Mapping

Too many anime maps? Not enough anime maps? Ready to take matters into your own hands? You've come to the right place.

Tutorials and References

Video Guides

Written Guides

Take these guides with a grain of salt! They're not the holy bible of mapping - a lot of these are still opinions. Not everyone's shares the same vocabulary either (what on earth is "drumsticking"?) My advice is to follow these rules until you're comfortable with your skills, and then get creative, experiment and innovate!

Ranking Criteria

Maps that are ranked and worth PP need to adhere to the ScoreSaber Ranking Critera. To learn more about the ranking process, visit the ScoreSaber Discord.

Publishing Songs

When you're ready to release your map to the public, upload it to https://beatsaver.com.

Please do not upload WIPs to BeatSaver! It's hard to tell which maps aren't finished in game, and anyone who plays your WIP without practice mode will create a new leaderboard for that map. Uploading to BeatSaver should be akin to putting it on store shelves - that is, it's your final product. To share for playtesting, we encourage you to use the #testplays channel in the discord and get feedback to improve your map!

Editors

The official editor has not been released.
All custom maps are being made using the community built map editors.
There are currently 3 editors. All export the same files, but offer different workflows.

Edit Saber

A robust 3D track editor made in Unreal Engine by Ikeiwa!
Most people use a version of this editor.

There are several forks of Edit Saber, listed below.

Mediocre Mapper

A fork of Edit Saber Enhanced made by squeaksies.
This version adds even more features to Edit Saber Enhanced.
https://github.com/squeaksies/MediocreMapper/releases/latest

While most people use this editor because it's by far the most feature rich of the 3, this is still first and foremost squeaksies' personal editor. It's filled to the brim with memes and inside jokes, and he doesn't give a flying heck what you think about it.

Original

The original Edit Saber by Ikeiwa. Outdated and missing a ton of the features offered in MediocreMapper, but listed for reference.
https://github.com/Ikeiwa/EditSaber/releases/latest

MIDI Converter / Web Based Editor

MIDI converter made by ciwolsey!
This editor relies on MIDI data to outline a beatmap, then that track can be edited in the companion web editor.
https://github.com/ciwolsey/midisaber
and companion track editor!
https://beatmapper.surge.sh/

Unofficial 2D Track Editor

A 2D track editor made in Processing by Megalon!
https://github.com/megalon/BeatSaber-UnofficialTrackEditor/releases

Note: This is depreciated and there is very little support for this program, if any!

Other Resources

Lightmap

A tool to automatically generate lighting events for a custom song by Freeek and Recrudesce!
Get it here: https://github.com/recrudesce/lightmap/releases
Explanation video and examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImO9cFW5vyQ&t

THE OSU! EDITOR

You can use the osu! editor to help you with timing when creating your map. Here is a video tutorial by Fayhe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIX0koHzW8c&t

BPM Saber

Elliotttate's tool for finding the BPM of a song
https://bsaber.com/bpmsaber/

BPM Changer

A tool for changing the BPM of a beatsaber track without changing the position of the boxes and walls relative to the music.

Legacy Tools

These tools have been deprecated by MediocreMapper, but you might find these helpful if you are using older tools.

VARIABLE BPM

Currently variable BPM isn't supported by the game, but you can fake it by offsetting notes to fit the grid. TehSuperToilet made a guide on how to do this. It is included in this zip file.

Copy-Paste Lighting Guide

Normally, lighting events cannot be copy pasted but this tutorial should make things easier.

"Mappers" role on the Beat Saber Modding Group Discord

If you'd like to apply for the Mappers role on the Beat Saber Modding Group Discord, use the following google form.
https://goo.gl/forms/KM71UKjQpbCesWNg2

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need Beat Saber installed to use the editors?

No. The editor will ask for the Beat Saber directory, but it can be any folder.

What if I want to make my own editor / converter?

Where are custom maps saved?

Custom maps are saved to the CustomSongs folder in your Beat Saber install folder.
Where is Beat Saber installed? See install folder.

"Your audio file name is wrong" message in the Edit Saber

The 3D Editor only supports .ogg files. You have to convert your file to Ogg Vorbis using a converter, such as Audacity.
If you simply change the file extension to .ogg, it will not work.

How do I delay a song so that it doesn't start right when the level loads?

Currently this isn't possible in Beat Saber or the editors. For now you have to edit the song in an audio editor (such as Audacity) to add silence at the beginning of the track.
Check out Kolezan's Song/Audio Editing Guide for instructions.

I'm having issues uploading the map to BeatSaver, it says the format is invalid but everything looks right.

If you have Windows file extensions turned off, then you might have unknowingly saved your files with names like cover.jpg.jpg. To turn off file extensions in Windows, see the following image:
File Extensions

I want to double the BPM of my song, is there an easy way to do that?

Here is a Python3 Script that will multiply the BPM and _time values in your JSON file by any given factor.