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The "end poem" is a text-based dialogue that appears when the player uses the exit portal. It is followed by the Minecraft credits.


After entering The End dimension for the first time and killing the ender dragon, the exit portal is activated, allowing the player to jump in and view the end poem followed by the credits. Afterwards, the player is teleported to their spawn point if available, or the world spawn point if not. The poem and credits are only shown the first time the player enters the exit portal in a world.

The end poem and credits can be successively speed up by holding Space, then additionally Ctrl, then the other Ctrl.‌[Java Edition only] Or they can be skipped entirely by pressing Esc in Java Edition or "skip" in Bedrock Edition.

The credits can also be accessed by clicking on the copyright information on the main menu screen in Java Edition or by pressing the "credits" button in the "profile" section of the Settings screen in Bedrock Edition. They can also be viewed on the Minecraft website.[1]


The poem and the credits last for a total of 39 minutes 30 seconds.[verify] The credits alone last for approximately 31 minutes and 48 seconds.

The poem itself takes the form of a dialogue between two unidentified speakers who are discussing the player's accomplishments. It lasts seven minutes and forty two seconds. After the poem is finished, the credits play. During the poem and credits, the track credits.ogg ("Alpha" in the official soundtrack) plays.

Technical details

In Java Edition, The End Poem and credits are stored in client.jar; the text of the End Poem is located in assets/minecraft/texts/end.txt, the text of the credits is in assets/minecraft/texts/credits.json, and the text of the quote is in assets/minecraft/texts/postcredits.txt. In Bedrock Edition, the text of the End Poem is located in data/credits/end.txt, the text of the credits is in data/credits/credits.json, and the text of the quote is in data/credits/quote.txt. They can both be edited with a resource pack. The first speaker's dialog uses the formatting code §3 (or dark aqua), and the second speaker's uses §2 (or dark green). The player's name is inserted with PLAYERNAME, and the scrambled text is stored as §f§k§a§b. The poem is shown the first time the player enters the exit portal based on their  seenCredits[JE only] ( hasSeenCredits[BE only]) tag being 0 (false), after which it is changed to 1 (true) once the player enters the exit portal.

End Quote

  • The following quote is attached to the end of the credits. It is widely, but controversially attributed to Mark Twain:[2]

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.


It was actually said by Harriett Jackson Brown Jr. in his book, P.S. I Love You.[3]


October 16, 2011Notch tweeted, putting out a call for writing talent to write "silly over-the-top out-of-nowhere text" for the end of the game.
The writer Julian Gough[4] wrote what has become known as the End Poem.
Later, Notch stated that Gough's short story The iHole convinced him that Gough was the right person to write the End Poem.[5]
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6Added the End poem and the credits. The file containing the End Poem is called win.txt.
1.6.1The file containing the End Poem is now called end.txt.
1.12pre6The ability to see the credits by clicking the copyright text on the menu screen has been added.
1.12.1The credits now scroll 50% faster when viewed directly from the menu screen than through the End Poem.
1.17Pre-release 1The credits now scroll faster when holding the space bar.
Now uses credits text from Bedrock Edition.
Changed the format of the credits from .txt to .json.
Removed the quote at the end of the credits. [6]
Pre-release 4Fixed several typos and errors.
Credits now scroll even faster when holding space bar and one or both of the ctrl keys.
1.18pre2Fixed more typos and errors.
Readded the quote at the end of the credits.[6]
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha the End poem.
?The track credits.ogg now plays during the End poem.
Bedrock Edition
1.13.0beta the credits.
?The End poem now only plays once when entering the exit portal.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Added the End poem and the credits.
Unlike other versions of the game, the credits do not play immediately after the End poem.