Tutorials/Item elevator

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Item elevators are wonderful machines for transporting items. They can be useful for a storage system of a fully automatic farm. It is good to know which item elevators are best for you, and how to build them.


Item elevators are used to transport items upwards. The item could be as a dropped item, or it could be in a container (droppers, mostly). There are quite a few designs, but not all work in all versions.



This design use the new water mechanics introduced in 1.13 (18w07a).


See also: Ultimate Guide to Reliable Dropper Towers

The following design is a simple dropper elevator, and will work in all versions back to 1.5, when it was introduced.


This design uses some fence posts and a bug in the game. However, this bug was fixed in 1.9.


This showcase is of a design that uses only a door and a (wooden) pressure plate. But Xisumavoid, the one who is showcasing it, shows how to improve the design.


This is a design that can take any amount of items, and send them upwards very quickly. Works in versions 1.9+ only.

Glass or Solid Block[edit]

This showcase is of a design that uses a dropper to fire items into a 3×3 glass pillar to send items upwards with the updates made to entity behavior in 1.11. The fast clock used in this item elevator also works well with observer blocks for a very fast and silent dropper elevator.