Menu Categories

Menu categories determine where items and blocks appear inside of the creative inventory and recipe book.

  • A category can be defined to place the item under a tab (such as construction). Click here for a list of valid categories.

  • A group specifies which expandable group the item is placed into. If you use a custom value, a new expandable group won't be created, however items with the group will be placed next to each other in the creative inventory. Click here for a list of expandable groups.

  • You can also set is_hidden_in_commands to true to remove this block/item from commands, such as /give and /setblock.

If menu_category is omitted, the item will only be accessible through commands and won't appear in the creative inventory or recipe book.

NOTE: The menu category of custom spawn eggs cannot be modified. You must instead create a custom item with the minecraft:entity_placer component.

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"menu_category": {
  "category": "construction", // Tab the item is placed under
  "group": "itemGroup.name.door", // Optional - Group the item is placed into
  "is_hidden_in_commands": false // Optional - default is false (item is usable in commands)
}
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HIDDEN ITEMS INACCESSIBLE IN COMMANDS (MCPE-177866)

Currently, setting the category to "none" in a custom item (not block) prevents the item from being used in commands, overriding the "is_hidden_in_commands" option. This issue doesn't affect blocks.

Block Example

BP/blocks/balsa_wood.jsonCopy
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{
  "format_version": "1.20.50",
  "minecraft:block": {
    "description": {
      "identifier": "wiki:balsa_wood",
      "menu_category": {
        "category": "nature",
        "group": "itemGroup.name.wood" // Placed into an expandable group
      }
    }
  }
}
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Item Example

BP/items/dagger.jsonCopy
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{
  "format_version": "1.20.50",
  "minecraft:item": {
    "description": {
      "identifier": "wiki:dagger",
      "menu_category": {
        "category": "equipment",
        "is_hidden_in_commands": true // Item cannot be used in commands
      }
    }
  }
}
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List of Categories

For use with menu_category parameter, category.

CategoryDescription
constructionAdded to the "Contruction" tab.
equipmentAdded to the "Equipment" tab.
itemsAdded to the "Items" tab.
natureAdded to the "Nature" tab.
noneNot added to a tab and only accessible through commands.

List of Groups

For use with the menu_category parameter, group.

Creative Categories:
itemGroup.name.anvil
itemGroup.name.arrow
itemGroup.name.axe
itemGroup.name.banner
itemGroup.name.banner_pattern
itemGroup.name.bed
itemGroup.name.boat
itemGroup.name.boots
itemGroup.name.buttons
itemGroup.name.candles
itemGroup.name.chalkboard
itemGroup.name.chest
itemGroup.name.chestboat
itemGroup.name.chestplate
itemGroup.name.concrete
itemGroup.name.concretePowder
itemGroup.name.cookedFood
itemGroup.name.copper
itemGroup.name.coral
itemGroup.name.coral_decorations
itemGroup.name.crop
itemGroup.name.door
itemGroup.name.dye
itemGroup.name.enchantedBook
itemGroup.name.fence
itemGroup.name.fenceGate
itemGroup.name.firework
itemGroup.name.fireworkStars
itemGroup.name.flower
itemGroup.name.glass
itemGroup.name.glassPane
itemGroup.name.glazedTerracotta
itemGroup.name.goatHorn
itemGroup.name.grass
itemGroup.name.hanging_sign
itemGroup.name.helmet
itemGroup.name.hoe
itemGroup.name.horseArmor
itemGroup.name.leaves
itemGroup.name.leggings
itemGroup.name.lingeringPotion
itemGroup.name.log
itemGroup.name.minecart
itemGroup.name.miscFood
itemGroup.name.mobEgg
itemGroup.name.monsterStoneEgg
itemGroup.name.mushroom
itemGroup.name.netherWartBlock
itemGroup.name.ore
itemGroup.name.permission
itemGroup.name.pickaxe
itemGroup.name.planks
itemGroup.name.potion
itemGroup.name.potterySherds
itemGroup.name.pressurePlate
itemGroup.name.rail
itemGroup.name.rawFood
itemGroup.name.record
itemGroup.name.sandstone
itemGroup.name.sapling
itemGroup.name.sculk
itemGroup.name.seed
itemGroup.name.shovel
itemGroup.name.shulkerBox
itemGroup.name.sign
itemGroup.name.skull
itemGroup.name.slab
itemGroup.name.smithing_templates
itemGroup.name.splashPotion
itemGroup.name.stainedClay
itemGroup.name.stairs
itemGroup.name.stone
itemGroup.name.stoneBrick
itemGroup.name.sword
itemGroup.name.trapdoor
itemGroup.name.walls
itemGroup.name.wood
itemGroup.name.wool
itemGroup.name.woolCarpet

Last updated for 1.20.10

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