I am building an artificial village for the purpose of a Iron Golem grinder and I am curious to know whether the direction the door faces on a "house" will affect the village behavior.

I am building the door in the direction opposite to normal village doors because I don't want villagers to be able to stand on the block below the door and escape the village.

I am wondering whether the game's programming allows a house with a door placed from the inside of a structure.

  • Umm... I don't really know what you're asking. Can you add some screenshots demonstrating what you're trying to do? – Ben Jan 6 '15 at 23:11
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    @Ben, A door doesn't take a full block, so depending on where you stand when you place it, a door can either be flush with the 'outside' wall (having the block-gap on the inside of the house), or flush with the inside wall. – Robotnik Jan 7 '15 at 0:06
  • I just changed some spelling, but you kind of left us hanging without finishing the statement at the last part of the question. – Scribblenautical Jan 7 '15 at 1:34
  • I have no time to read it now but it might help you figuring out: minecraft.gamepedia.com/Tutorials/Village_mechanics#Housing – Q20 Jan 7 '15 at 5:12
  • Related, possible duplicate: What constitutes a house for villagers? – SevenSidedDie Feb 15 '15 at 23:05

As long as you make sure you place the door frontally at the entrance it doesn't matter whether you are placing from inside or outside of the house. If you place the door sideways in the entrance it might or might not be a valid door for the village, depending on the house design.

To make sure the door is places frontally rather than sideways, press F3 and look at the door - at the right side it says open: true or open: false. That is what the game 'thinks' about the state of the door. If the door looks closed when it reads open: false (and looks open when it reads open: true), the door is correctly placed.

Really it is easier to do right than to do it wrong, so if you place the doors naturally they will probably be fine.


Place a door from two different directions. Seeing the difference, generally place doors from the outside of any structure you want to protect. The reason for this is that skeletons can't shoot into the side flush with a block, thus being more protected in your village house.

  • Realizing what you're trying to ask- it doesn't seem to matter, as long as the villagers have a "house" (via the game's programming) to enter. They will tend to stand inside at night, at least. – The_Thoughtsmith Jan 7 '15 at 0:14
  • I was wondering weather the games programming allowed a house with a door placed from the inside – popgalop Jan 7 '15 at 0:19
  • @popgalop no. If a structure (4 walls and a roof) has a wooden door, it counts as a valid structure for a villager. (Including breeding). the facing of the door is irrelevant. The only requirement is that it has to be a wooden door. Gates and Iron doors don't count – Ben Jan 7 '15 at 0:35

it does not matter as long as its a wooden door, because of how it is progrmmed

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