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Trapdoor.pngIron Trapdoor.png


Solid Block







Blast resistance

15 (Wooden)
25 (Iron)


3 (Wooden)
5 (Iron)


This block can be broken with any tool, but an axe is the quickest




Yes (64)



First appearances

See History



Data values

See Data values


See Data values

A trapdoor is a non-solid block that can be used as an openable barrier.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Wooden trapdoors can be mined with anything, but an axe is fastest. Iron trapdoors require a pickaxe to mine. Trapdoors will remain in place if their attachment block is moved, removed, or destroyed.


Hardness 3 5

Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 4.5 25
Wooden 2.25 3.75
Stone 1.15 1.9
Iron 0.75 1.25
Diamond 0.6 0.95
Golden 0.4 0.65
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Wooden Trapdoor

Any Wood Planks

Iron Trapdoor

Iron Ingot

Natural Generation[edit | edit source]

A wooden trapdoor may be found leading to igloo basements.

Usage[edit | edit source]

See also: Trapdoor uses

Properties[edit | edit source]

Wooden trapdoors can be opened and closed by players. Iron trapdoors can only be opened with redstone power.

Trapdoors must be "attached" to a block to the side of them. To place a trapdoor, use a trapdoor item while pointing at the block it should be attached to.

When placed, a trapdoor will either occupy the top or bottom part of a block, depending on where the player placed the trapdoor. If a trapdoor is placed on the top part of a block, it will open downwards. If placed on the bottom part of a block, it will open upwards.

A trapdoor's "hinge" will be on the block it was attached to.

Trapdoors can be moved by pistons. Water and lava will flow around trapdoors. Lava can create fire in air blocks next to wooden trapdoors as if they were flammable, but the trapdoors will not burn up (and can't be burned by other methods either).

An open trapdoor may be climbed like a ladder if it is directly above a ladder and on the same side of the block.

The sound of opening and closing of a trapdoor can be heard up to 16 blocks away, like most mob sounds.

Barrier[edit | edit source]

A trapdoor can be used as a switchable barrier to entity movement. Although primarily used to block movement by mobs and players, a trapdoor can also be used to control the movement of boats (for example, a top trapdoor placed in a two-wide water flow will stop a boat when closed (extended out into the water flow), but allow it to move again when open), items and minecarts (a trapdoor can stop a falling item or minecart, then allow it to drop again when the trapdoor opens), etc.

Trapdoors are 0.1875 (316) blocks thick. The rest of a trapdoor's space can be moved through freely and provides a breathable space if placed underwater.

To open or close a wooden trapdoor, use the Use Item/Place Block control. When a trapdoor opens or closes, it immediately changes its orientation without affecting anything in the space it "passes through". Moving trapdoors don't push entities the way that pistons do.

Iron trapdoors can only be opened with redstone power (a button, a redstone circuit, etc.).

Mobs pathfinding considers trapdoors to always be closed, whether they are open or not. This often result in mobs falling through open trapdoors.

Redstone component[edit | edit source]

Both wood and iron trapdoors can be controlled with redstone power.

A trapdoor is a redstone mechanism and can be activated by:

When activated, a trapdoor will immediately "rotate" around its hinge side to its open state. When deactivated, a trapdoor immediately returns to its closed state.

An activated wood trapdoor can still be closed by a player, and won't re-open until it receives a new activation signal (if a trapdoor has been closed "by hand", it still needs to be deactivated and then reactivated to open by redstone).

Fuel[edit | edit source]

Wooden trapdoors can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 1.5 items per block.

Data values[edit | edit source]

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

ID[edit | edit source]

A trapdoor's ID specifies its material:

Name ID Name Block/Item ID
Wooden Trapdoor minecraft:trapdoor 96
Iron Trapdoor minecraft:iron_trapdoor 167

Block data[edit | edit source]

See also: Data values

A trapdoor's block data specifies its orientation, positioning, and activation status:

Bits Values

A two-bit field storing a value from 0 to 3:

  • 0: Trapdoor on the south side of a block
  • 1: Trapdoor on the north side of a block
  • 2: Trapdoor on the east side of a block
  • 3: Trapdoor on the west side of a block
0x4 If this bit is set, the trapdoor is open.
0x8 If this bit is set, the trapdoor is on the top half of a block. Otherwise, it is on the bottom half.

Block state[edit | edit source]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

The direction the trapdoor swings open.
The opposite from the side its hinge is attached to.

Whether the trapdoor is against the bottom or the top of the block it occupies.

If true, the trapdoor is open.

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

1.6 Added wooden trapdoors.
1.8 Before this update, dropped trapdoor items looked larger than most other blocks, a bug shared with cactus.
Sound Update Trapdoor opening and closing sounds changed.
Official release
1.4.2 12w34a Trapdoors can be placed on the upper half of a block, opening downward, and can still be placed on the lower half, opening upward.
12w40a Trapdoors can no longer be opened by left-clicking, only right-clicking opens trapdoors now.
1.8 14w07a Added iron trapdoors.
14w08a Iron trapdoor's name corrected from '' to 'Iron Trapdoor'.
Trapdoor's name was changed to “Wooden Trapdoor”.
1.9 15w31a Trapdoors no longer require attachment blocks.
An open trapdoor may be climbed like a ladder if it is directly above a ladder and on the same side of the block.
15w43a A trapdoor has a 50% chance of generating under igloo carpets, leading to a basement.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.4.0 Added wooden trapdoors. They were only available in creative mode
0.5.0 Added crafting recipe for wooden trapdoors.
0.12.1 build 12 Trapdoors can be placed on the upper half of a block, opening downward, and can still be placed on the lower half, opening upward.
0.13.0 build 1 Added iron trapdoors.
Console Edition
TU1 Patch 1 Added wooden trapdoors.
TU9 Trapdoors can be placed on the upper half of a block, opening downward, and can still be placed on the lower half, opening upward.
1.0 Added trapdoors to PlayStation 3.
CU1 1.00 Added trapdoors to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita.
TU25 CU14 1.17 Added iron trapdoors.

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