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Learn how to make hoppers with Redstone
Hoppers are blocks which automatically collect nearby items and move them to an adjacent container. While this may make them sound relatively simple, hoppers actually have a lot of hidden complexity that can allow you to do tons of useful and unexpected things with them! Let's explore some of the things that make this block so powerful.
What Can You Do With Hoppers?
A floor that collects items for you
Players and mobs can stand on hoppers, so you can make a room where the entire floor is hoppers, and any items that drop in that room will automatically be collected and can be transferred to a chest so you can grab them later. You can use this to make a chicken coop that groups all the eggs up for you effortlessly!
Pipes for long-distance item transfers
While hoppers can only move items into an adjacent container, that container can be another hopper! By chaining several hoppers together in sequence, they can pass along items one-by-one until they reach their destination at the end of the sequence. Now you've made pipes in Minecraft!
Automated item sorting machines
Hoppers can also be used in complex machines, such as this one which is designed to automatically sort items into different chests based on what they are. Redstone plays a big role in telling items apart, and with a little wiring you'll have a contraption that can organize your items for you!
How To Use a Hopper
Start by deciding where your items should be deposited to. Your target should be a container - chests and barrels are the most common choices, but you can also deposit items into furnaces or even other hoppers!
Place the hopper directly onto that destination container, either on top or on the sides. If placed correctly, the spout on the bottom of the hopper will be pointing towards the block that will be receiving the items.
Fill the hopper with items in one of the following ways:
- Right-click the hopper to open its inventory, and then fill the hopper's 5 item slots with items directly.
- Place a container like a chest or barrel on the open top of the hopper, and then deposit items into it.
- Use the drop button (on computers, press the Q key) to toss them into the open top of the hopper.
Right-click the destination container and you'll see items being added to it. Success!
Things To Know
Here are some basic rules to know when using hoppers.
Hoppers are very powerful tools for moving and sorting items, and you'll unlock many kinds of new complex builds as you learn more about them. Use these rules and see what you can create!