|Catches fire from lava||
Redstone ore mined using an iron pickaxe or higher drops 4 or 5 redstone dust (or more with Fortune, averaging at 6 redstone dust with Fortune III). If mined with Silk Touch, the block drops itself instead of redstone dust.
15 lengths of redstone dust are naturally generated as part of the trap in each jungle pyramid. 5 lengths of redstone dust can be found in one type of jail cell room in a woodland mansion. In ancient cities, multiple pieces of redstone dust can be found integrated into circuitry.
Redstone dust can be broken instantly using any tool, or without a tool, and drops itself as an item.
Redstone dust is removed and drops as an item if:
- its attachment block is moved, removed, or destroyed
- water or lava flows into its space
- a piston tries to push it or moves a block into its space
Redstone dust can be crafted from blocks of redstone.
|Block of Redstone|
|Redstone Dust||Redstone Ore or
Deepslate Redstone Ore +
In Java Edition, novice-level cleric villagers sell two redstone dust for one emerald.
In Bedrock Edition, novice-level cleric villagers sell four redstone dust for one emerald.
|Mundane Potion||Redstone Dust +
|Increased Duration||Redstone Dust +
Potion of Fire Resistance or
Potion of Invisibility or
Potion of Night Vision or
Potion of Poison or
Potion of Regeneration or
Potion of Slowness or
Potion of Strength or
Potion of Swiftness or
Potion of Water Breathing or
Potion of Weakness or
Potion of Leaping or
Potion of Slow Falling
|Block of Redstone||Redstone Dust|
|Clock||Gold Ingot +
|Compass||Iron Ingot +
|Detector Rail||Iron Ingot +
Stone Pressure Plate +
|Enchantments on the bow do not affect the resulting dispenser.|
|Note Block||Any Planks +
Redstone Dust +
|Piston||Any Planks +
Iron Ingot +
|Powered Rail||Gold Ingot +
|Redstone Lamp||Redstone Dust +
|Redstone Repeater||Redstone Torch +
Redstone Dust +
|Redstone Torch||Redstone Dust +
|Target||Redstone Dust +
When placed in the world, redstone dust becomes a block of "redstone wire", which can transmit redstone power.
Redstone dust can be placed on opaque blocks as well as glowstone, upside-down slabs, glass, upside-down stairs, and hoppers. It can also be placed on some transparent blocks; see Opacity/Placement for more information. It cannot be placed suspended in midair, even with commands, which is not unintentional.
Redstone wire configures itself to point toward adjacent redstone power components and transmission component connection points. Redstone wire also configures itself to point toward adjacent redstone wire one block higher or lower – unless there is a solid opaque block above the lower redstone wire.
If there is only one such adjacent redstone component, redstone wire configures itself into a line pointing both at the neighbor and away from it. If there are two or more such adjacent components, redstone wire connects them in the form of , , , or as needed.
When there are no adjacent components, a single redstone wire configures itself into a plus sign, which can provide power in all four directions. By right-clicking it can be changed into a dot, which does not provide power to any of the four directions.
In Bedrock Edition, redstone wire automatically configures itself to point toward adjacent blocks or mechanism components. In Java Edition, it does not. If such a configuration is desired, the other neighbors of the redstone wire must be arranged to create it, i.e the redstone dust must be placed in a way that it would be pointed at the block’s location even if it were not there.
When redstone wire is reconfigured after placement, it does not update other redstone components around it of the change unless that reconfiguration also includes a change in power level or another component provides an update. This can create situations where a mechanism component remains activated when it shouldn't, or vice versa, until it receives an update from something else – a "feature" of redstone wire that can be used to make a block update detector.
- from an adjacent power component or a strongly-powered block
- from the output of a redstone repeater or redstone comparator
- from adjacent redstone wire. The powering dust can be a level higher or lower, but with restrictions:
- Redstone dust can be powered by redstone dust that is one level lower, or on an opaque block one level higher. A transparent block cannot[Java Edition only] pass power downward.
- The block "between" the two dust blocks must be air or transparent. A solid block there "cuts" the connection between the higher and lower dust.
The "power level" of redstone dust can vary from 0 to 15. Most power components power-up adjacent redstone dust to power level 15, but a few (daylight sensors, trapped chests, and weighted pressure plates) may create a lower power level. Redstone repeaters output power level 15 (when turned on), but redstone comparators may output a lower power level.
