String

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String
Tripwire (N).pngTripwire (E).pngTripwire (S).pngTripwire (W).pngTripwire (NS).pngTripwire (EW).pngTripwire (NE).pngTripwire (SE).pngTripwire (SW).pngTripwire (NW).pngTripwire (ESW).pngTripwire (NSW).pngTripwire (NEW).pngTripwire (NES).pngTripwire (NESW).png
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Any tool

Blast resistance

0

Hardness

0

Luminant

No

Transparent

Yes

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

String is an item used in crafting recipes such as bows, fishing rods and leads. When placed as a block, string becomes tripwire, which can be combined with tripwire hooks to form a tripwire circuit.

Obtaining[edit]

String can be obtained from drops, breaking cobwebs, fishing, bartering, and as gifts from cats. String can be looted from jungle temples, desert pyramid chests, and dungeons.

Breaking[edit]

Tripwire can be mined instantly with any tool, dropping string. Tripwire is also removed and drops string as an item when:

Tripwire is destroyed without dropping string if lava flows into its space.

A cobweb drops string when it is broken in these ways (see also Cobweb § Usage):

  • Breaking a cobweb with a sword
  • Pushing a cobweb with a piston
  • Water breaking a cobweb by flowing over it (flowing lava destroys cobwebs without leaving string)

Natural generation[edit]

Five pieces of tripwire generate naturally in every jungle temple.

Mob loot[edit]

Spiders and cave spiders drop 0–2 string upon death. The maximum is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 0–5 string with Looting III.

Striders drop 0–5‌[JE only] / 2–5‌[BE only] string upon death. The maximum is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 0–8 string with Looting III.‌[JE only]

Cats drop 0–2 string upon death, unaffected by Looting.

Chest loot[edit]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
String Dungeon Chest 1–8 57.8%
Bastion remnant Hoglin stable chest 3–8 22.8%
Bridge chest 1–6 47.9%
Generic chest 4–6 24.4%
Desert temple Chest 1–8 59%
Pillager Outpost Chest 1–6 39.1%
Woodland mansion Chest 1–8 57.8%
Bedrock Edition
String Dungeon Chest 1–8 57.8%
Bastion remnant Hoglin stable chest 3–8 26.2%
Bridge chest 1–6 47.9%
Generic chest 4–6 31.5%
Desert temple Chest 1–8 59%
Pillager Outpost Chest 1–6 39.1%
Woodland mansion Chest 1–8 57.8%

Fishing[edit]

String has a 0.6% (3500) chance of being caught when fishing with an unenchanted fishing rod. The chance decreases to 0.5% (1200), 0.4% (1250), and 0.3% (31000) if the fishing rod is enchanted with Luck of the Sea at enchantment levels I, II, and III, respectively.

Cat gifts[edit]

Main article: Cat § Gifts

Tamed cats have a 70% chance of giving the player a gift when they wake up from a bed, and the gift has a 16.13% chance to be a string.

Bartering[edit]

Piglins may barter 3-9 string when given a gold ingot.

Crafting[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
String Cobweb

9
[Bedrock Edition only]

Usage[edit]

String can be used as a crafting ingredient and tripwire can be used as a redstone component. It can also be used to keep players from ender-pearling through that space.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Bow Stick +
String

Bundle String +
Rabbit Hide

[JE 20w45a21w18a only][upcoming: JE 1.18]
Candle String +
Honeycomb

Crossbow Stick +
Iron Ingot +
String +
Tripwire Hook

Fishing Rod Stick +
String

Lead String +
Slimeball
Loom String +
Any Planks

Scaffolding Bamboo +
String
White Wool String

Redstone component[edit]

"Tripwire" redirects here. For tripwire hooks, see Tripwire Hook.
See also: Redstone circuit

String can be placed as tripwire, which can be used to detect entities as part of a tripwire circuit. Observers can also be used with a tripwire to generate Redstone signals.

Placement

To place tripwire, use string while pointing at a surface facing the space the tripwire should occupy.

