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Fences are wall blocks that cannot be jumped over.
Wood fences are broken most quickly with an axe, but will drop when broken with any tool. Nether brick fences require a pickaxe to get it back, mining it with anything else will drop nothing.
|Breaking time[note 1]|
- Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.
Oak fences spawn naturally:
- As the uprights for the supports in abandoned mine shafts, where they are plentiful.
- In villages, where they appear in tables, lamp posts, and even enclosures on roofs or behind buildings.
- In library rooms of strongholds as railings and chandeliers. In the latter case, there are many torches attached to them.
- On the "patios" and in the front window of witch huts.
Nether brick fences can be found naturally in nether fortresses where they form window bars and gate-like structures.
In Pocket Edition, dark oak fences spawn as the supports in above-ground mineshafts.
Any wood Fence
In Console Edition
While fences appear to be a single block tall, and have a hitbox height of one block, their collision box (for entities) is 1.5 blocks tall, meaning most mobs cannot jump over them without the Jump Boost status effect. They are transparent to light and have visual gaps in the model.
A fence occupies the center space of blocks and automatically connects to any solid block that is placed next to it. Fences will connect to fences of the same type, and wood fences will connect to other wood fences, although wood fences will not connect to nether brick fences.
Since their hitbox is smaller than a single block, it will allow a mob in the block to breathe even when submerged.
Fences can be used to attach mobs with a lead.
Nether brick fences do not exist in Pocket Edition.
When used as a fuel in a furnace, a wood fence lasts 15 seconds (or 1.5 items).
|Type||ID Name||Numerical ID|
- See also: Block states
||When true, the fence extends from the center post in this direction.|
|1.0.17||Added fences. Nothing could be placed on top of them.|
|1.3||Fixed standing on top of fences causing players to get stuck and crashing the server in SMP.|
|1.6||Fences made flammable and visibility improved|
|1.7||Any block, including torches and other fences, now able to be placed on fences.|
|1.8||Added villages, abandoned mine shafts, and strongholds, where wooden fences naturally generate.|
|Axes break fences faster.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9-pre1||Added nether fortresses, including nether brick fences.|
|Beta 1.9-pre2||Fence collision box reduced.|
|Fences now connect to solid blocks.|
|Beta 1.9-pre5||Fence selection area changed to match its collision box.|
|Fences no longer prevent farmland from decaying when placed below farmland.|
|1.4.2||12w36a||It is now possible to place pressure plates on top of nether brick fences.|
|1.4.4||Mobs no longer try to jump over nether brick fences.|
|Nether brick fence texture fixed.|
|1.5||Fence corners now have a smaller collision box, allowing players to fall through the gap in the middle of four fences placed in a square.|
|1.6.1||13w16a||Mobs can be tied to fences.|
|1.8||14w32b||Fences have a new crafting recipe, previously requiring six sticks in a 2×3 grid. The recipe also now produces 3 fences instead of 2.|
|Fences now vary in appearance based on the planks used to make them. The recipe now requires 4 plank blocks of the same species, but fence blocks of different woods can connect.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.9.0||build 1||Fences now naturally spawn in strongholds, abandoned mine shafts and villages.|
|Added smooth lighting to fences.|
|0.10.0||build 1||Added spruce, birch, jungle, acacia and dark oak variants.|
|TU3||Fences are now stackable.|
|TU5||Pressure plates are placeable on fences.|
|TU6||Fence collision box decreased to size of fence block.|
|TU7||Added nether brick fences.|
Issues relating to "Fence" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.
- If a carpet is placed on top of a fence, a player can jump onto the carpet, while mobs will not (except rabbits).
- If you try to use an item with a right-click function while looking at a fence, the item will not perform its function but will instead appear to be attempting to mine the fence. The fence will never break from this “mining”.
- Getting hit by someone else (or shooting yourself with a knockback enchanted bow while sprinting forwards) while in midair can cause the knockback to propel you over the fence.
Naturally occurring fences in a village.