Power level drops by 1 for every block of redstone wire it crosses. Thus, redstone wire can transmit power for no more than 15 blocks. To go further, the power level must be re-strengthened – typically with a redstone repeater.
Powered redstone wire on top of, or pointing at, an opaque block provides weak power to the block. A weakly-powered block cannot power other adjacent redstone wire, but can still power redstone repeaters and comparators, and activate adjacent mechanism components. Transparent blocks cannot be powered.
When redstone wire is unpowered, it appears dark red. When powered, it becomes bright red at power level 15, fading to darker shades with decreasing power. Powered redstone wire also produces "dust" particles of the same color.
Since Java Edition 1.16, while redstone wire always provides power to the directions it points into, it can still point into directions in which it cannot give power. If redstone wire comes in the form of a cross, the player can right-click to toggle it between a cross and dot. A redstone dot does not power anything adjacent to it, but powers the block under it.
|Sound||Subtitles||Source||Description||Resource location||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation|
|Block broken||Blocks||Once the block has broken||1.0||0.8||16|
|None[sound 1]||Blocks||Falling on the block with fall damage||None[sound 1]||0.5||0.75||16|
|Block breaking||Blocks||While the block is in the process of being broken||0.25||0.5||16|
|Block placed||Blocks||When the block is placed||1.0||0.8||16|
|Footsteps||Blocks||Walking on the block||0.15||1.0||16|
|Blocks||Once the block has broken||1.0||0.8|
|Blocks||Falling on the block with fall damage||0.4||1.0|
|Blocks||While the block is in the process of being broken||0.37||0.5|
|?||Blocks||Jumping from the block||0.12||1.0|
|?||Blocks||Falling on the block without fall damage||0.22||1.0|
|Blocks||Walking on the block||0.3||1.0|
|Blocks||When the block is placed||1.0||0.8|
|Redstone Dust||Identifier||Form||Translation key|
|Redstone Dust||Identifier||Numeric ID||Form||Item ID[i 1]||Translation key|
|Block||Block & Ungiveable Item[i 2]||Identical[i 3]|
- ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
- Unavailable with
- The block's direct item form has the same id with the block.
|Name||Default value||Allowed values||Description|
|east||The way redstone dust connects to the east, side can also mean down.|
|north||The way redstone dust connects to the north, side can also mean down.|
|power||The redstone dust's current power level.|
|south||The way redstone dust connects to the south, side can also mean down.|
|west||The way redstone dust connects to the west, side can also mean down.|
|Name||Metadata Bits||Default value||Allowed values||Values for
|redstone_signal||The redstone dust's current power level.|
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Actual requirements (if different)||Gamerscore earned||Trophy type (PS4)|
|Dispense with This||Construct a Dispenser.||—||20G||Bronze|
- Note: These videos do not show all uses for redstone in crafting and all methods of obtaining. This video is also outdated, as of 1.13 Java Edition, redstone is now called Redstone Dust.
|May 21, 2009||Notch shows interest in adding wire-type blocks.|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|v1.0.1||Added redstone dust as an item.|
Added redstone dust as a placed block.
|Redstone dust as a placed block has two power appearances; either completely on, or completely off.|
|Redstone dust is used to craft redstone torches.|
|At this time, redstone has not been given an official name.|
|v1.0.2_01||Redstone dust now doesn't connect through solid blocks diagonally down.|
|The texture of redstone dust has been changed. Whether this is referring to the block or item is unknown.|
|Walking on redstone dust no longer breaks it.|
|Redstone dust now gives off particles.|
|v1.1.0||Redstone is now used to craft compasses.|
|v1.2.0||?||Redstone is now used to craft clocks.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.0||With the addition of inventory tooltips, the item form of redstone dust has been named "Redstone", and the usually unobtainable block form has been named "Redstone Dust".|
|1.2||Redstone is now used to craft dispensers and note blocks.|
Redstone wire gets darker the farther away it is from a source of power, using a dedicated tint system. Previously, it was fully on until it reached its limit.
|Its particles now appear gray due to not being tinted.|
|Redstone is now used to craft redstone repeaters.|
Fully off redstone wire is no longer black.
