Item Frame

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Item Frame
Item Frame.png
Item Frame (Map).png





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Internal ID


Network ID


Entity ID

See § Data values


Item Frame (1)
The item it contains.

Data values

See § Data values

Namespaced ID

See § Data values

An item frame is an entity[JE & LCE only] or block entity[BE only] that displays the item or block that is inside it.


An empty item frame can be broken simply by punching it. If the item frame contains an item, punching it drops the item, leaving the frame on the wall.

Because item frames are entities, they can be broken in Adventure mode.‌[Java and Legacy Console editions only]


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Stick +

Natural generation[edit]

An item frame generates in the treasure room of end ships, above the shulker that guards the treasure. It holds a pair of elytra.


In Java Edition, expert-level cartographer villagers sell an item frame for 7 emeralds.

In Bedrock Edition, apprentice-level cartographer villagers sell 5 item frames for 7 emeralds as part of their fourth trade.


Item frame with partially filled map

Item frames can be placed on the sides of cactus blocks, pressure plates, fences, trees, slabs, cobblestone walls, chests, doors, and all solid blocks. They can also be placed on the top and bottom of these blocks.‌[Java and Bedrock editions only] 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.‌[Java and Legacy Console editions only]

Players can place items in the frame by using the item. If a map is placed in an item frame, it enlarges 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 spins around similar to the white cursor (players). If the item in the item frame has been renamed using an anvil, it displays 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 picks 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 it pops off when the lid is opened.


Item Frame with Item.pngItem Frame with rotated Item.pngItem Frame with Block.pngItem Frame with rotated Block.png 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 (90° and 4 possibilities if it is a map), and the frame outputs 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.‌[Java and Legacy Console editions only] If a block exists within the same space as the frame that would not cause it to pop off, the next rotation causes the emitted power from the comparator to instantly become 0 until the block is removed.[1]


Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Item Frame fills entity.item_frame.add_item subtitles.entity.itemframe.add_item ? ? ? 16
Item Frame breaks entity.item_frame.break subtitles.entity.itemframe.break ? ? ? 16
Item Frame placed ? ? ? 16
Item Frame empties entity.item_frame.remove_item subtitles.entity.itemframe.remove_item ? ? ? 16
Item Frame clicks entity.item_frame.rotate_item subtitles.entity.itemframe.rotate_item ? ? ? 16


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
Map RoomPlace 9 fully explored, adjacent maps into 9 item frames in a 3 by 3 square.YesYesYesWii U, Switch40GSilver

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Item Frame Namespaced ID
Item Frame item_frame

Bedrock Edition:

Item Frame Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Item itemframe 389
Block frame 199

Entity data[edit]

Item frames have entity data that define various properties of the entity.

  • Entity data
    • 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: 3 is south, 4 is west, 2 is north, 5 is east, 1 is top, and 0 is bottom.
    •  Item: The item, without the slot tag. If the item frame is empty, this tag does not exist.
    •  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.



Java Edition
August 16, 2012Dinnerbone tweeted the first image of item frames.[2]
Item Frame Preview.pngItem Frame (Item) Revision 0.png They had a different texture.
1.4.212w34aItem Frame Revision 2.pngItem Frame (Item) Revision 1.png 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.
12w34bPreviously stated bug fixed.
12w38aItem frames no longer despawn when the player moves 20 blocks away.
1.7.213w36aItems renamed using an anvil display their name when looked at up close.
13w41aMaps 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.
?Item Frame Map Revision 1.pngIncomplete maps placed in item frames display the item frame texture underneath.
1.814w04aItems 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.
14w10aMultiple item frames can no longer be placed on the same block face.
1.915w41aAn item frame generates in the treasure room of end ships, above the shulker that guards the treasure. It holds an elytra.
15w49aItem frames are no longer destroyed by lightning bolts.
15w50aAdded sounds: entity.itemframe.add_item, entity.itemframe.break,, entity.itemframe.remove_item, and entity.itemframe.rotate_item.
1.1116w32aThe entity ID is changed from ItemFrame to item_frame.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 389.
17w50aItem frames can be put on floors and ceilings.
1.1418w43aItem Frame.pngItem Frame (Map).pngItem Frame (Item).png Changed the textures of item frames.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1519w38aItem frames have now darker texture, same as suffocating mobs.[3]
19w39aItem frames now have colored correctly.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.14.0build 1Item Frame (Item) Revision 1.png Added item frames.
Item frames is considered as a block entity instead of an entity.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha frames now generate in end city ships.
Bedrock Edition
1.11.0beta frames can be bought from cartographer villagers.
1.13.0beta frames can now be placed on the top and bottom of blocks.
Legacy Console Edition
TU9CU11.0Patch 1Item Frame (Item) Revision 1.png Added item frames.
TU11Increased the limit for item frames in a world. A message is now displayed when the maximum number of item frames are reached.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Items 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.
TU43CU331.36Patch 13Added sounds for item frames.
TU56CU471.55Patch 26Patch s6If the item in the item frame has a name (from an anvil) it now shows as if there is a name tag on the item frame.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Item Frame (Item) Revision 1.png Added item frames.


Issues relating to "Item Frame" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • The item frame is based upon a suggestion on reddit, like the ender chest and flower pot.[4]
  • Since players can't use commands to enchant in the Legacy Console Edition, item frames are an alternate way to copy enchanted items for custom maps.
  • In the Legacy Console Edition, item frames and paintings share the same spawn limit, which is 400. Note that if a chunk containing item frames is unloaded, the now unloaded item frames won't be taken into account.
  • The item frame is the only entity to reference a block model. Because of this, the texture of the frame border is the same as the birch planks texture.


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