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Trapdoor
Oak Trapdoor.pngSpruce Trapdoor.pngBirch Trapdoor.pngJungle Trapdoor.pngAcacia Trapdoor.pngDark Oak Trapdoor.png
Iron Trapdoor.png
Transparent

Yes

Luminance

0

Blast resistance

15 (Wooden)
25 (Iron)

Tools

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

Wooden: Yes
Iron: No

Drops

Itself

Data values

See § Data values

Namespaced ID

See § Data values

Tags
Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

Trapdoors have been in Minecraft since Beta 1.6 in 2011, when they were added alongside maps, grass and dead bushes. Originally they opened only upward, but that was later fixed so they opened down too, and the ability to climb them as a ladder was added. A bunch of different types of trapdoor have been added in the last few years - one for each type of wood, and also one made of iron that can be opened only with redstone power.

Duncan Geere[1]

A trapdoor is a solid, transparent block that can be used as an openable barrier.

Natural generation[edit]

An oak trapdoor may be found leading to igloo basements. Various wooden trapdoors (except acacia trapdoor) generate on a shipwreck.

Oak trapdoors generate naturally in plains villages.

Spruce trapdoors generate naturally in taiga and snowy taiga villages.

Jungle trapdoors generate naturally around composters in desert villages.

Obtaining[edit]

Wooden trapdoors can be mined with anything, but an axe is fastest. Iron trapdoors require a pickaxe to mine. Trapdoors remain in place if their attachment block is moved, removed, or destroyed.

Block Wooden Trapdoors Iron
Hardness 3 5
Tool
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 4.5 25
Wooden 2.25 3.75
Stone 1.15 1.9
Iron 0.75 1.25
Diamond 0.6 0.95
Golden 0.4 0.65
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

Crafting[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Wooden Trapdoor Matching Planks
Iron Trapdoor Iron Ingot

Usage[edit]

Properties[edit]

Wooden trapdoors can be opened and closed by players or redstone pulse. Iron trapdoors can be opened only by redstone pulse.

To place a trapdoor, use a trapdoor item while pointing at the block it should be attached to. Once it is placed, the attachment block can be removed without breaking the trapdoor.

When placed, a trapdoor either occupies the top or bottom part of a block, depending on where the player placed the trapdoor. If a trapdoor is placed on the top part of a block, it opens downwards. If placed on the bottom part of a block, it opens upwards.

A trapdoor's "hinge" is located on the block attached to it.

Trapdoors can be moved by pistons. Trapdoors block flowing water and lava. Waterlogged trapdoors release water from all sides apart from the top‌[Bedrock Edition only] or all sides apart from the side that is blocked by the trapdoor itself (and the top)‌[Java Edition only] Lava can create fire in air blocks next to wooden trapdoors as if they were flammable, but the trapdoors do not burn (and cannot be burned by other methods either).

Single trapdoors are climbable if they are opened and placed directly above a ladder against a wall. This means if an opened trapdoor is placed in the middle of two ladders, players can climb through it directly. However, if there is more than one trapdoor between two ladders, players cannot climb through (they are stopped at the top of the first trapdoor).

Trapdoors can act as a solid block when in the closed position and thus certain items can be placed above or below it. When trapdoors are opened, they act like a non-solid block resulting as a non-placeable area. Lanterns, for example, can be placed on top and below the closed trapdoor‌[Java Edition only]. In Bedrock Edition, lanterns can't be placed under trapdoors. This could potentially be known as a bug or the functionality of placing lanterns under trapdoors aren't available as part of the game yet.

The sound of opening and closing of a trapdoor can be heard up to 16 blocks away, like most mob sounds.

Trapdoors can be opened or closed with a player or mob inside.[2]

In Java Edition, closing a trapdoor one block above the ground while standing under it causes the player to crawl, and continue crawling until reaching a block with two empty spaces above, at which time the player stands automatically. This can be used to enter small secret tunnels or otherwise inaccessible terrain.

Barrier[edit]

A trapdoor can be used as a switchable barrier to entity movement. Although primarily used to block movement by mobs and players, a trapdoor can also be used to control the movement of boats (for example, a top trapdoor placed in a two-wide water flow stops a boat when closed (extended out into the water flow), but allow it to move again when open), items and minecarts (a trapdoor can stop a falling item or minecart, then allow it to drop again when the trapdoor opens), etc.