Tripwire Circuit
In order to activate tripwire hooks, tripwire must be part of a "tripwire circuit": a straight line of blocks consisting of a block with a tripwire hook attached to it, a "tripwire line" (1 to 40 blocks of tripwire), and a second tripwire hook attached to another block.
Activation

A tripwire activates if almost any entity (players, mobs, minecarts, boats, items, arrows, etc.) intersects its collision mask. The tripwire remains active until there are no entities intersecting its collision mask. Thrown potions, some arrows, thrown ender pearls, and thrown eyes of ender do not activate tripwire.

Behavior

An active tripwire updates adjacent blocks (for example, it can activate a BUD circuit). Additionally, active tripwires that are part of valid tripwire circuits cause the attached tripwire hooks to activate (producing redstone power). Active tripwires do not themselves produce redstone power.

When tripwire is broken (including by being washed away by spreading water in Java Edition) after being part of a valid tripwire circuit, it activates the attached tripwire hooks for 5 redstone ticks (10 game ticks, or 0.5 seconds barring lag). It does not produce the signal if it is broken using shears.

Trading[edit]

Novice-level fisherman villagers have a 50% chance to buy 20 string as part of their first-tier trade.

Journeyman-level fletcher villagers buy 14 string for 1 emerald as part of their trade.

Sounds[edit]

Generic[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.stone.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.stone.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.stone.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.stone.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.stone.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.stone1.00.8
BlocksFalling on the block with fall damagefall.stone0.41.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.stone0.370.5
?BlocksJumping from the blockjump.stone0.121.0
?BlocksFalling on the block without fall damageland.stone0.221.0
BlocksWalking on the blockstep.stone0.31.0
BlocksWhen the block is placeduse.stone1.00.8

Unique[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Tripwire attaches??block.tripwire.attachsubtitles.block.tripwire.attach?(<1.0)16
Tripwire clicks??block.tripwire.click_offsubtitles.block.tripwire.click?(<1.0)16
Tripwire clicks??block.tripwire.click_onsubtitles.block.tripwire.click?(<1.0)16
Tripwire detaches??block.tripwire.detachsubtitles.block.tripwire.detach??16

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)FormTranslation key
Tripwiretripwirewall_post_overrideBlockblock.minecraft.tripwire
StringstringItemitem.minecraft.string

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Tripwiretripwire132Blocktile.tripWire.name
Stringstring287Itemitem.string.name

Metadata[edit]

See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, tripwire uses the following data values:

Bits Description
0x1 Set if tripwire is activated (an entity is intersecting its collision mask).
0x2 Set if tripwire is "suspended" (makes hitbox larger when set). Unclear what this is used for.

Set by default on newly placed tripwires.

0x4 Set if tripwire is attached to a valid tripwire circuit.
0x8 Set if tripwire is disarmed.

Block states[edit]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
attachedfalsefalse
true
True if the tripwire is connected to a valid tripwire circuit.
disarmedfalsefalse
true
True if the tripwire is disarmed, that is, broken using shears.
eastfalsefalse
true
True if the tripwire connects to other tripwire or tripwire hooks to the east.
northfalsefalse
true
True if the tripwire connects to other tripwire or tripwire hooks to the north.
poweredfalsefalse
true
True if the tripwire is active.
southfalsefalse
true
True if the tripwire connects to other tripwire or tripwire hooks to the south.
westfalsefalse
true
True if the tripwire connects to other tripwire or tripwire hooks to the west.

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
attached_bit00
1
True if the tripwire is connected to a valid tripwire circuit.
disarmed_bit00
1
True if the tripwire is disarmed, that is, broken using shears.
powered_bit00
1
True if the tripwire is active.
suspended_bit00
1
True if the tripwire is not on top of a block.

