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Slab
Oak Slab Revision 5.pngSpruce Slab Revision 4.pngBirch Slab Revision 3.pngJungle Slab Revision 3.pngAcacia Slab Revision 3.pngDark Oak Slab Revision 3.pngStone Slab Revision 2.pngSmooth Stone Slab Revision 2.pngCobblestone Slab Revision 4.pngMossy Cobblestone Slab Revision 2.pngStone Brick Slab Revision 3.pngMossy Stone Brick Slab Revision 2.pngAndesite Slab Revision 2.pngPolished Andesite Slab Revision 2.pngDiorite Slab Revision 3.pngPolished Diorite Slab Revision 2.pngGranite Slab Revision 1.pngPolished Granite Slab Revision 1.pngSandstone Slab Revision 5.pngCut Sandstone Slab.pngSmooth Sandstone Slab Revision 3.pngRed Sandstone Slab Revision 4.pngCut Red Sandstone Slab.pngSmooth Red Sandstone Slab Revision 3.pngBrick Slab Revision 3.pngPrismarine Slab.gifPrismarine Brick Slab Revision 2.pngDark Prismarine Slab Revision 2.pngNether Brick Slab Revision 3.pngRed Nether Brick Slab Revision 2.pngQuartz Slab Revision 3.pngSmooth Quartz Slab Revision 2.pngPurpur Slab Revision 2.pngEnd Stone Brick Slab Revision 1.png
Oak Planks JE6 BE2.pngSpruce Planks JE4 BE2.pngBirch Planks JE3 BE2.pngJungle Planks JE3 BE2.pngAcacia Planks JE3 BE2.pngDark Oak Planks JE3 BE2.pngStone JE4 BE2.pngDouble Smooth Stone Slab.pngCobblestone JE6 BE3.pngMossy Cobblestone JE4 BE2.pngStone Bricks JE3 BE2.pngMossy Stone Bricks JE3 BE2.pngAndesite JE3 BE2.pngPolished Andesite JE2 BE2.pngDiorite JE4 BE3.pngPolished Diorite JE2 BE2.pngGranite JE2 BE2.pngPolished Granite JE2 BE2.pngSandstone JE6 BE2.pngCut Sandstone JE5 BE2.pngSmooth Sandstone.pngRed Sandstone JE4 BE2.pngCut Red Sandstone JE4 BE2.pngSmooth Red Sandstone.pngBricks JE5 BE3.pngPrismarine JE2 BE2.pngPrismarine Bricks JE2 BE2.pngDark Prismarine JE2 BE2.pngNether Bricks JE3.pngRed Nether Bricks JE3 BE2.pngBlock of Quartz Revision 3.pngSmooth Quartz.pngPurpur Block JE2 BE2.pngEnd Stone Bricks JE2 BE2.png
Prismarine Slab
Transparent

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

Luminance

0

Blast resistance

Wood: 15
Stone: 30

Tools

Renewable

Petrified Oak, Andesite, Granite and Diorite: No
Sandstone: No‌[BE & LCE only]
Bricks and Red Sandstone: Yes‌[JE & BE only]
Nether Brick and Red Nether Brick: Yes‌[BE & LCE only]
All others: Yes

Stackable

Yes (64), same type only

Flammable

Wood: Yes (5)
Stone: No

Catches fire from lava

Wood: Yes
Stone: No

Drops

Single Slab: Itself
Double Slab: 2
Petrified Oak Slab: [Bedrock Edition only]

Data values

See § Data values

Namespaced ID

See § Data values

Slabs are half-versions of their respective blocks.

Natural generation[edit]

Villages
  • Smooth stone, oak and cobblestone slabs generate naturally in plains villages.
  • Smooth sandstone and sandstone slabs generate naturally in desert villages.
  • Smooth stone and acacia slabs generate naturally in savanna villages.
  • Smooth stone and spruce slabs generate naturally in taiga and snowy taiga villages.

