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@MiaLem n Feb 2017.jpg The recipe book, together with the advancements system, will help new players to learn the game and give advanced players a new challenge.
Maria Lemón on advancements and recipe books[1]

The recipe book is a mechanic in Minecraft that serves as a catalog of recipes and as a crafting guide.

Interface[edit | edit source]

Dinnerbone-twitter.png The way it works in vanilla survival* is that you either "discover" a recipe by crafting it manually, or some other condition where we think "okay now you have sticks, we'll teach you how to make a pickaxe". After a recipe is "discovered" it's available in this recipe book, an optional thing you can click to in a crafting screen. From there you can see all the recipes you've discovered and how to craft them, so you don't need to google for the shape and ingredients.

*I say vanilla survival because this is customizable. For example, a custom map could require you to only craft things they've given you, and nothing else. In vanilla survival this is purely a tool to help remember recipes you don't use much, or teach you about new ones that you may not have known about.

Dinnerbone on using the recipe book[2]
The open recipe book, as it appears in the survival inventory screen.
The recipe book as it appears in the crafting table screen.

The recipe book can be displayed in either the 2x2 (inventory) or 3x3 (crafting table) grids. Simply enter the crafting GUI and press the button with the knowledge book; the recipe book will then be displayed to the left.

Similar to Bedrock Edition's MATTIS system, the recipe book contains a list of all available crafting recipes.

Recipes are stored in several different tabs:

  • The first, topmost tab contains every unlocked recipe.
  • The second tab contains tools, weapons, and armor.
  • The third tab contains building materials.
  • The fourth tab contains food items and miscellaneous things.
  • The fifth tab contains redstone materials.

Clicking on an item in the list will display its crafting recipe in the nearby 2x2 or 3x3 grid. The item can then be crafted if the materials are available; otherwise, the button containing the item will be highlighted red. Holding the click button will show alternate patterns for the same crafting recipe (for example, holding click on a banner recipe will show all the possible banners using different colored wools). Shift-clicking an item in the list puts all available materials in the crafting grid.

The button in the top right corner of the recipe book toggles between "Show all" and "Show craftable", the latter of which displays only recipes for which you have the necessary materials in your inventory. The top-left corner also contains a search bar to further narrow the list.

Note that the 2x2 recipe book will only display recipes that can be crafted in the 2x2 grid; if you want to see every possible recipe, you must use the 3x3 recipe book.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

The notification that pops up when new recipes are unlocked.

Recipes are unlocked upon meeting certain criteria (for instance, gathering materials, being near water, having a certain number of filled inventory slots, etc.) or by using a knowledge book. Using a crafting recipe will also unlock it, so long as /gamerule doLimitedCrafting remains false.

Recipes can also be given - or taken away - by using the /recipe command.

List of recipe unlocking criteria[edit | edit source]

Item Unlocking Criteria




Armor
Have the appropriate material

(Diamond for diamond sword etc.)


Sword

Axe

Hoe

Pickaxe

Shovel

Shield
Have an
iron ingot

Iron Bars

Bucket

Iron Nugget

Heavy Weighted Pressure Plate

Hopper

Iron Door

Iron Trapdoor

Shears

Minecart

Diorite
Have
nether quartz

Granite

Block of Quartz

Redstone Comparator

Daylight Sensor

Observer

Crafting table
Have
wood planks

Sign

Stick

Wooden Trapdoor

Wooden button

Wooden Pressure Plate

Dropper
Have
redstone

Note block

Piston

Redstone Torch

Clock

Compass

Minecart with Chest
Have a
minecart

Minecart with Furnace

Minecart with Hopper

Minecart with TNT

Rail

Wool
Have
string

Bow

Tripwire Hook

Fishing Rod

Glass Bottle
Have
glass

Stained Glass Pane

Glass Pane

Golden Apple
Have a
gold ingot

Gold Nugget

Light Weighted Pressure Plate

Glistering Melon
Have a
melon slice

Melon (Block)

Melon Seeds

Dark Prismarine
Have a
prismarine shard

Prismarine

Prismarine Bricks

Jack o'Lantern
Have a
pumpkin

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Seeds

Activator Rail
Have a
rail

Detector Rail

Powered Rail

Magma Cream
Have
blaze powder

Eye of Ender

Fire Charge

Cobblestone Wall
Have
cobblestone

Furnace

Lever

Stone Bricks
Have
stone

Stone Button

Stone Pressure Plate

Fence
Have the appropriate
wood planks

Fence Gate

Wooden Door

Blaze Powder
Have a
blaze rod

Brewing Stand

Bookshelf
Have a
book

Book and Quill

Bricks
Have a
brick

Flower Pot

Purpur Block
Have a
popped chorus fruit

End Rod

Sticky Piston
Have a
slimeball

Lead

Snow
Have a
snowball

Snow (layer)

