Nether Portal (block)

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Nether Portal
Nether Portal (EW).gif
Nether Portal (EW) BE.gif



Yes (64) ‌[BE only]



Blast resistance





Yes (11)





Catches fire from lava


The Nether portal block is the translucent part of the Nether portal that teleports the player to and from the Nether.


In Java Edition, it cannot be obtained as an item, but in Bedrock Edition, it may be obtained via inventory editing, bugs, or by using the /give command.

The Nether portal block can be placed using the /setblock command and is generated when lighting a Nether portal.


See also: Nether portal

Nether portal blocks can stably exist only within a Nether portal structure, unlike end portal blocks. When the block is updated and detects it is not part of such a structure, it is destroyed.

Nether portal blocks can be used to teleport entities between the Nether and the Overworld. When a player in the Overworld or the Nether stands in a Nether portal block for 4 seconds, the player is taken to the other dimension. While in the Nether portal block, the player can neither open their inventory, nor interact with blocks with GUI. The player can step out of a portal before it completes its animation to abort the teleport. However, in Creative mode there is no wait time—the player immediately transfers between dimensions. If there is already an active portal within range (125 blocks) in the other world, the player appears in that portal. Otherwise, a portal is created at or near the corresponding coordinates. If a single portal block is placed using commands, it can still be used to travel to the Nether.

Nether portal blocks make distinctive sounds, and emit the same purple particles produced by endermen, endermites and ender chests. Portal blocks emit a light level of 11, dimmer than a torch and insufficient to prevent hostile mob spawning above the top obsidian (the light level would be 7).

Falling block entities can be teleported through a portal, but a piston cannot push a block through.

Much like water or lava, portal blocks cannot be broken by tools except in Creative. However, portal blocks can be destroyed by explosions (even weak ones) and can be replaced by placing water or lava sources in the same block (can also be done by dispensers). If any portal block is destroyed, the whole portal is deactivated as adjacent portal blocks are updated and detect that the portal structure is no longer complete.

While Nether portals themselves cannot be lit in the end, a portal block set in The End and in custom dimensions behaves exactly like in the Overworld, calculating coordinates in the Nether with the same 1:8 ratio. They teleport players to the Nether in Java Edition, and to the Overworld in Bedrock Edition.

Piston interactivity[edit]

Nether portal blocks cannot be pushed by pistons. They also cannot be pushed nor pulled by sticky pistons.



Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?BlocksOnce the block has
?BlocksFalling on the block with fall
?BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being
?BlocksJumping from the
?BlocksFalling on the block without fall
?BlocksWalking on the
?BlocksWhen the block is


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Portal whooshes[sound 1]BlocksRandomblock.portal.ambient[sound 2]subtitles.block.portal.ambient[sound 2]??10
None[sound 3]Ambient/EnvironmentAfter being teleported[sound 2]None[sound 3]??16
Portal noise intensifies[sound 1]Ambient/EnvironmentStanding in the portalblock.portal.trigger[sound 2]subtitles.block.portal.trigger??16
  1. a b The subtitle refers to it generically as a portal rather than specifically a Nether portal: see MC-218020
  2. a b c d The sound event and translation string still refers to this generically as "portal", despite the block being renamed to "nether_portal" in 1.13; see also the bug tracker ticket on this
  3. a b MC-184622

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)FormTranslation key
Nether Portalnether_portalhoglin_repellents

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key


See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, the Nether portal uses the following data values:

DV Description
0 (unused)
1 The portal's long edge runs east–west.
2 The portal's long edge runs north-south.

Block states[edit]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
axisx xThe portal's long edge runs east–west.
zThe portal's long edge runs north–south.

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
axisx unknown[check the code]
xThe portal's long edge runs east–west.
zThe portal's long edge runs north–south.


