An empty item frame can be broken simply by punching it. If the item frame contains an item, punching it will drop the item leaving the frame on the wall.
Item frames can be placed on the sides of cactus blocks, pressure plates, fences, trees, slabs, cobblestone walls, chests, doors, and all solid blocks.[until 1.13] In 1.13[upcoming], they can also be placed on the top and bottom of these blocks. As item frames are an entity, multiple item frames can occupy the same block, although on different faces. It also allows non-solid blocks to occupy the same space.
Players can place items in the frame by using the item. If a map is placed in an item frame, it will enlarge to show the map in the size of a full block, with the item frame's location displayed as a green pointer on the map, pointing in the direction the item frame is facing. If this is done in the Nether, the green cursor will spin around, similarly to the white cursor (players). If the item in the item frame has been renamed using an anvil, it will display its custom name when the cursor is over the item frame. If the player places a block inside the frame, it is displayed in miniature half in, half out of the block. This can be most notably seen on stairs or slabs.
Pick Block may be used on item frames by players in creative mode only, the control has no effect for players in survival or adventure mode. When the item frame is displaying an item pick block will pick the displayed item instead of the item frame.
Item frames can be placed on the lid of a shulker box that is positioned horizontally, but will pop off when the lid is opened.
The displayed item can then be rotated by right-clicking the frame. Items displayed in the item frame can turn 45° diagonally, with a total of 8 possibilities, and the frame will output a redstone signal depending on the rotation phase which can be interpreted by a redstone comparator (Note that this rotation value is separate from the clock or compass rotation). As long as the frame remains placed, it remembers the orientation of the last item it held, and uses it for the next item it holds.
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Actual requirements (if different)||Availability||Xbox points earned||Trophy type (PS)|
||Map Room||Place 9 fully explored, adjacent maps into 9 item frames in a 3 by 3 square.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Wii U, Switch||40G||Silver|
- See also: Chunk format
Item frames have entity data which define various properties of the entity. Their entity ID is
- Tags common to all entities see Template:Nbt inherit/entity/template
TileX: The X coordinate of the block the painting/item frame is in.
TileY: The Y coordinate of the block the painting/item frame is in.
TileZ: The Z coordinate of the block the painting/item frame is in.
Facing: The direction the painting/item frame faces: 0 is south, 1 is west, 2 is north, and 3 is east.
Direction(deprecated in 1.8): Prior to 1.8, the direction the painting/item frame faces: 0 is south, 1 is west, 2 is north, and 3 is east. In 1.8 and later, this tag is removed on loading of the entity.
Dir(deprecated in 1.8): Same as Direction, except the meaning of values 2 and 0 are swapped. Pre-1.8, it is ignored if Direction is present. In 1.8 and later, this tag is removed on loading of the entity.
Item: The item, without the slot tag. If the item frame is empty, this tag does not exist.
- Tags common to all items see Template:Nbt inherit/item/template
ItemDropChance: The chance the item will drop when the item frame breaks. 1.0 by default.
ItemRotation: The number of times the item has been rotated 45 degrees clockwise.
|16 August 2012||Dinnerbone tweeted the first image of item frames.|
|They had a different texture.|
|1.4.2||12w34a||Item frames added. There is a bug where attempting to place an item frame in multiplayer causes an internal server error, as well as other bugs.|
|12w34b||Previously stated bug fixed.|
|12w38a||Item frames no longer despawn when the player moves 20 blocks away.|
|1.7.2||13w36a||Items renamed using an anvil will display their name when looked at up close.|
|13w41a||Maps placed in an item frame now cover the whole block face, allowing seamless tiling of adjacent maps.|
|This would make undiscovered areas of maps invisible.|
|?||Incomplete maps placed in item frames display the item frame texture underneath.|
|1.8||14w04a||Items and blocks displayed in the item frame now rotate 45 degrees when rotated instead of 90 degrees, and a comparator outputs a redstone signal depending on the rotation phase.|
|14w10a||Multiple item frames can no longer be placed on the same block face.|
|1.9||15w41a||An item frame generates in the treasure room of end ships, above the shulker that guards the treasure. It holds an elytra.|
|15w49a||Item frames will no longer be destroyed by lightning bolts.|
|15w50a||Added sounds: |
|1.11||16w32a||The entity ID is changed from |
|Upcoming Java Edition|
|1.13||17w50a||Item frames can be put on floors and ceilings.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.14.0||build 1||Added item frames.|
|Uses BlockEntity rather than the Entity class.|
|1.0||build 1||Item frames will now generate in end city ships.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU9||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added item frames.|
|TU11||Increased the limit for item frames in a world. A message is now displayed when the maximum number of item frames are reached.|
|TU31||CU19||1.22||Patch 3||Items and blocks displayed in the item frame now rotate 45 degrees when rotated instead of 90 degrees, and a comparator outputs a redstone signal depending on the rotation phase.|
|TU43||CU33||1.36||Patch 13||Added sounds for item frames.|
|TU56||CU47||1.55||Patch 26||Patch s6||If the item in the item frame has a name (from an anvil) it will now show as if there is a name tag on the item frame.|
Issues relating to "Item Frame" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.
- The item frame is based upon a suggestion on reddit, like the ender chest and flower pot.
- Since you can't use commands to enchant in the console editions of Minecraft, item frames are an alternate way to copy enchanted items for custom maps
- On Console Edition, item frames and paintings share the same spawn limit.
- The texture of the frame or border is the same as the birch wood planks texture. You can make the item frame only show the borders by deleting everything in the file but leaving it there. You can get to that file by this:
Dinnerbone's fourth screenshot, showing flower pots and item frames
Four item frames in a one block space. Impossible in Bedrock Edition.
An image of a fireplace retweeted by Dinnerbone
An image tweeted by Dinnerbone showing how hovering over an item frame containing a renamed item shows a name tag
A rotated apple in an item frame.