End Crystal
Have an
eye of ender

Ender Chest

Gray dye
Have
bone meal

Lime dye

Glowstone
Have
glowstone dust

Spectral Arrow

Mossy Stone Brick
Have
moss stone

Mossy Cobblestone Wall

Chiseled Red Sandstone
Have
red sandstone

Smooth Red Sandstone

Chiseled Sandstone
Have
sandstone

Smooth Sandstone

Paper
Have
sugar cane

Sugar

Stairs
Have the appropriate block

Slabs

Banner
Have the appropriate colored
wool

Bed

Carpet

Boat
Be in
water

Bone Block
Have 9
bone meal

Block of Coal
Have 9
coal

Diamond Block
Have 9
diamonds

Emerald Block
Have 9
emeralds

Gold Block
Have 9
gold ingots

Iron Block
Have 9
iron ingots

Lapis Lazuli Block
Have 9
lapis lazuli

Redstone Block
Have 9
redstone

Slime Block
Have 9
slimeballs

Hay Block
Have 9
wheat

Beetroot Soup
Have a
beetroot

Rose Red
Have a
beetroot
, a
poppy
, a
rose bush
, or a
red tulip

Light Blue Dye
Have a
blue orchid
or
lapis lazuli

Bone Meal
Have a
bone
or
bone block

Dispenser
Have a
bow

Mushroom Stew
Have a
bowl

Carrot on a Stick
Have a
carrot

Clay (block)
Have
clay

Coal
Have a
block of coal

Map
Have a
compass

Rabbit Stew
Have a
cooked rabbit

Dandelion yellow
Have a
dandelion
or a
sunflower

Jukebox
Have a
diamond

Diamond
Have a
diamond block

Arrow
Have a
feather
or
flint

Redstone Lamp
Have
glowstone

Gold Ingot
Have a
gold block
or 9
gold nuggets

Golden Carrot
Have a
gold nugget

Wheat
Have a
hay bale

Lapis Lazuli
Have a
lapis lazuli block

Bowl
Have a
mushroom

Nether Brick
Have a
nether brick (item)

Beacon
Have a
nether star

Pink dye
Have a
peony
, a
pink tulip
, or
bone meal

Purpur Pillar
Have a
purpur block

Chiseled Quartz Block
Have a
block of quartz

Leather
Have a
rabbit hide

Redstone
Have a
redstone block

Redstone Repeater
Have a
redstone torch

Slimeball
Have a
slime block

Fermented Spider Eye
Have a
spider eye

Ladder
Have a
stick

Torch
Have a
stone pickaxe

Armor Stand
Have a
stone slab

Trapped Chest
Have a
tripwire hook

Cauldron
Have a
water bucket

Dyed Bed
Have a
White Bed

Magenta Dye
Have an
allium
or
lapis lazuli
or
pink dye
or a
lilac

Light Gray Dye
Have an
azure bluet
or
bone meal
or an
oxeye daisy
or a
white tulip

Cake
Have an
egg

Emerald
Have an
emerald block

Anvil
Have an
iron block

Iron ingot
Have an
iron block
or 9
iron nuggets

Orange Dye
Have an
orange tulip
or
dandelion yellow

Polished Andesite
Have
Andesite

Cookie
Have
cocoa beans

Andesite
Have
diorite

Polished Diorite
Have
diorite

End Stone Bricks
Have
end stone

Flint and Steel
Have
flint

Stained glass
Have
glass

Polished Granite
Have
granite

Coarse Dirt
Have
gravel

TNT
Have
gunpowder

Stained Terracotta
Have
terracotta

Cyan Dye
Have
lapis lazuli

Item Frame
Have
leather

Magma Block
Have
magma cream

Nether Brick Fence
Have
nether brick

Red Nether Brick
Have
nether wart

Enchantment Table
Have
obsidian

Book
Have
paper

Sea Lantern
Have
prismarine crystals

Red Sandstone
Have
red sand

Purple Dye
Have
rose red

Sandstone
Have
sand

Concrete Powder
Have
sand
or
gravel

Chiseled Stone Brick
Have
stone bricks

Chest
Have ten slots occupied in your inventory

Shulker Box
Have a
shulker shell

Wood Planks
Have the appropriate
wood

Moss Stone
Have
vines

Bread
Have
wheat

Dyed Wool
Have
white wool

Painting
Have
wool

Data values[edit | edit source]

Player data[edit | edit source]


  • Player.dat root tag

    •  recipeBook

      •  recipes A list of all recipes the player has seen.

        • : the name of a recipe, for instance minecraft:gold_nugget or minecraft:gold_ingot_from_nuggets

      •  toBeDisplayed A list of all recipes the player has unlocked, but not viewed in the crafting helper yet.

        • : the name of a recipe, for instance minecraft:gold_nugget or minecraft:gold_ingot_from_nuggets

      •  isFilteringCraftable: 0 or 1 (true/false). True if the player has enabled the "Show Craftable" feature in the recipe book.

      •  isGuiOpen: 0 or 1 (true/false). True if the player has a GUI open.

History[edit | edit source]

Official release
October 30, 2015Developers discussed the possibility of a recipe book during a Pocket Edition/Windows 10 Edition Q&A livestream.
September 25, 2016At MineCon 2016, Tommaso Checchi explained the need for a recipe book while discussing the unification of the desktop and pocket platforms.
1.12 March 23, 2017Maria Lemón revealed the new recipe book feature.
17w13a Added the recipe book.
17w14a Changed the icon on the trigger button from a standard book to a knowledge book.
Added a shift-click ability to the recipe book that puts all available materials in the crafting grid.
Added a new pop-up notification that appears when new recipes are unlocked.
Added an easter egg that appears when searching for "excited" within the recipe book.
17w15a The icon in the pop-up notification now quickly cycles through all recipes that were unlocked.
17w17a Optimized the recipe book.
Added the toBeDisplayed NBT tag, which stores recipe names that the player has unlocked, but not viewed in the crafting helper yet (used for the animation for new recipes).
17w18a Optimized recipe book, fixing several issues with the "Show craftable" option.
The word that triggers the easter egg is now "excitedze" rather than "excited".
pre1 Further optimizations to the recipe book.
pre3 Optimized recipe searching.
pre6 Further optimizations to searching, especially while using mods.
releaseAdded toast sounds.
Bedrock Edition
1.2 build 1 Added the recipe book.
build 5 Added a button for how to use the recipe book.
build 8 Added a button to open/close the recipe book.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • If you search for "excitedze" in the recipe book, your language switches to Pirate Speak.[3]
    • This is a reference to "ExcitedZE", an alias used by Maria Lemón, whose avatar is a pirate.

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