commands", and for online BUKKIT servers: "WorldEdit". It can be located HERE for single player, and HERE for online BUKKIT servers. For Single Player: Download the game mod which I've linked you to before. The current version installs the mod at a push of a button which is really nice, makes everything easier. For your online BUKKIT server: Download the plugin I linked you to before. Make sure the file name doesn't have any annotations on it such as plugin_name (1).jar. If so, remove it. Place the plugin java file into your folder that should be labeled "plugins" or something similar and kill your server if you haven't already. Restart your server, allow it to load fully, and check your CMD/GUI interface for any errors. The install is relatively easy and straight forward. So, unless you changed the name of the plugin java file, it should work perfectly fine. You're now ready to begin saving, loading, and pasting schematic files! Step 3: Saving, Loading, and Pasting your structuresAs I said, you're now ready to begin with creating and sharing schematics. Please note, this is not a tutorial on how to use WorldEdit. I assume you're coming into this guide with previous knowledge and experience in the basics of WorldEdit and other server functions and commands. If not, there's no point in continuing on reading this guide until you've learned to use them efficiently. With that said, let's continue. Saving a schematic: If done correctly, you should now be able to see the file in your schematics folder, named as per what you put in the save command. Here's an example of some saved schematics: Loading a schematic: Simple enough, the most trouble you may encounter is having a downloaded schematic with a very long, difficult name. In this case, you can simply rename the file in your directory to something easier. Paste a schematic: You should now know how to fully enjoy the schematics function! Have fun, and get to building.