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Minecart with Chest
Minecart with Chest JE4 BE2.png
Rarity color







Height: 0.7 Blocks
Width: 0.98 Blocks

Network ID

JE: 10


1 Minecart
1 Chest plus contents

Health points


A minecart with chest is a minecart with a chest inside it.

Natural generation[]

Example of loot in a minecart with chest in a mineshaft.

Minecarts with chests containing loot naturally generate in mineshafts, each on top of a piece of rail.



Ingredients Crafting recipe
Chest +

Minecarts with chests cannot be directly retrieved by attacking them, as they drop as a minecart and a chest plus its contents. The player can recraft them so that they can be placed again.


Minecarts with chests can be placed by using its item on any type of rail.

Chest minecarts' contents can be accessed by pressing use item button on them. The interaction makes no sounds and the chest does not show the opening or closing animation, unlike regular chests.

The boost that minecarts with chests gain from powered rails is dependent on their load. For example, from a 1 powered rail starter track, an empty minecart with chest travels 64 blocks, but a full minecart with chest travels only 16 blocks (opposed to 80 blocks for an occupied normal minecart and 8 blocks for an empty normal minecart).

Another physical property of chest minecarts is their ability to be stacked. While three chests can fit in an area three blocks tall, up to four chest minecarts can fit in the same area. Like other minecarts, an unlimited number of minecarts with chests can exist in the same block space.

Minecarts with chests are also able to interact with hoppers. Hoppers can take items out from the minecart chest if they are below the track as the cart rolls over it or put them in if the cart rolls under a downward facing hopper. Hoppers can also input items if they are facing into the side of the minecart.

Opening or destroying a minecart with chest angers piglins.

When on top of detector rails, nearby redstone comparators will give out redstone signals based on how full the minecarts with chests are.


SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Minecart rolls?Plays when the minecart is movingentity.minecart.ridingsubtitles.entity.minecart.riding??16

Data values[]


Java Edition:

ItemResource locationFormTranslation key
Minecart with Chestchest_minecartItemitem.minecraft.chest_minecart
EntityResource locationTranslation key
Minecart with Chestchest_minecartentity.minecraft.chest_minecart

Bedrock Edition:

ItemResource locationNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Minecart with Chestchest_minecart328Itemitem.chest_minecart.name
EntityResource locationNumeric ID Translation key
Minecart with Chestchest_minecart98entity.chest_minecart.name

Entity data[]

Minecarts with chests have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the entity.

Java Edition:

Main article: Entity format
  • Entity data
    • Tags common to all entities
    • Tags common to all minecarts
    •  Items: List of items.
      • An item, including the Slot tag. Slots are numbered 0 to 26.
        • Tags common to all items
    •  LootTable: Optional. Loot table to be used to fill the chest when it is next opened, or the items are otherwise interacted with.[note 1]
    •  LootTableSeed: Optional. Seed for generating the loot table. If 0 or omitted, a random seed is used.[note 1]
  1. a b Both loot table tags are removed once the items have been generated.

Bedrock Edition:

See Bedrock Edition level format/Entity format.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS4)
PS4 Other platforms
Freight StationUse a Hopper to move an item from a Chest Minecart to a Chest.15GBronze



The Minecart models in the Bedrock Edition were north or south on the sides. In the latest version, the front and rear sides are north or south. But the absolute orientation of the chest was not changed.

This section is missing information about In bedrock edition 1.16.100 it seems that chests in minecarts face sideways instead of forward - when was this changed?. 
Please expand the section to include this information. Further details may exist on the talk page.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.14Minecart with Chest JE1.png Minecart with Chest (item) JE1 BE1.png Minecarts with chests have been added.
At this point, they are either called "chest minecarts" or "storage minecarts" because no in-game name was indicated.
Java Edition Beta
1.0"Minecart with Chest" has been first indicated as its name, via the new item tooltips.
1.8Pre-releaseMinecart with Chest JE2.png The model of the minecart with chest has been changed to match the new chest model. However, the chest is incorrectly offset.[2]
releaseMinecart with Chest JE3 BE1.png The model of minecarts with chests has been fixed.
Java Edition
1.513w02aMinecarts with chests now generate in mineshafts in place of normal chests.
1.915w43aLoot tables have been added; minecarts with chests now use loot tables, and those in generated in mineshafts now use loot tables.
1.9.1pre2The title of the inventory has been changed from 'Chest minecart' to 'Minecart with Chest'.
1.1116w32aThe entity ID has been changed from MinecartChest to chest_minecart.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 342.
1.1418w43aMinecart with Chest JE4 BE2.png Minecart with Chest (item) JE2 BE2.png The textures of minecarts with chests have been changed.
1.16.2Pre-release 1Piglins now become angry with players who open or destroy a chest minecart.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.14.0build 1Minecart with Chest JE3 BE1.png Minecart with Chest (item) JE1 BE1.png Added minecarts with chests.
build 3Minecarts with chests now drop items when destroyed in creative mode.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha entity ID has been changed from minecartchest to chest_minecart.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta with Chest JE4 BE2.png Minecart with Chest (item) JE2 BE2.png The textures of minecarts with chests have been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Minecart with Chest JE3 BE1.png Minecart with Chest (item) JE1 BE1.png Added minecarts with chests.
1.90 Minecart with Chest JE4 BE2.png Minecart with Chest (item) JE2 BE2.png The textures of minecarts with chests have been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Minecart with Chest JE3 BE1.png Minecart with Chest (item) JE1 BE1.png Added minecarts with chests.
Minecarts with chests emit smoke particles when destroyed.


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