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 Slab
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. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

Crafting[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Wood Slab Matching Planks
Stone Slab or
Smooth Stone Slab
Stone or
Smooth Stone
Cobblestone Slab or
Mossy Cobblestone Slab
Cobblestone or
Mossy Cobblestone
Stone Brick Slab or
Mossy Stone Brick Slab
Stone Bricks or
Mossy Stone Bricks
Andesite Slab or
Polished Andesite Slab
Andesite or
Polished Andesite
Diorite Slab or
Polished Diorite Slab
Diorite or
Polished Diorite
Granite Slab or
Polished Granite Slab
Granite or
Polished Granite
Sandstone Slab or
Red Sandstone Slab
Sandstone or
Red Sandstone
Cut Sandstone Slab or
Cut Red Sandstone Slab
Cut Sandstone or
Cut Red Sandstone
Smooth Sandstone Slab or
Smooth Red Sandstone Slab
Smooth Sandstone or
Smooth Red Sandstone
Brick Slab Bricks
Prismarine Slab or
Prismarine Brick Slab or
Dark Prismarine Slab
Prismarine or
Prismarine Bricks or
Dark Prismarine
Nether Brick Slab or
Red Nether Brick Slab
Nether Bricks or
Red Nether Bricks
Quartz Slab Any Quartz Block
Smooth Quartz Slab Smooth Quartz
Purpur Slab Any Purpur Block
End Stone Brick Slab End Stone Bricks


Stonecutting[edit]

Name Ingredients Cutting recipe
Stone Slab or
Smooth Stone Slab
Stone or
Smooth Stone
Cobblestone Slab or
Mossy Cobblestone Slab
Cobblestone or
Mossy Cobblestone
Stone Brick Slab or
Mossy Stone Brick Slab
Stone or
Stone Bricks or
Mossy Stone Bricks
Andesite Slab or
Polished Andesite Slab
Andesite or
Polished Andesite
Diorite Slab or
Polished Diorite Slab
Diorite or
Polished Diorite
Granite Slab or
Polished Granite Slab
Granite or
Polished Granite
Sandstone Slab or
Cut Sandstone Slab or
Smooth Sandstone Slab
Sandstone or
Cut Sandstone or
Smooth Sandstone
Red Sandstone Slab or
Cut Red Sandstone Slab or
Smooth Red Sandstone Slab
Red Sandstone or
Cut Red Sandstone or
Smooth Red Sandstone
Brick Slab Bricks
Prismarine Slab or
Prismarine Brick Slab or
Dark Prismarine Slab
Prismarine or
Prismarine Bricks or
Dark Prismarine
Nether Brick Slab or
Red Nether Brick Slab
Nether Bricks or
Red Nether Bricks
Quartz Slab or
Smooth Quartz Slab
Block of Quartz or
Smooth Quartz
Purpur Slab Purpur Block
End Stone Brick Slab End Stone or
End Stone Bricks

Petrified Oak Slabs are the stone-type wooden slabs left from before Java Edition 1.3.1. They are now unobtainable in vanilla survival.

Usage[edit]

Placement[edit]

Slabs can occupy either the top half or the bottom half of a block, or both:

  • Placing a slab on top of a block or on the side of a block in the lower half of the side surface creates a bottom slab
  • Placing a slab on the underside of a block or on the top half of the side surface creates a top slab
  • Placing a top and bottom slab of the same type in the same block creates a double slab block
  • It's impossible to place two different kinds of slabs in the same block.

Slabs cannot be oriented vertically.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Armor Stand Stick +
Smooth Stone Slab

Barrel Any Planks +
Any Wood Slab

[Java Edition only]
Barrel Stick +
Any Wood Slab

[Bedrock and PlayStation 4 editions only]
Chiseled Quartz Block Quartz Slab

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

Chiseled Stone Bricks Stone Brick Slab

Composter Any wood Slab

[Bedrock and PlayStation 4 editions only][upcoming: JE 1.15]
Daylight Detector Glass +
Nether Quartz +
Any wood Slab

Grindstone Stick +
Stone Slab +
Any Planks

Lectern Any Wood Slab +
Bookshelf

Purpur Pillar Purpur Slab

Behavior[edit]

This section needs updating.
Description: fluids after update aquatic behave differently with slabs.
An example of how top slabs can make redstone travel compactly "up stairs".
Slabs do not block a vertical redstone connection as it is a transparent block.

Generally, the top face of top slabs, the bottom face of bottom slabs, and all faces of double slabs are handled as solid blocks. Due to this, transparent blocks that need to placed on an opaque surface can be placed on these faces.

Double slabs are handled as a single block instead of two different slabs; as such, breaking one destroys the whole block and drop two slabs, as opposed to breaking only 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 dust placed on a top slab receives signals from redstone dust one block lower and adjacent, but cannot transmit signals down to that block.

Mobs see a slab as a full block. Mobs can spawn on top slabs and double slabs, but not on bottom slabs. In Bedrock Edition, iron golems do not spawn even on a top slab.[verify]

In Bedrock Edition, mobs standing on bottom slabs with air or another bottom slab below fail to pathfind correctly. They often end up spinning around in a small circle when they try to move.

