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Slab
Stone Slab.pngSandstone Slab.pngCobblestone Slab.pngBrick Slab.pngStone Brick Slab.pngOak Slab.pngSpruce Slab.pngBirch Slab.pngJungle Slab.pngAcacia Slab.pngDark Oak Slab.pngNether Brick Slab.pngQuartz Slab.pngRed Sandstone Slab.pngPurpur Slab.pngPrismarine Slab.gifPrismarine Brick Slab.pngDark Prismarine Slab.png
Double Stone Slab.pngSandstone.pngCobblestone.pngBricks.pngStone Bricks.pngOak Planks.pngSpruce Planks.pngBirch Planks.pngJungle Planks.pngAcacia Planks.pngDark Oak Planks.pngNether Bricks.pngBlock of Quartz.pngRed Sandstone.pngPurpur Block.pngPrismarine.pngPrismarine Bricks.pngDark Prismarine.png



















Transparency

Double slab: No
Single slab: Partial (blocks light)

Luminance

No

Blast resistance

Wood: 15
Stone: 30

Tools



Renewable

Stone: Yes
Wood: Yes (except Petrified Oak)
Cobblestone: Yes
Stone Brick: Yes
Purpur: Yes
Quartz: Yes[Legacy Console Edition only]
Prismarine: Yes
All others: No

Stackable

Yes (64), same type only

Flammable

Wood: Yes
Stone: No

Drops

Single Slab: Itself
Double Slab: 2

Petrified Oak Slab:
[Bedrock Edition only]

Data values

See Data values

Name

See Data values

Slabs are half-versions of their respective blocks.

Smooth blocks are full blocks featuring the top texture of their respective slabs on all six sides.[Java Edition only]

Obtaining[edit]

Stone-type slabs and smooth blocks require a pickaxe to mine. Wooden slabs can be mined with anything, but an axe is quickest.

Block
Stone

Wood

Petrified Oak
Hardness 2 2 2
Tool


Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 10 3 3
Wooden 1.5 1.5 1.5
Stone 0.75 0.75 0.75
Iron 0.5 0.5 0.5
Diamond 0.4 0.4 0.4
Golden 0.25 0.25 0.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.
Block
Smooth Stone

Smooth Sandstone
Hardness ? ?
Tool

Breaking time[note 1]
Hand ? ?
Wooden ? ?
Stone ? ?
Iron ? ?
Diamond ? ?
Golden ? ?
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit]

Stone slabs can be found naturally in villages lining the roof of blacksmith shops and inside the Butcher's Shop and the Blacksmith where they form counters. They are also found in strongholds where they are used in some of the stairs, ledges and torch pillars. Sandstone slabs can be found naturally in desert villages, desert wells, and desert temples. Double stone slabs can be found in villages, in the butcher's shop and in blacksmiths. A spruce wood slab serves as a table in igloo basements. Oak, birch, spruce, stone and cobblestone slabs can also be found in woodland mansions.

Creative inventory[edit]

Smooth blocks can be found in Creative inventory.

Crafting[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Stone Slab Stone Can use stone only, no variants.[Java and Bedrock editions only]
Stone Slab Any Stone Can use stone and its variants interchangeably.[Legacy Console Edition only]
Sandstone Slab Any Sandstone
Cobblestone Slab Cobblestone
Brick Slab Bricks
Stone Brick Slab Any Stone Bricks
Wood Slab Matching Planks
Nether Brick Slab Nether Bricks
Quartz Slab Any Quartz Block
Red Sandstone Slab Any Red Sandstone
Purpur Slab Any Purpur Block Can use purpur block and pillar interchangeably.
Prismarine Slab Prismarine
Prismarine Brick Slab Prismarine Bricks
Dark Prismarine Slab Dark Prismarine

Usage[edit]

Placement[edit]

Slabs can occupy either the top half or the bottom half:

  • Pointing at the top of a block or the bottom half one of its sides will place the slab in the lower half.
  • Pointing at the bottom of a block or the top half of its side will place the slab in the top half.

Slabs cannot be oriented sideways.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Armor Stand Stick +
Stone Slab











Chiseled Quartz Block Quartz Slab











Chiseled Sandstone or
Chiseled Red Sandstone
Sandstone Slab or
Red Sandstone Slab














Chiseled Stone Bricks Stone Brick Slab











Daylight Detector Glass +
Nether Quartz +
Any wood Slab


























Purpur Pillar Purpur Slab











Behavior[edit]

An example of how upside-down slabs can make redstone travel compactly "up stairs".
Slabs do not block a vertical redstone connection as it is a transparent block.

