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Type:Solid, Redstone
Mine with:Hand
Found naturally:No

Pistons are redstone-activated tools that push blocks in their line of direction. They can be used to make piston doors, traps and more.


The piston can be broken by hand.


3 wooden planks at the top, 2 cobblestone on each side below the wooden planks, redstone on the bottom and iron ingot in the middle.

Wooden Planks Wooden Planks Wooden Planks Cobblestone Iron Ingot Cobblestone Cobblestone Redstone Dust Cobblestone Piston


When a redstone current is applied, it expands to take up two blocks in a single direction pushing blocks out of the way. Blocks that are not pushable include bedrock, extended pistons, portal stone. and portal frame. It is only able to push 11 blocks (tested with sand).

Crafting Ingredient

The piston is used in the recipe for a sticky piston.

Slimeball Invisible-sprite Piston Invisible-sprite Sticky Piston


Version Date Changes
Unknown Unknown
  • Added the piston
1.19.4 Dec 11, 2011
  • Piston no longer moves bedrock
1.25 May 11, 2013
  • Pistons have better functionality
    • Fixed duplicating pistons glitch
1.26 May 31, 2014
  • Pistons used in recipe for sticky piston
1.27 Nov 13, 2015
  • Fixed pistons pushing doors (Found by Aftermoth)
1.28 Oct 08, 2016
  • Fixed pistons not transferring all block data, and optimized their code - Video by WSDGuy2014



See Also