String

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String
Tripwire (N).pngTripwire (E).pngTripwire (S).pngTripwire (W).pngTripwire (NS).pngTripwire (EW).pngTripwire (NE).pngTripwire (ES).pngTripwire (SW).pngTripwire (NW).pngTripwire (ESW).pngTripwire (NSW).pngTripwire (NEW).pngTripwire (NES).pngTripwire (NESW).png
Transparent

Yes

Luminance

0

Blast resistance

0

Tool

Any tool

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Drops
Data values
Block
dec: 132 hex: 84 bin: 10000100
Item
dec: 287 hex: 11F bin: 100011111
Namespaced ID

See § Data values

String is an item used to make bows, crossbows, fishing rods, leads, and looms. When placed as a block, string becomes tripwire which, when combined with tripwire hooks, can form a tripwire circuit.

Natural generation[edit]

Five pieces of tripwire generate naturally in every jungle temple.

Obtaining[edit]

String can be obtained from drops, crafting cobwebs, fishing, and as gifts from cats. String can be looted from jungle temples, desert pyramid chests, and dungeons.

Drops[edit]

Spiders and cave spiders drop 0-2 string upon death. The maximum is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 0-5 string with Looting III.

Cats drop 0-2 string upon death, unaffected by Looting.

Tripwire can be mined instantly with any tool, dropping string. Tripwire is also removed and drops string as an item when:

  • water flows into its space
  • a piston tries to push it or moves a block into its space

Tripwire is destroyed without dropping string if lava flows into its space.

A cobweb drops string when it is broken in these ways (see also Cobweb § Usage):

  • Breaking a cobweb with a sword
  • Pushing a cobweb with a piston
  • Water breaking a cobweb by flowing over it (flowing lava destroys cobwebs without leaving string)

Crafting[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
String Cobweb

9
[Bedrock and Legacy Console editions only]

Fishing[edit]

String has a 0.6% chance of being caught when fishing with an unenchanted fishing rod. The chance decreases to 0.5%, 0.4%, and 0.3% if the fishing rod is enchanted with Luck of the Sea at enchantment levels I, II, and III, respectively.

Chest loot[edit]

String can be found in 39.1% of pillager outpost chests in stacks of 1–6, and in 57.8% of dungeon chests, 59.0% of desert temple chests, and 57.8% of woodland mansion chests, all in stacks of 1–8.

Gift[edit]

Tamed cats have a 16.13% chance of giving the player string as a gift. Cats may also drop 0-2 string if killed.

Usage[edit]

String can be used as a crafting ingredient and tripwire can be used as a redstone component. It can also be used to keep players from ender-pearling through that space.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Bow Stick +
String

Crossbow Stick +
Iron Ingot +
String +
Tripwire Hook

Fishing Rod Stick +
String

Lead String +
Slimeball
Loom String +
Any Planks

Scaffolding Bamboo +
String
White Wool String

Trading[edit]

Novice-level Fisherman villagers have a 50% chance to buy 20 string as part of their first tier trade.

Journeyman-level Fletcher villagers buy 14 string for an emerald as part of their trade.

Redstone component[edit]

String can be placed as tripwire, which can be used to detect entities as part of a tripwire circuit.

Placement

To place tripwire, use string while pointing at a surface facing the space the tripwire should occupy.

Tripwire Circuit
In order to activate tripwire hooks, tripwire must be part of a "tripwire circuit": a straight line of blocks consisting of a block with a tripwire hook attached to it, a "tripwire line" (1 to 40 blocks of tripwire), and a second tripwire hook attached to another block.
Activation

A tripwire activates if almost any entity (players, mobs, minecarts, boats, items, arrows, etc.) intersects its collision mask. The tripwire remains active until there are no entities intersecting its collision mask. Thrown potions, some arrows, thrown ender pearls, and thrown eyes of ender do not activate tripwire.

Behavior

An active tripwire updates adjacent blocks (for example, it can activate a BUD circuit). Additionally, active tripwires that are part of valid tripwire circuits cause the attached tripwire hooks to activate (producing redstone power). Active tripwires do not themselves produce redstone power.

When tripwire is broken (including by being washed away by spreading water in Java Edition) after being part of a valid tripwire circuit, it activates the attached tripwire hooks for 5 redstone ticks (10 game ticks, or 0.5 seconds barring lag). It does not produce the signal if it is broken using shears.

