From Minetest

An item in Minetest Game
Item Type Tool
Renewable No
Stackable Yes (99), but only for identical keys
Itemstring default:key

A Key grants you to access to a thing with a lock (e.g. Steel Door, Steel Trapdoor, Locked Chest), even if you don't own it. You can obtain keys from other players or making your own from a Skeleton Key. Each key is unique and only fits into one lock. If the locked thing has been removed, the key won't unlock anything.


Wield the key and right-click on a locked thing to attempt to access it. If the key fits, you perform the action (e.g. you open a door). If it doesn't fit, the key does nothing. You can always smelt keys back to gold ingots when they have become useless.

Creating a key

Keys are made from skeleton keys. See Skeleton Key to learn how to make your own keys.


Input Furnace Output
Key.png Key Arrow.png Furnace.png Arrow.png Gold ingot.png Gold Ingot


Mods are able to add more locked things which are compatible with the key system.

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Food Apple.png AppleBlueberries.png BlueberriesBread.png BreadBrown Mushroom.png Brown Mushroom
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Ingots and processed minerals Bronze Ingot.png Bronze IngotClay Brick.png Clay BrickCopper Ingot.png Copper IngotGold Ingot.png Gold IngotMese Crystal Fragment.png Mese Crystal FragmentObsidian Shard.png Obsidian ShardSteel Ingot.png Steel IngotTin Ingot.png Tin Ingot
Dyes Black dye.png Black dyeBlue dye.png Blue dyeBrown dye.png Brown dyeCyan dye.png Cyan dyeDark green dye.png Dark green dyeDark grey dye.png Dark grey dyeGreen dye.png Green dyeGrey dye.png Grey dyeMagenta dye.png Magenta dyeOrange dye.png Orange dyePink dye.png Pink dyeRed dye.png Red dyeViolet dye.png Violet dyeWhite dye.png White dyeYellow dye.png Yellow dye
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