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How to see chunk borders in Minecraft using Java or Bedrock Edition

Chunks in Minecraft have precise borders.

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  • You can see chunk borders in Minecraft: Java Edition by pressing the F3 and G keys at the same time.
  • A multicolored grid will appear around the chunk you’re standing in, and it’ll follow you as you move.
  • There’s no way to see exact chunk borders in Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, but you can still see your coordinates.

In real life, we measure distances using units like “miles” or “kilometers.” But in Minecraft, the world is made up of “chunks,” spaces that are 16×16 blocks wide but massively tall.

There are a few ways to tell what chunk you’re in, but if you’re playing Minecraft: Java Edition, there’s a quick tool that lets you see the exact borders of any chunk.

How to see chunk borders in Minecraft: Java Edition

In Java Edition, you can activate chunk borders. This feature surrounds the chunk you’re in with a wireframe, showing you the chunk’s exact boundaries.

To turn on chunk borders, hold down the F3 key on your keyboard, and then press the G key. A small message will appear in the bottom-left saying that borders are being shown, and you’ll see a multicolored wireframe border around your chunk.

A Minecraft world with chunk borders enabled.You’ll see a confirmation message when chunk borders are enabled.

Mojang; William Antonelli/Insider

The wireframe only appears around the chunk you’re standing in. When you move to another chunk, the border will move to surround the new area. You can turn the borders off by pressing F3 and G again.

If you get high enough into the air, you can look down and see all four sides of the chunk border at once. This is the best way to see the true size of a chunk.

The borders of a chunk in Minecraft.You can fly up to see all the borders of a chunk.

Mojang; William Antonelli/Insider

How to find chunk borders in Minecraft: Bedrock Edition

There’s no chunk border tool in Bedrock Edition. Instead, you’ll need to use a bit of math.

First, you need to find your coordinates.

1. Open your Bedrock world and press Esc (keyboard) or Start (controller).

2. Select Settings, and then Game in the left sidebar.

3. Scroll down to World Options and toggle on Show Coordinates.

The “Show Coordinates” option in the Minecraft: Bedrock Edition settings menu.Click the “Show Coordinates” option.

Mojang; William Antonelli/Insider

4. Return to your game. In the top-left, you’ll now see your character’s XYZ coordinates.

When either of the X or Z coordinates are divisible by 16 (16, 32, 48, 64…), you’re at the edge of a chunk. And if both X and Z are divisible by 16, you’re in the chunk’s exact north-west corner.

Quick tip: This coordinate trick works in Java Edition too. But in Java, you can see your coordinates simply by pressing F3.

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