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

Sneaking reduces the player's hitbox height to 1.65 blocks in Bedrock and Legacy Console editions, and so does not allow the player to walk over a bottom slab with one block of air above it, which is 1.5 blocks of space. In Java Edition, however, a crouching player's hitbox is exactly 1.5 blocks, allowing the player to fit through such a gap. A player cannot walk from a block of soul sand directly up to a bottom 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 bottom slab while sneaking, because the sneaking prevents falling only when the distance is higher than one half block.

If a slab is placed in a water source block, the empty half of that slab's block is waterlogged. If a top slab is placed in flowing water, a pocket of air is created in the bottom half of the block. In this pocket, the player can breathe and see as clearly as from an air block.

A minecart on powered rails is not repelled by a slab, although it is repelled by a slab with a minecart on top.

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

Slabs do not block light in Bedrock Edition.

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.

Petrified Oak Slab[edit]

Petrified Oak Slabs are actually stone slabs with the wooden texture, so they have the same hardness as their stone counterparts. Currently, there are no crafting recipes for this special type of slab, and it can be obtained only from the creative inventory or from commands/cheats if a world does not already have any crafted prior to updating to 1.3.

Sounds[edit]

Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Block breaking block.stone.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.5 0.25 16
Block broken block.stone.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Block placed block.stone.place subtitles.block.generic.place Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Footsteps block.stone.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 1.0 0.15 16
No subtitle block.stone.fall (Plays when fallen on from a height) Blocks 0.75 0.5 16
Block breaking block.wood.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.5 0.25 16
Block broken block.wood.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Block placed block.wood.place subtitles.block.generic.place Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Footsteps block.wood.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 1.0 0.15 16
No subtitle block.wood.fall (Plays when fallen on from a height) Blocks 0.75 0.5 16

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

Block Namespaced ID
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
Stone Slab stone_slab
Smooth Stone Slab smooth_stone_slab
Cobblestone Slab cobblestone_slab
Mossy Cobblestone Slab mossy_cobblestone_slab
Stone Brick Slab stone_brick_slab
Mossy Stone Brick Slab mossy_stone_brick_slab
Andesite Slab andesite_slab
Polished Andesite Slab polished_andesite_slab
Diorite Slab diorite_slab
Polished Diorite Slab polished_diorite_slab
Granite Slab granite_slab
Polished Granite Slab polished_granite_slab
Sandstone Slab sandstone_slab
Cut Sandstone Slab cut_sandstone_slab
Smooth Sandstone Slab smooth_sandstone_slab
Red Sandstone Slab red_sandstone_slab
Cut Red Sandstone Slab cut_red_sandstone_slab
Smooth Red Sandstone Slab smooth_red_sandstone_slab
Brick Slab brick_slab
Prismarine Slab prismarine_slab
Prismarine Brick Slab prismarine_brick_slab
Dark Prismarine Slab dark_prismarine_slab
Nether Brick Slab nether_brick_slab
Red Nether Brick Slab red_nether_brick_slab
Quartz Slab quartz_slab
Smooth Quartz Slab smooth_quartz_slab
Purpur Slab purpur_slab
End Stone Brick Slab end_stone_brick_slab
Petrified Oak Slab petrified_oak_slab

Bedrock Edition:

Block Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Double Stone-type Slabs (smooth stone through nether bricks) double_stone_slab 43
Stone-type Slabs (smooth stone through nether brick) stone_slab 44
Double Wooden Slabs double_wooden_slab 157
Wooden Slabs wooden_slab 158
Other Double Stone-type Slabs (red sandstone through red nether brick) double_stone_slab2 181
Other Stone-type Slabs (red sandstone through(red nether brick) stone_slab2 182
Different Stone-type Slabs (end stone brick through polished granite) stone_slab3 417
More Stone-type Slabs (mossy stone brick through cut red sandstone) stone_slab4 421
Different Double Stone-type Slabs (end stone brick through polished granite) double_stone_slab3 422
More Double Stone-type Slabs (mossy stone brick through cut red sandstone) double_stone_slab4 423


Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, slabs use the following data values:

Double stone slab
DV Description
0 Double Stone Slab
1 Double Sandstone Slab
2 Double Wooden Slab
3 Double Cobblestone Slab
4 Double Bricks Slab
5 Double Stone Bricks 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 Bricks Slab
4 Double Dark Prismarine Slab
5 Double Mossy cobblestone Slab
6 Double Smooth Sandstone Slab
7 Double Red Nether Brick Slab
Double stone slab 3
DV Description
0 Double End Stone Brick Slab
1 Double Smooth Red Sandstone Slab
2 Double Polished Andesite Slab
3 Double Andesite Slab
4 Double Diorite Slab
5 Double Polished Diorite Slab
6 Double Granite Slab
7 Double Polished Granite Slab
Double stone slab 4
DV Description
0 Double Mossy Stone Brick Slab
1 Double Smooth Quartz Slab
2 Double Stone Slab
3 Double Cut Sandstone Slab
4 Double Cut Red Sandstone Slab
Stone slab
DV Description
0 Smooth Stone Slab
1 Sandstone Slab
2 Wooden Slab
3 Cobblestone Slab
4 Bricks Slab
5 Stone Bricks Slab
6 Quartz Slab
7 Nether Brick Slab
8 Upper Smooth Stone Slab
9 Upper Sandstone Slab
10 Upper Wooden Slab
11 Upper Cobblestone Slab
12 Upper Bricks Slab
13 Upper Stone Bricks Slab
14 Upper Quartz Slab
15 Upper Nether Brick Slab
Stone slab 2
DV Description
0 Red Sandstone Slab
1 Purpur Slab
2 Prismarine Slab
3 Prismarine Bricks Slab
4 Dark Prismarine Slab
5 Mossy cobblestone Slab
6 Smooth Sandstone Slab
7 Red Nether Brick Slab
8 Upper Red Sandstone Slab
9 Upper Purpur Slab
10 Upper Prismarine Slab
11 Upper Prismarine Bricks Slab
12 Upper Dark Prismarine Slab
13 Upper Mossy cobblestone Slab
14 Upper Smooth Sandstone Slab
15 Upper Red Nether Brick Slab
Stone slab 3
DV Description
0 End Stone Brick Slab
1 Smooth Red Sandstone Slab
2 Polished Andesite Slab
3 Andesite Slab
4 Diorite Slab
5 Polished Diorite Slab
6 Granite Slab
7 Polished Granite Slab
8 Upper End Stone Brick Slab
9 Upper Smooth Red Sandstone Slab
10 Upper Polished Andesite Slab
11 Upper Andesite Slab
12 Upper Diorite Slab
13 Upper Polished Diorite Slab
14 Upper Granite Slab
15 Upper Polished Granite Slab
Stone slab 4
DV Description
0 Mossy Stone Brick Slab
1 Smooth Quartz Slab
2 Stone Slab
3 Cut Sandstone Slab
4 Cut Red Sandstone Slab
8 Upper Mossy Stone Brick Slab
9 Upper Smooth Quartz Slab
10 Upper Stone Slab
11 Upper Cut Sandstone Slab
12 Upper Cut Red Sandstone Slab
Double wood slab
DV Description
0 Double Oak Wood Slab
1 Double Spruce Wood Slab
2 Double Birch Wood Slab
3 Double Jungle Wood Slab
4 Double Acacia Wood Slab
5 Double Dark Oak Wood 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 states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
typebottom bottom
top
Where the slab is within its block.
doubleThe block is a double slab.
waterloggedfalsefalse
true
Whether or not there's water in the same place as this slab.

Bedrock Edition:
Stone slab and double stone slab

Name Default value Allowed values Description
stone_slab_typesmooth_stonebrick
cobblestone
nether_brick
quartz
sandstone
smooth_stone
stone_brick
wood
The type of slab this is.
top_slot_bitfalsefalse
true
If this slab is an upper slab.

Wood slab and double wood slab

Name Default value Allowed values Description
top_slot_bitfalsefalse
true
If this slab is an upper slab.
wood_typeoakacacia
birch
dark_oak
jungle
oak
spruce
The type of slab this is.

Stone slab 2 and double stone slab 2

Name Default value Allowed values Description
stone_slab_type_2red_sandstonemossy_cobblestone
prismarine_brick
prismarine_dark
prismarine_rough
purpur
red_nether_brick
red_sandstone
smooth_sandstone
The type of slab this is.
top_slot_bitfalsefalse
true
If this slab is an upper slab.

Stone slab 3 and double stone slab 3

Name Default value Allowed values Description
stone_slab_type_3end_stone_brickandesite
diorite
end_stone_brick
granite
polished_andesite
polished_diorite
polished_granite
smooth_red_sandstone
The type of slab this is.
top_slot_bitfalsefalse
true
If this slab is an upper slab.

