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How long is a Minecraft day?

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Minecraft is one of the most popular action-adventure survival games out there. Players can mine for elements, create their own farms, hunt animals for resources and survive in the in-game world while trying to get to the End world. 

The game also has a night and day cycle, making for an interesting twist. While you might be able to roam around the Minecraft world without a worry during the day, at night, hostile mobs spawn that can attack you.

In this article, we’re looking at how long a day is in Minecraft so you know when to stop exploring and return to your base. 

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Minecraft dawn time

One in-game day in Minecraft lasts for about 20 minutes. Out of this, daytime lasts for about 10 minutes and night for roughly seven minutes. Days will start at 6 AM in-game, with the sunrise lasting about 23 seconds. 

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The Sun hits noon five minutes into the day, and after 10 minutes and 28 seconds, beds become available to sleep, hinting that night is dawning. Midnight comes in at around 15 real-world minutes, and the Sun starts rising at about 20 minutes, starting a new day. 

Real-world time
(in minutes)
Time in Minecraft
00:00Beginning of the day
0:23Sunrise ends
10:28Sleeping in beds allowed
10:52The Sun sets completely
11:32Night starts
19:06Sun becomes visible
19:30Moon sets completely

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Telling the time in Minecraft

Minecraft lets players craft many things according to what they might want, and a clock is one of those things. Here are the items you need to make a clock in Minecraft.

  • 1 x Redstone dust
  • 4 x Gold ingot

You can combine the two items on a crafting table to get a clock.

Minecraft clocks show the Sun and the moon’s position relative to the horizon. This can help tell the time and figure out when to sleep. These clocks represent time by cycling between a blue background with sunlight or a black, moonlit background.

Apart from being a helpful tool, clocks can also be placed in an item frame and used as a cosmetic decoration in your Minecraft house. 

You can check out our detailed guide on how to make a Minecraft clock here.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: