Groups/Shared groups

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This a list of groups which are shared across multiple mods and games, or groups which have been accepted by the community to have a standard meaning. For the list of special groups, see Groups#Special groups.


List of shared groups


  • not_in_creative_inventory=1: This item must not appear in the creative inventory
  • not_in_craft_guide=1: Crafting recipes which have this item as a result will not be shown in a crafting guide. The item may still be shown as an ingredient.


For dyes, the color groups used in Minetest Game have been widely accepted. If you add a dye, you should add the appropriate groups. The groups have names like basecolor_white, excolor_sky_blue and unicolor_dark_green.

See game_api.txt, section “Dyes” for a detailed description and see the dye mod for an example implementation.

Object classification

These groups are used to classify something. The rating is assumed to be 1. These groups mean that the item in question is something. E.g. the group “tree=1” means the item is a tree trunk.

Basic nodes

  • tree: Tree trunk
  • leaves: Leaves, (pine) needles, and the like
  • sand: Sand
  • water: Water (source or flowing)
  • lava: Lava (source or flowing)

Additional nodes

  • wood: Block of wooden planks
  • wool: Block of wool
  • sapling: Sapling
  • flower: Flower
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