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Blast resistance



Any tool




Yes (64)



  • String (1)
Data values
dec: 132 hex: 84 bin: 10000100
dec: 287 hex: 11F bin: 100011111

String is used for the crafting recipes of many tools and utilities. When placed as a block, string becomes tripwire which, when combined with tripwire hooks can form a tripwire circuit.


String can be obtained from drops and fishing, and can be looted from jungle temples and dungeons.


Tripwire can be mined instantly with any tool, dropping string.

Tripwire will also be removed and drop string as an item:

  • if a full solid opaque block (but not a transparent block) beneath it 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

Tripwire will be destroyed without dropping string if lava flows into its space.


See also: Cobweb§ Usage

String can be obtained from breaking cobwebs with a sword, as well as by the pushing of cobwebs by pistons and when water flows over cobwebs.


Spiders and cave spiders drop up to two pieces of string upon death.


String can be obtained by fishing.

Natural generation[]

Five pieces of tripwire generate naturally in every jungle temple.

String can be found in 39.1% of pillager outpost chests in stacks of 1–6, and in 57.8% of dungeon chests, 59.0% of desert temple chests, and 57.8% of woodland mansion chests, all in stacks of 1–8.


String can be used as a crafting ingredient and tripwire can be used as a redstone component.

Crafting ingredient[]


Fisherman and fletcher villagers will buy 15-20 string for an emerald.

Redstone component[]

See also: Redstone circuit

Tripwire can be used to detect entities as part of a tripwire circuit.

To place tripwire, use string while pointing at a surface facing the space the tripwire should occupy.
Tripwire Circuit
In order to activate tripwire hooks, tripwire must be part of a "tripwire circuit": a straight line of blocks consisting of a block with a tripwire hook attached to it, a "tripwire line" (1 to 40 blocks of tripwire), and a second tripwire hook attached to another block.
A tripwire activates if almost any entity (players, mobs, minecarts, boats, items, arrows, etc.) intersects its collision mask. The tripwire remains active until there are no entities intersecting its collision mask. Thrown potions, some arrows, thrown Ender pearls, and thrown eyes of ender will not activate tripwire.
An active tripwire that is part of a valid tripwire circuit will cause the attached tripwire hooks to activate (producing redstone power). Active tripwires do not themselves produce redstone power.
When tripwire is broken (including by being washed away by spreading water) after being part of a valid tripwire circuit, it will activate the attached tripwire hooks for 5 redstone ticks (10 game ticks, or 0.5 seconds barring lag). It will not produce the signal if it is broken using shears.
A tripwire does not need to be part of a valid tripwire circuit to activate, but without valid attached tripwire hooks the activation or deactivation can only update adjacent blocks (for example, activating a BUD circuit).

Data values[]


String has the ID name minecraft:string. Tripwire has the ID name minecraft:tripwire and is further defined by its block data. Tripwire also has a block state which is expected to replace the functionality of block data in a future version.

Block ID Name Numerical ID
Tripwire tripwire 132
String string 287

Block data[]

See also: Data values
Bits Description
0x1 Set if tripwire is activated (an entity is intersecting its collision mask).
0x2 Unused
0x4 Set if tripwire is attached to a valid tripwire circuit.
0x8 Set if tripwire is disarmed.

Block state[]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description
True if the tripwire is connected to a valid tripwire circuit.
True if the tripwire is disarmed, that is, broken using shears.

True if the tripwire connects in that direction.

For example, if east, west and south are true the tripwire is connected to either tripwire or tripwire hooks in those directions.
True if the tripwire is active.



February 19, 2010Added string, as a drop from spiders. Bows can now be crafted.
Seecret Friday 2String is found in the new dungeon chests.
1.1.1String is now used to craft fishing rods.
1.5Introduced cobwebs, which drop string when broken with a sword.
1.7Cobwebs now drop string when broken using shears.
1.8Cobwebs now generate naturally, making them a viable method to obtain string.
Official release
1.3.112w22aString can be placed on the ground as a tripwire. Tripwire was first revealed on Dinnerbone's Twitter. Dinnerbone released a video showing him experimenting with tripwire before its release.
12w23aTripwire is now activated by most entities (including arrows), and the max distance has been increased from 18 to 40 blocks.
1.6.113w18aString is now used to craft leads.
1.7.213w37aBlock ID 132 (tripwire) was removed from the /give command.
1.8Tripwire is now translucent.
1.915w44aAdded to desert temple chests, and more than doubled the average yield from dungeon chests.
15w49aThe suspended block state is removed from tripwire.
1.1116w39aString is now found in the new woodland mansion chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.3Added string, which can be crafted into bows and wool.
0.11.0build 1String can now be used to make fishing rods.
0.13.0build 1String can be placed on the ground as a tripwire.
0.15.0build 1String is now used to craft leads.
Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added string.
TU141.04String can be placed on the ground as tripwire.


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