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In my 3d scene view, with display mode set to "textured", my texture looks fine. But when I render it the texture stretches all over the place. All my settings are at default, just a single sun object for lighting.

Scene view Rendered

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Make sure the mapping is set to UV in the texture settings – gandalf3 Aug 8 '14 at 22:39
That was it, thank you! – user5530 Aug 8 '14 at 22:44
@user5530 If gandalf3's advice helped you, please accepted his answer, be click on the check mark. – GiantCowFilms Aug 8 '14 at 23:11
Related: – gandalf3 Oct 8 '14 at 6:30

Ensure that you have UV mapping selected in Properties > Textures > Mapping > Coordinates:

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If you only have one UV map it's not necessary to select it in the Map drop down, but you can if you want.

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