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This article is about an Education Edition exclusive block. For the block that generates around the old worlds in Pocket Edition, see Invisible Bedrock. For the invisible block, see Barrier. For the shimmering barrier that borders the world in Java Edition, see World border.
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This feature is exclusive to Bedrock Edition and Minecraft Education. 

Border blocks are unbreakable blocks that prohibit movement through, over or under them. They are exclusive to Minecraft Education and Bedrock Edition.[1]


Border blocks can be obtained only by using commands, or using pick block in Creative mode. No tool or explosion can damage them (they act as if they have no collision box when you try).


Border blocks are generally used to surround an area to prevent students (or players) and mobs from entering it, or to confine them within the surrounded area. They create an invisible, impassable barrier of infinite height above and below themselves (but not sideways). They prevent players who lack the worldbuilder ability from doing any of the following:

  • Jumping, climbing, tunneling, or swimming over or under them,
  • Walking through them,
  • Building (placing or destroying blocks) over or under them,
  • Destroying the border block.

Most mobs cannot pass over or under border blocks and cannot target a player or other mob through them. However, they do not stop the Ender Dragon, and weapons, projectiles, and explosions interact with them as if they were regular walls. Because of this, it is possible to use an ender pearl to cross one.

Placing or breaking a border block requires the worldbuilder or operator[Bedrock Edition only] ability, which can be granted to the player by an operator or host. Border blocks continuously emit red particles.

When used in Bedrock Edition without Education Edition features enabled, border blocks are indestructible, with a height of 1.5 blocks and a width of 1 block.

Piston interactivity[]

Border cannot be pushed by pistons. It also cannot be pushed nor pulled by sticky pistons.


SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.stone1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhen the block is placeddig.stone1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.stone0.370.5
PlayersFalling on the block with fall damagefall.stone0.41.0
PlayersWalking on the blockstep.stone0.31.0
PlayersJumping from the blockjump.stone0.121.0
PlayersFalling on the block without fall damageland.stone0.221.0

Data Values[]


NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Borderborder_block212Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.border_block.name
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. Available with /give command.
  3. The block's direct item form has the same id as the block.

Block states[]

Bedrock Edition and Minecraft Education:

NameMetadata Bits Default value Allowed valuesValues for
Metadata Bits
wall_connection_type_eastNot Supportednonenone
UnsupportedHow the wall extends from the center post to the east.
wall_connection_type_northNot Supportednonenone
UnsupportedHow the wall extends from the center post to the north.
wall_connection_type_southNot Supportednonenone
UnsupportedHow the wall extends from the center post to the south.
wall_connection_type_westNot Supportednonenone
UnsupportedHow the wall extends from the center post to the west.
wall_post_bitNot Supportedtruefalse
UnsupportedWhether or not the wall has a center post.


Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.16.0build 1Border BE1 Added border blocks, by mistake.
build 2Border blocks have been removed.
Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta border blocks.
1.19.20beta can no longer be destroyed by the ender dragon.
Education Edition
MinecraftEdu0.9652Border block MinecraftEdu, Education Edition's predecessor, had dedicated build border blocks serving an identical purpose.
1.0Border BE1 Added border blocks.


  • Border blocks and walls share the same block models and inventory model.