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If you have feedback on how we can improve the mapping resources fill out this formopen in new window!

You can also visit #mapping-discussion on the Beat Saber Modding Group Discordopen in new window to get involved!

Mapping Quick Start

The wiki is your building blocks, the community is your inspiration, and you are the creativity.

Great mappers are not made in a day. It takes dedication with no one really able to hold your hand. The best we can do is provide you the tools with this wiki and clarify any questions you have to succeed in your mapping career!

  1. Download the necessary tools for mapping: an audio editoropen in new window and a map editor.
  2. Set up your audio file, find and confirm the BPM, and export in OGG format.
  3. Set up your song in your mapping editor (steps vary by editor).
  4. Get mapping! Review basic mapping practices before you start. Playtest your own work early and often while mapping.
  5. Get lighting! Review basic lighting information. Simple manual lighting is easier than you think!
  6. Get your map playtested! Third-party playtesting via the BSMG Discordopen in new window is highly recommended to get constructive feedback and to get past your own "map blindness."
  7. Once your song has been mapped, lighted, and playtested you’re ready to release your song to the world on BeatSaver.

Video Tutorials

Text guides aren't your thing? Checkout these video series!


The text guides on this wiki are always more up to date as it is easier and quicker to change.

Tutorials on this page have been vetted by BSMG.

Other video tutorials may or may not contain accurate or up-to-date information, and should be followed at your own risk.

If you would like to see if your tutorial can be listed here, please contact usopen in new window.

Legacy Videos


These series use older editors in their tutorials (Mediocre Mapper and EditSaber). The UI and some processes have changed in the latest recommended editor, MMA2 but the rest of the content is great!

Audio Editing Resources

Before mapping, you need to get your audio file ready so that it works with your map editor. This section will walk you through how to set up and edit your audio file using a free program called Audacityopen in new window.

Basic Audio Setup

Can't make a map without audio. Learn how to setup your audio for easy mapping!

Advanced Audio Editing

A deeper dive in adjusting audio files such as making shorter versions or working with variable BPM.

Map Editing Resources

Community Editors


Community editors often have more features and don't require a VR headset, but they can be buggy, so use with caution.

Keyboard shortcuts for these editors are available inside their respective in-editor menus with a cross-reference between all of them available here.


Now in open beta! A 3D editor that has stellar support for lighting, Chroma, Noodle Extensions, 360/90 mapping, and shares similar assets with Beat Saber, allowing for a more accurate preview. By FAR the most feature-rich editor available to the community.

Joining the ChroMapper Discordopen in new window is encouraged to access plugins, scripts, and application support (mapping support is available in BSMG).

Mediocre Map Assistant 2

MMA2 was used by the majority of the mapping community until the ChroMapper open beta.

A 3D editor that runs in the browser, allowing anyone with a web browser to map. It works best for standard mapping without any extensions, but new features are being added.

Interested in making your own editor or converter?

You may find the Map Format Page and the SongCore Readmeopen in new window helpful!

Official Editor

The official editor is developed and supported by Beat Games and pre-installed with the Steam VR or Oculus PC versions of Beat Saber.

Migrating from Official Editor to a Community Editor


These instructions are for the old 2D editor that was retired since Beat Saber version 1.8.0

Although it is recommended to start setup again following the Quick Start guides with a Community Editor, it is possible to transfer your work in the Official Editor over.

  1. Install a Community Editor
  2. Locate your map files in your game's CustomLevels folder.
    • Steam Example Location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Beat Saber\Beat Saber_Data\CustomLevels
    • Oculus Example Location: C:\Program Files\Oculus\Software\Software\hyperbolic-magnetism-beat-saber\Beat Saber_Data\CustomLevels
  3. Move it to the folder your editor is looking in. This is commonly the CustomWIPLevels in the Beat Saber_Data folder.
    • Steam: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Beat Saber\Beat Saber_Data\CustomWIPLevels
    • Oculus: C:\Program Files\Oculus\Software\Software\hyperbolic-magnetism-beat-saber\Beat Saber_Data\CustomWIPLevels
  4. Convert your audio file to the .ogg format from .wav if you have not done so.
    1. Download and Install Audacityopen in new window
    2. Open the .wav file in Audacity
    3. Click the File menu -> Export -> Export as OGG.
    4. Name your file song.ogg and click Save.
    5. Place the song.ogg file into the map folder.
      • You no longer need the .wav song file in this folder
  5. Open the map in the community editor and change the song file name to song.ogg and click the save button.

