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A fence gate is a block that shares the functions of both the door and the fence.


A fence gate can be broken with anything, but an axe is fastest.

Block Fence Gate
Hardness 2
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 3
Wooden 1.5
Stone 0.75
Iron 0.5
Diamond 0.4
Golden 0.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Stick +
Matching Wood Planks



A fence gate can provide access to a fenced-in area.

A fence gate can be used as a switchable barrier which can be opened and closed by hand or by redstone power.

To place a fence gate, use the Place Block control while pointing at a block facing the space the fence gate should occupy. When placed, a fence gate will automatically face towards the player who placed it, regardless of any other fences around it.

A fence gate can only be placed if there is a solid block beneath it, but after being placed the block beneath can be removed without affecting the fence gate.

Fences, nether brick fences and cobblestone walls will connect to fence gates, but glass panes and iron bars will not. If placed and not connected to anything else, a fence gate will appear to be floating.


Αρχείο:Closed Gate.png

Closed fence gate.

Αρχείο:Open Gate.png

Opened fence gate.

A fence gate can be used as a switchable barrier.

To open or close a fence gate, use the Use Item control. When a fence gate opens or closes, it immediately changes its orientation without affecting anything in the space it "passes through"—moving fence gates don't push entities the way that pistons do. When opened by hand, a fence gate always opens away from the player.

Although a fence gate appears to be only one block tall, a closed fence gate is a barrier one and a half blocks high—most mobs cannot jump over a fence gate, and entities on top of the fence gate stand half a block above it.

An open fence gate is completely non-solid, including the open gates. Multiple open fence gates next to each other can be passed through as if the entire space is open.

Hostile mobs recognize the fence gate as a block and will not attack players through it unless they have already seen them.[Verify]

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

Redstone component[]

See also: Redstone circuit

A fence gate can be controlled with redstone power.

A fence gate is a redstone mechanism and can be activated by:

  • an adjacent active power component, including above or below: for example, a redstone torch, a block of redstone, a daylight sensor, etc.
  • an adjacent powered block (for example, a block with an active redstone torch under it), including above or below
  • a powered redstone comparator or redstone repeater facing the fence gate
  • powered redstone dust configured to point at the fence gate or a directionless "dot" next to it; a fence gate is not activated by adjacent powered redstone dust which is configured to point in another direction.

When activated, a fence gate will immediately open. When deactivated, a fence gate immediately closes.

An activated fence gate can still be closed by a player, and won't re-open until it receives a new activation signal (if a fence gate has been closed "by hand", it still needs to be deactivated and then reactivated to open by redstone).

Fence gates can be moved by pistons. When an activated fence gate is moved by a piston to a position where it shouldn't be activated, it doesn't change its state until it receives a redstone update.


Fence gates can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 1.5 items per fence gate.

Data values[]

Fence gates use six different ID names to determine the type of wood the gate is made from. Fence gates also use block data to determine additional data.

Type ID Name Numerical ID
Oak fence_gate 107
Spruce spruce_fence_gate 183
Birch birch_fence_gate 184
Jungle jungle_fence_gate 185
Dark Oak dark_oak_fence_gate 186
Acacia acacia_fence_gate 187

Block data[]

See also: Data values
Bits Description
Two bits storing a value from 0 to 3 specifying the direction the gate is facing:
  • 0: Facing south
  • 1: Facing west
  • 2: Facing north
  • 3: Facing east
0x4 0 if the gate is closed, 1 if open.

Block state[]

Name Value Description
 facing north
For an open gate, the direction the gates swing open.
For a closed gate, the direction the player was facing when the gate was placed, or the last direction the gates have swung.
 in_wall true
If true, the gate is lowered by three pixels, to accommodate attaching more cleanly with normal and mossy Cobblestone Walls.
 open true
If true, the gate is opened.
If true, the gate is receiving redstone power.



November 29, 2010Fence gates were first mentioned on Get Satisfaction[1] then confirmed by Jeb on Twitter.[2]
1.8Added fence gate.
Sound UpdateFence gate opening and closing sounds changed.
Official release
1.1Fence gates can now be opened and closed with redstone, and closing on block updates.
1.814w11aNow has two holes in the inventory icon.
14w32bAdded spruce, birch, jungle, acacia, and dark oak fence gates. The recipe now requires 2 plank blocks of the same species, but a gate and a wooden fence can connect without matching.
Can now catch fire.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.0Added oak gates.
0.10.0build 1Added spruce, birch, jungle, acacia and dark oak variants.
Renamed fence gate to oak fence gate.
Console Edition
TU5CU11.0Patch 1Added fence gates.
TU9Fence gates can now be opened and closed with redstone.
TU25CU141.17Added spruce, birch, and jungle variants.
Renamed fence gate to oak fence gate.
TU27CU151.18Added acacia and dark oak fence gates to the creative inventory.


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