Item Frame

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Item Frame
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Item Frame

The item it contains.

First appearance

1.4.2 (12w34a)

Data value

dec: 389 hex: 185 bin: 110000101



An Item Frame is an item that displays the item or block that is inside it.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

An empty item frame can be broken simply by punching it. If the item frame contains an item, punching it will drop the item and leave the frame on the wall.

Because item frames are entities, they can be broken in Adventure mode.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Stick +

Usage[edit | edit source]

Item frames can be placed on cactus blocks, pressure plates, fences, trees, slabs, cobblestone walls, chests, doors, and all solid blocks. As item frames are an entity, multiple item frames can occupy the same block, although on different faces. It also allows non-solid blocks to occupy the same space.

Players can place items in the frame by using the item. If a map is placed in an item frame, it will enlarge to show the map in the size of a full block. If the item in the item frame has been renamed using an anvil, it will display its custom name when the cursor is over the item frame. If the player places a block inside the frame, it is displayed in miniature half in, half out of the block. This can be most notably seen on stairs or slabs.

Rotation[edit | edit source]

The displayed item can then be rotated by right-clicking the frame. Items displayed in the item frame can turn 45° diagonally, with a total of 8 possibilities, and the frame will output a redstone signal depending on the rotation phase which can be interpreted by a redstone comparator (Note that this rotation value is separate from the clock or compass rotation). As long as the frame remains placed, it remembers the orientation of the last item it held, and uses it for the next item it holds.

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History[edit | edit source]

Official release
16 August 2012 Dinnerbone tweeted the first image of item frames.[1] They had a different texture.
1.4.2 12w34a Item frames added. There is a bug where attempting to place an item frame in multiplayer causes an internal server error, as well as other bugs.
12w34b Previously stated bug fixed.
12w38a Item frames no longer despawn when the player moves 20 blocks away.
1.7.2 13w36a Items renamed using an anvil will display their name when looked at up close.
13w41a Maps placed in a frame fill the block they are on, allowing seamless tiling of adjacent maps.
1.8 14w04a Items and blocks displayed in the item frame now rotate 45 degrees when rotated instead of 90 degrees, and a comparator outputs a redstone signal depending on the rotation phase.
14w10a Multiple item frames can no longer be placed on the same block face.
Console Edition
TU9 Added item frames.
TU11 Increased the limit for item frames in a world. A message is now displayed when the maximum number of item frames are reached.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to "Item Frame" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The item frame is based upon a suggestion on reddit, like the ender chest and flower pot.[2]
  • Since you can't use commands to enchant in the console editions of Minecraft, item frames are an alternate way to copy enchanted items for custom maps.
  • Creating an item frame spawner using commands crashes the game.

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