Slabs are treated as a whole block by other blocks and liquids. Two slabs can be piled on top of one another to make a full-size block, but different slab types cannot be mixed in this way.

Double slabs are handled as a single block instead of two different slabs; as such, breaking one will destroy the whole block and drop two slabs, as opposed to only breaking one slab within the block. "Double slabs" that are not aligned to the grid (i.e. a bottom slab on top of a top slab) are handled as separate blocks and are broken individually.

Redstone can be connected to the wire on the side of the slabs. Redstone placed on top of an upside-down slab can receive signals from an adjacent block of redstone one block lower, but cannot transmit signals to it. This is why "ladders" made from upside-down slabs, as pictured to the right, can transmit redstone signals up, but not down.

Mobs see a slab as a full block. Mobs can also spawn on the tops of upside-down slabs and double slabs, but not on lower slabs.

In Bedrock Edition, mobs standing on right-side up slabs fail to pathfind correctly. They seem to perceive the slabs beneath them to be unwalkable, and will often end up spinning around in a small circle when they try to move. The block directly beneath the slab must be air or another right-side up slab to disturb pathfinding. Also in Bedrock Edition iron golems will not spawn on a slab even if it is the top half of a block.

Due to the way blast rays propagate from an explosion, bottom-half slabs provide extremely effective absorption to explosions directly on top of them.

Sneaking only reduces the player's hitbox height to 1.65 blocks, and so does not allow the player to walk over a single slab with one block of air above it, which is 1.5 blocks of space. A player cannot walk from a block of soul sand directly up to a slab without jumping – this applies not just to soul sand, but to any block 78 of a block high or shorter, because the maximum step height of the player is 0.6 of a block. The player can walk off a slab while sneaking, because the sneaking only prevents falling when the distance is higher than one half block.

If a slab is placed underwater, the empty half of that slab's block will be waterlogged if the block it is in was a source block. If the slab is placed in flowing water upside down, not only can the player grab a quick breath of air there, but the player can see as clearly as if they were above the surface.

Minecarts on powered rails will not be repelled from a slab. They will, however, be repelled by a slab with a minecart on top.

Falling block entities (like sand, gravel, and concrete powder) will turn into their dropped form if they land on a slab, exactly like what occurs when they fall on a torch.

Slabs do not block light.[Bedrock Edition only]

Fuel[edit]

Wooden slabs can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 0.75 items per slab in the Java Edition and Legacy Console editions, and smelting 1.5 items per slab in Bedrock Edition.

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

Block ID Name

Red Sandstone Slab
red_sandstone_slab

Purpur Slab
purpur_slab

Stone Slab
stone_slab

Sandstone Slab
sandstone_slab

Petrified Oak Slab
petrified_oak_slab

Cobblestone Slab
cobblestone_slab

Brick Slab
brick_slab

Stone Brick Slab
stone_brick_slab

Nether Brick Slab
nether_brick_slab

Quartz Slab
quartz_slab

Oak Slab
oak_slab

Spruce Slab
spruce_slab

Birch Slab
birch_slab

Jungle Slab
jungle_slab

Acacia Slab
acacia_slab

Dark Oak Slab
dark_oak_slab

Prismarine Slab
prismarine_slab

Prismarine Brick Slab
prismarine_brick_slab

Dark Prismarine Slab
dark_prismarine_slab

Bedrock Edition:

Block ID Name Numerical ID

Double Stone-type Slabs
double_stone_slab 43

Stone-type Slabs
stone_slab 44

Double Wooden Slabs
double_wooden_slab 157

Wooden Slabs
wooden_slab 158

Other Double Stone Slabs
double_stone_slab2 181

Other Stone Slabs
stone_slab2 182


Block data[edit]

See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, slabs use the following data values:

