So, I'd like to know how to power a lot of pistons what are facing up.

Here's an example.

I want to know how to power these. I've also tried to use redstone under the pistons for an easier way but that doesn't work either. I want to power them with redstone dust, and a button, so it's toggleable. But I know redstone doesn't work that way.

Another example with powered redstone underneath

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It's a bit of a hassle, but I normally use something like this:

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  • Thank you, I do know how redstone works tho. I just needed an alternative way. ;) Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 4:21
  • I'm writing from 5 years in the future. It's the year 2021, and Minecraft has advanced to version 1.17. My robot friend and I are wondering if this is still the best way to activate multiple pistons.
    – EJ Mak
    Commented Aug 4, 2021 at 20:46
  • @EJMak Might be able to use slime/honey blocks now, depending on the goal, so that one piston can raise a bunch of blocks at once.
    – SirBenet
    Commented Aug 6, 2021 at 8:16

If this was in creative mode with command blocks enabled, you could use the /fill command to fill the spaces underneath the pistons with either torches or redstone blocks.

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