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
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Any tool

Blast resistance

0

Hardness

0

Luminant

No

Transparent

Yes

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

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

Obtaining[edit]

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

Breaking[edit]

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

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)

Natural generation[edit]

Five pieces of tripwire generate naturally in every jungle temple.

Mob loot[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.

Striders drop 0–5‌[JE only] / 2–5‌[BE only] string upon death. The maximum is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 0–8 string with Looting III.‌[JE only]

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

Chest loot[edit]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
String Dungeon Chest 1–8 57.8%
Bastion remnant Hoglin stable chest 3–8 22.8%
Bridge chest 1–6 47.9%
Generic chest 4–6 24.4%
Desert temple Chest 1–8 59%
Pillager Outpost Chest 1–6 39.1%
Woodland mansion Chest 1–8 57.8%
Bedrock Edition
String Dungeon Chest 1–8 57.8%
Bastion remnant Hoglin stable chest 3–8 26.2%
Bridge chest 1–6 47.9%
Generic chest 4–6 31.5%
Desert temple Chest 1–8 59%
Pillager Outpost Chest 1–6 39.1%
Woodland mansion Chest 1–8 57.8%

Fishing[edit]

String has a 0.6% (3500) chance of being caught when fishing with an unenchanted fishing rod. The chance decreases to 0.5% (1200), 0.4% (1250), and 0.3% (31000) if the fishing rod is enchanted with Luck of the Sea at enchantment levels I, II, and III, respectively.

Cat gifts[edit]

Tamed cats have a 16.13% (161310000) chance of giving the player string as a gift. Cats may also drop 0-2 string if killed.

Bartering[edit]

Piglins may barter 3-9 string when given a gold ingot.

Crafting[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
String Cobweb

9
[Bedrock Edition and Minecraft Earth only]

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 Description
Bow Stick +
String

Bundle String +
Rabbit Hide

[upcoming: JE 1.17]
Candle String +
Honeycomb

[upcoming: JE 1.17]
Crossbow Stick +
Iron Ingot +
String +
Tripwire Hook

Fishing Rod Stick +
String

Lead String +
Slimeball
Loom String +
Any Planks

Scaffolding Bamboo +
String
White Wool String

Redstone component[edit]

"Tripwire" redirects here. For tripwire hooks, see Tripwire Hook.
See also: Redstone circuit

String can be placed as tripwire, which can be used to detect entities as part of a tripwire circuit. Observers can also be used with a tripwire to generate Redstone signals.

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.

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 1 emerald as part of their trade.

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.stone.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.stone.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.stone.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.stone.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.stone.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
Tripwire attaches??block.tripwire.attachsubtitles.block.tripwire.attach?(<1.0)16
Tripwire clicks??block.tripwire.click_offsubtitles.block.tripwire.click?(<1.0)16
Tripwire clicks??block.tripwire.click_onsubtitles.block.tripwire.click?(<1.0)16
Tripwire detaches??block.tripwire.detachsubtitles.block.tripwire.detach??16
  1. a b MC-177082

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)Item form?Translation key
Tripwiretripwire wall_post_overrideNoblock.minecraft.tripwire
Stringstring NoneYesitem.minecraft.string

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
TripwiretripWire 132tile.tripWire.name
Stringstring 287item.string.name

Block data[edit]

See also: Data values

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]

See also: Block states

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.

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
attached_bit00
1
True if the tripwire is connected to a valid tripwire circuit.
disarmed_bit00
1
True if the tripwire is disarmed, that is, broken using shears.
powered_bit00
1
True if the tripwire is active.
suspended_bit00
1
True if the tripwire is not on top of a block.

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition Indev
0.31January 29, 2010String JE1 BE1.png Added string.
?Bows can now be crafted using string.
February 1, 2010, 2Cloth can now be crafted using nine string.
20100219Spiders now drop 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.
1.6.6Wool is now crafted from four string rather than nine.
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
?Tripwire was first revealed on Dinnerbone's Twitter.[1][2] Dinnerbone released a video showing him experimenting with tripwire before its release.
1.3.112w22aString can now be placed on the ground as tripwire.
Tripwire (block item) JE1.png The block form of string, when in the inventory, now shows the raw texture.
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 JE2 BE2.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.
1.1620w09aString can now be obtained through bartering with piglins.
20w13aStriders now drop string upon death.
20w16aString now generates in bastion remnant chests.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1720w45aString can now be used to craft bundles and candles.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.3String JE1 BE1.png Added string.
String 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 JE2 BE2.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.
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.57String can now be obtained through bartering with piglins.
Added striders, which drop string upon death.
String can now be found in bastion remnant chests.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1String JE1 BE1.png Added string.
TU14 1.04 String can now be placed on the ground as tripwire.
1.88 Tripwires are now activated when broken, unless broken with shears.
1.90 String JE2 BE2.png The texture of string has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0String JE1 BE1.png Added string.

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