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First introduced

Alpha v1.2.6 (0.2.8)
PE Alpha 0.16.0 (PE Alpha 0.16.0 build 1)

Kills entities (players, mobs, items, etc.).

  • Java Edition
kill [<targets>]
  • Bedrock Edition
kill [target: target]
targets (BE: target: target)
Specifies the target(s) to be killed (including "non-living" entities like items, vehicles, etc.). Must be a player name or a target selector. The target is not optional in command blocks.
Fails if target fails to resolve to one or more entities (named players must be online), or if the targeted player is in Creative mode.‌[BE only]
On success, directly kills non-living targets, or inflicts 3.4 x 1038 void damage to living targets — even if they are protected by a high-level Resistance effect or by a Totem of undying — and issues the appropriate death message. Players and mobs killed this way drop loot, and slimes and magma cubes that aren't already of minimum size spawn smaller ones. Destroys boats, minecarts, loose items and experience orbs if they are targeted.
To kill yourself: kill or kill @s
To kill the player Bob: kill Bob
To kill item entities: kill @e[type=item]
To kill all entities, including yourself: kill @e
To kill all entities but players: kill @e[type=!player]


Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.6Added /kill.
Java Edition
1.3.112w16a/kill is now usable in singleplayer.
Parsing of the command is now more strict, rejecting extra characters after the command name (such as /killme or /killed). However, arguments are still ignored, meaning /kill playername still only kills the executor.
/kill now uses void damage instead of generic damage, bypassing armor. The death message is now "Player fell out of the world" instead of "Player died".
/kill now prints the message "Ouch! That looked like it hurt" on execution.
1.6.113w24bThe damage dealt by /kill is changed from 1,000 to 3.4×1038.
1.814w02aAdded player|entity argument to /kill.
Replaced the "Ouch! That looked like it hurt" message with "Killed player".
14w02cTo fix MC-44371, /kill now directly kills non-living targets, rather than dealing 3.4×1038 void damage.
1.1519w38a<target> argument is optional again.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.16.0build 1Added /kill.