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Blast resistance



Any tool




Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 69 hex: 45 bin: 1000101



A lever is a non-solid block which can provide switchable redstone power.


Levers can be mined using any tool, or without a tool.

Block Lever
Hardness 0.5
Breaking time
Hand 0.75

A lever 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 lever's space, the lever will be destroyed without dropping itself as an item.


Levers can be crafted from sticks and cobblestone.

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Stick +

Natural generation[]

Three levers are generated naturally in each jungle temple. They also generate in woodland mansions.


Five of the eight possible orientations, levers off.

See also: Redstone circuit

A lever can be used as a player-switchable redstone power source.

To place a lever, use the "Use Item/Place Block" control (right-click, by default) while aiming at the surface to which it should be attached.
A lever can be attached to the top, side, or bottom of any full solid opaque block (stone, dirt, blocks of gold, etc.), or to the top of an upside-down slab or upside-down stairs (but not to the bottom of a right-side-up slab or stairs). When placed on the top or bottom of a block, the lever will configure its orientation to be in-line with the placing player.
When placed on the side of blocks, down is on and up is off. On the top or bottom of blocks, on is north or west, off is south or east.
To activate or deactivate a lever, use the "Use Item/Place Block" control (right-click, by default). A lever can be turned on and off as fast as it can be clicked.
Mobs cannot turn a lever on or off.
While active, a lever:
  • powers any adjacent redstone dust (including beneath the lever) to power level 15
  • powers any adjacent redstone comparator or redstone repeater facing away from the lever to power level 15
  • strongly powers its attachment block to power level 15 (only if the attachment block is a full solid opaque block)
  • activates any adjacent mechanism components, including above or below, such as pistons, redstone lamps, etc.

Data values[]

Every lever has an ID name of minecraft:lever and stores its orientation and activation status in its block data. A lever also has a block state which is expected to replace the functionality of block data in a future version.

Block data[]

See also: Data values

A lever's block data stores its orientation, and whether it is active:

Bits Values

A three-bit field storing a value from 0 to 7:

  • 0: Lever on block bottom points east when off.
  • 1: Lever on block side facing east
  • 2: Lever on block side facing west
  • 3: Lever on block side facing south
  • 4: Lever on block side facing north
  • 5: Lever on block top points south when off.
  • 6: Lever on block top points east when off.
  • 7: Lever on block bottom points south when off.
0x8 If this bit is set, the lever is active.

Block state[]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description
The block-face on which the lever is mounted.
The direction from the block the lever is attached to, to the lever.
For example, a lever placed on a south-facing wall will face 'south'.
up_xA lever mounted on the floor, pointing east when off.
down_xA lever mounted on the ceiling, pointing east when off.
up_zA lever mounted on the floor, pointing south when off.
down_zA lever mounted on the ceiling, pointing south when off.
True if lever is 'on', providing power.



1.0.1Added levers.
Official release
1.3.112w22aLevers now generate in jungle temples.
12w24aLevers can now be placed upside down (on the underside of a block).
1.513w03aLever orientation is no longer random.
1.1116w39aLevers now generate in woodland mansions.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.13.0build 1Added levers.
Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added levers.
TU141.04Levers can now be placed upside down (on the underside of a block).


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