Double slab: No
Yes (64), same type only
Single Slab: Itself
See Data values
See Data values
Slabs are half-versions of their respective blocks.
Smooth blocks are full blocks featuring the top texture of their respective slabs on all six sides.[Java Edition only]
Stone-type slabs and smooth blocks require a pickaxe to mine. Wooden slabs can be mined with anything, but an axe is quickest.
|Breaking time[note 1]|
- Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.
|Breaking time[note 1]|
- Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.
Stone slabs can be found naturally in villages lining the roof of blacksmith shops and inside the Butcher's Shop and the Blacksmith where they form counters. They are also found in strongholds where they are used in some of the stairs, ledges and torch pillars. Sandstone slabs can be found naturally in desert villages, desert wells, and desert temples. Double stone slabs can be found in villages, in the butcher's shop and in blacksmiths. A spruce wood slab serves as a table in igloo basements. Oak, birch, spruce, stone and cobblestone slabs can also be found in woodland mansions.
Smooth blocks can be found in Creative inventory.
|Stone Slab||Stone||Can use stone only, no variants.[Java and Bedrock editions only]|
|Stone Slab||Any Stone||Can use stone and its variants interchangeably.[Legacy Console Edition only]|
|Sandstone Slab||Any Sandstone|
|Stone Bricks Slab||Any Stone Bricks|
|Wood Slab||Matching Planks|
|Nether Brick Slab||Nether Brick|
|Quartz Slab||Any Quartz Block|
|Red Sandstone Slab||Any Red Sandstone|
|Purpur Slab||Purpur Block||Can use purpur block only, not the pillar.[Java Edition only]|
|Purpur Slab||Any Purpur Block||Can use purpur block and pillar interchangeably.[Bedrock and Legacy Console editions only]|
|Prismarine Brick Slab||Prismarine Bricks|
|Dark Prismarine Slab||Dark Prismarine|
Slabs can occupy either the top half or the bottom half:
- Pointing at the top of a block or the bottom half one of its sides will place the slab in the lower half.
- Pointing at the bottom of a block or the top half of its side will place the slab in the top half.
Slabs cannot be oriented sideways.
Slabs are treated as a whole block by other blocks and liquids. Two slabs can be piled on top of one another to make a full-size block, but different slab types cannot be mixed in this way.
Double slabs are handled as a single block instead of two different slabs; as such, breaking one will destroy the whole block and drop two slabs, as opposed to only breaking one slab within the block. "Double slabs" that are not aligned to the grid (i.e. a bottom slab on top of a top slab) are handled as separate blocks and are broken individually.
Redstone can be connected to the wire on the side of the slabs. Redstone placed on top of an upside-down slab can receive signals from an adjacent block of redstone one block lower but cannot transmit signals to it. This is why "ladders" made from upside-down slabs, as pictured to the right, can transmit redstone signals up, but not down.
Mobs see a slab as a full block. Mobs can also spawn on the tops of upside-down slabs and double slabs, but not on lower slabs.
In Bedrock Edition, mobs standing on right-side up slabs fail to pathfind correctly. They seem to perceive the slabs beneath them to be unwalkable, and will often end up spinning around in a small circle when they try to move. The block directly beneath the slab must be air or another right-side up slab to disturb pathfinding. Also in Bedrock Edition iron golems will not spawn on a slab even if it is the top half of a block.
Due to the way blast rays propagate from an explosion, bottom-half slabs provide extremely effective absorption to explosions directly on top of them.
Sneaking only reduces the player's hitbox height to 1.65 blocks, and so does not allow the player to walk over a single slab with one block of air above it, which is 1.5 blocks of space. A player cannot walk from a block of soul sand directly up to a slab without jumping – this applies not just to soul sand, but to any block 7⁄8 of a block high or shorter, because the maximum step height of the player is 0.6 of a block. The player can walk off a slab while sneaking, because the sneaking only prevents falling when the distance is higher than one half block.
If a slab is placed underwater, the empty half of that slab's block will appear and act as air. If the slab is upside-down, not only can the player grab a quick breath of air there, but the player can see as clearly as if they were above the surface.
Minecarts on powered rails will not be repelled from a slab. They will, however, be repelled by a slab with a minecart on top.
