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Compact Elevators Datapack (1.13.x - 1.18.x)

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Update (Dec. 5, 2021): by testing, this datapack supports Minecraft 1.18. You won't need to update the datapack when upgrading the map from 1.16+ to newer versions. :-)


Imagine that you're ready to build a skyscraper in your map, and you'll probably need some express elevators inside for more efficient access to high levels than using just staircases or ladders. If you have the need, and this datapack totally fits you! :-)

This is a survival-friendly datapack that allows you to build working elevators by just using glass blocks and some banners with given patterns without using any command blocks. To use the elevators, you just need to press jump or sneak keys to get upstairs or downstairs. A show case video is available here.

This datapack supports Minecraft Java Edition 1.18.x ~ 1.13.x versions. You may also combine this tool with my other datapack works such as the Railway Builder Tool to help making your cities alive!

Downloading and installing this datapack

The direct download link is available on this page. You may refer to Minecraft Wiki for how to install this datapack.

Building the elevators

  • Step 1: Obtain the banners.
  • Step 2: Place the banners & glass blocks.
    • First, place one of the banners onto a wall in your building as the entry point. Then, place some glass blocks as the "tunnel" of the elevator, right above and/or beneath the position of the banner, as demonstrated in the following screenshot:

      Compact Elevators Datapack (1.13.x - 1.18.x) Minecraft Data Pack

    • Optionally, you may want to also put some blocks around the other 3 sides of the glass blocks for decoration purposes.
    • And congrats! You made an elevator in your map! Let's try jumping or sneaking inside the elevators to test if it works. :-)
  • Step 3: (Optional) Show the floor information.
    • If you are a map maker, you may want to let the elevator show some detailed information. You may place any kinds of pressure plates upon the glass block at the entry point(s), and then place a command block next to it, which can include the commands such as /title or /tellraw. The following screenshot demonstrates one way that works.

      Compact Elevators Datapack (1.13.x - 1.18.x) Minecraft Data Pack

    • Tips: You may directly place pressure plates onto glass blocks on Minecraft 1.14+ versions, while it isn't possible to do the same way on Minecraft 1.13.x. For this case, you may still place it using a /setblock command.

  • WELL DONE!! :-)
    • And, you may also want to check out this showcase video to check whether or not everything is working as expected. :-)


  1. I have placed a banner onto the entry point, and then properly placed the glass blocks above/beneath the location, but it still doesn't work.
    • Please check whether or not your banners were crafted in the correct orders and colors. You may refer to the links of functional banners provided above.
    • If you didn't place a bi-directional banner, then the entry point is expected to only work for a single direction depending on the arrow it shows.
  2. I'm on a Spigot server that includes this datapack, and sometimes I was sinking into the ground when taking the elevator.
    • This issue has been fixed on Apr. 18, 2020. Please tell your server owner to update this datapack.
  3. I realized that I was given a slow falling effect during an elevator ride. Is that what it is expected to work?
    • Yes! This mechanism was added on May 1, 2020 as a bug fix, and it is to prevent fall damages on multiplayer servers once it is laggy for you.
    • Is there any source code available for this datapack?

    Compact Elevators Datapack (1.13.x - 1.18.x) Minecraft Data Pack
    CompatibilityMinecraft 1.13
    toMinecraft 1.18

    6 Update Logs

    Update #6: Supports Minecraft 1.18 : by flashteens 12/05/2021 7:38:36 amDec 5th, 2021

    This datapack supports Minecraft Release 1.18 according to recent tests.
    • You won't need to update the datapack version when upgrading the map from Minecraft 1.16+. :-)

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    11/11/2021 11:32 am
    Level 1 : New Explorer
    DigDug5002 avatar
    It won't work on my 1.17.1 paper server, i used the commands to give me the banners, i also tried to craft them, it still doesn't work.
    11/12/2021 8:45 am
    Level 62 : High Grandmaster Technomancer
    flashteens avatar
    The download links for 1.16+ and 1.13~1.15 are different and incompatible with each other. Please check if you're using the correct datapack version.
    11/12/2021 9:31 am
    Level 1 : New Explorer
    DigDug5002 avatar
    I made Shure to get the 1.16 version it works on a singe player world, but not my paper server world. I also made Shure to follow the video's instructions.
    09/20/2021 4:07 pm
    Level 35 : Artisan Miner
    notnew12345 avatar
    This is very cool
    09/18/2021 4:43 am
    Level 61 : High Grandmaster Bear
    Silabear avatar
    Very simple, I like it.
    09/11/2021 5:23 am
    Level 1 : New Miner
    TKthomaskong avatar
    Does it work on version 1.17?
    03/28/2021 6:39 am
    Level 1 : New Miner
    Ng_Lai_kwan avatar
    Does it works on 1.16.5?
    12/24/2020 10:02 am
    Level 1 : New Miner
    FlashTeensfan99 avatar
    To place pressure plates on glass for 1.13X stand on where you want it to be placed and type in "/setblock ~ ~ ~ pressure plate"!
    11/20/2019 7:45 am
    Level 16 : Journeyman Engineer
    Tokusan1 avatar
    11/20/2019 6:43 am
    Level 16 : Journeyman Engineer
    Tokusan1 avatar
    It Is great! I will try
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