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Java Edition Beta 1.7

"Beta 1.7" redirects here. For beta versions of Bedrock Edition 1.7.0, see Bedrock Edition 1.7.0/Development versions.
For a guide about all content in this release and the other releases of Beta 1.7, see Java Edition guides/Beta 1.7 releases.
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Beta 1.7[1] is a version of Java Edition Beta released on June 30, 2011, which adds pistons and shears among other changes.



Piston (U) JE1.png Pistons
  • Can push blocks when powered by redstone.
Sticky Piston (U) JE1.png Sticky Pistons
  • Can push and pull blocks when powered by redstone.


Shears JE1 BE1.png Shears
  • New tool.
  • Used to pick up leaves.
  • Used to obtain wool from a sheep without harming it.
    • Yields more wool than killing sheep.


Silverfish JE1 BE1.png Silverfish
  • Texture was added.
    • It cannot be summoned, as there was no AI for it.



  • The gray textures in the breaking animation have been replaced with opacity.
  • Texture changed from Bricks JE2 BE1.png to Bricks JE3.png.
  • Texture changed from Cobblestone JE2.png to Cobblestone JE3.png.
Cobweb JE1 BE1.png Cobwebs
  • Now requires shears or a sword to be broken properly, and drops 1 string when destroyed.
Oak Fence (EW) JE1.png Fences
  • Can now place any block on the top.
Sandstone Slab JE1.pngOak Slab JE1 BE1.pngCobblestone Slab JE2 BE2.pngSeamless Stone Slab JE1.png Slabs
  • Single slabs now use the bottom half of the full block's texture.


Flint and Steel JE3 BE1.png Flint and steel
  • Now required to trigger TNT JE2 BE1.pngTNT.


  • When pressing F3 in-game, a value ("F") from 0 to 3 will appear to indicate direction.
Texture packs
  • The bed side texture has been moved in the texture pack file, as well as the cake texture.


Orange Sheep JE1.pngMagenta Sheep JE1.pngLight Blue Sheep JE1.pngYellow Sheep JE1.pngLime Sheep JE1.pngPink Sheep JE1.pngGray Sheep JE1.pngLight Gray Sheep JE1.pngCyan Sheep JE1.pngPurple Sheep JE1.pngBlue Sheep JE1.pngGreen Sheep JE1.pngBrown Sheep JE1.pngRed Sheep JE1.pngBlack Sheep JE1.png
  • No longer drop wool from punching them, they must be either sheared or killed.


  • Right-clicking on a sheep causes the game to crash.


2 bugs fixed
  • Fixed clay generation.
  • Squid can now despawn.


An official video documenting some of Beta 1.7's major features was released on Mojang's official YouTube channel on May 24, 2011. The video was made by Hat Films. Made before Java Edition was officially released (and long before 1.7 came out), the trailer omits “Beta” when referring to the version number.