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First introduced

1.4.2 (12w32a)
PE 1.0.5 (PE 1.0.5 build 1)

Sets or queries a game rule value.

  • Java Edition
gamerule <rule name> [value]
  • Pocket Edition
gamerule <rule: string> <value: bool>
gamerule <rule: string> <value: int>
gamerule [rule: string]
rule name (PE: rule: string)
Specifies the game rule to set or query. May be any value, but only certain predefined game rules will affect gameplay (see Predefined Game Rules below).
value (PE: value: bool or value: int) (optional)
Specifies the value to set the game rule to. May be any value, though only true or false specified for predefined game rules will really affect gameplay, except in the case of maxEntityCramming, randomTickSpeed and spawnRadius, where any integer 0 or greater will affect gameplay (see Predefined Game Rules below).
Predefined Game Rules
Rule Name Description Default Value Java Edition Pocket Edition
announceAdvancements Whether advancements should be announced in chat true Yes No
(PE: commandblockoutput)
Whether command blocks should notify admins when they perform commands true Yes Yes
disableElytraMovementCheck Whether the server should skip checking player speed when the player is wearing elytra. Often helps with jittering due to lag in multiplayer, but may also be used to travel unfairly long distances in survival mode (cheating). false Yes No
(PE: dodaylightcycle)
Whether the day-night cycle and moon phases progress true Yes Yes
(PE: doentitydrops)
Whether entities that are not mobs should have drops true Yes Yes
(PE: dofiretick)
Whether fire should spread and naturally extinguish true Yes Yes
doLimitedCrafting Whether players should only be able to craft recipes that they've unlocked first false Yes No
(PE: domobloot)
Whether mobs should drop items true Yes Yes
(PE: domobspawning)
Whether mobs should naturally spawn. Does not affect monster spawners. true Yes Yes
(PE: dotiledrops)
Whether blocks should have drops true Yes Yes
(PE: doweathercycle)
Whether the weather will change true Yes Yes
drowningdamage Whether the player should take damage when drowning true No Yes
falldamage Whether the player should take fall damage true No Yes
firedamage Whether the player should take fire damage true No Yes
gameLoopFunction The function to run every game tick - Yes No
(PE: keepinventory)
Whether the player should keep items in their inventory after death false Yes Yes
logAdminCommands Whether to log admin commands to server log true Yes No
maxCommandChainLength Determines the number at which the chain command block acts as a "chain". 65536 Yes No
maxEntityCramming The maximum number of other pushable entities a mob or player can push, before taking 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg) suffocation damage per half-second. Setting to 0 disables the rule. Damage affects survival-mode or adventure-mode players, and all mobs but bats. Pushable entities include non-spectator-mode players, any mob except bats, as well as boats and minecarts. 24 Yes No
(PE: mobgriefing)
Whether creepers, zombies, endermen, ghasts, withers, ender dragons, rabbits, sheep, and villagers should be able to change blocks and whether villagers, zombies, skeletons, and zombie pigmen can pick up items true Yes Yes
naturalRegeneration Whether the player can regenerate health naturally if their hunger is full enough (doesn't affect external healing, such as golden apples, the Regeneration effect, etc.) true Yes No
pvp Whether the player can fight with other player true No Yes
randomTickSpeed How often a random block tick occurs (such as plant growth, leaf decay, etc.) per chunk section per game tick. 0 will disable random ticks, higher numbers will increase random ticks. Setting to a high integer results in high speeds of decay and growth 3 Yes No
reducedDebugInfo Whether the debug screen shows all or reduced information; and whether the effects of F3+B (entity hitboxes) and F3+G (chunk boundaries) are shown. false Yes No
(PE: sendcommandfeedback)
Whether the feedback from commands executed by a player should show up in chat. Also affects the default behavior of whether command blocks store their output text true Yes Yes
showDeathMessages Whether death messages are put into chat when a player dies. Also affects whether a message is sent to the pet's owner when the pet dies. true Yes No
spawnRadius The number of blocks outward from the world spawn coordinates that a player will spawn in when first joining a server or when dying without a spawnpoint. 10 Yes No
spectatorsGenerateChunks Whether players in spectator mode can generate chunks true Yes No
Fails if rule name is not defined and value is not provided (i.e., attempting to query an undefined game rule).
On success, returns the value of the game rule (if value is not provided) or sets the game rule to the specified value (if value is provided).
New game rules may be defined and set (by providing a value) or queried (by not providing a value).
To stop the day-night cycle: gamerule doDaylightCycle false
To stop natural healing: gamerule naturalRegeneration false
To define a new game rule called myNewRule and sets its value to 10: gamerule myNewRule 10