Double stone slab
DV Description

0 Double Stone Slab

1 Double Sandstone Slab

2 Double (Stone) Wooden Slab

3 Double Cobblestone Slab

4 Double Bricks Slab

5 Double Stone Brick Slab

6 Double Quartz Slab

7 Double Nether Brick Slab
Double stone slab 2
DV Description

0 Double Red Sandstone Slab

1 Double Purpur Slab

2 Double Prismarine Slab

3 Double Prismarine Brick Slab

4 Double Dark Prismarine Slab
Stone slab
DV Description

0 Stone Slab

1 Sandstone Slab

2 (Stone) Wooden Slab

3 Cobblestone Slab

4 Bricks Slab

5 Stone Brick Slab

6 Nether Brick Slab

7 Quartz Slab

8 Upper Stone Slab

9 Upper Sandstone Slab

10 Upper (Stone) Wooden Slab

11 Upper Cobblestone Slab

12 Upper Bricks Slab

13 Upper Stone Brick Slab

14 Upper Nether Brick Slab

15 Upper Quartz Slab
Stone slab 2
DV Description

0 Red Sandstone Slab

1 Purpur Slab

2 Prismarine Slab

3 Prismarine Brick Slab

4 Dark Prismarine Slab

8 Upper Red Sandstone Slab

9 Upper Purpur Slab

10 Upper Prismarine Slab

11 Upper Prismarine Brick Slab

12 Upper Dark Prismarine Slab
Double wood slab
DV Description

0 Double Oak Slab

1 Double Spruce Slab

2 Double Birch Slab

3 Double Jungle Slab

4 Double Acacia Slab

5 Double Dark Oak Slab
Wood slab
DV Description

0 Oak Wood Slab

1 Spruce Wood Slab

2 Birch Wood Slab

3 Jungle Wood Slab

4 Acacia Wood Slab

5 Dark Oak Wood Slab

8 Upper Oak Wood Slab

9 Upper Spruce Wood Slab

10 Upper Birch Wood Slab

11 Upper Jungle Wood Slab

12 Upper Acacia Wood Slab

13 Upper Dark Oak Wood Slab

Block state[edit]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

 type
top
bottom
Where the slab is within its block.
double The block is a double slab.

 waterlogged
true
false
Whether or not there's water in the same place as this slab.

Video[edit]

Note: This video is outdated, as red sandstone slabs were added in 1.8, purpur slabs were added in 1.9, and prismarine slabs were added in 1.13.

History[edit]

