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Compact Elevators Datapack (1.13.x - 1.16)

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Update (Jun. 6, 2020): supports Minecraft 1.16 snapshots. See on update logs for more details.


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.

Note that this datapack is designed for Minecraft Java Edition 1.15+ and 1.13.x. 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 - 1.16) 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 - 1.16) Minecraft Data Pack

    • Tips: You may directly place pressure plates onto glass blocks on Minecraft 1.14.x, 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 - 1.16) Minecraft Data Pack
    CompatibilityMinecraft 1.13
    toMinecraft 1.16

    4 Update Logs

    Update #4: Supports Minecraft 1.16 snapshots : 06/06/2020 7:13:32 amJun 6th, 2020

    Tested on Minecraft 1.16 pre-1.

    Also, now the download link redirects you to a Google Drive page that contains 2 datapacks, where one is for Minecraft 1.16 snapshots, and the other is for Minecraft 1.15.x - 1.13.x releases. Please download one of them depending on your demand.

    Have fun & enjoy! :-D

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    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 13 : Journeyman Engineer
    Tokusan1 avatar
    11/20/2019 6:43 am
    Level 13 : Journeyman Engineer
    Tokusan1 avatar
    It Is great! I will try
    10/17/2019 12:53 pm
    Level 1 : New Crafter
    FrozenHeart471 avatar
    I really like this, but I have one criticism I'd like to make: The elevator seems to cause people to drop lower than the intended floor when you go down to a floor from a higher entry point (about 10 blocks or more), sometimes sinking into the ground.

    Is there a way for people to avoid this from happening, and if possible, could you fix this in a future update?
    04/17/2020 11:01 pm
    Level 59 : Grandmaster Technomancer
    flashteens avatar
    Thanks for your report, and some of my friends also found this issues after then. And finally I have fixed this issue just now. Let's try if it's fixed for you as well. 😀
    09/15/2019 10:47 pm
    Level 1 : New Miner
    justKoda avatar
    The glass needs to be on every block of the tunnel?
    09/16/2019 12:11 am
    Level 59 : Grandmaster Technomancer
    flashteens avatar
    Yes, but just except for the entry point. 🙂
    09/14/2019 9:34 am
    Level 1 : New Miner
    iCrafter_x avatar
    hola me gustaria saber si funciona en la 1.14.4 el data pack
    09/14/2019 10:32 am
    Level 59 : Grandmaster Technomancer
    flashteens avatar
    Of course. It works on Minecraft 1.14.4. 😀
    (Sorry for responding you in English. I actually understood your comment by using Google Translate. 😅)
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