Falling block entities (like sand, gravel, and concrete powder) will turn into their dropped form if they land on a slab, exactly like what occurs when they fall on a torch.
Red Sandstone Slab
Petrified Oak Slab
Stone Brick Slab
Nether Brick Slab
Dark Oak Slab
Prismarine Brick Slab
Dark Prismarine Slab
|Block||ID Name||Numerical ID|
Double Stone-type Slabs
Double Wooden Slabs
Other Double Stone Slabs
Other Stone Slabs
- See also: Data values
In Bedrock Edition, slabs use the following data values:
- Double stone slab
|0||Double Stone Slab|
|1||Double Sandstone Slab|
|2||Double (Stone) Wooden Slab|
|3||Double Cobblestone Slab|
|4||Double Bricks Slab|
|5||Double Stone Brick Slab|
|6||Double Quartz Slab|
|7||Double Nether Brick Slab|
- Double stone slab 2
|0||Double Red Sandstone Slab|
|1||Double Purpur Slab|
|2||Double Prismarine Slab|
|3||Double Prismarine Brick Slab|
|4||Double Dark Prismarine Slab|
- Stone slab
|2||(Stone) Wooden Slab|
|5||Stone Brick Slab|
|6||Nether Brick Slab|
|8||Upper Stone Slab|
|9||Upper Sandstone Slab|
|10||Upper (Stone) Wooden Slab|
|11||Upper Cobblestone Slab|
|12||Upper Bricks Slab|
|13||Upper Stone Brick Slab|
|14||Upper Nether Brick Slab|
|15||Upper Quartz Slab|
- Stone slab 2
|0||Red Sandstone Slab|
|3||Prismarine Brick Slab|
|4||Dark Prismarine Slab|
|8||Upper Red Sandstone Slab|
|9||Upper Purpur Slab|
|10||Upper Prismarine Slab|
|11||Upper Prismarine Brick Slab|
|12||Upper Dark Prismarine Slab|
- Double wood slab
|0||Double Oak Wood Slab|
|1||Double Spruce Wood Slab|
|2||Double Birch Wood Slab|
|3||Double Jungle Wood Slab|
|4||Double Acacia Wood Slab|
|5||Double Dark Oak Wood Slab|
- Wood slab
|0||Oak Wood Slab|
|1||Spruce Wood Slab|
|2||Birch Wood Slab|
|3||Jungle Wood Slab|
|4||Acacia Wood Slab|
|5||Dark Oak Wood Slab|
|8||Upper Oak Wood Slab|
|9||Upper Spruce Wood Slab|
|10||Upper Birch Wood Slab|
|11||Upper Jungle Wood Slab|
|12||Upper Acacia Wood Slab|
|13||Upper Dark Oak Wood Slab|
- See also: Block states
||Where the slab is within its block.|
||The block is a double slab.|
Note: This video is outdated, as red sandstone slabs were added in 1.8, purpur slabs were added in 1.9, and prismarine slabs were added in 1.13.