Trapdoors are 0.1875 (316) blocks thick. The rest of a trapdoor's space can be moved through freely and provides a breathable space if placed underwater and not waterlogged.

To open or close a wooden trapdoor, use the Use Item/Place Block control. When a trapdoor opens or closes, it immediately changes its orientation without affecting anything in the space it "passes through". Moving trapdoors don't push entities the way that pistons do.

Iron trapdoors can be opened only with redstone power (a button, a redstone circuit, etc.).

Mobs consider all trapdoors closed, resulting in pathfinding mobs falling through open trapdoors. A player can take advantage of this behavior to construct mob traps.

Redstone component[edit]

Both wooden and iron trapdoors can be controlled with redstone power.

A trapdoor is a redstone mechanism and can be activated by:

When activated, a trapdoor immediately rotates around its hinge side to its open state. When deactivated, a trapdoor immediately returns to its closed state. Each change of state takes one game tick.

An activated wooden trapdoor can still be closed by a player, and does not re-open until it receives a new activation signal (if a trapdoor has been closed "by hand", it still needs to be deactivated and then reactivated to open by redstone).

Fuel[edit]

Wooden trapdoors can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 1.5 items per block.

Sounds[edit]

Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Block breaking block.metal.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.75 0.25 16
Block broken block.metal.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 1.2 1.0 16
Block placed block.metal.place subtitles.block.generic.place Blocks 1.2 1.0 16
Footsteps block.metal.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 1.5 0.15 16
No subtitle block.metal.fall (Plays when fallen on from a height) Blocks 1.125 0.5 16
Block breaking block.wood.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.8 0.25 16
Block broken block.wood.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Block placed block.wood.place subtitles.block.generic.place Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Footsteps block.wood.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 0.8 0.15 16
No subtitle block.wood.fall (Plays when fallen on from a height) Blocks 0.8 0.5 16
Trapdoor opens block.iron_trapdoor.close subtitles.block.iron_trapdoor.close ? ? ? 16
Trapdoor closes block.iron_trapdoor.open subtitles.block.iron_trapdoor.open ? ? ? 16
Trapdoor creaks block.wooden_trapdoor.close subtitles.block.trapdoor.toggle ? ? ? 16
Trapdoor creaks block.wooden_trapdoor.open subtitles.block.trapdoor.toggle ? ? ? 16

Note: For iron trapdoors, opening and closing sounds are reversed from their subtitles.

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

Block Namespaced ID Tags
Iron Trapdoor iron_trapdoor #trapdoors
Oak Trapdoor oak_trapdoor #trapdoors, #wooden_trapdoors
Spruce Trapdoor spruce_trapdoor #trapdoors, #wooden_trapdoors
Birch Trapdoor birch_trapdoor #trapdoors, #wooden_trapdoors
Jungle Trapdoor jungle_trapdoor #trapdoors, #wooden_trapdoors
Acacia Trapdoor acacia_trapdoor #trapdoors, #wooden_trapdoors
Dark Oak Trapdoor dark_oak_trapdoor #trapdoors, #wooden_trapdoors

Bedrock Edition:

Block Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Iron Trapdoor iron_trapdoor 167
Oak Trapdoor wooden_trapdoor 96
Acacia Trapdoor acacia_trapdoor 400
Birch Trapdoor birch_trapdoor 401
Dark Oak Trapdoor dark_oak_trapdoor 402
Jungle Trapdoor jungle_trapdoor 403
Spruce Trapdoor spruce_trapdoor 404

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, a trapdoor's block data specifies its orientation, positioning, and activation status:

Bits Values
0x1
0x2

A two-bit field storing a value from 0 to 3:

  • 0: Trapdoor on the south side of a block
  • 1: Trapdoor on the north side of a block
  • 2: Trapdoor on the east side of a block
  • 3: Trapdoor on the west side of a block
0x4 If this bit is set, the trapdoor is on the top half of a block. Otherwise, it is on the bottom half.
0x8 If this bit is set, the trapdoor is open.

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
facingnortheast
north
south
west
The direction the trapdoor swings open.
The opposite from the side its hinge is attached to.
halfbottombottom
top
Whether the trapdoor occupies the top or bottom part of a block.
openfalsefalse
true
True if the trapdoor is currently open (may differ from powered).
poweredfalsefalse
true
True if the trapdoor is currently powered (may differ from open).
waterloggedfalsefalse
true
Whether or not there's water in the same place as this trapdoor.