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The specific instructions are: May have been way lighter in Pocket Edition: =3m27s
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0preview32px Nether Portal (EW) JE1.png Added the Nether portal block.
Java Edition Beta
1.6Test Build 3Nether Portal (NS) JE2.png Nether Portal (EW) JE2.png Nether portal blocks no longer have a top face.
Java Edition
1.0.0?It is now possible to smash Nether portals by simply punching them.
?It is no longer possible to break portal blocks with water or lava. Both stop before hitting the portal and act as if the portal were a solid block; placing water instead of fire in the portal automatically deactivates the portal anyway.
1.2.112w08aThe player can now (again) break a block portal in creative by punching it. It makes the same sound as glass being destroyed.
1.3.112w22aZombie pigmen now rarely spawn from portal blocks in the Overworld.
1.513w02aNether portal blocks now use the texture in resource packs: textures/blocks/portal.png.
1.7.213w37aNether portal blocks now use block data values (later changed to block state) to determine their orientation. Due to these changes, Nether portals created in 1.6.4 and earlier have a tendency to close when upgrading.
Metadata value 1 corresponds to a portal that reaches the west and east sides of the block, and 2 corresponds to one that touches the north and south sides. 0, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 15 also appear as north/south and 5, 9 and 13 as east/west, however they appear to be unused.
13w37bNether Portal (unconnected) JE1.png Nether portal blocks with damage value 3, 7, 11 and 15 now have a vertical post appearance rather than the pane or sheet appearance of other states.
13w41aNether portals, water and ice are now visible through each other.
Nether Portal (unconnected) JE2.png Nether Portal (NS) JE3.png Nether Portal (EW) JE3.png This also makes the rear planes visible from the front planes.
13w42aNether Portal (unconnected) JE3.png Nether Portal (NS) JE4.png Nether Portal (EW) JE4.png Nether portals no longer show their back face.
1.814w03aNether portal blocks with data values 3, 7, 11 and 15 now appear as north-south connected again.
14w18aNether Portal (NS) JE5.png Nether Portal (EW) JE5.png Nether portals no longer have side faces.
14w25aThe item form of the nether portal block has been removed from the game. It can no longer exist in inventories, only as a block in the world.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 90.
pre5The block ID of Nether portals has been changed to nether_portal.
1.1620w14aHoglins are now scared of Nether portal blocks.
Pre-release 3Nether portal blocks now have a loot table.[1]
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.12.1build 1Nether Portal (EW) BE.png[verify] Added Nether portal blocks.
?The sounds of nether portals have been updated to match Java.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Nether Portal (EW) JE2.png[verify] Added Nether portal blocks.

Nether portal "item"[edit]

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Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0previewNether portals have an unobtainable item form corresponding to its block ID, which has interesting model behavior. It can be obtained via inventory editors with numeric item ID 90.
Nether Portal (item) (NESW) JE1.png Initially the Nether portal item would appear as a full cube like many other blocks, but targeting an existing portal block would cause the item to morph into its shape: Nether Portal (item) (EW) JE1.png Nether Portal (item) (NS) JE1.png
Java Edition Beta
?The item is called Portal.
1.6Test Build 3Nether portal items can be obtained from the newly added debug chests, mainly from the 5th slot of the 4th chest from the left, and the 16th slot of the 7th chest from the left.
releaseDebug chests no longer spawn, preventing Nether portal items from being obtained this way.
Java Edition
1.3.112w16aNether portal items can now be obtained in singleplayer worlds via the /give command using the respective numeric ID.
1.7.213w37bWith the addition of post-shaped nether portals, the item can take on this shape as well.
13w42aNether Portal (item) (NESW) JE2.png Nether Portal (item) (EW) JE2.png Nether Portal (item) (NS) JE2.png Nether Portal (item) (unconnected) JE2.png Nether portal items are now translucent.
1.814w18aNether Portal (block item) JE3.png The Nether portal item form is now 2D.
14w25aThe direct item form of Nether portals has been removed from the game. It can no longer exist as an item in any way, only as a placed block.
Pocket Edition Alpha
?Nether portals exist as an item.
?The item is called Portal.
?Nether Portal (inventory) BE.png The Nether portal item looks like this, and does not shapeshift in response to existing blocks.


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