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|May 17, 2009||Slabs suggested on the TIGSource forums.|
|0.26 (October 22, 2009, 1)||Dirt slab test.|
|0.26 (October 23, 2009, 2)||Half block nearly finished.|
|0.27 SURVIVAL TEST||Stone slabs were introduced to the game.|
|Stone slabs could be obtained by mining coal ore because of the lack of inventory and crafting.|
|At the time, slabs were called "stair" blocks before the introduction of what are currently called stairs in Infdev (June 29, 2010).|
|0.31||0.31 (January 29, 2010)||Slabs received a crafting recipe: 3 slabs from 3 cobblestone.|
|March 27, 2010||Stone slabs now case shadows on adjacent blocks.|
|March 30, 2010||Fixed above bug.|
|1.3||Added sandstone, "wooden" and cobblestone slabs as variants of the stone slabs. All had the same properties as stone slabs, apart from using different textures.|
|The original wooden slabs had the oak plank texture, the only plank type at the time. Being variants of the stone slabs, they had to be mined with a pickaxe to collect, were not affected by fire, and had stronger blast resistance than wooden planks, making them a useful building material. The only way to obtain this slab on current versions is by using commands. The item tooltip will say "Wooden Slab" rather than "Oak Wood Slab", and the item form is a large full block with the missing texture until 17w47a.|
|Before the additional slabs were added, a double stone slab would only yield one slab when broken. Since this update, all double slabs yield 2 of their respective single slabs when broken. Destroying double slabs with TNT, however, still only yields single slabs (when the slabs aren't simply destroyed by the explosion).|
|Before Beta 1.3 came out, stone slabs were made with cobblestone instead of stone, but this update introduced cobblestone slabs to the game and changed the recipes for pressure plates and stone slabs so that there wouldn't be any conflicting recipes.|
|?||32px32px Bottom slabs now use the bottom half of the double slab texture rather than the top. This change took place somewhere between Beta 1.3 and Beta 1.8.|
|1.7||Updated the texture of the cobblestone slab.|
|1.8||?||Added the stone brick, bricks, and smooth stone double slab. (Smooth stone double slab was only obtainable through inventory editing until 17w47a.)|
|The sprinting feature was added in this update. While stairs stopped the player's sprinting at the time, slabs allowed a player to continue sprinting.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5||Updated the textures of bricks and planks, and by extension that of the slabs.|
|1.2.1||1.2-pre||All types of slabs were now able to be placed upside down and under blocks; these occupy the top half of their block space rather than the bottom half.|
|The crafting recipe changed so that 6 slabs would be crafted rather than 3. The prior restriction was likely due to the fact that the slab types were differentiated by their damage values instead of by different data values, similar to wood, coal or charcoal, and colored wool.|
|1.3.1||12w17a||New slabs were added for the four different types of wood planks, replacing the old wooden oak/"stone" slab. These new slabs were vulnerable to fire, and could be collected faster with an axe than with a pickaxe. Wooden slabs already crafted or placed in the world remain the old 'stone' type.|
|12w21a||Sandstone slabs now generate in desert temples.|
|12w25a||Redstone (including repeaters, torches, levers, and pressure plates) and rails can now be placed on slabs and stairs positioned upside down.|
|12w26a||Mobs can now spawn on upside down slabs.|
|1.4.2||12w39a||Slabs interact properly with lighting now; when slabs are placed upside down, they now accept light from light sources themselves, and no longer block light to surrounding blocks; they no longer cast the shadow of a full-sized block.|
|1.4.6||November 28, 2012||Jeb tweeted a picture of himself crafting nether brick slabs.|
|12w49a||Added nether brick slabs, which causes the smooth stone double slab to change its data value to 43:7|
|1.5||January 22, 2013||Jeb states that the "smooth stone full half-slab" will be re-implemented with a data value of 43:8. Other slabs with data values of 43:9-43:15 will also use the top texture on all sides, resulting in a "smooth sandstone block" with a data value of 43:9. He also stated that they may be obtained legitimately later.|
|13w01a||Wooden Slabs can now be used to craft daylight sensors.|
|13w02a||Added quartz slabs, featuring the top quartz texture on all six sides. The formerly unused slab type, known as the smooth stone slab, was removed from the game. Its data values were replaced with the nether quartz slab.|
|13w04a||The smooth stone double slab is re-implemented with a data value of 43:8. The smooth sandstone double slab is also added, with a data value of 43:9.|
|Seamless data values of 43:10-43:15 are also added, but are unused and appear identical to their normal counterparts.|
