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Blast resistance



Any tool




Yes (64)



Data values
dec: 132 hex: 84 bin: 10000100
dec: 287 hex: 11F bin: 100011111

See Data values

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


String can be obtained from drops and fishing, and can be looted from jungle temples and dungeons.


Tripwire can be mined instantly with any tool, dropping string.

Tripwire will also be removed and drop string as an item:

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

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


See also: Cobweb § Usage

String can be obtained from breaking cobwebs with a sword, as well as by the pushing of cobwebs by pistons and when water flows over cobwebs.


Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
String Cobweb

[Bedrock and Legacy Console editions only]


Spiders, cave spiders and cats[BE only][upcoming 1.14] drop up to two pieces of string upon death.


String can be obtained by fishing.

Natural generation[edit]

Five pieces of tripwire generate naturally in every jungle temple. String can be found 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. In 1.14[upcoming] they can be found in 39.1% of pillager outpost chests in stacks of 1–6.


Tamed cats have a chance of giving the player string as a gift. Cats may also drop 0-2 string if killed.‌[upcoming 1.14]


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 +

Crossbow Stick +
Iron Ingot +
String +
Tripwire Hook

Fishing Rod Stick +

Lead String +
Loom String +
Any Planks

Scaffolding or
Scaffolding BE
Bamboo +
Scaffolding Bamboo +
White Wool String


Fisherman and fletcher villagers will buy 15-20 string for an emerald.

Redstone component[edit]

See also: Redstone circuit

Tripwire can be used to detect entities as part of a tripwire circuit.

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.
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 will not activate tripwire.
An active tripwire updates adjacent blocks (for example, it can activate a BUD circuit). Additionally, active tripwires that are part of valid tripwire circuits will 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) after being part of a valid tripwire circuit, it will activate the attached tripwire hooks for 5 redstone ticks (10 game ticks, or 0.5 seconds barring lag). It will not produce the signal if it is broken using shears.

Data values[edit]


Name ID Name Item form Numerical ID‌[Bedrock Edition only]
Tripwire tripwire No 132
String string Yes 287

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

Block states[edit]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description
True if the tripwire is connected to a valid tripwire circuit.
True if the tripwire is disarmed, that is, broken using shears.
True if the tripwire connects in that direction.
For example, if east, west and south are true the tripwire is connected to either tripwire or tripwire hooks in those directions.
True if the tripwire is active.



Java Edition Indev
February 19, 2010 Added string, as a drop from spiders.
Bows can now be crafted using string.
Java Edition Infdev
June 25, 2010, 2 String can now be found in the new dungeon chests.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.1.1 String can now be used to craft fishing rods.
Java Edition Beta
1.5 Introduced cobwebs, which will drop string when broken with a sword.
1.7 Cobwebs will now drop string when broken using shears.
1.8 Pre-release Cobwebs will now generate naturally, making them a viable method to obtain string.
Java Edition
1.3.1 12w22a String can now be placed on the ground as tripwire. Tripwire was first first revealed on Dinnerbone's Twitter.[1][2] Dinnerbone released a video showing him experimenting with tripwire before its release.
12w23a Tripwire can now activated by most entities (including arrows).
The max distance of tripwire has now been increased from 18 to 40 blocks.
1.6.1 13w18a String can now be used to craft leads.
1.7.2 13w37a The 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.
1.8 14w02a String can now be sold to fletcher and fisherman villagers, at 15–20 string for 1 emerald.
release Tripwire is now translucent.
1.9 15w44a String will now generate in desert temple chests.
The average yield of string in dungeon chests has now more than doubled.
15w49a The suspended block state has now been removed from tripwire.
1.11 16w39a String can now be found in woodland mansion chests.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 132 and the item's was 287.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.14 18w43a String can now be used to craft crossbows and a loom.
18w47a String can now be found inside Pillager outpost chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.3 Added string, which can be crafted into bows and wool.
0.11.0 build 1 String can now be used to craft fishing rods.
String can now be caught as a junk item from fishing.
0.13.0 build 1 String can now be placed on the ground as a tripwire.
String can now be found in desert temple chests.
0.15.0 build 1 String can now be used to craft leads.
Tripwire will now generate in jungle temples.
Pocket Edition
1.0.4 alpha String can now be sold to fletcher and fisherman villagers for an emerald.
1.1 alpha String can now be found in woodland mansion chests.
Cobwebs can now be used to craft 9 string.
1.8 beta Tamed cats can now give the player string as gifts.
String can now be used to craft scaffolding.
Cats will now drop 0–2 string.
beta String can now be used to craft crossbows.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Patch s1Added string.
TU141.04String can now be placed on the ground as tripwire.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added String.


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