Beta 1.3

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Minecraft Beta 1.3
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Java Edition

Release date

February 22, 2011


Client (.json)

Protocol version

Data version

Other editions of 1.3

Beta 1.3[1] added redstone repeaters, beds, three types of slabs, a new splash screen as well as other changes and fixes.


  • New Mojang logo splash screen
  • Added whitelisting to the server. To use, enter /whitelist <cmd> where cmd is on, off, add <player>, remove <player>, list or reload
  • Graphics settings screen


  • Breaking a block made of two slabs now drops 2 slabs.
  • Slimes have a higher spawn rate
  • Ability to toggle between classic lighting and "smooth" lighting
  • Worlds now use a generic McRegion chunk save format, with built-in auto conversion
  • Beds can now be obtained without inventory editors
  • While starting a new world, players can choose the world's name and seed to generate the world from.
  • More than 5 Worlds possible
  • Scrollbars added in both the texture pack list, and in the map selection screen
  • F1 and F3 are now toggled when pressed.
  • When F3 is toggled on, mobs display their unique entity ID numbers over their heads.
  • F8 toggles mouse smoothing
  • In 3rd person mode, character can be visibly seen to bob side to side when you walk (only when View Bobbing is enabled).
  • Sandstone is now found at the bottom of naturally generated sand.
  • Redstone dust will get darker the farther away it is from a source of power.
  • Fewer passive Mobs when on harder modes.
  • Deleting world confirmation changed slightly.


11 bugs fixed
  • When breaking double slabs (one slab placed on another) it will drop two slabs instead of one.
  • Wood doesn't burn forever anymore.
  • Grassland/Sand-related biome border fixed (Boundaries line up, rather than obviously show chunk borders)
  • No longer receiving Java Log error .txt file spam in the minecraft.exe folder when closing the Minecraft client program.
  • Players can no longer use the click-release to quickly mine blocks (referred to as "click mining"). (Multiplayer only)
  • Players no longer glitch when standing on fences in multiplayer.
  • Players can no longer milk squids.
  • When right-clicking on a wooden door while holding a bow or fishing rod, arrows will no longer be fired into the door, nor will the fishing hook be cast into the door.
  • Hostile mobs can now be attacked properly in multiplayer.
  • Lapis lazuli ore now drops 4-8 Lapis Lazuli in multiplayer.
  • Bedrock and other blocks cannot be removed by tilling grass or dirt with a hoe and placing seeds anymore.

Debug version[edit]

There is a debug version of Beta 1.3 that spawns the player with 64 torches, 64 beds, a diamond pickaxe, a diamond shovel, and a diamond axe upon creating a new world. This version is unofficially referred as Beta 1.3a, as the version of Beta 1.3 available in the launcher is Beta 1.3.


  • Beta 1.3 is the only Minecraft version across all editions to be explicitly titled "1.3".


  1. "Minecraft Beta 1.3" – The Word of Notch, February 22, 2011.