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The recipe book, together with the advancements system, will help new players to learn the game and give advanced players a new challenge.

Maria Lemón on advancements and recipe books[1]

The recipe book is a mechanic in Minecraft that serves as a catalog of recipes and as a crafting guide.

Interface[edit]

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The way it works in vanilla survival* is that you either "discover" a recipe by crafting it manually, or some other condition where we think "okay now you have sticks, we'll teach you how to make a pickaxe". After a recipe is "discovered" it's available in this recipe book, an optional thing you can click to in a crafting screen. From there you can see all the recipes you've discovered and how to craft them, so you don't need to google for the shape and ingredients.

*I say vanilla survival because this is customizable. For example, a custom map could require you to only craft things they've given you, and nothing else. In vanilla survival this is purely a tool to help remember recipes you don't use much, or teach you about new ones that you may not have known about.

Dinnerbone on using the recipe book[2]
The open recipe book, as it appears in the survival inventory screen.
The recipe book as it appears in the crafting table screen.

The recipe book can be displayed in either the 2x2 (inventory) or 3x3 (crafting table) grids. Simply enter the crafting GUI and press the button with the knowledge book; the recipe book will then be displayed to the left.

Similar to Bedrock Edition's MATTIS system, the recipe book contains a list of all available crafting recipes.

Recipes are stored in several different tabs:

  • The first, topmost tab contains every unlocked recipe.
  • The second tab contains tools, weapons, and armor.
  • The third tab contains building materials.
  • The fourth tab contains food items and miscellaneous things.
  • The fifth tab contains redstone materials.
Right-click on an item will shows all the patterns.

Clicking on an item in the list will display its crafting recipe in the nearby 2x2 or 3x3 grid. The item can then be crafted if the materials are available; otherwise, the button containing the item will be highlighted red. Each click will show alternate patterns for the same crafting recipe, if there are several patterns (for example, each click on a banner recipe will show all the possible banners using different colored wools). Right click on the item shows all the alternate patterns.

Shift-clicking an item in the list puts all available materials in the crafting grid.

The button in the top right corner of the recipe book toggles between "Show all" and "Show craftable", the latter of which displays only recipes for which the player has the necessary materials in their inventory. The top-left corner also contains a search bar to further narrow the list.

Note that the 2x2 recipe book will only display recipes that can be crafted in the 2x2 grid; if the player wants to see every possible recipe, they must use the 3x3 recipe book.

Obtaining[edit]

The notification that pops up when new recipes are unlocked.

Recipes are unlocked upon meeting certain criteria (for instance, gathering materials, being near water, having a certain number of filled inventory slots, etc.) or by using a knowledge book. Using a crafting recipe will also unlock it, so long as /gamerule doLimitedCrafting remains false.

Recipes can also be given or taken away by using the /recipe command.

List of recipe unlocking criteria[edit]