|13w09c||Quartz slabs and double slabs now use the top, side and bottom textures of the block of quartz.|
|Its seamless counterpart with a data value of 43:15 retains the top texture on all 6 sides.|
|?||Changed the texture of sandstone slabs slightly.|
|1.7.2||1.7-pre||Added acacia and dark oak slabs.|
|1.8||14w02a||Stone brick slabs can now be used to craft chiseled stone bricks.|
|Stone slabs could be crafted using granite, diorite, andesite, or their polished counterparts.|
|14w25a||Double stone slabs and double wooden slabs can no longer be obtained as an item.|
|14w32a||Added red sandstone slabs and double slabs, as well as smooth red sandstone double slabs.|
|Armor stands are crafted using any slab.|
|14w32b||Armor stands can only be crafted using stone slabs.|
|14w33a||Stone slabs can no longer be crafted using granite, diorite, andesite, or their polished counterparts.|
|1.9||June 22, 2015||Jeb reveals purpur slabs on Instagram, with the words "MINECON 2015 HYPE!"|
|15w31a||Added purpur slabs and double slabs.|
|15w43a||A spruce slab acts as the middle of a table generated within igloo basements.|
|1.11||16w39a||Oak, birch, spruce, stone, and cobblestone slabs now generate in woodland mansions.|
|1.13||17w47a||The different variant block states for
|Old non-flammable wooden slabs, now called "Petrified oak slabs", have been re-implemented into the creative inventory.|
|Bricks slab renamed to brick slab.|
|Stone bricks slab renamed to stone brick slab.|
|<Wood type> wood slab renamed to <wood type> slab.|
|Smooth double slabs, now smooth blocks, added to the creative inventory. Smooth blocks now drop themselves instead of slabs when mined.|
|Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 43, 44, 125, 126, 181, 182, 204 and 205.|
|18w07a||Added slabs for prismarine, prismarine bricks, and dark prismarine.|
|18w10c||Water can now be placed on the same block as slabs.|
|18w20a||Changed the name of "Prismarine Bricks Slab" to "Prismarine Brick Slab."|
|1.14||April 17th, 2018||Dinnerbone confirms that 1.14 will contain many new stairs and slabs.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.1.0||Added stone slabs.|
|0.3.0||Added wood (original oak), brick and cobblestone slabs.|
|0.6.0||Added sandstone and stone brick slabs.|
|Slabs can be placed on the top half of blocks.|
|The recipes for crafting slabs gives 6 slabs instead of 3 slabs.|
|0.7.3||Added quartz slabs.|
|Wooden slabs crafted during and after this update are now flammable. Existing wooden slabs (which have stone properties) are now tagged "Fake Wood Slab" and drop real wooden slabs.|
|0.8.0||build 2||Added birch, spruce and jungle wood slabs.|
|0.9.0||build 1||Added acacia and dark oak wood slabs.|
|Stone slabs now generate naturally in villages.|
|build 11||Added crafting recipe for jungle wood slabs.|
|?||Changed wooden slab name from [woodtype] Slab to [woodtype] Wood Slab|
|0.12.1||build 1||Added nether brick slabs.|
|0.13.0||build 1||Wooden slabs are now used to craft daylight sensors.|
|0.14.0||build 1||Added red sandstone slabs.|
|0.14.2||32px Brightened the nether brick slab texture.|
|1.0||build 1||Added purpur slabs.|
|A spruce slab acts as the middle of a table generated within igloo basements.|
|1.1||build 1||Oak, birch, spruce, stone, and cobblestone slabs now generate in woodland mansions.|
|1.2.13||build 3||Added slabs for prismarine, prismarine brick and dark prismarine as part of Experimental Gameplay.|
|1.2.14||build 1||Fully implemented the slabs for prismarine, prismarine brick, and dark prismarine.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
Added stone, wood (original oak), sandstone and cobblestone slabs.
Added stone brick and brick slabs.
Added birch wood, spruce wood and nether brick slabs.
|Wooden slabs crafted during and after this update are now flammable. Existing slabs (which have stone properties) are not stackable with the new slabs.|
Added jungle wood slabs.
|Slabs can be placed upside down. Items can be placed directly on upside down slabs.|
Added quartz slabs.
|Changed placement of half blocks & other blocks on half blocks.|
|Changed placement of upside down slabs.|
Added acacia and dark oak wood slabs to the creative inventory.
Added purpur slabs.
- Slabs let a small amount of light pass through their edges. This light is only visible when Smooth Lighting is turned on, and does not affect mob spawning or other light-dependent processes.
- The exception of this is that any light directed through a slab does not affect any block's light values north of the source.
- Whereas 1x1 dents in a flat floor using slabs are darkened as one would expect, 1x1 dents created using 2x1 or 2x2 stairs will darken less, due to having fewer surrounding solid blocks. This is a completely intentional feature.
- When water or lava are on top of an upside-down slab, the water dripping particles will appear in midair below the slab instead of from the slab itself, this was fixed in Java Edition 1.13-pre7, but is an intentional feature in Bedrock Edition.