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Classic
May 17, 2009 Slabs were suggested on the TIGSource forums.
0.26 (October 22, 2009, 1) Dirt Slab.png Dirt slab test.
0.26 (October 23, 2009, 2) Half block was nearly finished.
0.27 SURVIVAL TEST Stone Slab Revision 1.png Stone slabs are introduced to the game.
Stone slabs can be obtained by mining coal ore because of the lack of inventory and crafting.
At the time, slabs were called "stair" blocks before the introduction of what are currently called stairs in Infdev (June 29, 2010).
Indev
0.31 0.31 (January 29, 2010) Slabs have received a crafting recipe: 3 slabs from 3 cobblestone.
Slabs are now no longer dropped from coal ore.
Infdev
March 27, 2010 Stone slabs will now case shadows on adjacent blocks.[verify]
March 30, 2010 The above bug has now been fixed.
Beta
1.3 Sandstone Slab Revision 1.pngOak Slab Revision 1.pngCobblestone Slab Revision 1.png Added sandstone, "wooden" and cobblestone slabs as variants of the stone slabs. All had the same properties as stone slabs, apart from using different textures.
The original wooden slabs had the oak plank texture, the only plank type at the time. Being variants of the stone slabs, they had to be mined with a pickaxe to collect, were not affected by fire, and had stronger blast resistance than wooden planks, making them a useful building material. The only way to obtain this slab on current versions is by using commands. The item tooltip will say "Wooden Slab" rather than "Oak Wood Slab", and the item form is a large full block with the missing texture until 17w47a.
Before the additional slabs were added, a double stone slab would only yield one slab when broken. Since this update, all double slabs yield 2 of their respective single slabs when broken. Destroying double slabs with TNT, however, still only yields single slabs (when the slabs aren't simply destroyed by the explosion).
Before Beta 1.3 came out, stone slabs were made with cobblestone instead of stone, but this update introduced cobblestone slabs to the game and changed the recipes for pressure plates and stone slabs so that there wouldn't be any conflicting recipes.
? Sandstone Slab Revision 2.png32px32pxStone Slab.png Bottom slabs now use the bottom half of the double slab texture rather than the top. This change took place somewhere between Beta 1.3 and Beta 1.8.
1.7 Cobblestone Slab.png Updated the texture of the cobblestone slab.
1.8 ? Stone Brick Slab.pngBrick Slab Revision 1.pngSmooth Stone.png Added the stone brick, bricks, and smooth stone double slab. (Smooth stone double slab was only obtainable through inventory editing until 17w47a.)
The sprinting feature was added in this update. While stairs stopped the player's sprinting at the time, slabs allowed a player to continue sprinting.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5 Oak Slab.pngBrick Slab.png Updated the textures of bricks and planks, and by extension that of the slabs.
1.2.1 1.2-pre All types of slabs are now able to be placed upside down and under blocks; these occupy the top half of their block space rather than the bottom half.
The crafting recipe has been changed, so that 6 slabs would be crafted rather than 3. The prior restriction was likely due to the fact that the slab types were differentiated by their damage values instead of by different data values, similar to wood, coal or charcoal, and colored wool.
1.3.1 12w17a Oak Slab.pngBirch Slab.pngSpruce Slab.pngJungle Slab.png New slabs have been added for the four different types of wood planks, replacing the old wooden oak/"stone" slab. These new slabs are vulnerable to fire, and can be collected faster with an axe than with a pickaxe. Wooden slabs already crafted or placed in the world will remain the old 'stone' type.
12w21a Sandstone slabs will now generate in desert temples.
12w25a Redstone (including repeaters, torches, levers, and pressure plates) and rails can now be placed on slabs and stairs positioned upside down.
12w26a Mobs can now spawn on upside down slabs.
1.4.2 12w39a Slabs interact properly with lighting now; when slabs are placed upside down, they now accept light from light sources themselves, and no longer block light to surrounding blocks; they no longer cast the shadow of a full-sized block.[1]
1.4.6 November 28, 2012 Jeb tweeted a picture of himself crafting nether brick slabs.
12w49a Nether Brick Slab.png Added nether brick slabs, which causes the smooth stone double slab to change its data value to 43:7.
1.5 January 22, 2013 Jeb states that the "smooth stone full half-slab" will be re-implemented with a data value of 43:8. Other slabs with data values of 43:9-43:15 will also use the top texture on all sides, resulting in a "smooth sandstone block" with a data value of 43:9. He also stated that they may be obtained legitimately later.[2]
13w01a Wooden Slabs can now be used to craft daylight sensors.
13w02a Quartz Slab.png Added quartz slabs, featuring the top quartz texture on all six sides. The formerly unused slab type, known as the smooth stone slab, has been removed from the game. Its data values have been replaced with the nether quartz slab.
13w04a Smooth Sandstone.png The smooth stone double slab has been re-implemented with a data value of 43:8. The smooth sandstone double slab has also added, with a data value of 43:9.
Seamless data values of 43:10-43:15 have also added, but are unused and appear identical to their normal counterparts.
13w09c Quartz slabs and double slabs now use the top, side and bottom textures of the block of quartz.
Block of Quartz.png The quartz slab's seamless counterpart, with a data value of 43:15, retains the top texture on all 6 sides.
? Sandstone Slab.png The texture of sandstone slabs have been slightly.
1.7.2 1.7-pre Acacia Slab.pngDark Oak Slab.png Added acacia and dark oak slabs.
1.8 14w02a Stone brick slabs can now be used to craft chiseled stone bricks.
Stone slabs can now be crafted using granite, diorite, andesite, or their polished counterparts.
14w25a Double stone slabs and double wooden slabs can no longer be obtained as an item.
14w32a Red Sandstone Slab.pngSmooth Red Sandstone.png Added red sandstone slabs and double slabs, as well as smooth red sandstone double slabs.
Armor stands are crafted using any slab.
14w32b Armor stands can now only be crafted using stone slabs.
14w33a Stone slabs can no longer be crafted using granite, diorite, andesite, or their polished counterparts.
1.9 June 22, 2015 Jeb reveals purpur slabs on Instagram, with the words "MINECON 2015 HYPE!"
15w31a Purpur Slab.png Added purpur slabs and double slabs.
15w43a A spruce slab now act as the middle of a table generated within igloo basements.
1.11 16w39a Oak, birch, spruce, stone, and cobblestone slabs now generate in woodland mansions.
1.13 17w47a The different variant block states for stone_slab, stone_slab2, wooden_slab, purpur_slab, double_stone_slab, double_stone_slab2, double_wooden_slab and purpur_double_slab IDs have been split up and merged into their own IDs depending on variant.
Old non-flammable wooden slabs, which are now called "Petrified oak slabs", have been re-implemented into the creative inventory.
Bricks slab has been renamed to brick slab.
Stone bricks slab has been renamed to stone brick slab.
<Wood type> wood slab has been renamed to <wood type> slab.
Smooth Stone.pngSmooth Sandstone.pngSmooth Red Sandstone.pngBlock of Quartz.png Smooth double slabs, now smooth blocks, have added to the creative inventory. Smooth blocks now drop themselves, instead of slabs when mined.
Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 43, 44, 125, 126, 181, 182, 204 and 205.
18w07a Prismarine Slab.pngPrismarine Brick Slab.pngDark Prismarine Slab.png Added slabs for prismarine, prismarine bricks, and dark prismarine.
18w10c Water can now be placed on the same block as slabs.
April 17, 2018 Dinnerbone confirms that 1.14 will contain many new stairs and slabs.
1.13 18w20a Changed the name of "Prismarine Bricks Slab" to "Prismarine Brick Slab."
1.13.1 18w32a Purpur slabs can now be crafted with purpur pillars.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Stone Slab.png Added stone slabs.
0.3.0 Oak Slab.pngBrick Slab.pngCobblestone Slab.png Added wood (original oak), brick and cobblestone slabs.
0.6.0 Sandstone Slab.pngStone Brick Slab.png Added sandstone and stone brick slabs.
Slabs can now be placed on the top half of blocks.
The recipes for crafting slabs will now give 6 slabs, instead of 3 slabs.
0.7.3 Quartz Slab.png Added quartz slabs.
Wooden slabs can now be crafted during and after this update are now flammable. Existing wooden slabs (which have stone properties) are now tagged "Fake Wood Slab" and drop real wooden slabs.
0.8.0 build 2 Birch Slab.pngSpruce Slab.pngJungle Slab.png Added birch, spruce and jungle wood slabs.
0.9.0 build 1 Acacia Slab.pngDark Oak Slab.png Added acacia and dark oak wood slabs.
Stone slabs will now generate naturally in villages.
build 11 Added crafting recipe for jungle wood slabs.
? Changed wooden slab name from [woodtype] Slab to [woodtype] Wood Slab.
0.12.1 build 1 Nether Brick Slab.png Added nether brick slabs.
0.13.0 build 1 Wooden slabs are now used to craft daylight sensors.
0.14.0 build 1 Red Sandstone Slab.png Added red sandstone slabs.
0.14.2 32px Brightened the nether brick slab texture.
Pocket Edition
1.0 build 1 Purpur Slab.png Added purpur slabs.
A spruce slab will now act as the middle of a table generated within igloo basements.
1.1 build 1 Oak, birch, spruce, stone, and cobblestone slabs will now generate in woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.13 build 3 Prismarine Slab.pngPrismarine Brick Slab.pngDark Prismarine Slab.png Added slabs for prismarine, prismarine brick and dark prismarine as part of Experimental Gameplay.
1.2.14 build 1 Fully implemented the slabs for prismarine, prismarine brick, and dark prismarine.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1



