Pressure Plate

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Pressure Plate
Stone Pressure Plate.pngWooden Pressure Plate.png





Blast resistance







Yes (64)


Stone: No
Wooden: No, but catches fire from lava



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.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

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 0.4 0.4
Stone 0.2 0.2
Iron 0.15 0.15
Diamond 0.1 0.1
Golden 0.1 0.1
  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

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Stone Pressure Plate Stone

Wooden Pressure Plate Any Wood Planks

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

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 as a table.

Usage[edit | edit source]

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

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Detector Rail Iron Ingot +
Stone Pressure Plate +

Redstone component[edit | edit source]

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 snowballs.
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).

Fuel[edit | edit source]

Wooden pressure plates can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 1.5 items per pressure plate.

Data values[edit | edit source]

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.

ID[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

See also: Data values

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 | edit source]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

True if pressure plate is depressed, providing power.

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

1.0.1 Grid Stone Pressure Plate pre 1.9.pngGrid Wooden Pressure Plate pre 1.9.png 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).
1.5 Stone pressure plates are now used to craft detector rails.
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 12w21a A stone pressure plate now generates in desert temples.
12w23a Wooden pressure plates can be activated by arrows.
1.9 15w31a Grid Stone Pressure Plate.pngGrid Wooden Pressure Plate.png Now have a slightly flatter look in the inventory.
15w43a Wood pressure plates are given a different, slightly more high-pitched activation sound, so that they no longer match the sound of stone pressure plates.
15w46a Mobs no longer spawn on pressure plates.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.13.0 build 1 Added pressure plates. Stone pressure plates are used to craft detector rails.
Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added pressure plates.
TU5 Pressure plates are placeable on fences.
TU14 1.04 Wooden pressure plates can be activated by arrows.

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