Redstone Repeater

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Redstone Repeater
Redstone (Repeater, Inactive).gif
Redstone (Repeater, Active).gif


Solid block




Yes (partial)



Blast resistance





Any tool




Yes (64)




Survival, Creative

First appearances

See History



Data values

See Data values


See Data values

A redstone repeater (sometimes called a diode) is a block used in redstone circuits to "repeat" redstone signals back to full strength, delay signals, prevent signals moving backwards, or to "lock" signals in one state.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

A redstone repeater can be obtained by crafting, by looting jungle temples, or by breaking a previously-placed repeater.

Breaking[edit | edit source]

A redstone repeater can be broken instantly using any tool, or without a tool, and drops itself as an item. To remove a redstone repeater, mine it.

A redstone repeater will also be removed and drop itself as an item:

  • if its attachment block is moved, removed, or destroyed
  • if water flows into its space
  • if a piston tries to push it or moves a block into its space

If lava flows into a redstone repeater's space, the redstone repeater will be destroyed without dropping itself as an item.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Redstone Torch +
Redstone +

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

A redstone repeater generated in the jungle temple's hidden room.

A single redstone repeater is generated naturally in each jungle temple.

Usage[edit | edit source]

See also: Redstone circuit

A redstone repeater can be used to "repeat" redstone signals back to full strength, delay signals, prevent signals moving backwards, or to "lock" signals in one state

A repeater can only be placed on opaque blocks (dirt, stone, etc., but not glass, leaves, etc.), or on top of upside-down slabs, upside-down stairs, and hoppers. To place a repeater, use the Place Block control.

A redstone repeater has a front and back – the arrow on the top points to the repeater's front. A repeater also has two small redstone torches on its top – the color of the torches indicates whether its output is on (dark red when off, bright red when on) and the distance between them indicates the delay the repeater adds to the signal transmission.

A repeater is 0.125 (1/8) blocks high.

Signal transmission[edit | edit source]

A repeater only transmits signals from its back to its front, but its behavior can be modified from the side (see signal locking, below).

Different ways to power a repeater

A redstone repeater can be powered by any of the following components at its back:

A redstone repeater can power any of the following components at its front:

  • redstone dust
  • a redstone comparator or another redstone repeater facing away from the repeater
  • any opaque block (including any opaque mechanism components)

A redstone repeater can activate any mechanism component it is facing.

An opaque block powered by a redstone repeater is called "strongly-powered" (as opposed to an opaque block "weakly-powered" by redstone dust). A strongly-powered opaque block can power adjacent redstone dust, as well as other redstone components.

Signal repeating[edit | edit source]

See also: Transmission circuit#Repeater

A redstone repeater can "repeat" a redstone signal, boosting it back up to power level 15.

Redstone signals have a maximum power level of 15 and that level drops by 1 for every block of redstone dust the signal travels through. If a signal must travel through more than 15 blocks of redstone dust, a redstone repeater can be used to boost the signal back up to full strength. An extra two blocks of distance can be achieved by placing solid opaque blocks before and after the repeater.

While redstone repeaters can allow signals to travel great distances, each always adds some delay to the transmission since the minimum amount of delay is 1 redstone tick (0.1 seconds, barring lag).

Signal delay[edit | edit source]

When initially placed, a redstone repeater has a delay of 1 redstone tick (equivalent to 2 game ticks, or 0.1 seconds barring lag).

A repeater's delay can be modified by using the Use Item control. Each use increases the repeater's delay by 1 redstone tick, to a maximum of 4 redstone ticks, then back to 1 redstone tick. Longer delays can be made with multiple repeaters – for example, a repeater set to '4' and another to '1' will give a half second delay (0.4s + 0.1s = 0.5s).

A repeater set to a delay of 2 to 4 redstone ticks will increase the length of any shorter on-pulse to match the length of the repeater's delay, and suppress any shorter off-pulse. For example, a repeater set to a 4-tick delay will change a 1-tick, 2-tick, or 3-tick on-pulse into a 4-tick on-pulse, and will not allow through any off-pulse shorter than 4 ticks.

Note: A repeater cannot be set to have a delay of zero.

Signal direction[edit | edit source]

See also: Transmission circuit#Diode

A redstone repeater acts as a "diode" – it will only allow redstone signals through in one direction (unlike redstone dust or opaque blocks which can transmit redstone signals in any direction).

A diode can be used to protect a redstone circuit from redstone signals feeding back into the circuit from its output, or can be used to isolate one part of a circuit from another.

Signal locking[edit | edit source]

See also: Memory circuit
The left repeater has been locked in an unpowered output state by the right repeater.

A redstone repeater can be "locked" by another powered redstone repeater facing its side. When locked, the repeater will not change its output (whether powered or unpowered), no matter what the input does. When the side repeater turns back off, the repeater will go back to its normal behavior.

A repeater can also be locked by a powered redstone comparator facing its side. This offers additional possibilities for locking signals because a comparator's output can be affected from 3 sides as well as by containers.

While a repeater is locked by another repeater (but not by a comparator), the small movable redstone torch on top will change into a bedrock bar, indicating its locked status.

If a repeater is locked again too quickly after unlocking (e.g. the lock is controlled by a fast clock circuit), or the lock and the input are changed only on the same tick (e.g. because they're fed by the same clock and both repeaters have the same delay), the repeater will not switch states.

Data values[edit | edit source]

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

ID[edit | edit source]

A redstone repeater's ID specifies whether it is currently powered.

Redstone Repeater ID Name Numerical ID
Block (inactive) unpowered_repeater 93
Block (active) powered_repeater 94
Item repeater 356

Block data[edit | edit source]

See also: Data values

A redstone repeater's block data specifies its orientation and delay.

Bits Values
A two-bit field storing a value from 0 to 3 specifying the direction the redstone repeater is facing:
  • 0: Facing north.
  • 1: Facing east.
  • 2: Facing south.
  • 3: Facing west.
A two-bit field storing a value from 0 to 3 specifying the redstone repeater's delay:
  • 0: Delay of 1 redstone tick.
  • 1: Delay of 2 redstone tick.
  • 2: Delay of 3 redstone tick.
  • 3: Delay of 4 redstone tick.

Effectively, add the repeater's facing value (0 to 3) to 4×(delay-1). For example, a repeater facing west with a delay of 3 redstone ticks would have a block data value of 3 + 4×(3-1) = 11.

Block state[edit | edit source]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

1–4 The redstone repeater's delay in redstone ticks.

The direction from the output side to the input side of a repeater.
The opposite from the direction the player faces while placing the repeater.

True if the repeater is currently locked.

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

1.3 Added repeaters. Originally the four possible settings were "1, 2, 5 and 7",[1] but this was changed to "1, 2, 3, and 4".[2]
Official release
1.3.1 Redstone repeaters naturally generate inside jungle temples.
1.4.2 12w42a Added repeater locking.
1.7.2 13w37a Block IDs 93 (unlit repeater) and 94 (lit repeater) were removed from the /give command.
1.8 Repeaters no longer produce block light when powered.
Console Edition
TU1 Added redstone repeaters.
TU19 Added repeater locking.

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References[edit | edit source]