|Redstone dust can now be placed on snow.|
|Redstone is now used to craft powered rails and detector rails.|
|1.6.6||Redstone dust now checks if the block below has a solid top face or glowstone, allowing it to be placed on it.|
|1.7||Redstone dust now connects to a repeater without the dust being explicitly pointed at it.|
|Redstone can now be used to craft pistons.|
|1.8||Pre-release||Redstone can now be found in the new stronghold storeroom chests, and in the new mineshaft chests.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3||Redstone can now be brewed in a water bottle to create a mundane potion.|
|Redstone can now be found in the new stronghold altar chests.|
|Redstone now extends the potions of Fire Resistance, Slowness, Swiftness, Poison, Weakness and Strength.|
|Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4||Redstone now extends the new potion of Regeneration.|
Redstone dust placement on one block has been changed from a "+" to a "•" shape.
|?||Redstone wire block particles are now correctly colored.|
|1.1||11w49a||Fixed redstone update bug.[more information needed]|
|1.2.1||12w06a||Redstone can now be placed on glowstone.|
|12w07a||Redstone is now used to craft redstone lamps.|
|1.3.1||12w21a||Redstone can now be bought from priest villagers, at 2–4 redstone for 1 emerald, making them renewable.|
|12w22a||Redstone dust now generates in jungle temples.|
|12w25a||Redstone dust can now be placed on top of upside-down slabs and stairs.|
|1.4.2||12w34a||Redstone now extends the new potions of Night Vision and Invisibility.|
|12w38a||Witches are have been added, which sometimes drop redstone when killed.|
|1.5||13w01a||Redstone can now be used to craft blocks of redstone and droppers.|
|1.7.2||13w36a||Redstone now extends the new potion of Water Breathing.|
|1.8||14w02a||Trading has been changed: cleric villagers now sell 1–4 redstone for 1 emerald.|
|14w25a||Redstone dust no longer changes to obsidian next to water when lava flows into it.|
|14w27a||Redstone now extends the new potion of Leaping.|
Some slight changes have been made to redstone wire's appearance - the dot now extends outward with two more pixels, and the south-facing section of bends, T shapes and crosses now has one fewer pixel. It also appears straighter and more continuous in straight wire form.
|Redstone can no longer be added to extended potions or tier-II potions.|
|15w44a||The average yield of redstone from dungeon chests has been cut by more than half.|
|The average yield of redstone in mineshaft chests has been increased.|
|15w46a||The hitbox of redstone now covers only part of the surface of the block below, based on the orientation of the redstone.|
|1.11||16w39a||Redstone dust can now be found in chests in woodland mansions.|
|Redstone can now used to craft observers.|
|1.13||17w47a||The item form of "Redstone" has been renamed to "Redstone Wire".|
|Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 55, and the item's 331.|
|17w48a||"Redstone" has been renamed to "Redstone Dust".|
|18w07a||Redstone now extends the new potion of the Turtle Master.|
|1.14||18w43a||The texture of redstone dust has been changed.|
|18w50a||Redstone dust can now be found in chests in village temples.|
|19w12b||Redstone dust can now be placed on glass, ice and sea lanterns.|
|19w13a||Cleric villagers now give redstone dust to players under the Hero of the Village effect.|
|1.16||20w06a||Redstone dust now has a bottom texture.|
|20w09a||Redstone can now be used to craft targets.|
|20w18a||Redstone dust placement on one block has been changed from a "•" back to a "+" shape.|
|Redstone dust's hitbox is now no longer strictly a cuboid, and more closely matches the shape of the wiring.|
|Upward going redstone dust now has a hitbox on the side of the block too, rather than only on the floor.|
|Unconnected redstone dust now has all direction block states set to "side".|
|The direction block states of redstone dust are now properly set to "side" at the end of a redstone wire on both ends, rather than only the one with other redstone besides it.|
While not accessible in normal gameplay, redstone dust that points into one side, but not the opposite, now visually reaches halfway across the block.
