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Third person view as seen from the front of the player

Third person view is a viewpoint from outside of the player in which the camera does not show the player's eye level, but instead shows from behind the player.


Third person view can be activated by pressing F5 (or fn+F5 on some computers). Pressing F5 once will display the back of the player in third person view, twice will display their front, and three times revert back to first person view.

If the player suffocates while in this mode, the camera will switch back to first person view. This does not apply to Pocket Edition.

A third person face view can also be seen while the inventory is open, the player there will always be facing towards the cursor.


When in third person view, the player can be viewed at an angle of 0 degrees and from the front of the player at 180 degrees (Y axis) when the mouse is leveled with the ground.



February 18, 2010The player can now be seen in the previously solid black square in the inventory.
1.0.14Pressing F5 now switches the view to third person view. When in third person view, the player is off center by one block to the left.
Because mobs look at the camera and not the player's head, in third person view they look at the wrong location.
1.0.17The player is now centered when in third person view.
1.2.0Holding F1 while in third person view now causes the front of the player to be shown.
1.3The front of the player is no longer shown by holding F1 while in third person view.
Official release
1.0.0Beta 1.9-pre5The debugging view manipulation known in the code as the "deadmau5 camera"[1] was accidentally enabled.
This feature causes the keys Y, H, U, O, I, K, J, L, N, and M to change the camera position in a variety of ways, and pressing F9 freezes the view. Pressing two functionally connected keys at the same time will revert the view back to normal, except pressing U+O.
This feature was only added for deadmau5.[1]
Beta 1.9-pre6The deadmau5 camera was removed.
Pressing F5 twice now switches the camera to the front of the player, while it now takes a third press of F5 to switch back into first person view.
1.2.112w08aThe deadmau5 camera was accidentally added again.[2]
The sides of the player's head may now be shown when rotating the view using the deadmau5 camera.
1.2-preThe deadmau5 camera was removed again.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.2Added an option for third person view.
0.12.1build 6Added the front third person view.


  • In Pocket Edition, third person view allows the Player to reach further than in first person.