Third-person view

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Third person view as seen from the front of the player
Third person view as seen from the back of the player

Third person view allows the player to view the nearby environment from an "outside" perspective.


Different perspectives can be toggled by pressing F5 (or fn+F5 on other keyboards). Pressing it once will display the back of the player, and pressing it again will display their front. Pressing it once more will revert back to first person view.

When in third person view, the player can be viewed from an angle of 0 degrees (Y axis) when the mouse is leveled with the ground, up to an angle of 90 degrees when looking straight down towards the player.

If the player suffocates while in this mode, the camera will automatically switch back to first person view. This does not apply to Pocket Edition.

A third person front view can also be seen while the survival inventory is open; the player in this case will always be facing the cursor.



Java Edition Indev
20100218The player can now be seen in the previously solid black square in the inventory.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.14Pressing F5 now switches the view to third person view. When in third person view, the player is off center by one block to the left, giving an "over-the-shoulder" appearance.
Because mobs looked at the camera and not the player's head, in third person view they looked at the wrong location.
v1.0.17The player is now centered when in third person view.
v1.2.0Holding F1 while in third person view now causes the front of the player to be shown.
?Third person view no longer causes water particles to surround the player. This may have been an artifact of the F5 rain toggle.[verify]
Java Edition Beta
1.3The front of the player is no longer shown by holding F1 while in third person view.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5The debugging view manipulation, known in the code as the "deadmau5 camera",[1] was accidentally enabled.
This feature causes the keys Y, H, U, O, I, K, J, L, N, and M to change the camera position in a variety of ways, and pressing F9 freezes the view. Pressing two functionally connected keys at the same time will revert the view back to normal, except pressing U+O.
This feature was only added for deadmau5.[1]
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6The deadmau5 camera was removed.
releasePressing F5 twice now switches the camera to the front of the player, while it now takes a third press of F5 to switch back into first person view.
1.2.112w08aThe deadmau5 camera was accidentally added again.[2]
The sides of the player's head may now be shown when rotating the view using the deadmau5 camera.
1.2-preThe deadmau5 camera was removed again.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.2Added an option for third person view.
0.12.1build 6Added the front third person view.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.1The crosshair no longer appears in third person view.


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  • In Pocket Edition, third person view allows the player to reach further than in first person.