Stone slab 4 and double stone slab 4

Name Default value Allowed values Description
stone_slab_type_4mossy_stone_brickcut_red_sandstone
cut_sandstone
mossy_stone_brick
smooth_quartz
stone
The type of slab this is.
top_slot_bitfalsefalse
true
If this slab is an upper slab.

History[edit]

Java Edition pre-Classic
May 16, 2009Notch mentions wanting to add "half-height tiles for stairs".
Java Edition Classic
May 17, 2009Slabs were suggested on the TIGSource forums.
October 22, 2009Dirt Slab.png Dirt slabs were shown in a blog post.
October 23, 2009Notch says the new half block has nearly been finished and gives a video.
0.26 SURVIVAL TESTSmooth Stone Slab Revision 1.png Stone slabs have now been introduced to the game.
Stone slabs can be obtained by mining coal ore because of the lack of inventory and crafting.
Slabs were originally called stairs.
Java Edition Indev
0.3120100129Slabs have now received a crafting recipe: 3 slabs from 3 cobblestone.
Slabs are now no longer dropped from coal ore.
Java Edition Beta
1.3Sandstone Slab Revision 1.png Oak Slab Revision 1.png Cobblestone 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 have to be mined with a pickaxe to collect, were not affected by fire, and had stronger blast resistance than planks, making them a useful building material. On current versions, this slab can be obtained from the Creative inventory or by using commands. The item tooltip now says "Petrified Oak Slab" rather than "Oak Slab".
Before the additional slabs were added, a double stone slab would yield only one slab when broken. Since this update, all double slabs now yield 2 of their respective single slabs when broken. Destroying double slabs with TNT, however, still yields only 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 has now 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.
1.7Sandstone Slab Revision 2.png Oak Slab Revision 2.png Cobblestone Slab Revision 2.png Smooth Stone Slab Revision 1.png Bottom slabs now use the bottom half of the double slab texture rather than the top.
Cobblestone Slab Revision 1.png The texture of the cobblestone slab has now been updated.
1.8Pre-releaseStone Brick Slab Revision 1.png Brick Slab Revision 1.png Smooth Stone Revision 1.png Added the stone brick, bricks, and smooth stone double slab. (Smooth stone double slab are obtainable only through inventory editing.)
The sprinting feature has been added in this update. While stairs cancel the player's sprinting, slabs allow a player to continue sprinting.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5Oak Slab Revision 3.png Brick Slab Revision 2.png The textures of bricks and planks have now been updated, and by extension that of the slabs.
1.2.11.2-preAll 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 now 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.
1.3.112w17aOak Slab Revision 3.png Birch Slab Revision 1.png Spruce Slab Revision 1.png Jungle Slab Revision 1.png New slabs have now 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 remain the old 'stone' type.
12w21aSandstone slabs now generate in desert temples.
12w25aRedstone (including repeaters, torches. levers and pressure plates) and rails can now be placed on slabs and stairs positioned upside down.
12w26aMobs can now spawn on upside down slabs.
1.4.212w39aSlabs now interact properly with lighting.
When slabs are placed upside down, they now accept light from light sources themselves, and no longer block light to surrounding blocks.
Slabs no longer cast the shadow of a full-sized block.[1]
1.4.6November 28, 2012Jeb tweeted a picture of himself crafting nether brick slabs.
12w49aNether Brick Slab Revision 1.png Added nether brick slabs, which has now caused the smooth stone double slab to change its data value to 43:7.
1.5January 22, 2013Jeb states that the "smooth stone full half-slab" is to be re-implemented with a data value of 43:8. Other slabs with data values of 43:9-43:15 are also to 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]
13w01aWooden Slabs can now be used to craft daylight sensors.
13w02aQuartz Slab Revision 1.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 now been removed from the game. Its data values have been replaced with the nether quartz slab.
13w04aSmooth Sandstone Revision 1.png The smooth stone double slab has now been re-implemented with a data value of 43:8.
