Unlike many other minimap mods, Xaero's minimap keeps the aesthetic of vanilla Minecraft,
which helps it be a more seamless addition to the game. It is also the first rotating square minimap for Minecraft.
Among a wide variety of customization settings, there is an option for a circle-shaped minimap
and a separate setting for locking the minimap's rotation (using a direction arrow instead).
The minimap can display the surrounding entities, including players, mobs and items,
as dots with a custom color or as icons (usually heads). In addition to the default compass directions,
you can place your own waypoints that are visible both on the minimap and in the game world.
Waypoints help you find previously visited locations or reach specific coordinates, with optional teleportation.
The minimap can display the surrounding blocks above ground and below ground (cave mode).
These are just some of the features of the mod while there are many more.