Sprinting allows the player to move at around 5.612 meters/second, which is 30 percent faster than the normal walking speed of around 4.317 m/s. The player can turn while sprinting, which will slightly reduce their speed. Sprinting will also increase the speed of flying in Creative mode, and the speed of swimming. Although “sprinting” while mounted on a minecart, boat, horse or pig increases the field of vision like actual sprinting, it does not increase the entity's speed. However, one can accelerate a pig by pressing the boost button [Bedrock Edition only].
Sprinting will reduce the player's saturation, and once their saturation is 0 it will deplete the hunger bar at a rate of 1⁄2 every 40 meters, or 7 seconds.
Sprinting produces particles at the player's feet corresponding to the block type they are running on. Also, when a player attacks any mob (excluding squid and iron golems) while sprinting, the mob suffers a larger knockback than usual. Sprinting and holding down jump at the same time is usually faster, but actually becomes slower when under the effect of a high level speed potion.
Sprinting ends when the player collides with a solid block, sneaks, blocks or attacks a mob. If none of these happen, the player will automatically stop sprinting after 30 seconds.[note 1] Sprinting will also end if the hunger bar lowers to 6 () or below.
|Java Edition Beta|
|August 28, 2011||Sprinting was first mentioned during PAX 2011. The sprinting mechanic would expand the combat system and increase player mobility.|
|September 2, 2011||Jeb uploaded a video featuring the difference between sprinting and regular walking.|
|1.5||13w05b||Stairs no longer prevent sprinting.|
|1.7.2||13w36a||Added "Sprint" button, defaulting to Left Ctrl.|
|Added the ability to "sprint" in minecarts, boats and horses. This only changes FOV and does not increase speed.|
|14w34d||Sprinting will now speed up flying.|
|1.13||18w07a||The player can now sprint while swimming. Doing so will cause the player to dive down to the lowest point of the water pool and also make their hitbox smaller, allowing to fit into 1 block gaps. It will also greatly increase the player's swimming speed.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.12.1||build 1||Added sprinting.|
|1.4||beta 184.108.40.206||The player can now sprint while swimming. Doing so will cause the player to dive down to the lowest point of the water pool. It will also greatly increase the player's swimming speed.|
|beta 220.127.116.11||The player can now fit into 1 block gaps when sprint-swimming.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU5||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added sprinting.|
- Sprinting and jumping while under a 2 block high ceiling causes a player to move at a speed almost twice as fast as regular sprinting speed, but it will consume a hunger point every second.
- If sprint is held, sprinting will last longer than 30 seconds.