How to Make an Observer in Minecraft

Whether you’re an expert at using redstone or you can barely put together a simple circuit, several items can significantly improve your automatic mining rig or farm. One of these is the Observer. Let’s find out how to make an Observer in Minecraft!

What Is an Observer in Minecraft

Looking at the Observer’s redstone light

The Observer is one of the many blocks that emits a redstone signal when used. On paper, when a change is detected in the entity in front of the Observer, it gives off a signal. 

In practice, this means that the block will observe (pun intended) the block/liquid/crop right in front of it and emit a redstone signal when a change to it is made. For example, the Observer will register a crop’s growth stages as changes. Also, if you break the block right in front of it, the Observer will once again give off a signal.

That being said, how can you make an Observer in Minecraft?

How to Craft an Observer in Minecraft

Observer Crafting Recipe

Crafting an Observer is relatively simple. You can check out the recipe above, which only requires the following items:

  • 6 Cobblestone
  • 2 Redstone Dust
  • 1 Nether Quartz

Unfortunately, gathering all these materials might be a bit challenging at the start of the game. While you can get cobblestones early on in the game, you’ll have to dig deep to find redstone. On top of that, you’ll have to take a trip to the Nether to obtain some Nether Quartz.

With that in mind, let’s see what you can actually do with an Observer in Minecraft.

How to Use an Observer in Minecraft

The Observer can be used on any redstone circuit you make. They’re most commonly used in automatic farms, along with hoppers, as well as automatic mining machines. 

To use an Observer in Minecraft, you have to place it correctly. The face part should be facing your desired entity, while the redstone light should be connected to the circuit.

Pro Tip: Be careful not to get the Observer stuck in an infinite loop. This has happened to some of my circuits several times when I used it along with a Dispenser and water buckets. To avoid this, you could use redstone blocks, like comparators and repeaters, to direct the signals elsewhere.


That’s how easy it is to make an Observer in Minecraft. While crafting it is straightforward, using one is a whole different story. If you’re having trouble making a redstone circuit using an Observer, be sure to check out the Minecraft Forum! There are several builds out there that you could copy instead of trying to come up with a brand-new one.