The smooth sandstone double slab has now been added, with a data value of 43:9.
Seamless data values of 43:10-43:15 have now been added, but are unused and appear identical to their normal counterparts.
13w09cQuartz slabs and double slabs now use the top, side and bottom textures of the block of quartz.
Block of Quartz Revision 3.png The quartz slab's seamless counterpart, with a data value of 43:15, retains the top texture on all 6 sides.
?Sandstone Slab Revision 2.png The texture of sandstone slabs have now been changed slightly.
1.7.21.7-preAcacia Slab Revision 1.png Dark Oak Slab Revision 1.png Added acacia and dark oak slabs.
1.814w02aStone 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.
14w25aDouble stone slabs and double wooden slabs can now no longer be obtained as an item.
14w32aRed Sandstone Slab Revision 1.png Smooth Red Sandstone Revision 1.png Added red sandstone slabs and double slabs, as well as smooth red sandstone double slabs.
Armor stands are now crafted using any slab.
14w32bArmor stands can now be crafted only using stone slabs.
14w33aStone slabs can now no longer be crafted using granite, diorite, andesite, or their polished counterparts.
1.9June 22, 2015Jeb reveals purpur slabs on Instagram, with the words "MINECON 2015 HYPE!"
15w31aPurpur Slab Revision 1.png Added purpur slabs and double slabs.
15w43aA spruce slab now acts as the middle of a table generated within igloo basements.
1.1116w39aOak, birch, spruce, stone, and cobblestone slabs now generate in woodland mansions.
April 17, 2018Dinnerbone confirms that Java Edition 1.14 will contain many new stairs and slabs.
1.1317w47aThe 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 now 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 now been renamed to "Brick slab".
"Stone bricks slab" has been renamed to "Stone brick slab".
<Wood type> wood slab has now been renamed to <wood type> slab.
Smooth Stone Revision 2.png Smooth Sandstone Revision 1.png Smooth Red Sandstone Revision 1.png Block of Quartz Revision 1.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.
18w07aPrismarine Slab Revision 1.png Prismarine Brick Slab Revision 1.png Dark Prismarine Slab Revision 1.png Added slabs for prismarine, prismarine bricks, and dark prismarine.
18w10cWater can now be placed on the same block as slabs.
18w20aChanged the name of "Prismarine Bricks Slab" to "Prismarine Brick Slab."
1.13.118w32aPurpur slabs can now be crafted with purpur pillars.
October 10, 2018Dinnerbone tweets that there are to be 14 new slabs.
October 10, 2018Polished diorite slabs are tweeted out by LadyAgnes.
1.1418w43aOak Slab Revision 4.png Spruce Slab Revision 2.png Birch Slab Revision 2.png Jungle Slab Revision 2.png Acacia Slab Revision 2.png Dark Oak Slab Revision 2.png Smooth Stone Slab Revision 2.png Cobblestone Slab Revision 3.png Brick Slab Revision 3.png Stone Brick Slab Revision 2.png Sandstone Slab Revision 3.png Red Sandstone Slab Revision 2.png Nether Brick Slab Revision 2.png Quartz Slab Revision 2.png Purpur Slab Revision 2.png Prismarine Slab Revsion 2.png Prismarine Brick Slab Revision 2.png Dark Prismarine Slab Revision 2.png The texture of all slabs has now been changed.
Andesite Slab Revision 1.png Polished Andesite Slab Revision 1.png Diorite Slab Revision 1.png Polished Diorite Slab Revision 1.png Granite Slab Revision 1.png Polished Granite Slab Revision 1.png Mossy Stone Brick Slab Revision 1.png Mossy Cobblestone Slab Revision 1.png Smooth Sandstone Slab Revision 1.png Smooth Red Sandstone Slab Revision 1.png Quartz Slab Revision 1.png Red Nether Brick Slab Revision 1.png End Stone Brick Slab Revision 1.png Added andesite, polished andesite, diorite, polished diorite, granite, polished granite, mossy stone brick slab, mossy cobblestone, smooth sandstone, smooth red sandstone, smooth quartz, red nether brick, end stone brick slabs.
Renamed "Stone Slab" to "Smooth Stone Slab".
18w44aAndesite Slab Revision 2.png Polished Andesite Slab Revision 2.png Diorite Slab Revision 2.png Polished Diorite Slab Revision 2.png Stone Slab Revision 2.png Sandstone Slab Revision 4.png Smooth Sandstone Slab Revision 2.png The textures for andesite, polished andesite, diorite, polished diorite, stone, smooth sandstone slabs has now been changed.
