How long is a Minecraft day? A fun guide to Minecraft weather

How long is a Minecraft day?  A fun guide to Minecraft weather

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Minecraft by day and Minecraft by night are two very different experiences. However, they both have their unique uses. Understanding the length of these cycles can help prepare a player for the game changer. So how long is a day of Minecraft?

The day-night cycle of Minecraft

A Minecraft day is typically 11 minutes in the real world, while the night cycle is nine. So a full cycle of day and night in Minecraft takes about 20 minutes. Of course, this is very different from our real life day and night cycle. The only common feature is sunrise and sunset.

Java Edition vs Bedrock Edition

You may be wondering if the length of the day and night cycle changes in the Java edition and the Bedrock edition of Minecraft. We can confirm that there is a slight difference between the two.

Both editions have a day and night cycle that lasts between 17-20 minutes.

For Bedrock Edition, it is possible that the sunset occurs later, which means that the night mobs also appear a little later. However, there is a very small difference between the two, so it is barely noticeable in the edits.

time conversions

time conversions


If we were to look at Minecraft in real time, we would find that sunrise/sunrise occurs between 12am and 6am. This period of time lasts 1.5 minutes in-game (about 7.5% of the full cycle).

During this transition, the moon will set on the western horizon and you can see the sun beginning to rise on the eastern horizon. For Minecraft Pocket Edition, the moon will set in the south and the sun will rise in the north.

Each specific time of day has its own advantages and disadvantages. During dawn/dawn, mobs still left over from the previous night will remain until the sun has fully risen.

The size and brightness of the sun will increase by 1 pixel every 10 seconds.

Real time events

12:00 am The moon begins to set in the west.
03:00 The sun begins to rise in the east
04:00 The sun has risen completely beyond the horizon and the light level is increasing
05:00 Mobs stop spawning
05:30 The bed can no longer be used.
06:00 Zombies start to burn

day time

In real time, Minecraft day would occur between 6am and 6pm. For Minecraft players, the day is a saving grace. It can be a wonderful time due to the fact that there are small mobs and monsters to be found.

Breeding mobs, like spiders and skeletons, are much less violent during the day than they are at night.

Daytime is the longest cycle, averaging about 10 minutes (about 50% of the full cycle). This is where you will find that you can be most productive.

It is a good time to gather resources and start working on building or growing plans. With the blocks at maximum light level, vegetation will begin to grow (vegetables, saplings, grass blocks, etc.)

This time of day will also force the endermen to stop attacking you and teleport to another location.

Real time events

06:00 Start of the Minecraft day. Villagers and players will get out of bed.
06:30 The moon disappears below the horizon
08:00 The villagers will start working in their respective towns.
12:00 pm Noon, the sun is at its peak
15:00 The villagers will stop working and return to their huts
17:30 The moon rises in the east
18:00 The villagers go to sleep, sunset begins.



The night occurs between 6 pm and 12 am Once the sunset/dusk begins, you will be able to use your bed. However, this is also the time of day that mobs will start to appear.

You’ll find that mobs spawn pretty quickly at sunset/dusk, so prepare before this time if you can.

The night lasts about seven minutes in real time (about 35% of the full cycle). It’s best to avoid exploring at night as much as possible to avoid the monsters and other dangers that occur at this time.

Using his bed will ensure that he wakes up at the beginning of the diurnal cycle. You can sleep in your bed as long as there are no monsters around.

Real time events

18:00 Sunset begins, light level decreases
18:30 The bed is available to be used.
18:45 Undead mobs that were burning will no longer burn.
19:00 Hostile mobs appear
19:30 The light level is at its lowest and the sun has fully set
12:00 am The dawn cycle begins around midnight.

What are ticks in Minecraft?

In Minecraft, a full day cycle takes about 20 minutes. The number of minutes in a real day is 1,440 minutes. This means that a Minecraft day is exactly 72 times faster than a real day.

Where we measure real world time in seconds, we can calculate Minecraft time using ticks. A tick is the amount of time it takes for a game loop to complete. The game generally runs at a fixed speed of 20 ticks per second. Therefore, a tick occurs every 0.05 seconds.

Using Minecraft ticks, we now have a conversion point to see how a real day translates to a day in Minecraft. We have listed these conversions for you below.

Real time minecraft ticks minecraft time
1 hour 1,000 50 seconds
1 day 24,000 20 minutes
1 week 168,000 2hrs 18mins
1 month 720,000 10 hours
1 year 8,766,000 ~ 5 days

Compared to this, we can see how Minecraft time compares to real time using this conversion table.

Real time minecraft time
1 hour 3 days
1 day 72 days
1 week ~ 1.5 years
1 month ~ 6 years
1 year ~ 72 years old

Change the time of day with commands

There are several cheats that you can use to change the time of day in Minecraft. This can be done on most gaming platforms except Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U.

Just open the chat window and type the following commands.

Change the time of day
time commands Time of the day
/fixed time 0 12:00 am
/time fixed day 07:00
/set time 12000 18:00
/set time dawn 06:00
/time fixed noon 12:00 pm

All in all, a day of Minecraft is equivalent to 20 minutes in real time. There are different skins for each time of day in Minecraft. Understanding what the Minecraft day stages are and how long they last is a great way to make sure you’re prepared for anything that comes your way. Use this knowledge to your advantage and become a survival pro in Minecraft!

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