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How to Install and Use Explorer’s Compass

Last modified on Jan 3, 2023 in Mods

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Those who explore the world of vanilla Minecraft are used to finding various structures. These can range from simple villages to loot-filled pyramids. While these are extremely beneficial to find, they can be tough to track down. This often becomes tedious, especially when you are looking to find a specific structure in your world without using admin commands. This issue is solved thanks to Explorer’s Compass, a Minecraft mod that allows you to select and track structures in your world. You can track down biome-specific structures or just find the closest one. Installing mods on your Apex server is easy with our panel uploader, so we have created this tutorial to assist you in getting started.


Explorer’s Compass is created Chaosyr on CurseForge and is the sister mod to Nature’s Compass. The mod has over 3.8 million downloads and is available from 1.16 to 1.19 at the time of writing. Available in both Forge and Fabric, Explorer’s Compass allows you to track down any structure from both the base game and mods.

Explorer’s Compass Download

  1. Visit the Explorer’s Compass CurseForge Page.
  2. At the top of the page, press Files to view all versions.
    Explorers Compass Files
  3. Press View All, then use the dropdown to select Forge or Fabric.
  4. Scroll down, then look for the version you wish to download.
  5. Press the Download button to the right.
    Explorers Compass Download
  6. Save the file to a safe location, as it will be needed shortly.


Server Installation

  1. Navigate to the Apex server panel, then stop the server.
  2. Scroll down to the Game File section, then open the dropdown.
    Explorers Compass Server Version
  3. Ensure you are running a matching Forge or Fabric version for your mod.
  4. After this, enter the FTP File Access in the left-hand menu.
  5. Here, locate or create the mods folder, then enter it.
    Explorers Compass Mods
  6. Press Upload in the top-left, then drag + drop the mod file.
  7. Once at 100%, return to the main panel page.
    Explorers Compass Upload
  8. Restart the server to load up Explorer’s Compass.

The server will now start up with Forge and your installed mod. Before you can join, you will need to install the matching mod on your own game as well.

Client Installation

  1. Before proceeding, install Forge or Fabric on your client.
  2. Afterwards, open up your Minecraft launcher, then access Installations at the top.
  3. Hover over your installation, then press the Open Folder button.
    Explorers Compass Open Folder
  4. In the file browser, locate or create the mods folder.
  5. Enter the folder, then paste the mod file here.
    Explorers Compass Client Mods
  6. Return to the Minecraft launcher, then press Play.


How to Get Started with Explorer’s Compass


Crafting the Compass

Explorers Compass Recipe

To get started, you’ll first need to obtain a few unconventional items that you may or may not have on hand. When you are ready, open a crafting table and use the following:

  • Compass x1
  • Cobweb x4
  • Cracked Stone Bricks x4


Using the GUI

Explorers Compass GUI

When you are ready, right-click the compass to open up the tracker menu. Here you will find a variety of buttons and options needed to use this mod.

Structure Selection

Explorers Compass Structure Browser

The main area of the mod is the structure list. Here you can easily search for the desired biome, as well as information on where it is from, the group, and which dimension it is located in. To choose a structure, simply click it.

Selection and Sorting Buttons

Explorers Compass GUI Buttons

These three buttons are used in conjunction with the structure selection. The sort button allows you to change the list order and change how it is displayed. The two search buttons will allow you to find the selected structure or the structure group.



Explorers Compass Teleport Button

As the name suggests, the teleport button will allow you to teleport to the currently tracked structure within your world. This is only available to players with admin access, so normal players cannot use this functionality.


Common Issues

I get an error when joining the server:
If this issue occurs, it is often caused by an issue with the mods on your own client. Ensure that Minecraft Forge or Fabric has been installed alongside the Explorer’s Compass mod to match the server before joining. If issues still occur afterwards, ensure you are running your modded profile from the launcher when starting the game, otherwise the game will not use the installed mod.

I can join the server, but the item is not functioning:
This issue most often occurs when the mods are properly installed on your own game, but they are not working on the server. First, ensure the server is running Forge or Fabric, then visit the FTP File Access. Enter the mods folder like before and ensure the mod .jar file is located here. If not, reupload it, then restart the server to allow these changes to take effect before joining once again.

Helpful Links

Explorer’s Compass CurseForge
How to Install Forge Client Side
Fabric Mod Loader

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