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How to Convert a Bedrock World to Java Edition

Last modified on Aug 18, 2022 in General

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Overview

After playing on Minecraft Bedrock Edition for an extended period of time, you may wish to switch over to Java edition instead. While this seems simple on the surface, worlds are not compatible between versions by default. Thankfully a website called Chunker allows you to upload worlds and convert them to alternate versions. Through the use of this site, you can easily convert a Bedrock server world for use on Java edition. Whether this is to use in singleplayer or use with a variety of server versions, this is all achievable. This Apex Hosting tutorial will guide you through the necessary steps to convert your world and then use it normally.
 

Exporting a Singleplayer World

  1. Launch Minecraft Bedrock Edition on your device.
  2. From the world selection, press the Edit button for your world.
    Bedrock to Java Edit World
  3. A new page will open with your game settings.
  4. Near the bottom of the page, press Export World.
    Bedrock to Java Export World
  5. In the prompt, save the .mcworld file to an accessible location for later.

 

Exporting a Bedrock Server World

  1. Navigate to the Apex Server Panel, then stop the server.
  2. Enter the FTP File Access, then log in with your panel password.
  3. Continue to the worlds folder, followed by the desired world folder.
    Bedrock to Java Worlds Folder
  4. Select all of the files, then press Zip in the top-right.
  5. Once this is done, select and rename the .zip file to end in .mcworld.
    Bedrock to Java Rename
  6. Click the file name to download it to your own computer.

 

Converting with Chunker

  1. Visit the Chunker conversion website.
  2. Press the Upload archive button, then select your exported .mcworld file.
    Bedrock to Java Upload Archive
  3. Afterwards, use the Start Upload option to proceed.
  4. Following this, choose the Java Edition version you wish to use.
    Bedrock to Java Choose Version
  5. Finally, press the “Convert & Download” option to download a world .zip file.

 
This will begin the process to convert your bedrock world to your desired Java version. Once complete, you will be able to download the world to your computer and upload it to the necessary versions.
 

Importing into Java Edition Singleplayer

  1. Open the Minecraft Java Edition launcher.
  2. Navigate to Installations, highlight your version, then press the folder icon.
    Bedrock to Java Open Folder
  3. In the new window, enter the saves folder.
  4. Here, create a new folder for your desired world.
  5. Extract the contents of the converted .zip into this folder.
    Bedrock to Java Drag and Drop

 
You can now launch the game and start your bedrock edition world!
 

Importing into a Java Edition Server

  1. Using FTP Access, enter the server files.
  2. Create a new folder for your world, then enter it.
  3. Press Upload in the top-left, then drag + drop your converted .zip file.
    Bedrock to Java Upload
  4. Once done, select the .zip and press Unzip.
  5. When complete, return to the main panel page.
  6. Scroll down to the Change World button, then use it.
    Bedrock to Java Change World
  7. Enter the name of the created world folder, then follow the prompts to restart.

 
The server will now start up with the desired world, allowing you to use your Bedrock Edition world with Java server versions!
 

Conclusion

With that, you now know how to convert a Bedrock world to Java Edition for use in singleplayer or on a server. This can be exceptionally helpful if you are switching versions or just want to use plugins/mods on the server world. When converting the world, keep in mind that player inventory and position may not transfer over. If that does occur, we recommend storing your items and marking down the coordinates of important structures to find later. Due to the ease of converting a world, you can easily create a world in bedrock and switch it over at any time. With this information in mind, you are ready to begin converting a Bedrock edition world to Java and continuing your journey.
 

Common Issues

The world is not appearing on singleplayer:
If the world is not appearing on singleplayer, visit the world folder and ensure the files are uploaded correctly. If the level.dat file is not inside of the first world folder, it will not work as intended. If issues are still occurring, restart the game and check the in-game world list very carefully, as it may appear further down than anticipated.

The server is loading a new world upon restart:
If the server is creating a blank world after restarting it, double-check to ensure that the world field was set to match the exact name of the folder that was created. If there are any differences, a different folder will be created and used instead. If issues are still occurring, visit the created world folder in the FTP File Access and ensure all of the files were properly extracted from the .zip. Once this is all done, restart the server once more to ensure the changes take effect.

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