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Redstone Torch

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Redstone Torch
Redstone Torch.pngRedstone Wall Torch.png
Unlit Redstone Torch.pngRedstone Torch BE.png
Transparent

Yes

Luminance

Yes, 7 (when lit)

Blast resistance

0

Tool

Any tool

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Drops

Itself

Data values

See § Data values

Namespaced ID

See § Data values

A redstone torch is a non-solid block that can be used as a toggleable redstone power source, as well as a signal inverter.

Obtaining[edit]

Redstone torches can be broken instantly using anything, and drop themselves as an item. To remove a redstone torch, use the attack control button.

A redstone torch will also be removed and drop itself as an item:

  • if its attachment block is moved, removed, or destroyed
  • if water flows into its space
  • if a piston tries to push it or moves a block into its space

If lava flows into a redstone torch's space, the redstone torch will be destroyed (burned) without dropping itself as an item.

The inactive redstone torch cannot be obtained as an item.‌[Java and Legacy Console editions only] In Bedrock Edition, it can be obtained via inventory editing.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Redstone Dust +
Stick

Natural generation[edit]

Redstone torches can be found in igloos.

Usage[edit]

Redstone torches can be used as crafting ingredients or redstone components.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Redstone torches can be used to craft activator rails, redstone comparators, and redstone repeaters.

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Activator Rail Iron Ingot +
Stick +
Redstone Torch
Redstone Comparator Redstone Torch +
Nether Quartz +
Stone

Can use stone and its variants interchangeably.‌[LCE only]
Redstone Repeater Redstone Torch +
Redstone Dust +
Stone

Redstone Repeater Redstone Torch +
Redstone Dust +
Any Stone

[Legacy Console Edition only]

Redstone component[edit]

Redstone torches can be used to power blocks and transmission components such as redstone dust, activate mechanism components such as pistons, or invert redstone signals like a NOT Gate.

Placement
Examples of redstone torch placement and behavior.
To place a redstone torch, use the Place Block control while aiming at the surface to which the redstone torch should be attached.
A redstone torch can be attached to:
Redstone torches cannot be attached to the bottoms of any blocks.
Attempting to attach a redstone torch to an invalid surface can cause it to "snap" to a valid surface adjacent to the same space. For example, if a fence is on the ground, attempting to attach a redstone torch to the side of the fence will cause the redstone torch to be attached to the top of the ground next to the fence instead.
Activation
A redstone torch is active unless the block it is attached to is powered. Effectively, a redstone torch inverts the signal applied to its attachment block: power level 0 is changed to 15 and power levels 1 to 15 are changed to 0 (for an alternative that produces a greater range of output power levels, consider a redstone comparator in subtraction mode).
Walls, fences, glass, slabs, hoppers, and stairs cannot be powered so redstone torches attached to them cannot be deactivated.
A redstone torch takes 1 redstone tick (2 game ticks, or 0.1 seconds barring lag) to change state and usually will not respond to 1-tick fluctuations of power.
Behavior
While active, a redstone torch:
A redstone torch never affects the block it is attached to, even if it is a mechanism component. For example, a redstone torch attached to a redstone lamp will not activate the lamp.
A redstone torch will "burn-out" when it is forced to change state (by powering and de-powering the block it's attached to) more than eight times in 60 game ticks (three seconds, barring lag). After burning-out, a redstone torch will produce a "smoke" particle and a hiss similar to an extinguished fire, deactivate, and will then ignore attempts to change its state until the number of state changes in the last 60 game ticks drops to fewer than eight — after that it will re-activate when it receives a block update (an adjacent block changing its state) or a redstone update which wouldn't normally deactivate the redstone torch. There is no limit on how often a single redstone torch can burn out.

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

Redstone Torch Namespaced ID Item form
Floor redstone_torch Yes
Wall redstone_wall_torch No

Bedrock Edition:

Redstone Torch Namespaced ID Numeric ID
On redstone_torch 76
Off unlit_redstone_torch 75

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, a redstone torch's block data specifies its orientation.

DV Description
0 (unused)
1 Facing east (attached to a block to its west)
2 Facing west (attached to a block to its east)
3 Facing south (attached to a block to its north)
4 Facing north (attached to a block to its south)
5 Facing up (attached to a block beneath it)

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:
Floor

Name Default value Allowed values Description
littruefalse
true
If the torch is lit.

Wall

Name Default value Allowed values Description
facingnortheast
north
south
west
The direction the top of the torch is facing.
littruefalse
true
If the torch is lit.

History[edit]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.1Redstone Torch Revision 1.pngRedstone Wall Torch Revision 1.png Added redstone torches.
v1.0.2_01Redstone torch, NOT gates, only signal into blocks above them or next to them.
v1.1.0Redstone torches can no longer be placed on tree leaves, but only in fancy mode.
v1.2.0_02Redstone torches no longer duplicate in multiplayer.
Java Edition Beta
1.2_01Fixed redstone torches acting proper weird when placed.
1.3Redstone torches are now used to craft redstone repeaters.
1.6.6It is now possible to place redstone torches on glowstone.
1.7.3Corrected a redstone torch duplication bug when using pistons.
Java Edition
1.2.1?'Burn-out' time reduced from 100 ticks to 60 ticks.
1.3.1?Redstone torches can now be placed on upside-down slabs and stairs.
1.4.2?Redstone torches are destroyed when an anvil falls on them.
1.513w01aRedstone torches are used to craft redstone comparators and activator rails.
1.7.213w37aThe item form of block ID 75 (inactive redstone torch) was removed from the game. It can no longer exist in inventories, only as a block in the world.
1.814w07aRedstone Wall Torch Revision 2.png Redstone torches attached to the wall are now simply rotated versions of upright redstone torches, rather than having their own block model.
14w25aBurnt-out redstone torches no longer randomly fix themselves.
1.915w43aA redstone torch generates as part of igloos.
1.1317w47aThe different block IDs have been split up and merged into redstone_torch for on the ground, and redstone_wall_torch for on a wall.
Added lit block state.
Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 75 and 76.
1.1418w43aRedstone Torch.pngRedstone Wall Torch.png Changed texture of redstone torches.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.13.0build 1Redstone Torch Revision 1.pngRedstone Wall Torch Revision 1.png Added redstone torches.
?Redstone Torch BE Revision 1.pngRedstone Wall Torch BE Revision 1.png The back faces of redstone torches now render. This may have occurred after 1.0.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha 0.17.0.1A redstone torch generates as part of igloos.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Redstone Torch BE.pngRedstone Wall Torch BE.png Changed texture of redstone torches.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Redstone Torch Revision 1.pngRedstone Wall Torch Revision 2.png Added redstone torches.
TU43CU331.36Patch 13A redstone torch generates as part of igloos.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Redstone Torch.pngRedstone Wall Torch.png Changed texture of redstone torches.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Added Redstone Torches.

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