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition Beta
1.6Test Build 3Oak Trapdoor Revision 1.png Added wooden trapdoors.
1.8Pre-releaseBefore this update, dropped trapdoor items looked larger than most other blocks, which was a bug that was shared with the cactus.
Sound UpdateThe open and closing sounds of trapdoors have now been changed.
Java Edition
1.3.112w22aInventory sprites for blocks have now been flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.4.212w34aTrapdoors can now be placed on the upper half of a block, opening downward, and can still be placed on the lower half, opening upward.
12w40aTrapdoors can no longer be opened by left-clicking, only right-clicking opens trapdoors now.
August 8, 2014Ryan Holtz indicated that trapdoors for all types of wood were discussed internally, and agreed to.
1.814w07aIron Trapdoor Revision 1.png Added iron trapdoors.
14w08aIron trapdoor's name has now been corrected from "tile.ironTrapdoor.name" to "Iron Trapdoor".
The name of the regular trapdoor has now been changed to "Wooden Trapdoor".
1.915w31aTrapdoors no longer require attachment blocks.
An open trapdoor may now be climbed like a ladder if it is directly above a ladder and on the same side of the block.
15w43aA wooden trapdoor now has a 50% chance of generating under igloo carpets, leading to a basement.
April 26, 2017Jeb stated that trapdoors for all types of wood were still on the to-do list.
1.1317w47aBirch Trapdoor.png Spruce Trapdoor Revision 1.png Jungle Trapdoor.png Acacia Trapdoor.png Dark Oak Trapdoor.png Trapdoors now come in all 6 types of wood.
Trapdoors have now been renamed to <wood type> trapdoor.
The ID of the oak trapdoor has now been changed from trapdoor to oak_trapdoor.
Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 96 and 176.
18w10dWater can now be placed on the same block as trapdoors.
1.1418w43aOak Trapdoor.png Iron Trapdoor.png The textures of oak and iron trapdoors have now been changed.
18w47bSpruce Trapdoor.png The texture of spruce trapdoors have now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.4.0Oak Trapdoor Revision 1.png Added wooden trapdoors.
Wooden trapdoors are currently only available in creative mode.
0.5.0Added a crafting recipe for wooden trapdoors.
0.12.1build 12Trapdoors can now be placed on the upper half of a block, opening downward, and can still be placed on the lower half, opening upward.
0.13.0build 1Iron Trapdoor Revision 1.png Added iron trapdoors.
0.15.0build 1Trapdoors no longer require attachment blocks.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha 0.17.0.1A wooden trapdoor now has a 50% chance of generating under igloo carpets, leading to a basement.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta 1.2.14.2Birch Trapdoor.png Spruce Trapdoor Revision 1.png Jungle Trapdoor.png Acacia Trapdoor.png Dark Oak Trapdoor.png Trapdoors now come in all 6 types of wood.
Water can now be placed in the same block as trapdoors.
Trapdoor now generate in shipwrecks.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Oak Trapdoor.png Iron Trapdoor.png Spruce Trapdoor.png The textures of oak, spruce and iron trapdoors have now been changed.
Oak trapdoors now generate in the new plains villages.
Spruce trapdoors now generate in the new taiga and snowy taiga villages.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1Patch 1Oak Trapdoor Revision 1.png Added wooden trapdoors.
TU9Trapdoors can be placed on the upper half of a block, opening downward, and can still be placed on the lower half, opening upward.
1.0Added trapdoors to PlayStation 3.
CU11.00Added trapdoors to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
TU25CU141.17 Added iron trapdoors.
TU46CU361.38Patch 15Trapdoors no longer require attachment blocks.
TU69CU571.76Patch 38Birch Trapdoor.png Spruce Trapdoor Revision 1.png Jungle Trapdoor.png Acacia Trapdoor.png Dark Oak Trapdoor.png Trapdoors now come in all 6 types of wood.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Oak Trapdoor.png Iron Trapdoor.png Spruce Trapdoor.png The textures of oak, spruce and iron trapdoors have now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Oak Trapdoor Revision 1.png Iron Trapdoor Revision 1.png Added trapdoors.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Trapdoor" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/taking-inventory-trapdoor
  2. MC-11075 – "Trapdoor Colliding With Player" resolved as "Won't Fix"