Forgive me if this was already answered, but I couldn't find a similar question.

In 1.12.2 I'd like to teleport a player from (relative position to command block) to (another relative position to command block), set to "repeating" and "always active". The solution for absolute coordinates is:

/execute @a[x=a,y=b,z=c,r=d] ~ ~ ~ tp @a e f g

I'm rather surprised, since I'd think the general case of relative source and relative destination would be asked more frequently. Any help is appreciated!

  • This is in a command block? Why do you need relative coordinates then? Do you clone the command block to different places? – Fabian Röling Nov 8 '18 at 7:37
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    Yes I'd like to clone it several times. It will also be part of a schematic, such that if I decide to move it somewhere else the command will remain relative to the build. – John Nov 8 '18 at 16:01


This is actually a surprisingly hard thing to do with 1.12 commands. The only way I found is with a marker entity, the command inside the command block is then:

summon armor_stand ~ ~ ~ {Tags:["teleportMarker"],NoAI:1,NoGravity:1,Invisible:1,Marker:1}

Execute this command inside the command block only once per block. How you do that depends on your system.

Then tag everybody in your first area:

/execute @e[tag=teleportMarker] ~123 ~456 ~789 scoreboard players tag @a[r=42] add toTeleport

Then teleport them to the second area:

/tp @a[tag=toTeleport] ~987 ~654 ~321

Then clean up:

/scoreboard players tag @a[tag=toTeleport] remove toTeleport

And when you're done teleporting people around, you can kill the marker amour stands again:

/kill @e[tag=teleportMarker]

Killing only one of the markers works best with whatever you use to place/activate the command blocks, since that already knows the coordinates of that command block and therefore also of the armour stand.


In 1.13 you don't need a marker entity, since there is now /execute positioned. So you can just put

execute positioned ~123 ~456 ~789 run tag @a[distance=..42] add toTeleport

into the command block instead of summoning an entity and then executing from it.

  • Thank you for your answer. I tested it out, and it does work, but it seems what it's testing is if the radius encompasses the first coordinates, then it teleports. i.e. if ~-5 ~ ~ are the first coordinates and if r>=5, it doesn't matter if people are standing on the specific coordinates, they will be teleported from anywhere. Ideally I'd only like people standing on the coordinates to be teleported. – John Nov 8 '18 at 16:49
  • I don't really know what you mean. You can select only one block of range with r=1. Everybody inside will be selected. – Fabian Röling Nov 8 '18 at 17:28
  • That's what I originally thought too, but I think the radius is relative to the command block, not relative to the relative coordinates. I'm just reporting what I found from testing lol. – John Nov 8 '18 at 17:40
  • It shouldn't. That's one of the main purposes of /execute. – Fabian Röling Nov 8 '18 at 17:50
  • You can try it if you don't believe me. I first tried ~-5 ~ ~ with r=1 and it didn't work, but for some reason r>=5 does. – John Nov 8 '18 at 20:51

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