|20w19a||Redstone dust now visually connects when going up soul sand, 8-layer snow stacks and the back side of upside-down stairs.|
|Particles are now generated across the length of the redstone wire rather than the center of the block.|
|20w21a||Redstone dust placement on one block is now toggleable between a "+" and a "•" shape, by interacting with it.|
|1.17||21w08a||Redstone dust can now drop and be smelted from deepslate redstone ore.|
|1.19||22w13a||Redstone wire now generates in ancient cities.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|v0.8.0||build 2||Added redstone as an item.|
|Redstone is now dropped when mined from redstone ore.|
|Redstone can be used to craft compasses, clocks and powered rails.|
|v0.11.0||build 1||Redstone is now used to craft redstone blocks.|
|v0.12.1||build 1||Redstone has been added to the creative inventory, but it still cannot be placed.|
|v0.13.0||build 1||Redstone can now be placed.|
|Redstone is now used to craft redstone lamps, note blocks, detector rails and redstone torches.|
|v0.14.0||build 1||Redstone is now used to craft dispensers and droppers.|
|v0.15.0||build 1||Redstone is now used to craft pistons and observers.|
|1.0.4||alpha 18.104.22.168||Cleric villagers now sell 1–4 redstone for an emerald.|
|1.1.0||alpha 22.214.171.124||Redstone can now be found in woodland mansions.|
Placed redstone now assumes its current appearance with a more solid center. Its linear state appearences are unknown.
|1.10.0||beta 126.96.36.199||The texture of redstone has been changed.|
|1.11.0||beta 188.8.131.52||Redstone can now be found in desert village temple chests.|
|beta 184.108.40.206||Cleric villagers now sell 4 redstone as part of their first tier trade.|
|1.16.210||beta 220.127.116.11||"Redstone" has been renamed to "Redstone Dust".|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||1.0.1||Added redstone.|
|TU3||Redstone now connects to a repeater without the dust being explicitly pointed at it.|
|1.90||The texture of redstone has been changed.|
|1.95||Redstone can now be placed on glass.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|0.1.0||Added redstone dust.|
Redstone wire "item"
- The following content is transcluded from Technical blocks/Redstone Wire.
|Java Edition Alpha|
|v1.0.1||Redstone wire has an extra, unobtainable item form corresponding to its block ID. It can be obtained via inventory editors with numeric item ID 55.|
|Unlike the obtainable redstone dust item, this unobtainable form can replace blocks such as water.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.6||Test Build 3||Redstone wire items can be obtained from the newly added debug chests, mainly from the 24th slot of the 2nd chest from the left, and the 8th slot of the 6th chest from the left.|
|release||Debug chests no longer spawn, preventing redstone wire items from being obtained this way.|
|1.8||Pre-release 2 ;)||Added pick block functionality. This changes the currently selected slot to any containing this otherwise-unobtainable redstone dust item, but does not allow it to be obtained if not already in the hotbar.|
|1.2.5||pre||Pick Block now returns the actually obtainable redstone dust item.|
|1.3.1||12w15a||Redstone wire items can now be obtained via Pick Block in creative.|
|12w16a||Pick Block once again returns the actually obtainable redstone dust item.|
|Redstone wire items can now be obtained in singleplayer worlds via the |
|1.7.2||13w37a||The direct item form of redstone wire has been removed from the game. It no longer exists as an item in any way, only as a placed block.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|?||Redstone wire can exist as an item.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|?||Redstone wire exists as an item.|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|v1.0.1||The redstone wire item uses this texture in inventories, when held in first person view or as a dropped item.|
|?||The redstone wire item uses the aforementioned texture when held in third person.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.3||The redstone wire item now uses this texture in inventories, when held in first or third person view or as a dropped item.|
|This is due to the redstone wire texture changing in this version to use tints.|
|1.4.2||12w34a||The redstone wire item now uses the aforementioned texture when in an item frame.|
|?||Redstone wire looks like this in the inventory.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|?||Redstone wire looks like this as an item.|
Item names did not exist prior to Beta 1.0.
- Beta 1.0 - 13w36b: Redstone Dust
- ? - ?: Redstone Dust
- Five updates for Windows 10 released from 2016 to 2018 were codenamed "Redstone", referencing Minecraft.
- The block has 1,296 possible block state combinations, the highest of all blocks as of 1.15.2, beating fire's 512 and note block's 800.
Official T-shirt artwork "Powered By Redstone" made by JINX.
- "Microsoft plans ‘Redstone’ updates for Windows 10 in 2016" by Tom Warren – The Verge, April 7, 2015.