How To Find Your Location

By Bec Oakley

Why are location stats useful?

There are times when it's really handy to know where you are in your game map:

  • Searching for ores (e.g. diamonds are usually found between levels 5-12)
  • When you find something cool that you want to come back to
  • When you're lost
  • Telling another player where you are
  • When you need to know which direction to dig a tunnel underground
  • Setting a spawn point

How do you find them?

Location stats are displayed onscreen by pressing F3 to bring up the debug screen. This will show you:

  • The version of Minecraft that you're running
  • Your x, y and z coordinates - x and z are latitude and longitude, and y is elevation
  • The direction you're facing
  • The biome you're in
  • Light levels of your surroundings
  • Your speed and whether you're on the ground

How are coordinates measured?

The longitude and latitude coordinates are measured from something called the origin point, which is usually somewhere within a few hundred blocks of where you spawn into the world. This is point zero, and the x and z coordinates are measured by counting the blocks from this point:

  • Latitude - the x coordinate is the number of blocks east or west of the origin. A positive number is east, a negative number is west.
  • Longitude - the z coordinate is the number of blocks north or south of the origin. A positive number is south, a negative number is north.

The y coordinate on the other hand is measured by counting the number of blocks up from the lowest elevation in the game. Sea level is 64 blocks from the bottom.

Examples

So let's take a look at this example, taken deep underground:

  • The Minecraft version is 1.7.9
  • The player is 282 blocks west and 154 blocks north of the origin, at an elevation of 12 blocks above the lowest level of bedrock (52 blocks below sea level)
  • They are facing north
  • They are in a Beach biome

Other things we can tell from this stats screen:

  • The light level of the block they're standing on (BL) is 3, and the light level of the sky (SL) is 0 - light levels are useful to know because they affect things like how mobs spawn and behave, and whether trees and plants will grow
  • The player is not flying (G=true)

 

Here's another example, this time from above ground in a Roofed Forest biome (notice the sky light level is much higher):

 

Press F3 again to hide the debug screen display. To save the stats, take a screenshot by pressing F2 - check out How To Take Screenshots for more tips, including where to find the pictures you take.

 

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