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Nether Portal (block)

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Nether Portal
Nether Portal.png
Nether Portal BE.png
Nether Portal


Blast resistance





Yes (11)





Lava susceptible


The nether portal block is the translucent part of the nether portal that teleports the player to and from the Nether.


In Java Edition, it cannot be obtained as an item, but in Bedrock Edition, it may be obtained via inventory editing, or by using bugs.

The nether portal block can be placed using the /setblock command and is generated when lighting a nether portal.


In Java Edition, nether portal blocks can stably exist only within a nether portal structure, unlike end portal blocks. When the block is updated and detects it is not part of such a structure, it disappears.

Nether portal blocks can be used to teleport into and out of the Nether. When a player in the Overworld or the Nether stands in a nether portal block for 4 seconds, the player is taken to the other dimension. The player can step out of a portal before it completes its animation to abort the teleport. However, in Creative mode there is no wait time—the player immediately transfers between dimensions. If there is already an active portal within range (125 blocks) in the other world, the player appears in that portal. Otherwise, a portal is created at or near the corresponding coordinates. If a single portal block is placed using commands, it can still be used to travel to the Nether.

Nether portal blocks make distinctive sounds of whimpering and cries,[verify] and emit purple particles resembling dust particles (the same purple particles are produced by endermen, endermites, ender pearls, and the ender chest). Portal blocks emit light of level 11, rather dimmer than a torch and not quite sufficient to prevent mob spawning on top of a freestanding portal.

Much like water or lava, portal blocks cannot be broken by tools except in Creative. However, portal blocks can be destroyed by explosions (even weak ones) and can be replaced by placing water or lava.‌[Java Edition only] If any portal block is destroyed, the whole portal is deactivated as adjacent portal blocks are updated and detect that the portal structure is no longer complete.

Portal blocks cannot be moved by pistons, nor can a piston push a block into a portal.

While nether portals themselves cannot be lit in the end, a portal block set in The End and in custom dimensions behaves exactly like in the Overworld, calculating coordinates in the Nether with the same 1:8 ratio. They teleport players to the Nether in Java Edition, and to the Overworld in Bedrock Edition.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the
Block placedBlocksPlacing the
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the
Portal whooshesBlocksRandomblock.portal.ambientsubtitles.block.portal.ambient? ? 10
Portal noise intensifiesBlocksStanding in the portalblock.portal.triggerNone? ? 16
None? After being teleported throughblock.portal.travelNone? ? 16
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Data values[edit]

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Information requested: block tags


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Nether Portalnether_portal block.minecraft.nether_portal

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Nether Portalportal

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, the nether portal uses the following data values:

DV Description
0 (unused)
1 The portal's long edge runs east–west.
2 The portal's long edge runs north-south.

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
axisx xThe portal's long edge runs east–west.
zThe portal's long edge runs north–south.

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
axisx unknown[check the code]
xThe portal's long edge runs east–west.
zThe portal's long edge runs north–south.


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The specific instructions are: Texture Update nether portal block, assuming anything actually changed about it.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0previewNether Portal JE1.png Added the nether portal block.
Java Edition Beta
1.6Test Build 3Nether Portal JE2.png Portal blocks now no longer have a top face.
Java Edition
1.0.0?It is now possible to smash nether portals by simply punching them.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Nether Portal JE3.png The nether portal block texture has allegedly been changed, having a slightly darker look.
?It is no longer possible to break portal blocks with water or lava. Both stop before hitting the portal and act as if the portal were a solid block; placing water instead of fire in the portal automatically deactivates the portal anyway.
1.2.112w08aThe player can now (again) break a block portal in creative by punching it. It makes the same sound as glass being destroyed.
1.3.112w22aZombie pigmen now rarely spawn from portal blocks in the Overworld.
1.513w02aNether portal blocks now use the texture in resource packs: textures/blocks/portal.png
?Portal post.png Portal blocks with damage value 3 now have a vertical post appearance rather than the pane or sheet appearance of other states.
1.7.213w37aNether portal blocks now use block data values (later changed to block state) to determine their orientation. Old nether portals created in 1.6.4 and earlier have a tendency to close when upgrading.
13w41aNether portals, water and ice are now visible through each other.
13w42aNether Portal JE4.png Nether portals no longer show their back face.
1.814w18aNether Portal.png Nether portals no longer have side faces.
14w25aThe item form of the nether portal block has been removed from the game. It can no longer exist in inventories, only as a block in the world.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 90.
pre5The block id of nether portals has been changed to nether_portal.
1.1620w14aHoglins are now scared of nether portal blocks.
Pre-release 3Nether portal blocks now have a loot table.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1build 1Added nether portal blocks.
?The sounds of nether portals have been updated to match Java.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Added nether portal blocks.


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  • The thinner sides of the Nether portal block are transparent.
  • The texture of the portal in Bedrock Edition never changed.