I have a bit of an odd request here, but I would like to know if I can create a mailbox in Minecraft, and leave a written message in it for another player to read, like a text file or something?

I am not much of a Minecraft player myself, but I just need to know if that is technically possible?

Thank you

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Yes - the traditional apprach is to leave a mailbox - some container, like a barrel, maybe decorated to resemble a fancy mailbox, in front of your base, with a book&quill inside. Anyone can pick the book and leave you a message inside - or deliver some goods and leave them in the mailbox alongside the message.

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More technically inclined players will add redstone contraptions that indicate the mailbox was used, and some even create an elaborate underground railway network, alongside with fancy routing mechanisms, to deliver the mail directly to the recipient's base using a minecarts with chest.

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    Someone's been watching hermitcraft.
    – Ingolifs
    Sep 2, 2021 at 8:30
  • one thing that has always bugged me about minecraft is that there is nothing enforcing permissions. for instance, in this approach there is nothing preventing anybody from reading your mail, just making it harder (have to make your way to the base, etc.) Same thing with all those places that "sell" stuff; nothing seems to be enforcing the payment.
    – Michael
    Sep 2, 2021 at 21:29

You could make a Book and Quill with a Book, an Ink Sac and a Feather, and write the message in that. Then place a chest outside their house (leaving the book inside) and optionally adding a sign to the chest calling it a mailbox.


To elaborate on some of the other ideas presented here, you could make use of Hoppers to prevent users from retracting their own (or others') books once delivered.

Users would then simply have to drop (or insert) their book - or other item - into the hopper, and have it be chained along into a chest somewhere else.

While this setup takes a significantly higher amount of resources than some of the others, it has its benefits.

You could also use hoppers connected to an outside chest to automatically transport the items out of it and move them elsewhere.

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