You are now ready to continue editing your map!

Data Loss Prevention and Cloud Storage

Updating your game may remove all Custom Level data, one way you can prevent complete data loss is with Symbolic Links!open in new window This allows you to store your maps in a different place on your computer, such as a folder synchronized to the cloud, and mirror them in the game directory. The link created will not delete your maps if it is removed due to updating or uninstalling the game however, recursive deletion will remove your maps.

Using a cloud storage folder is useful if you jump between multiple computers or extra security for your files in case of storage disk corruption.

The following instructions are for Windows 10 and 11.

  1. Move the current levels folder over to your new location. (Ctrl + x the folder instead of Ctrl + c)
    • If this is a cloud location make sure to set the folder to be available offline!
  2. Open command prompt
  3. Run this command adjusting the parameters to match your situation.
    mklink /j "Path to Beat Saber Install folder" "Path to New Location"
    • Heres an example command:
      mklink /j "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Beat Saber\Beat Saber_Data\CustomLevels" "C:\Users\cmb\CloudStorage\CustomLevels"

If it's on a network drive, replace /j with /D. Note that you will need to open command prompt as administrator for this to succeed.

Additional Mapping Tools

  • BS Vieweropen in new window by +1 Rabbit
    A convenient way to see how your map might look in game without the game.
  • +1 Rabbit's Mapping Toolsopen in new window by +1 Rabbit
    A suite of tools for mappers that includes:
    • Schema Fixer: Easily fix maps made in Mediocre Mapper Mk4.1 and Mk5 for upload to BeatSaver.
    • Tempo Changer: Change the BPM of an entire map and shift block placements accordingly.
    • Offset Remover: Removes editor offset and snaps notes/obstacles/events to common precisions to try and mitigate floating point error.
    • Note Sorter: Sorts unordered notes/obstacles/events in the map file to fix stack spawning.
    • Copy Timing: Moves notes in one difficulty based on another within a certain window. Useful to apply small timing changes across all difficulties for specific sounds.
    • Copy Lighting: Copies all of the lights, with the option to include/exclude custom events from one difficulty to all other difficulties.
    • Map Diff: Compare between two versions of a map. Useful for testplayers and Ranking Team members to see if any changes were made.
  • Parity Checkeropen in new window by GalaxyMaster
    An error checker tool that focuses on finding issues with parity in a map.
  • Map Checkopen in new window by Kival Evan
    An error checker tool that is much more versatile than the one built into MMA2.
  • noodleListeropen in new window by Bloodcloak
    Easily compile a game playlist from a txt file containing BeatSaver map keys.

Legacy Tools

These tools may no longer be supported, compatible with the latest software, or relevant with current practices, but could still fulfill a niche use case.

  • BeatMergeopen in new window by DarkGrisen
    Ever thought that it is a lot of annoying work to make big maps with other people or to perfectly cut the audio files so you can merge them manually later? This tool allows you to merge two or more maps into one single super long map.
  • Cinderopen in new window by zhaey
    Python program that converts stepmania .sm files to Beat Saber .dat files for timing notes.
  • BeatMapper Toolsopen in new window by Darkuni
    A utility for users of Mediocre Mapper and Mediocre Map Assistant 2 to easily convert, test, and package their maps.
  • osu! Editor Timing Tutorialopen in new window by Fayhe
    Video guide on using the timing feature of osu!'s editor to find map bpm.

Useful Mods

Here are some mods that might make your mapping workflow a little easier.

  • SiraUtil by auros
    With the First Person Flying Controller (FPFC) launch parameter, this allows you to control the game while a map is playing with your keyboard and mouse without using a headset. See the section in Basic Lighting for links to the mods and how to set it up.
  • PracticePluginopen in new window by denpadokei
    Mod for Beat Saber to control playback speed, seek through songs and set up looping sections. Install the latest version from Mod Assistantopen in new window!
  • ReLoaderopen in new window by Kyle1413
    Allows you to hot reload beatmaps in practice mode without needing to return to the menu to refresh. Really convenient for wall mapping.

