How to Make a Hopper in Minecraft

When you want to automate stuff in Minecraft, like farms, mining, and fishing, you’ll need plenty of redstone knowledge, as well as blocks that will emit the necessary signals. One of the necessary items you’ll need to obtain is a Hopper. Here’s how to make a Hopper in Minecraft.

What Is a Hopper in Minecraft

Placing a Hopper on a dirt block

Hoppers are essentially item collectors, as well as storage blocks. They can also transfer entities to larger storage items, like chests or barrels. At the same time, they’re an important component of redstone circuits.

Hoppers have three main functions: 

  1. Collecting items from the ground
  1. Pulling items from storage blocks
  1. Pushing items into storage blocks

That said, how easy is it to make a Hopper in Minecraft?

How to Craft a Hopper in Minecraft

Hopper Crafting Recipe

Crafting a Hopper is pretty straightforward. You can use the recipe above, which uses the following items:

  • 5 Iron Ingots
  • 1 Chest

Chests can be easily made using wood planks, and iron ingots can be acquired by smelting iron ore.

Now that you know how to craft a Hopper in Minecraft let’s see how to put it to good use!

How to Use a Hopper in Minecraft

Essentially, Hoppers are used for automated farms, as well as automatic smelting machines. That said, Hoppers’ uses come down to 3 main ones: storing items, transferring them between blocks, and crafting minecarts with Hoppers.


Even though Hoppers are rarely used for their storage, they have 5 inventory slots that can hold any kind of droppable items. 

Transferring Items

The main use of Hoppers in Minecraft is transferring items from one storage block (or the ground) to another. Hoppers will initially try to pick up any items from the ground before pulling entities from a storage block above them if there is one. They’ll then push them to a storage block they’re connected to or store them in one of their inventory slots.

Additionally, Hoppers can stop transferring items if they’re connected to a respective redstone circuit. They’ll also emit a signal once they fill up.

Crafting a Minecart with Hopper

Minecart with Hopper Crafting Recipe

Hoppers are an essential item to craft a Minecart with Hopper. Unlike normal Minecarts, the Hopper version can pick up any drops within its range, as well as travel 7 times longer than them.


And that’s how easy it is to make a Hopper in Minecraft. Like many other redstone essentials, utilizing Hoppers can be quite difficult, especially for beginners. So, if you have a hard time making an automated farm or any other Redstone builds, be sure to ask for some help over on the Minecraft Forum!