Sounds[edit]

Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Block breaking block.stone.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.5 0.25 16
Block broken block.stone.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Block placed block.stone.place subtitles.block.generic.place Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Footsteps block.stone.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 1.0 0.15 16
No subtitle block.stone.fall (Plays when fallen on from a height) Blocks 0.75 0.5 16
Tripwire attaches block.tripwire.attach subtitles.block.tripwire.attach ? (<1.0) ? 16
Tripwire clicks block.tripwire.click_off subtitles.block.tripwire.click ? (<1.0) ? 16
Tripwire clicks block.tripwire.click_on subtitles.block.tripwire.click ? (<1.0) ? 16
Tripwire detaches block.tripwire.detach subtitles.block.tripwire.detach ? ? ? 16

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Name Namespaced ID Numeric ID‌[BE only]
Tripwire tripwire 132
String string 287

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, tripwire uses the following data values:

Bits Description
0x1 Set if tripwire is activated (an entity is intersecting its collision mask).
0x2 Set if tripwire is "suspended" (makes hitbox larger when set). Unclear what this is used for.

Set by default on newly placed tripwires.

0x4 Set if tripwire is attached to a valid tripwire circuit.
0x8 Set if tripwire is disarmed.

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
attachedfalsefalse
true
True if the tripwire is connected to a valid tripwire circuit.
disarmedfalsefalse
true
True if the tripwire is disarmed, that is, broken using shears.
eastfalsefalse
true
True if the tripwire connects to other tripwire or tripwire hooks to the east.
northfalsefalse
true
True if the tripwire connects to other tripwire or tripwire hooks to the north.
poweredfalsefalse
true
True if the tripwire is active.
southfalsefalse
true
True if the tripwire connects to other tripwire or tripwire hooks to the south.
westfalsefalse
true
True if the tripwire connects to other tripwire or tripwire hooks to the west.

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition Indev
20100219String Revision 1.png Added string, as a drop from spiders.
Bows can now be crafted using string.
Java Edition Infdev
20100625-2String can now be found inside chests in the new dungeons.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.1.1String can now be used to craft fishing rods.
Java Edition Beta
1.5Introduced cobwebs, which drop string when broken with a sword.
1.7Cobwebs now drop string when broken using shears.
1.8Pre-releaseCobwebs now generate naturally, making them a viable method to obtain string.
Java Edition
1.3.112w22aString can now be placed on the ground as tripwire. Tripwire was first revealed on Dinnerbone's Twitter.[1][2] Dinnerbone released a video showing him experimenting with tripwire before its release.
12w23aTripwire can now activated by most entities (including arrows).
The max distance of tripwire has now been increased from 18 to 40 blocks.
1.6.113w18aString can now be used to craft leads.
1.7.213w37aThe item form of block ID 132 (tripwire) has now been removed from the game. It can now no longer exist in inventories, only as a block in the world.
1.814w02aString can now be sold to fletcher and fisherman villagers, at 15–20 string for 1 emerald.
releaseTripwire is now translucent.
1.915w44aString now generates in desert temple chests.
The average yield of string in dungeon chests has now more than doubled.
15w49aThe suspended block state has now been removed from tripwire.
1.1116w39aString can now be found in woodland mansion chests.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 132 and the item's was 287.
1.1418w43aString can now be used to craft crossbows and a loom.
String TextureUpdate.png The texture of string has now been changed.
18w45aString can now be used to craft scaffolding.
18w47aString can now be found inside Pillager outpost chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.3String Revision 1.png Added string, which can be crafted into bows and wool.
0.11.0build 1String can now be used to craft fishing rods.
String can now be caught as a junk item from fishing.
0.13.0build 1String can now be placed on the ground as a tripwire.
String can now be found in desert temple chests.
0.15.0build 1String can now be used to craft leads.
Tripwire now generates in jungle temples.
Pocket Edition
1.0.4alpha 1.0.4.015-20 String can now be sold to fletcher and fisherman villagers for an emerald.
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0String can now be found in woodland mansion chests.
Cobwebs can now be used to craft 9 string.
Bedrock Edition
1.8.0beta 1.8.0.8Tamed cats can now give the player string as gifts.
String can now be used to craft scaffolding.
Cats now drop 0–2 string.
beta 1.8.0.10String can now be used to craft crossbows.
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.0Tripwire string that is broken now activates, unless broken with shears.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3String can now be found in pillager outpost chests.
String can now be used to craft a loom.
String TextureUpdate.png The texture of string has now been changed.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.4Trading has now been changed, fisherman villagers now have a 50% chance to buy 20 string as part of their first-tier trade.
Fletcher villagers now buy 14 string for an emerald as their third-tier trade.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1String Revision 1.png Added string.
TU141.04String can now be placed on the ground as tripwire.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90String TextureUpdate.png The texture of string has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0String Revision 1.png Added string.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "String" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

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