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Pressure Plate

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Pressure Plate
Stone Pressure Plate.pngWooden Pressure Plate.png
Stone Pressure PlateWooden Pressure Plate

Non-solid Block







Blast resistance





A wooden pickaxe or better is required to mine this blockUse-axe.png




Yes (64)



First appearances

See History



Data values

See Data values


See Data values

A pressure plate is a non-solid block that can be used to detect players, mobs, items, etc.

There are two versions of the pressure plate: the stone pressure plate (Grid Stone Pressure Plate.png) and the wooden pressure plate (Grid Wooden Pressure Plate.png). The only difference between the two are which entities they can detect.


A stone pressure plate can be mined using any pickaxe. If mined without a pickaxe, it will drop nothing. A wooden pressure plate can be mined using any tool, or without a tool, however axes are the fastest.


Hardness 0.5 0.5

Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 2.5 0.75
Wooden 0.375 0.375
Stone 0.1875 0.1875
Iron 0.125 0.125
Diamond 0.0938 0.0938
Golden 0.0625 0.0625
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

A pressure plate will also be removed and drop itself as an item:

  • if the block beneath it is moved, removed, or destroyed
  • if a piston tries to push it or moves a block into its space


Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Stone Pressure Plate


Grid layout Arrow (small).png Stone Pressure Plate
Stone Stone

Wooden Pressure Plate

Any Wood Planks

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Wooden Pressure Plate
Oak Wood PlanksSpruce Wood PlanksBirch Wood PlanksJungle Wood PlanksAcacia Wood PlanksDark Oak Wood Planks Oak Wood PlanksSpruce Wood PlanksBirch Wood PlanksJungle Wood PlanksAcacia Wood PlanksDark Oak Wood Planks

Natural generation[edit]

Pressure plates used as tables in a village library.

One stone pressure plate is generated naturally in each desert temple.

Wooden pressure plates are generated naturally in villages on top of fences.


A pressure plate can be used to craft detector rails, to smelt items, or can be used as a redstone component.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Detector Rail

Iron Ingot +
Redstone +
Stone Pressure Plate

Iron Ingot
Iron Ingot Grid layout Arrow (small).png Detector Rail6
Iron Ingot Stone Pressure Plate Iron Ingot
Iron Ingot Redstone Iron Ingot


A wooden pressure plate can be used as fuel in a furnace. Each wooden pressure plate lasts 15 seconds, or 1.5 operations.

Redstone component[edit]

See also: Redstone circuit

A pressure plate can be used to detect entities on top of it (players, mobs, items, etc.).

Pressure plate placement and behavior.
Pressure plates on fences.
To place a pressure plate, use it while aiming at the face of a block adjacent to the destination space.
A pressure plate can be attached to:
A pressure plate cannot be attached to the side or bottom of any block, but attempting to make such an attachment may cause the plate to attach to the top of a block under the destination space. For example, if a fence is on the ground, attempting to attach a plate to the side of the fence will cause the plate to be attached to the top of the ground next to the fence instead.
A pressure plate activates when an entity is on top of it (specifically, when the entity's collision mask intersects the bottom quarter-block of the pressure plate's space, which may include entities flying close to the ground) and deactivates 5 redstone ticks (0.5 seconds, barring lag) after no entities are on top of it, with a minimum activation time of 10 redstone ticks (1.0 seconds, barring lag).[Verify]
A stone pressure plate is activated only by mobs (including players), while a wooden pressure plate is activated by all entities (including players, mobs, items, arrows, experience orbs, fishing bobs, etc.) besides snnowballs.
A minecart traveling on rails will activate a pressure plate next to a diagonal track but not one next to a straight track (stone pressure plates are activated only if the minecart contains a mob or player).
While active, a pressure plate:

Water and lava will flow around a pressure plate without affecting it.

A pressure plate is not solid (it is not a barrier to entity movement). A block under a pressure plate can provide a solid barrier underneath it (for mobs to walk across, items to fall on, etc.), but when a pressure plate is placed on a block with a small collision mask, such as a fence or nether brick fence, it is possible for entities to move through the pressure plate while still activating it (walking through it horizontally, or falling through it vertically). Thus, a pressure plate on a fence can be used to detect entities without stopping them (more compactly than a tripwire circuit).

Pressure plates are 0.0625 blocks high (116 of a block) when inactive and 0.03125 blocks high (132 of a block) when active, but because they are not solid they do not affect the position of entities "on top" of them (for example, a player on top of a pressure plate is actually standing on the block beneath it).

Data values[edit]

A pressure plate is defined by its ID and block data. A pressure plate also has a block state which is expected to replace the functionality of block data in a future version.


A pressure plate's ID specifies what type of pressure plate it is.

Name ID Name Block ID
Stone Pressure Plate minecraft:stone_pressure_plate 70
Wooden Pressure Plate minecraft:wooden_pressure_plate 72

Block data[edit]

A pressure plate's data value specifies whether is it active:

Bits Values
0x1 If this bit is set, the pressure plate is active.

Block state[edit]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

True if pressure plate is depressed, providing power.



Seecret Friday 3 Added pressure plates.
1.3 Pressure plates only require two wood planks/stone to craft; previous versions required three (this recipe now creates wooden or stone slabs).
1.6 Wooden plates no longer require a pickaxe to be successfully extracted; before they used to. Both types of plates can also be recovered by destroying the block they are on.
Pressure plates may no longer be placed on leaf blocks. Pressure plates placed on leaf blocks prior to this update will drop when stepped on and may be recollected.
1.8 Pressure plates are placeable on fences, though they are not functional as pressure plates in this configuration.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre2 Pressure plates now function when placed on top of fences.
1.3.1 12w23a Wooden pressure plates can be activated by arrows.
Console Edition
TU1 Added pressure plates.
TU5 Pressure plates are placeable on fences.
TU14 Wooden pressure plates can be activated by arrows.


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