Fence Gate

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A fence gate is a block that shares the functions of both the door and the fence.


A fence gate can be broken with anything, but an axe is fastest.

Block Fence Gates
Hardness 2
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 3
Wooden 1.5
Stone 0.75
Iron 0.5
Diamond 0.4
Golden 0.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Stick +
Matching Planks

Natural Generation[edit]

Dark oak fence gates naturally generate in woodland mansions.

Oak fence gates naturally generate in plains villages.‌[upcoming 1.14]

Acacia fence gates naturally generate in savanna villages.‌[upcoming 1.14]

Spruce fence gates naturally generate in taiga and snowy tundra villages.‌[upcoming 1.14]

Jungle fence gates naturally generate in desert villages.‌[upcoming 1.14]



A fence gate can provide access to a fenced-in area.

A fence gate can be used as a switchable barrier which can be opened and closed by hand or by redstone power.

To place a fence gate, use the Place Block control while pointing at a block facing the space the fence gate should occupy. When placed, a fence gate will automatically face towards the player who placed it, regardless of any other fences around it.

A fence gate can be placed whether there is a solid block beneath it or not.‌[Java and Legacy Console editions only]

Fences, nether brick fences and cobblestone walls will connect to fence gates, but glass panes and iron bars will not. If placed and not connected to anything else, a fence gate will appear to be floating.


Closed fence gate.
Opened fence gate.

A fence gate can be used as a switchable barrier.

To open or close a fence gate, use the Use Item control. When a fence gate opens or closes, it immediately changes its orientation without affecting anything in the space it "passes through"—moving fence gates don't push entities the way that pistons do. When opened by hand, a fence gate always opens away from the player.

Although a fence gate appears to be only one block tall, a closed fence gate is a barrier one and a half blocks high—most mobs cannot jump over a fence gate, and entities on top of the fence gate stand half a block above it.

An open fence gate is completely non-solid, including the open gates. Multiple open fence gates next to each other can be passed through as if the entire space is open.

Hostile mobs recognize closed fence gates as a block and will not detect players through it unless they were already detected.

The sound of opening and closing of a fence gate can be heard up to 16 blocks away, like most mob sounds.

Redstone component[edit]

See also: Redstone circuit

A fence gate can be controlled with redstone power.

A fence gate is a redstone mechanism and can be activated by:

When activated, a fence gate will immediately open. When deactivated, a fence gate immediately closes.

An activated fence gate can still be closed by a player, and won't re-open until it receives a new activation signal (if a fence gate has been closed "by hand", it still needs to be deactivated and then reactivated to open by redstone).

Fence gates can be moved by pistons. When an activated fence gate is moved by a piston to a position where it shouldn't be activated, it doesn't change its state until it receives a redstone update.


Fence gates can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 1.5 items per fence gate.

Data values[edit]

Java Edition:

Type ID Name
Oak oak_fence_gate
Spruce spruce_fence_gate
Birch birch_fence_gate
Jungle jungle_fence_gate
Acacia acacia_fence_gate
Dark Oak dark_oak_fence_gate

Bedrock Edition:

Type ID Name Numerical ID
Oak fence_gate 107
Spruce spruce_fence_gate 183
Birch birch_fence_gate 184
Jungle jungle_fence_gate 185
Acacia acacia_fence_gate 187
Dark Oak dark_oak_fence_gate 186

Block data[edit]

See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, fence gates use the following data values:

Bits Description
Two bits storing a value from 0 to 3 specifying the direction the gate is facing:
  • 0: Facing south
  • 1: Facing west
  • 2: Facing north
  • 3: Facing east
0x4 0 if the gate is closed, 1 if open.

Block states[edit]

Name Value Description
For an open gate, the direction the gates swing open.
For a closed gate, the direction the player was facing when the gate was placed, or the last direction the gates have swung.
If true, the gate is lowered by three pixels, to accommodate attaching more cleanly with normal and mossy Cobblestone Walls.
If true, the gate is opened.
If true, the gate is receiving redstone power.



Java Edition Beta
November 29, 2010Fence gates were first mentioned on Get Satisfaction,[1] then confirmed by Jeb on Twitter.[2]
1.8 ?Oak Fence Gate Revision 1.png Added fence gate.
The fence gate's item/inventory model currently contains no holes.
Sound Update Fence gate opening and closing sounds have been changed.
Java Edition
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5 Oak Fence Gate.png Updated the texture as a result of updating the planks texture.
1.1 ?Fence gates can now be opened and closed with redstone, and closing on block updates.
1.8 14w11a The inventory icon changed texture for the fence gate now shows the two holes.
14w32b Birch Fence Gate.pngSpruce Fence Gate.pngJungle Fence Gate.pngAcacia Fence Gate.pngDark Oak Fence Gate.png Added birch, spruce, jungle, acacia, and dark oak fence gates. The recipe now requires 2 plank blocks of the same species, but a gate and a wooden fence can connect without matching.
Fence gates can now catch fire.
1.13 17w47a The oak fence gate ID has been changed from fence_gate to oak_fence_gate.
Fence gates can now be placed without a block below them.
Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 107, 183, 184, 185, 186 and 187.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.0 Added oak gates.
0.10.0 build 1 Birch Fence Gate.pngSpruce Fence Gate.pngJungle Fence Gate.pngAcacia Fence Gate.pngDark Oak Fence Gate.png Added birch, spruce, jungle, acacia and dark oak variants.
The fence gates' inventory models are more akin to the old Java original model.
Renamed fence gate to oak fence gate.
0.13.0 build 1 Fence gates can now be opened and closed with redstone.
Pocket Edition
1.1 alpha Dark oak fence gates now generate naturally in woodland mansions.
Legacy Console Edition
TU5CU11.0Patch 1Added fence gates.
TU9Fence gates can now be opened and closed with redstone.
TU25CU141.17Added spruce, birch, and jungle fence gate variants.
Renamed fence gate to oak fence gate.
TU27CU151.18Added acacia and dark oak fence gates to the creative inventory.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Fence Gates.


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