Mapping Practices

"You have to know the rules before you can break them."
- Uninstaller

There is no holy bible of mapping but this section of the wiki includes a lot of tribal knowledge from the community on best practices at all levels of mapping. Our advice is to follow these rules until you're comfortable with your skills and then get creative, experiment, and innovate!

Basic Mapping

All new mappers need to read this, no exceptions!

Intermediate Mapping

A more in-depth look at many mapping topics


A comprehensive guide to making lower difficulties.

Extended Mapping

Mapping Extensions, Extra Characteristics, and 360°/90° mapping

Mapper Roles

To apply for the Mapper role on the Beat Saber Modding Group Discordopen in new window you must have released three solid/playable maps (collaborations are acceptable) and complete the Mapper Role Submission Formopen in new window. Your application and maps may take a decent amount of time to be reviewed and approved.


Mappers can submit high quality maps, free of objective issuesopen in new window to the #curation-request channel on the BeastSaber Discordopen in new window. Maps selected for curation are given extra visibility on the site and included in the Curator Recommended feed.

Modding & Ranking

Maps that meet specific Ranking Criteriaopen in new window and go through an intensive review process called "modding" have the potential to become ranked, awarding players Performance Points (PP) toward global leaderboards. More information and an in-depth FAQ is available on the ScoreSaber Discordopen in new window

Want an even more detailed look?

Review the Ranking Criteriaopen in new window for some of the more ambiguous ranking considerations.

  • Once your map has been modded and revised, it’s ready to be presented to a ranking team member or recruit to review.
  • If the ranking team member deems the map acceptable it will be added to the ranking request queue to be voted on by the full ranking team.

Mapping Anxiety

If you're finding it difficult to muster up the courage to upload your map, or are finding it emotionally taxing coping with a lack of downloads or a lot of dislikes, you're not alone. Many mappers have experienced these feelings. You can read more about it on the Coping with Mapping Anxiety page.

Lighting Practices

A map is not finished until some form of lighting is included. Lighting can range from very basic to incredibly detailed using additional mods to enable more features.

Basic Lighting

Learn the various aspects to lighting your map manually

Intermediate Lighting

Take your lighting skills a bit further into strobing, ring spins, and contrast practices

Advanced Lighting

Advanced and nuanced techniques.

Extended Lighting

Lighting for custom platforms and Chroma RGB.

Automated Lights

Not ready to make your own lighting? Here are some programs to do it for you. Keep in mind, creating simple manual lighting is not difficult and will always be better at expressing the atmosphere of the song than using these programs.

  • Lolighteropen in new window by Loloppe#6435 - Standalone program for automated lighting and has other features to modify your map.
  • LiteMapperopen in new window by ItsOrius - A website that automatically generates lights based on pacing, emphasis, and note placement. For more information on the algorithm check out the Readmeopen in new window.
  • Lightmap - It is integrated into Mediocre Map Assistant 2 and can be accessed in the error checker menu.


Testing your work is a critical part of mapping. Testing as you work helps you adjust for major playability issues and get a feel for your map. Third-party or "outside" playtesting is when someone other than yourself tests your pre-release map and provides constructive feedback and is helpful in highlighting issues to which you may be "map blind."


You DO NOT need to upload your map to BeatSaver in order for you or anyone else to test.

  • If your map is using the 1.0 map format (your files are .json and .ogg) you must convert your map by updating your editor, opening and saving the map. See Community Editors for links to modern editors.
  • If your map is using the 2.0 or 3.0 map format (your files are .dat and .ogg/.egg) you’re ready to test.

Testing on a PC

Follow these steps to test any of your maps made with a community editor using PC-based VR.

  1. If your WIP song folder isn’t already in Beat Saber_Data\CustomWIPLevels then place a copy there.
  2. Access your map in-game via the CustomWIPLevels category in the song pack menu. Use practice mode to play (the button next to the play button).

Made changes to your map while the game is open?
Click on the game window. Then while you are on the Main Menu or Song Select Menu press Ctrl + r on your keyboard. Your changes will be loaded without needing to restart the game!


