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How Long is a Minecraft Day?

Posted: Jan 26, 2021 in Minecraft

mc head By Kevin Lott


TL;DR – 20 minutes. Now, Minecraft is a game that is heavily dependent on the day and night cycle. What time it is can determine a lot of different things and change how you play the game. During the day, you’re expected to perform all the simple tasks that wouldn’t be considered dangerous, like collecting wood and farming. When night strikes, the mobs come out to play, and they want blood. Today’s blog will be based on how long a Minecraft day is and what it means to you as a player. Let’s begin.


How long is one day in Minecraft?

Minecraft days are surprisingly short, with time passing in Minecraft at a rate of 72x our typical 24hr day. The day can be split up into four different sections.



The longest section of the cycle, having the most light and lasting from 06:00 to 18:00.


sunset dusk

Also known as Sunset, Dusk has the sun descending on the western horizon glowing a bright orange hue. The light level decreases slowly, with this section lasting from 18:00 to 19:00.

Night time


The moon rises from the eastern horizon with the sky becoming a dark blue, stars forming. The internal sky light level falls to a minimum of 4, allowing hostile mobs to spawn. This section lasts from 19:00 to 05:00


sunrise dawn

Also known as Sunrise, Dawn the Moon sets on the western horizon along with the Sun rising from the eastern horizon. The internal sky light level will climb to its normal level to the point where the hostile threats will be eliminated. This section lasts from 05:00 to 06:00.




A Clock is a special item that can be used to determine the time of day. With visualization of a Sun or Moon, the Clock can be used to see if it is daytime or nighttime. They are most useful in caves, when you can’t just look up and see if the Sun is there or not. However, Clocks do not work in the Nether, and will just spin with seemingly no clear purpose. The reason for this is because there is no daylight cycle in other dimensions.


Some cool information to take with you on your journeys

– The sun and moon revolve around the player, not the center of the world.
– In Singleplayer, day and night do not proceed when paused
– Background music plays depending on the time of the daylight cycle


Well, that’s everything. Day and night are a critical part of Minecraft, with the daylight cycle controlling many aspects of the world. From the growth of our crops to the spawning of monsters, our gameplay is heavily influenced by this mechanic, so it’s pretty valuable stuff to know how it works down to the smallest detail. With that said, I hope this blog helped you in some way. Have a great day!

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