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A fast, bulk perlin noise generator Can be created via

  • PerlinNoiseMap(noiseparams, size)
  • minetest.get_perlin_map(noiseparams, size)

The latter function must not be called until after the world is finished initializing, so it must be called during some kind of callback rather than at the top level mod initialization code. The first constructor, on the other hand, may be called at any time since it does not depend on the world's seed.



get2dMap(pos) size.x x size.y 2d array of 2d noise values starting at pos={x=,y=}
get3dMap(pos) size.x x size.y x size.z 3d array of 3d noise values starting at pos={x=,y=,z=}
get2dMap_flat(pos) Flat size.x * size.y element array of 2d noise values starting at pos={x=,y=}
get3dMap_flat(pos) Same as get2dMap_flat, but 3d noise

Noise Params

Here's an example of the noiseparams:

local testparam = {
   offset = 0,
   scale = 1,
   spread = {x=2048, y=2048, z=2048},
   seed = 1337,
   octaves = 6,
   persist = 0.6
  • spread: defines how fast the (ex.) terrain high changes (frequency)
  • seed: every seed generates an other perlin map
  • octaves: higher value, higher details


minetest.register_on_generated(function(minp, maxp, seed)
   local vm, emin, emax = minetest.get_mapgen_object("voxelmanip")
   local area = VoxelArea:new{MinEdge=emin, MaxEdge=emax}
   local data = vm:get_data()
   --get side length of the current mapgen block
   local side_length = maxp.x - minp.x + 1
   local map_lengths_xyz = {x=side_length, y=side_length, z=side_length}
   local perlin_map = minetest.get_perlin_map(testparam, map_lengths_xyz):get2dMap_flat(minp)
   local perlin_index = 1
   for z = minp.z, maxp.z do
      for y = minp.y, maxp.y do
         local vi = area:index(minp.x, y, z)
         for x = minp.x, maxp.x do
             print("Some spam value: "..tostring(perlin_map[vi])
             --more efficient coding - x++
             perlin_index = perlin_index + 1
             vi = vi + 1
         --go back, one side_length
         perlin_index = perlin_index - side_length
      --go forward, one side_length
      perlin_index = perlin_index + side_length

See also

External Links

Minetest forum thread: "minetest.get_perlin() and minetest.get_perlin_map() Return nil"

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