How to Make a Piston in Minecraft

Pistons are specialized blocks that can push players or other movable blocks. Some of the most intriguing contraptions in Minecraft, such as traps, automated doors, and moving bookshelves can be made with pistons.

Since gathering and putting the crafting components together is somewhat complicated, this guide will give you a complete overview of how to make a piston in Minecraft.

How to Make a Piston in Minecraft

Required Items to Make a Piston in Minecraft

You will need:

  • Any 3 planks of wood
  • 4 blocks of cobblestone
  • One iron ingot
  • One unit of Redstone dust
  • Crafting table

How to Make a Piston in Minecraft Step-by-Step

Step 1: Collect wooden planks and cobblestone blocks

There are many types of planks, including spruce, oak, birch, acacia, and dark oak. For the purpose of crafting a piston, you can use any of these variants. Woodland mansions, shipwrecks, villages, and strongholds are prime locations to look for planks. Cobblestone can be mined from stone deposits using a pickaxe.

Step 2: Find or craft Redstone dust and iron ingots

Redstone dust can be obtained by smelting Redstone ore using a furnace. Iron ingots can be crafted by filling the 3×3 crafting grid with iron nuggets or smelting iron ore in a furnace. Alternatively, you can also find Redstone dust and iron ingots in chests that are located inside dungeons, mineshafts, strongholds, villages, and woodland mansions.

Step 3: Craft the piston

You will have to fill up the entire 3×3 grid in a very specific manner to successfully make a piston. Start by placing an iron ingot in the center square of the grid. Insert any three planks of wood in the three squares of the first row. Place the Redstone dust in the second square of the third row, directly beneath the iron ingot. Fill the remaining squares (the empty first and third squares of the second and third rows) with cobblestone blocks. Drag and drop the completed piston into your inventory. Adding a slimeball to your crafted piston in the crafting menu will cause the piston to become sticky.

Powering Your Piston with Redstone

Using Redstone to power complicated mechanisms is one of the core mechanics of the Minecraft universe. For instance, you can place a Redstone torch right next to a piston to supply it with power. If you are running the Java Edition of Minecraft, you can also place powered Redstone blocks adjacent to or above your piston to achieve the same effect. A Redstone torch can be crafted by combining a single unit of Redstone dust and a stick.


The sheer potential of a piston in Minecraft is immense. Although its only purpose is to push or pull other blocks or players, a piston can be used in various scenarios. Your imagination is the only limit to what you can do with pistons, pressure plates, and Redstone. Here are a few examples:

  • AUTOMATED DOORS: These are arguably one of the most simple mechanisms to implement. Dig a 4×4 hole at any target location and build a Redstone circuit powered by Redstone torches. You can then cover the circuit using dirt before placing two sticky pistons on either side of the hole. Ensure that these sticky pistons are connected to the same Redstone circuit as well. If you have done it right, the two pistons will move back whenever you step on the pressure plate, much like an automated door.
  • EMERGING TABLES: Using a similar setup as the automated door, you can also try and make a table that emerges from the ground whenever you are near it. This can be done by having an active piston surrounded by pressure plates connected to power sources in a single circuit.
  • TRAPS: There are simply too many different types of traps that you can make in Minecraft. Traps can be built to push enemies off ledges, suffocate them, or simply trap them in a location. Place a piston and a corresponding pressure plate in a narrow passageway to push intruding mobs against the wall.
  • SECRET PASSAGES: This is one of the more exciting ways to use pistons. A classic way to make a secret passage is to place a piston behind a bookshelf. You can use any hidden mechanism to move the bookshelf and access the secret location.
  • EFFICIENT FARMS: Bamboo and a few other crops can be harvested very effectively using a sequence of pistons. Place a series of pistons on an elevated platform adjacent to your farm. As soon as the bamboo grows to a suitable height, you can activate all the pistons simultaneously to cut the upper portion of all the bamboo shoots in one go.

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