  • You will need to have the SongCore mod installed in order to see the CustomWIPLevels category and use the Ctrl + r shortcut.
  • Having duplicate map files in CustomLevels and CustomWIPLevels can cause problems.
  • Using Online Websites to convert audio to .ogg may result in your audio file being treated as invalid and will not be loaded by the game! Using Audacity and following the steps in Basic Audio Setup is the easiest way to ensure your map loads in-game.

Testing on a Quest

Follow these steps to test any of your maps made with a community editor using an Oculus Quest. You must have SideQuestopen in new window and BMBFopen in new window installed.

  1. Locate your WIP song folder on your PC.
  2. Establish a connection to your Quest from your PC with a USB cable.
  3. Open SideQuest on your PC and click the folder icon on the top right. SideQuest Files
  4. Navigate to sdcard/ModData/com.beatgames.beatsaber/Mods/SongLoader/CustomWIPLevels. If this folder does not exist, you can create it yourself.
  5. Upload your WIP song folder from your PC to that folder on your Quest with SideQuest.
    • NOTE: You need to upload the actual song folder, not a zip file!
  6. Your map will now show up on the CustomWIPLevels song pack inside your game. Keep in mind that you will only be able to play your map using the practice mode, and not with the regular Play button!


Using Online Websites to convert audio to .ogg may result in your audio file being treated as invalid and will not be loaded by the game! Using Audacity and following the steps in Basic Audio Setup is the easiest way to ensure your map loads in-game.

Community / Third Party Testing

The #testplays channel in the Beat Saber Modding Group Discordopen in new window makes it easy to have your work checked by knowledgeable mappers. Playtesters will provide constructive feedback on how to improve your map in either video or text format in a DM or in the #mapping-discussion channel.

Some things to note...

  • Maps with less than 1 minute done will not get much feedback or be tested. Consider asking in #mapping-discussion to see if someone will take a look instead.
  • Challenge/Super High difficulty maps may take longer to get feedback since there are not many playtesters at this skill level.
  • Please keep to serious posts where you are looking to improve your mapping skills. Meme or Shitpost maps do not belong as they end up wasting the testplayers time.
  • Make sure you have run your map through a checker program such as those built-in to your editor or external tools like Parity Checker or Map Check in Additional Mapping Tools
  1. Create a compressed .zip file of the individual song files.
    • If you are using CM, you can press the Create Zip button in the Song info Settings to create a compressed .zip of your map.
      Create Zip button
    • If you are using MMA2, you can press the Package Song to Zip button in the Song Info Settings to create a compressed .zip of your map.
      Package Song to Zip button
    • If you are using, follow their downloading instructionsopen in new window.
    • You can manually create the zip by following this How to Videoopen in new window if you are not using a web based editor.
  2. Upload your map to #testplays using the following format:
  • Map: The name and artist of your map
  • Length: The length of the song
  • BPM: The BPM of the song
  • Difficulty: Which difficulties are included
  • NPS: The notes per second of each difficulty available
  • Feedback: Any requests for feedback (specific difficulties to be tested, things to look for etc.)
  • Status: What state is the map in? (i.e., First draft complete, no lights; 1:45 mapped; release candidate w/ lighting; etc.)
  1. Testers will usually look at your map within 1-7 days and will use a number of reaction emojis (listed in #testplays pinned posts) to track testing status.

Remember: If you make changes after posting or getting feedback

React with a 🛑 :octagonal_sign: to indicate stop testing this version

You can copy and paste the following template into Discord:


Help Playtest

Do you like the idea of playing new songs before they are ever released on BeatSaver? Do you want to help shape the mapping community? Consider becoming a testplayer! Check out the How to Testplay guide to get started!

Publishing Songs

Once your song has been mapped, lighted, and playtested and it’s a finished product you’re ready to release it to the world!


BeatSaveropen in new window is the public repository for all custom Beat Saber maps.

How to Release a Map


  • Please DO NOT upload an incomplete WIP map to BeatSaver!
    • Uploading to BeatSaver equates to "Putting it on the store shelf" and should only be your final version.
    • See the Playtesting section for instructions on testing your map.
  1. Create an accountopen in new window on BeatSaver with a username/password or by logging in via Discord.
  2. Click the + icon in the top-right and click Upload Map.
  3. Add your BeatSaver map name and map description. Both the title and description are searchable so be sure to include song name, song artist, and other terms that might make it easier to find your map.
    • Use "tags" like (Chroma), (OneSaber), or (Mapping Extensions) if your map uses some special modifications or characteristics you want to highlight.
    • Putting a link to a playthrough video in the map description can help you get more downloads as it is easier to share your map to others and lets people know what to expect.
  4. Add your .zip file and identify whether your map was human-made or AI-assisted.
    • AI maps intentionally uploaded as human-made will be deleted.
  5. Maps are initially uploaded to your unpublished tab. You must explicitly publish them to make them available to the public.