18w47aOak Slab Revision 5.png Spruce Slab Revision 3.png Birch Slab Revision 3.png Jungle Slab Revision 3.png Acacia Slab Revision 3.png Dark Oak Slab Revision 3.png Stone Brick Slab Revision 3.png Mossy Stone Brick Slab Revision 2.png Nether Brick Slab Revision 3.png Red Sandstone Slab Revision 3.png Smooth Red Sandstone Slab Revision 2.png The texture for oak, spruce, birch, jungle, acacia, dark oak, stone bricks, mossy stone bricks, nether bricks, red sandstone, and smooth red sandstone slabs has now been changed.
18w48aStone slabs are now use to craft grindstones.
18w50aWood slabs are now used to craft barrels.
Spruce Slab Revision 4.png Cobblestone Slab Revision 4.png Mossy Cobblestone Slab Revision 2.png Sandstone Slab Revision 5.png Smooth Sandstone Slab Revision 3.png Red Sandstone Slab Revision 4.png Smooth Red Sandstone Slab Revision 3.png Red Nether Brick Slab Revision 2.png The texture for spruce, cobblestone, mossy cobblestone, sandstone, smooth sandstone, red sandstone, and smooth red sandstone slabs has now been changed.
19w02aWood slabs are now used to craft lecterns.
19w08aDiorite Slab Revision 3.png The texture of diorite slabs has now been changed.
Smooth Quartz Slab Revision 2.png Smooth quartz uses the bottom texture of normal quartz blocks, rather than the top texture.
19w12aCut Sandstone Slab.png Cut Red Sandstone Slab.png Added cut sandstone and cut red sandstone slabs.
19w13aSlabs no longer block light, except at their full faces.
19w13bQuartz Slab Revision 3.png The texture of quartz slabs has now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Smooth Stone Slab Revision 1.png Added stone slabs.
0.3.0Oak Slab Revision 2.png Brick Slab Revision 1.png Cobblestone Slab Revision 2.png Added wood (original oak), brick and cobblestone slabs.
0.6.0Sandstone Slab Revision 2.png Stone Brick Slab Revision 1.png Added sandstone and stone brick slabs.
Slabs can now be placed on the top half of blocks.
The recipes for crafting slabs now give 6 slabs, instead of 3 slabs.
0.7.3Quartz Slab Revision 1.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.
0.8.0build 2Birch Slab Revision 1.png Spruce Slab Revision 1.png Jungle Slab Revision 1.png Added birch, spruce and jungle wood slabs.
0.9.0build 1Acacia Slab Revision 1.png Dark Oak Slab Revision 1.png Added acacia and dark oak wood slabs.
Stone slabs now generate naturally in villages.
build 11Added crafting recipe for jungle wood slabs.
?Changed wooden slab name from [woodtype] Slab to [woodtype] Wood Slab.
0.12.1build 1Nether Brick Slab Revision 1.png Added nether brick slabs.
0.13.0build 1Wooden slabs are now used to craft daylight sensors.
Sandstone slabs now generate in desert temples.
0.14.0build 1Red Sandstone Slab Revision 1.png Added red sandstone slabs.
0.14.2Nether Brick Slab BE.png The nether brick slab texture has now been brightened.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha 0.17.0.1Purpur Slab Revision 1.png Added purpur slabs.
A spruce slab nows act as the middle of a table generated within igloo basements.
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0Oak, birch, spruce, stone, and cobblestone slabs now generate in woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta 1.2.0.2Stone slabs are now used to craft armor stands.
1.4.0beta 1.2.13.8Prismarine Slab Revision 1.png Prismarine Brick Slab Revision 1.png Dark Prismarine Slab Revision 1.png Added slabs for prismarine, prismarine brick and dark prismarine as part of Experimental Gameplay.
beta 1.2.14.2The slabs for prismarine, prismarine brick, and dark prismarine have now been fully implemented.
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.0"Stone Slab" has now been renamed to "Smooth Stone Slab".
Oak Slab Revision 5.png Spruce Slab Revision 4.png Birch Slab Revision 3.png Jungle Slab Revision 3.png Acacia Slab Revision 3.png Dark Oak Slab Revision 3.png Smooth Stone Slab Revision 2.png Cobblestone Slab Revision 4.png Brick Slab Revision 3.png Stone Brick Slab Revision 3.png Sandstone Slab Revision 5.png Red Sandstone Slab Revision 4.png Nether Brick Slab Revision 3.png Quartz Slab Revision 3.png Purpur Slab Revision 2.png Prismarine Slab Revsion 2.png Prismarine Brick Slab Revision 2.png Dark Prismarine Slab Revision 2.png The texture of all slabs has now been changed.