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition Indev
0.3120100129String JE1 BE1.png Added string.
?Bows can now be crafted using string.
20100201-2Cloth can now be crafted using nine string.
Minecraft Indev20100219Spiders now drop string.
Java Edition Infdev
Minecraft Infdev20100625-2String can now be found inside chests in the new dungeons.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.1.1String can now be used to craft fishing rods.
Java Edition Beta
1.5Introduced cobwebs, which drop string when broken with a sword.
1.6.6Wool is now crafted from four string rather than nine.
1.7Cobwebs now drop string when broken using shears.
1.8Pre-releaseCobwebs now generate naturally, making them a viable method to obtain string.
Java Edition
?Tripwire was first revealed on Dinnerbone's Twitter.[1][2] Dinnerbone released a video showing him experimenting with tripwire before its release.
1.3.112w22aString can now be placed on the ground as tripwire.
12w23aTripwire can now activated by most entities (including arrows).
The max distance of tripwire has now been increased from 18 to 40 blocks.
Tripwire now has a translucent texture.
1.6.113w18aString can now be used to craft leads.
1.814w02aString can now be sold to fletcher and fisherman villagers, at 15–20 string for 1 emerald.
releaseTripwire is now translucent.
1.915w44aString now generates in desert temple chests.
The average yield of string in dungeon chests has now more than doubled.
15w49aThe suspended block state has now been removed from tripwire.
1.1116w39aString can now be found in woodland mansion chests.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 132 and the item's was 287.
1.1418w43aString can now be used to craft crossbows and a loom.
String JE2 BE2.png The texture of string has now been changed.
18w44aCats now drop 0-2 string upon death.
Cats now offer string as gifts.
18w45aString can now be used to craft scaffolding.
18w47aString can now be found inside pillager outpost chests.
1.1620w09aString can now be obtained through bartering with piglins.
20w13aStriders now drop string upon death.
20w16aString now generates in bastion remnant chests.
1.1720w45aString can now be used to craft bundles and candles.
21w13aThe model of the tripwire has been tweaked that the underside texture is mirrored.
21w19aString can no longer be used to craft bundles.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.2.0String JE1 BE1.png Added string. It is currently unobtainable and serves no purpose.
v0.3.3Added spiders, which drop string when they die.
String can now be used to craft bows.
v0.4.0String can now be crafted into wool.
v0.11.0build 1String can now be used to craft fishing rods.
String can now be caught as a junk item from fishing.
v0.13.0build 1String can now be placed on the ground as a tripwire.
String can now be found in desert temple chests.
v0.15.0build 1String can now be used to craft leads.
Tripwire now generates in jungle temples.
Pocket Edition
1.0.4alpha 1.0.4.015-20 String can now be sold to fletcher and fisherman villagers for an emerald.
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0String can now be found in woodland mansion chests.
Cobwebs can now be used to craft 9 string.
Bedrock Edition
1.8.0beta 1.8.0.8Tamed cats can now give the player string as gifts.
String can now be used to craft scaffolding.
Cats now drop 0–2 string.
beta 1.8.0.10String can now be used to craft crossbows.
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.0Tripwire string that is broken now activates, unless broken with shears.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3String can now be found in pillager outpost chests.
String can now be used to craft a loom.
String JE2 BE2.png The texture of string has now been changed.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.4Trading has now been changed, fisherman villagers now have a 50% chance to buy 20 string as part of their first-tier trade.
Fletcher villagers now buy 14 string for an emerald as their third-tier trade.
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.57String can now be obtained through bartering with piglins.
Added striders, which drop string upon death.
String can now be found in bastion remnant chests.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.17.10beta 1.17.10.22String can now be used to craft candles.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1String JE1 BE1.png Added string.
TU14 1.04 String can now be placed on the ground as tripwire.
1.88 Tripwires are now activated when broken, unless broken with shears.
1.90 String JE2 BE2.png The texture of string has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0String JE1 BE1.png Added string.

Tripwire "item"[edit]

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Java Edition
1.3.112w22aTripwire (texture) JE1.png Tripwire has an unobtainable item form corresponding to its block ID, which uses the raw texture. It can be obtained via the /give command or inventory editors with numeric item ID 132.
12w23aTripwire (inventory) JE2.png The main tripwire texture has changed to be translucent. However, as items did not support translucency at this time, all translucent pixels appear opaque. This may or may not have produced any actual visible change.
?The item is called Tripwire.
1.7.213w37aThe direct item form of tripwire 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
?Tripwire exists as an item.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "String" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

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