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Too Large?

MediaWiki gave me a warning about this page being too large for some browsers. Perhaps it should be split in half? --SpaceManiac 00:44, 6 November 2010 (EDT)

Player Position (0x0B) really absolute position?

As of version 1.2.0_02, I was watching the packets my server software was receiving while walking around, and the xyz coordinates of packet type 0x0b appear to correlate 1:1 with where a player is in block coordinates, not pixel coordinates. Yen

Absolute position position is specified as block coordinates, It appears this has changed before the move, I put in these definitions originally to clarify such things, absolute double's should be block coordinates, with the fraction being the offset in the block. ReDucTor

New Server Packet 0x1c

The 11/10/2010 update has a new server to client packet (0x1c) 11 bytes long, the first field appears to be an EID. The packet is sent when a pickup is spawned in the world, either by throwing something, or mining. If the packet is ignored, the pickups never appear on the client. Jorgon3d 20:34, 10 November 2010 (EST)

New Client Packet 0x15

The 11/10/2010 update has a new client to server packet (0x15). It appears to be exactly as the Server to Client packet "Pickup Spawn". Jorgon3d 20:34, 10 November 2010 (EST)

Version 4

I've added the new packets from Version 4, and what I believe they match with, if people could please match these with what they see. And a Grammar Nazi fix up my failures. Please join / #mcc to discuss this new protocol. ReDucTor

C->S Block change with direction=-1

(Client to server) It appears now after a block change is sent there is another block change that follows this with all values -1 except block id of the change, from what I can determine this causes the players selected inventory to be changed if needed from this block change. Anyone looked into this? ReDucTor

New packets introduced in SMP Health update

Looking at the new server JAR I've seen three new packets. IDs are 0x08(<byte>), 0x09(), and 0x26(<int>,<byte>).

0x08 I'm thinking could be the players health update packet, 0x26 perhaps the 'hit entity' packet, 0x09 I'm not sure.

I'll confirm what these packets do tonight when I get back from work.

The 0x09 packet is for respawning. It is sent in both directions for when the player should respawn. 0x08 is the health, yes. Haven't gotten to 0x26 yet. Blixt 08:17, 24 November 2010 (EST)
Packet 0x07 from client to server has a new field of 1 byte. Its value is usually 1 which would make your client try to read a 0x01 packet, which includes a string, so that explains why you're getting errors about negative lengths, unicode or simply if the client stops reading more data. Blixt 10:01, 24 November 2010 (EST)
I believe I found a VERY subtle change that caused my client to crash when proxied through a wrapper that reads and writes packets: The packet for animating (0x12) now supports values other than 0 and 1 (bool): I got 2 for some packets. Blixt 10:14, 24 November 2010 (EST)
The 0x07 packet has a new bool for attacking_animal. It is 0 when using things vs air or blocks, and 1 when used on zombies, animals, and probably players (haven't tested yet). benmanns 10:24, 24 November 2010 (EST)
0x07 is never sent when you hit normal blocks or air. It's for interacting with an entity (thus it also has an entity id). I do get true whenever I hit a mob though, so that part seems correct. Blixt 10:59, 24 November 2010 (EST)
0x26 appears to be sent when an entity dies. The last byte seems to be 3 most of the time. No idea what that means. My wrapper ( is working fine now, but there seems to be a few bugs relating to burning mobs... don't know why. Blixt 10:59, 24 November 2010 (EST)
Never mind, I was forcing the client to think it was day, so during the night (on the server) the client thought the monsters should burn so they started burning, then the server said they weren't burning so they stopped burning. :) Blixt 14:15, 24 November 2010 (EST)

Complex entity packet (0x3B) client->server

Is this new? Wasn't it only server->client before? The client is sending 0x3B to the server whenever you put stuff in a chest now, anyways. Blixt 11:37, 29 November 2010 (EST)

Nov 30 update

Today's update seems to change the following:

  • The 0x26 packet now sends values other than 3 for the byte field. The value 2 means an entity was hurt. The value 3 means an entity died. The value 4 is sent the moment a creeper starts flashing.
  • There is a new packet 0x3C. I haven't investigated this yet but my guess is it's got to do with sound. It appears to be sent when a creeper is about to explode.
  • There are a lot of new values for packet 0x12 (animate), such as 104 for crouching, 105 for standing up.

- Blixt 17:58, 30 November 2010 (EST)

Has anyone looked into this? I am starting to suspect that 0x3C is a packet specific to explosions... It seems to have a structure similar to 0x34 / Multi Block Change. – Blixt 05:12, 1 December 2010 (EST)
The packet structure is like this: double, double, double, float, n = integer, n * 3 bytes. The first three doubles correspond well with X, Y, Z. The float is currently unknown. It was 3.0 for me, might be a radius or something. The list of bytes appears to be a bunch of block offsets, presumably the blocks that were destroyed in the explosion. The range of the values seems to be a bit strange though, I got the X offset as -6 up to 3, which means the explosion wouldn't be centered on the X, Y, Z coordinates. Also, the list seems to include air blocks, which seems a bit unnecessary. More investigation needed. – Blixt 18:04, 1 December 2010 (EST)

Map chunks vs. mini chunks

"Prechunk" packet marks where a map chunk will be visible to the client, eventually. It can come well before the client should draw, though. My client will only draw a map chunk that has had a full 16x128x16 chunk update (loaded), and a prechunk packet (visible). The chunk and prechunk can come in any order.

On that subject, I'd like to make a distinction between "mini chunks" and "map chunks". Mini chunks are updates that have the same purpose as "multi block updates". The X/Y/Z size and position can be anything. Map chunks are complete 16x128x16 pieces of the map. Mini-chunk updates can arrive before map chunk updates.

Currently unlisted packets.

Some packets are listed as only going in one direction, but are actually sent the other too. To my knowledge, these are:

  • S->C 0x0a
  • S->C 0x0b
  • C->S 0x3b (mentioned above)

The packets are identical to their counterparts. Barneygale 17:02, 15 December 2010 (EST)