Andesite Slab Revision 2.png Polished Andesite Slab Revision 2.png Diorite Slab Revision 3.png Polished Diorite Slab Revision 2.png Granite Slab Revision 1.png Polished Granite Slab Revision 1.png Mossy Stone Brick Slab Revision 2.png Mossy Cobblestone Slab Revision 2.png Smooth Sandstone Slab Revision 3.png Cut Sandstone Slab.png Smooth Red Sandstone Slab Revision 3.png Cut Red Sandstone Slab.png Smooth Quartz Slab Revision 2.png Red Nether Brick Slab Revision 2.png End Stone Brick Slab Revision 1.png Added stone, andesite, polished andesite, diorite, polished diorite, granite, polished granite, mossy stone brick, mossy cobblestone, smooth sandstone, cut sandstone, smooth red sandstone, cut red sandstone, smooth quartz, red nether brick, and end stone brick slabs.
Sandstone and red sandstone slabs can now be crafted only using regular sandstone.
Smooth stone slabs now require smooth stone to craft them.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Cobblestone, mossy cobblestone, and dark oak slab generate in pillager outpost.
Smooth sandstone slab now generate in new desert villages.
Wood slab can be used to craft composter, barrel, and lectern.
Stone slab can be used to craft grindstone.
1.12.0beta 1.12.0.2Single slab has now block sky light.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Smooth Stone Slab Revision 1.png Oak Slab Revision 2.png Sandstone Slab Revision 1.png Cobblestone Slab Revision 1.png Added stone, wood (original oak), sandstone and cobblestone slabs.
TU5Stone Brick Slab Revision 1.png Brick Slab Revision 1.png Added stone brick and brick slabs.
TU9Birch Slab Revision 1.png Spruce Slab Revision 1.png Nether Brick Slab Revision 1.png Added birch wood, spruce wood and nether brick slabs.
Wooden slabs crafted during and after this update are now flammable and are broken with an axe instead of a pickaxe. Existing slabs (which have stone properties) are not stackable with the new slabs.
TU12Jungle Slab Revision 1.png Added jungle wood slabs.
Slabs can now be placed upside down.
Items can now be placed directly on upside down slabs.
TU141.04Quartz Slab Revision 1.png Added quartz slabs.
The placement of half blocks and other blocks on half blocks has now been changed.
The placement of upside down slabs has now been changed.
TU27CU151.18Acacia Slab Revision 1.png Dark Oak Slab Revision 1.png Added acacia and dark oak wood slabs to the creative inventory.
TU46CU361.38Patch 15Purpur Slab Revision 1.png Added purpur slabs.
TU691.76Patch 38Prismarine Slab Revision 1.png Prismarine Brick Slab Revision 1.png Dark Prismarine Slab Revision 1.png Added slabs for prismarine, prismarine bricks and dark prismarine.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.88Oak Slab Revision 5.png Spruce Slab Revision 4.png Birch Slab Revision 3.png Jungle Slab Revision 3.png Acacia Slab Revision 3.png Dark Oak Slab Revision 3.png Smooth Stone Slab Revision 2.png Cobblestone Slab Revision 4.png Brick Slab Revision 3.png Stone Brick Slab Revision 3.png Sandstone Slab Revision 5.png Red Sandstone Slab Revision 4.png Nether Brick Slab Revision 3.png Quartz Slab Revision 3.png Purpur Slab Revision 2.png Prismarine Slab Revsion 2.png Prismarine Brick Slab Revision 2.png Dark Prismarine Slab Revision 2.png The texture of all slabs has now been changed.
Andesite Slab Revision 2.png Polished Andesite Slab Revision 2.png Diorite Slab Revision 3.png Polished Diorite Slab Revision 2.png Granite Slab Revision 1.png Polished Granite Slab Revision 1.png Mossy Stone Brick Slab Revision 2.png Mossy Cobblestone Slab Revision 2.png Smooth Sandstone Slab Revision 3.png Smooth Red Sandstone Slab Revision 3.png Quartz Slab Revision 3.png Red Nether Brick Slab Revision 2.png End Stone Brick Slab Revision 1.png Added andesite, polished andesite, diorite, polished diorite, granite, polished granite, mossy stone brick slab, mossy cobblestone, smooth sandstone, smooth red sandstone, smooth quartz, red nether brick, end stone brick slabs.
Renamed "Stone Slab" to "Smooth Stone Slab".
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.7.10Purpur Slab Revision 1.png Added purpur slabs.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • Any light directed through a slab does not affect any block's light values north of the source.
  • Whereas 1×1 dents in a flat floor using slabs are darkened as one would expect, 1×1 dents created using 2×1 or 2×2 stairs darken less, due to having fewer surrounding solid blocks.[3]
  • When water or lava are on top of an upside-down slab, the water dripping particles 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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