Crafting Recipe Unlocking Criteria
Have an iron ingot
Have a gold ingot
Have a diamond
Have cobblestone
Have the appropriate planks
Have nether quartz
Have redstone dust
Have a stick
Have string
Have a minecart
Have glass
Have stone
Have the appropriate block
Have blaze powder
Have a book
Have leather
Have a melon slice
Have planks
Have a prismarine shard
Have a rail
Have the appropriate colored wool
Have bamboo
Have a beetroot
Have black dye or white dye
Have a blaze rod
Have a block of quartz, a chiseled quartz block, or a Quartz pillar
Have a brick
Have cocoa beans
Have diorite
Have an eye of ender
Have glowstone dust
Have a honey bottle[upcoming: JE 1.15]
Have a honeycomb[upcoming: JE 1.15]
Have nether wart
Have an oxeye daisy
Have a popped chorus fruit
Have a slimeball
Have a snowball
Have sugar cane
Be in water
Have ten slots occupied in the inventory
Have 9 coal[until JE 1.15]
Have coal[upcoming: JE 1.15]
Have 9 diamonds[until JE 1.15]
Have a diamond[upcoming: JE 1.15]
Have 9 emeralds[until JE 1.15]
Have a emerald[upcoming: JE 1.15]
Have 9 gold ingots[until JE 1.15]
Have a gold ingot[upcoming: JE 1.15]
Have 9 iron ingots[until JE 1.15]
Have an iron ingot[upcoming: JE 1.15]
Have 9 redstone dust[until JE 1.15]
Have redstone dust[upcoming: JE 1.15]
Have 9 packed ice[until JE 1.15]
Have packed ice[upcoming: JE 1.15]
Have 9 bone meal[until JE 1.15]
Have bone meal[upcoming: JE 1.15]
Have 9 bone meal[until JE 1.15] or a bone block
Have 9 coal[until JE 1.15] or a block of coal
Have 9 diamonds[until JE 1.15] or a block of diamond
Have 9 dried kelp[until JE 1.15] or a dried kelp block
Have 9 dried kelp or a dried kelp block[until JE 1.15]
Have dried kelp[upcoming: JE 1.15]
Have 9 emeralds[until JE 1.15] or a block of emerald
Have 9 gold ingots[until JE 1.15] or a block of gold
Have 9 gold nuggets[until JE 1.15]
Have a gold nugget[upcoming: JE 1.15]
Have 9 gold nuggets[until JE 1.15] or a gold ingot
Have 9 wheat[until JE 1.15]
Have wheat[upcoming: JE 1.15]
Have 9 iron ingots[until JE 1.15] or a block of iron
Have 9 iron nuggets[until JE 1.15]
Have an iron nugget[upcoming: JE 1.15]
Have 9 iron nuggets[until JE 1.15] or an iron ingot
Have 9 lapis lazuli[until JE 1.15] or a lapis lazuli block
Have 9 lapis lazuli[until JE 1.15]
Have lapis lazuli[upcoming: JE 1.15]
Have 9 ice[until JE 1.15]
Have ice[upcoming: JE 1.15]
Have 9 redstone dust[until JE 1.15] or a block of redstone
Have 9 slimeballs[until JE 1.15] or a slime block
Have 9 slimeballs[until JE 1.15]
Have a slimeball[upcoming: JE 1.15]
Have 9 wheat[until JE 1.15] or a hay bale
Have an allium
Have andesite
Have an azure bluet
Have a block of iron
Have blue dye,pink dye, or red dye
Have blue dye, red dye, or white dye
Have blue dye or green dye
Have blue dye or red dye
Have blue dye or white dye
Have a blue orchid
Have a bone
Have bone meal
Have a bow
Have a bowl, mushroom, or mushroom stew
Have a carrot
Have a carved pumpkin
Have a carved pumpkin or pumpkin
Have Charcoal, Coal, or a Stick
Have chiseled red sandstone, cut red sandstone, or red sandstone
Have clay
Have a compass
Have a cooked rabbit
Have a Cornflower
Have a creeper head
Have a dandelion
Have the respective dye or a glass pane
Have the respective dye or a White Carpet
Have an egg
Have an enchanted golden apple
Have end stone
Have a feather or flint
Have flint
Have flint or obsidian
Have a furnace
Have glowstone
Have a gold nugget
Have granite
Have gravel
Have gravel or sand
Have gray dye or white dye
Have green dye or white dye
Have gunpowder
Have a heart of the sea or nautilus shell
Have a honey block[upcoming: JE 1.15]
Have an Ink Sac
Have an iron ingot, stick, string, or a tripwire hook
Have an iron ingot or an iron nugget
Have lapis lazuli
Have a lilac
Have a lily of the valley
Have the appropriate logs
Have the appropriate logs (tag)
Have magma cream
Have mossy cobblestone
Have a mushroom or mushroom stew
Have a nether brick
Have nether bricks
Have a nether star
Have obsidian
Have an orange tulip
Have paper
Have a peony
Have pink dye or purple dye
Have a pink tulip
Have a poppy
Have prismarine crystals
Have a pumpkin
Have a purpur block
Have a rabbit hide
Have red dye or yellow dye
Have red dye or white dye
Have red sand
Have red sandstone
Have a redstone torch
Have a red tulip
Have a rose bush
Have sand
Have sandstone
Have a sandstone slab
Have a scute
Have a shulker shell
Have smooth stone
Have a smooth stone slab
Have a spider eye
Have stone bricks
Have a stone pickaxe
Have a stone slab
Have respective stripped log[upcoming: JE 1.15]
Have a sunflower
Have terracotta
Have a tripwire hook
Have vines
Have a water bucket
Have wheat
Have a White Bed
Have a white tulip
Have white wool
Have a Wither Rose
Have a wither skeleton skull
Have wooden fences[until JE 1.15]
Have wooden slabs[upcoming: JE 1.15]
Have wooden slabs
Have wool

Data values[edit]

Player data[edit]

  • Player.dat root tag
    •  recipeBook
      •  recipes A list of all recipes the player has seen.
        • : the name of a recipe, for instance minecraft:gold_nugget or minecraft:gold_ingot_from_nuggets
      •  toBeDisplayed A list of all recipes the player has unlocked, but not viewed in the crafting helper yet.
        • : the name of a recipe, for instance minecraft:gold_nugget or minecraft:gold_ingot_from_nuggets
      •  isFilteringCraftable: 0 or 1 (true/false). True if the player has enabled the "Show Craftable" feature in the crafting recipe book.
      •  isGuiOpen: 0 or 1 (true/false). True if the player has the crafting recipe book GUI open.
      •  isFurnaceFilteringCraftable: 0 or 1 (true/false). True if the player has enabled the "Show Smeltable" feature in the smelting recipe book.
      •  isFurnaceGuiOpen: 0 or 1 (true/false). True if the player has the smelting recipe book GUI open.

History[edit]

Java Edition
October 30, 2015Developers discussed the possibility of a recipe book during a Pocket Edition/Windows 10 Edition Q&A livestream.
September 25, 2016At MineCon 2016, Tommaso Checchi explained the need for a recipe book while discussing the unification of the desktop and pocket platforms.
1.12March 23, 2017Maria Lemón revealed the new recipe book feature.
17w13aAdded the recipe book.
17w14aChanged the icon on the trigger button from a standard book to a knowledge book.
Added a shift-click ability to the recipe book that puts all available materials in the crafting grid.
Added a new pop-up notification that appears when new recipes are unlocked.
Added an easter egg that appears when searching for "excited" within the recipe book.
17w15aThe icon in the pop-up notification now quickly cycles through all recipes that were unlocked.
17w17aOptimized the recipe book.
Added the toBeDisplayed NBT tag, which stores recipe names that the player has unlocked, but not viewed in the crafting helper yet (used for the animation for new recipes).
17w18aOptimized recipe book, fixing several issues with the "Show craftable" option.
The word that triggers the easter egg is now "excitedze" rather than "excited".
pre1Further optimizations to the recipe book.
pre3Optimized recipe searching.
pre6Further optimizations to searching, especially while using mods.
releaseAdded toast sounds.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta 1.2.0.2Added the recipe book.
beta 1.2.0.15Added a button for how to use the recipe book.
beta 1.2.0.25Added a button to open/close the recipe book.

Trivia[edit]

  • If the player searches for "excitedze" in the recipe book, the language switches to Pirate Speak.[3]
    • This is a reference to "ExcitedZE", an alias used by Maria Lemón, whose avatar is a pirate.

Issues[edit]

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