Map files can now be updated on BeatSaver! If you need to upload a new version of your map you must first recall the map to your unpublished tab before you can upload a new version. This will retain your map key and statistics but will reset all leaderboards.

BeatSaver Troubleshooting

Here are solutions for some common errors when uploading a Beatmap.
Encountered something not listed here? Drop into #mapping-discussion for assistance.


  • You should have your map playtested before uploading!
    • WIP maps will be removed!
  • You do not need upload maps created by auto-generation software such as Deepsaber or Beat Sage to install them in your game. If you are on PC, you can unzip the files into your CustomLevels folder. If you are on Quest, follow the Testing on a Quest steps to install the map.

Map already uploaded

  • The exact map files were uploaded previously. You must change something small in your map (i.e., remove a light block, save the map, replace the light block, and save again) to be able to upload.

_difficultyBeatmapSets[]._difficultyBeatmaps[].`Difficulty.dat`._version: Must not be null

  • You are using an old, outdated editor that is not compliant with the current data schema. See Community Editors for the current options.

_difficultyBeatmapSets[]._difficultyBeatmaps[]`Difficulty.dat`._notes[]_time: Must be between 0 and x

  • Your map contains notes outside of the playable map (usually from a copy and paste error). Remove them and reattempt your upload.

Internal Server Error

This is the default error message, causes include:

  • An upload that is close to or over the actual file size limit of 15 MB. Reduce the audio export quality slightly to make space.
  • Unsupported characters are present in a file. Make sure your metadata and bookmarks don't contain special characters such as, Japanese (日本語/にほんご), Kaomoji (٩(◕‿◕。)۶), Chinese (汉语/漢語), Arabic (اَلْعَرَبِيَّةُ‎), and accented characters (Ä/é/õ/Æ/ø/ß/Œ/Ð/ƒ).
  • Expired web session. If you refresh the page, you should be logged out. Login and try to upload again.

Could not verify user []

  • This error is related to recaptcha. Please reload the page.

Beatmap zip contains an illegal file! OLD

  • Usually caused by extra/unsupported files, such as gifs, in the zip.

Beatmap does not contain an Info.dat file! OLD

  • Usually caused by having the files in a subfolder. You need to zip the files instead of the folder. How to Videoopen in new window Or use the handy export button in your editor instead. NOTE: MMA2's export button does not include contributor images in the zip.

One or more beatmap difficulty files cannot be found! OLD

  • You might have forgotten to include all of your difficulty files are in the zip.
  • A difficulty's "_beatmapFilename" in the Info.dat might be using a different file name than what is present in the folder.
  • A deleted difficulty is still being referenced in your Info.dat file. Check to make sure you do not have unintended difficulties in the "_difficultyBeatmaps" cluster of each present characteristic.

Error in MapDifficulty.dat. Root should NOT have additional property: _time. OLD

_time is the common error for this type of message. However, the same solution applies if a different property is flagged.

  • Your files are not compliant the map schema. See Schema Change for solutions.

Beatmap could not be parsed! OLD

  • This could be caused by extreme server load. Try again later or ask in #mapping-discussion.

Field ._customData._contributors[]._iconPath contains an invalid filename. OLD

  • Utilizing the contributors field requires all aspects to be included. Make sure all 3 aspects (Role, Name, iconPath) are filled and there is a unique square image for each iconPath entry in your zip.


BeastSaberopen in new window is a song review and curation site with social features including reviewing and commenting on songs. All songs published on BeatSaver are mirrored to BeastSaber within 10-15 minutes. Additionally, maps deleted from BeatSaver may take up to a day to be removed from BeastSaber.


Over thirty different mapping guides and tutorials have been combined into this wiki so that it can be maintained by the community as a whole. Many many MANY thanks to the mappers who blazed this trail and contributed content. Check out the whole list here!