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Oak Fence.pngSpruce Fence.pngBirch Fence.pngJungle Fence.pngAcacia Fence.pngDark Oak Fence.png
Nether Brick Fence.png





Blast resistance

15 (Wood)
30 (Nether Brick)


This block can be broken with any tool, but an axe is the quickest


Wood: Yes
Nether Brick: No


Yes (64)


Wood: Yes
Nether Brick: No



Data values

See Data values


See Data values

Fences are wall blocks that cannot normally be jumped over.


Wood fences are broken most quickly with an axe, but will drop when broken with any tool. Nether brick fences require a pickaxe, mining it with anything else will drop nothing.


Nether Brick
Hardness 2 2

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

Natural generation[edit]

Oak fences spawn naturally:

  • As the uprights for the supports in abandoned mineshafts, where they are plentiful.
  • In villages, where they appear in tables, lamp posts, and even enclosures on roofs or behind buildings.
  • In library rooms of strongholds as railings and chandeliers. In the latter case, there are many torches attached to them.
  • On the "patios" and in the front window of witch huts.

Oak, birch and dark oak wood fences generate naturally in woodland mansions.

Nether brick fences can be found naturally in nether fortresses where they form window bars, balcony fencing, and gate-like structures.

Dark oak fences spawn as the supports in above-ground mineshafts.


Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Wood Fence Matching Wood Planks +
Nether Brick Fence Nether Brick



While fences appear to be a single block tall, and have a hitbox height of one block, their collision box (for entities) is 1.5 blocks tall, meaning most mobs cannot jump over them without the Jump Boost status effect. They are transparent to light and have visual gaps in the model.

A fence occupies the center space of blocks and automatically connects to any solid block that is placed next to it. Wood fences will connect to other wood fences, but will not connect to nether brick fences.

Since their hitbox is smaller than a single block, it will allow a player/mob in the block to breathe even when submerged.


Fences can be used to attach mobs with a lead.


Wooden fences can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 1.5 items per block.

Clicking target[edit]

Unlike with most blocks, right-clicking on a fence will attempt to play an action. This is an intentionally programmed feature.[1]

Data values[edit]


Type ID Name JE Numeric ID BE Numeric ID
Oak fence 85 850
Spruce spruce_fence 188 851
Birch birch_fence 189 852
Jungle jungle_fence 190 853
Dark Oak dark_oak_fence 191 855
Acacia acacia_fence 192 854
Nether Brick nether_brick_fence 113 113

Block state[edit]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description




When true, the fence extends from the center post in this direction.



v1.0.17 Oak Fence.pngAdded fences. Nothing could be placed on top of them. There was only 1 type at the time, which had the texture of what is now called oak fence.
They do not connect to solid blocks (when was this changed?).
1.3 Fixed standing on top of fences causing players to get stuck and crashing the server in SMP.
1.6 Fences made flammable and visibility improved
1.7 Any block, including torches and other fences, now able to be placed on fences.
1.8 ?Added villages, abandoned mineshafts, and strongholds, where wooden fences naturally generate.
Axes break fences faster.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease Nether Brick Fence.pngAdded nether fortresses, including nether brick fences.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2 Fence collision box reduced.
Fences now connect to solid blocks.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5 Fence selection area changed to match its collision box.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6 Fences no longer prevent farmland from decaying when placed below farmland.
1.4.2 12w36a It is now possible to place pressure plates on top of nether brick fences.
1.4.4 ?Mobs no longer try to jump over nether brick fences.
Nether brick fence texture fixed.
1.5 ?Fence corners now have a smaller collision box, allowing players to fall through the gap in the middle of four fences placed in a square.
1.6.1 13w16a Mobs can be tied to fences.
1.8 14w32b Fences have a new crafting recipe, previously requiring six sticks in a 2×3 grid. The recipe also now produces 3 fences instead of 2.
Spruce Fence.pngBirch Fence.pngJungle Fence.pngAcacia Fence.pngDark Oak Fence.pngFences now vary in appearance based on the planks used to make them.
The recipe now requires 4 plank blocks of the same species, but fence blocks of different woods can connect.
1.11 16w39a Oak, birch and dark oak wood fences now generate in woodland mansions.
1.12 17w15a Now connect to the solid back sides of stairs.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.13 ?It is now possible to place a fence when the player is within a corner of three fences to form a ring of four, provided the space is sufficient.
18w10c Water can now be placed on the same block as fences.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.0 Oak Fence.pngAdded fences.
0.9.0 build 1 Fences now naturally spawn in strongholds, abandoned mineshafts and villages.
Added smooth lighting to fences.
0.10.0 build 1 Spruce Fence.pngBirch Fence.pngJungle Fence.pngAcacia Fence.pngDark Oak Fence.pngAdded spruce, birch, jungle, acacia and dark oak variants.
Renamed fence to oak fence.
0.12.1 build 1 Nether Brick Fence.pngAdded nether brick fences.
build 12 Torches can now be placed on top of nether brick fences.
0.14.2 The texture for the nether brick fence is changed.
Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 Oak, birch and dark oak wood fences now generate in woodland mansions.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Patch 1Oak Fence.pngAdded fences.
TU3Fences are now stackable.
TU5Pressure plates are placeable on fences.
TU6Fence collision box decreased to size of fence block.
TU7Added nether brick fences.
TU25CU141.17Spruce Fence.pngBirch Fence.pngJungle Fence.pngAdded spruce, birch, and jungle variants.
The crafting recipe now uses 4 planks and 2 sticks instead of 6 sticks.
Renamed fence to oak fence.
TU27CU151.18Acacia Fence.pngDark Oak Fence.pngAdded acacia and dark oak fences to the creative inventory.
TU54CU441.52Patch 24Patch 4Now connect to the solid back sides of stairs.


Issues relating to "Fence" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.


  • If a carpet is placed on top of a fence, a player can jump onto the carpet, while mobs will not (except rabbits).
  • Getting hit by someone else (or shooting yourself with a Punch enchanted bow while sprinting forwards) while in midair can cause the knockback to propel you over a fence you would not be able to jump over normally.
  • When 1.13 is released for Java Edition, water will be able to be placed on the same block on semi-transparent blocks, by using a water bucket on that block.[2]


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