Added stone, wood (original oak), sandstone and cobblestone slabs.
TU5

Added stone brick and brick slabs.
TU9


Added birch wood, spruce wood and nether brick slabs.
Wooden slabs crafted during and after this update are now flammable. Existing slabs (which have stone properties) are not stackable with the new slabs.
TU12
Added jungle wood slabs.
Slabs can be now placed upside down.
Items can now be placed directly on upside down slabs.
TU14 1.04
Added quartz slabs.
Changed placement of half blocks and other blocks on half blocks.
Changed placement of upside down slabs.
TU27 CU15 1.18

Added acacia and dark oak wood slabs to the creative inventory.
TU46 CU36 1.38 Patch 15
Added purpur slabs.
TU69 1.76 Patch 38


Added slabs for prismarine, prismarine bricks, and dark prismarine.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • Slabs let a small amount of light pass through their edges. This light is only visible when Smooth Lighting is turned on, and does not affect mob spawning or other light-dependent processes.
    • The exception of this is that any light directed through a slab does not affect any block's light values north of the source.
  • Whereas 1x1 dents in a flat floor using slabs are darkened as one would expect, 1x1 dents created using 2x1 or 2x2 stairs will darken less, due to having fewer surrounding solid blocks. This is a completely intentional feature.[3]
  • When water or lava are on top of an upside-down slab, the water dripping particles will appear in midair below the slab instead of from the slab itself, this was fixed in Java Edition 1.13-pre7[4], but is an intentional feature in Bedrock Edition.[5]

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References[edit]

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