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How Long Is A Minecraft Day?

Know more about the day night cycle in Minecraft along with commands to change time and set the time of day as well.

Minecraft is one of those games which has had a consistent fan following unlike other games that come and go like seasons. There are new players joining in on the fun daily and many of them are wondering – How long is a Minecraft Day in minutes, seconds and ticks? What’s the day length and can you have daytime always? Know more about the day night cycle and the commands you can use to change and set time.

Minecraft Day Night Cycle – How Long Does Day & Night Last?


Minecraft Day Night Cycle - How Long Does Day & Night Last

A Minecraft Day (the whole 24 hours) lasts for 20 minutes which makes it 72 times faster than real time. I am not good at Math anymore but I believe that equates 1 second of the real world time to 72 seconds Minecraft’s time. Specifically, day time goes to 10 minutes and night time is around 7 minutes. In between, there is sunset and sunrise which lasts 90 seconds each. In terms of Ticks, there are 24000 Ticks in one Minecraft Day.

So, the daytime section is the longest cycle where the brightness level is highest. It goes from 0 to 12000 ticks. Do note that the exact sky color will be based on the biome that you are currently in. If you are in the desert, you will see a lighter blue than the Plains. The day time is the time when you are safer because undead mobs (well, most of them) get damage when they come under direct sunlight. Even the spiders become neutral in case they aren’t following you around.


The night time is when the world is engulfed in darkness and hostile mobs and creatures rear their heads so be prepared. There’s something you can do to play around with the time

How to Change Time in Minecraft

You can change time in Minecraft by using the cheats option. Use a command to change from day to night or vice versa in the game. Follow these steps to make it happen:


  1. Open the Chat window.
  2. Type in /time set.
  3. Next, type day or night.

This is how the console command will look like if you want to change to day time in Minecraft: /time set day

How to have Daytime All the Time?

Use the console and type in this command:/gamerule doDaylightCycle false. This will remove the daylight cycle and make it stay day always. Perfect for those players who want daytime permanently so that they can focus on building rather than fighting enemies that spawn.


How to Set Time of Day in Minecraft

In order to change and set the time of day in Minecraft, you need to enter the command /time set and then type the command for time of day. For example, for 7AM (Day Time), type /time set 1000 and for 7 PM (Night Time), type /time set 13000.

So, follow the syntax of /time set <number> to get your desired timing. Follow this table to know the number you have to use to set the day, noon, sunset, night, midnight and sunrise in Minecraft.

Time of Day in Minecraft Command
6:00am /time set 0
7:00am (day) /time set 1000
8:00am /time set 2000
9:00am /time set 3000
10:00am /time set 4000
11:00am /time set 5000
12:00pm (noon/midday) /time set 6000
1:00pm /time set 7000
2:00pm /time set 8000
3:00pm /time set 9000
4:00pm /time set 10000
5:00pm /time set 11000
6:00pm (sunset/dusk) /time set 12000
7:00pm (night) /time set 13000
8:00pm /time set 14000
9:00pm /time set 15000
10:00pm /time set 16000
11:00pm /time set 17000
12:00am (midnight) /time set 18000
1:00am /time set 19000
2:00am /time set 20000
3:00am /time set 21000
4:00am /time set 22000
5:00am (sunrise/dawn) /time set 23000

That’s all you need to know about how long is a Minecraft Day, the day night cycle, how to change time and set the time of day in this game. Now go ahead and play around with the settings. While you are here, though, there are more Minecraft guides that can give you some secret unlocks in the game.