Nether Portal (block)

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






Blast resistance





Yes (11)





Catches fire from lava


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.


See also: 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
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.trigger???16
None[sound 2]?After being teleported throughblock.portal.travelNone[sound 2]??16

Data values[edit]

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Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)Translation key
Nether Portalnether_portal hoglin_repellents

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Nether Portalportal

Block data[edit]

See also: Data values

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]

See also: Block states

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.


Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0previewNether Portal JE1.png Added the nether portal block.
Java Edition Beta
1.6Test Build 3Nether Portal JE2.png Nether portal blocks 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 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.
1.7.2?Portal post.png Nether portal blocks with damage value 3 now have a vertical post appearance rather than the pane or sheet appearance of other states.
13w37aNether 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 1Nether Portal BE.png Added nether portal blocks.
?The sounds of nether portals have been updated to match Java.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Nether Portal JE2.png Added nether portal blocks.


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  • In Java Edition, the thinner sides of the Nether Portal block are transparent.
  • In Legacy Console Edition, the Nether Portal block is non-interactive, making explosions and breaking the supporting block the only methods of breaking it.