How to Get Green Dye in Minecraft

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This guide explains how to get green dye (formerly called cactus green) with step-by step instructions. In the game called Minecraft, green dye is one of many dyes that you are able to make. However, this one is not made with a crafting table but rather with a furnace.

Green dye is available in some versions of Minecraft, including:

  • Java Edition (Pc/Mac)
  • Pocket Edition (PE)
  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One
  • PS3
  • PS4
  • Wii U
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Windows 10 Edition
  • Education Edition


In Minecraft, there is only one material that you need to gather if you want to make green dye. It is 1 cactus. After you have collected the material, it is time for you to get green dye.

In order to get green dye in Survival Mode, the first thing that you have to do is to open the furnace menu. Then, add fuel to the bottom fuel box in the furnace. In this guide, we are going to use coal as the fuel. The next thing that you have to do is to add an item to make green dye. Please place the block of cactus in the top box of the furnace. By doing so, you should see the flames cooking the block of cactus. Once the cactus is cooked in the furnace, the green dye will show up in the box to the right. Now that you have made green dye in your furnace, you have to move the new item to your inventory.

In the end, you are able to use green dye to make items in Minecraft such as green wool, green stained glass, green terracotta, green concrete powder, cyan dye, lime dye, a dyed leather cap, a dyed leather tunic, dyed leather pants, dyed leather boots, a lozenge banner, a field masoned banner, a per bend banner, a thing banner, a green shulker box, a green burst firework star, a green small ball firework star, a green large ball firework star, a green star-shaped firework star, and a green creeper-shaped firework star.

Aside from that, there are also a few activities that you are able to do with green dye in Minecraft. Those include dying a sign, dying a sheep, dying leather armor (Minecraft Bedrock Edition), and using a loom.

Green dye is known as a primary color that is able to be obtained by smelting cactus in a furnace. This one is able to be used to re-color a few items. There are a few ways to get green dye. The first one is called chest loot. Green dye is able to be found in a desert village house chest. The second one is smelting. The ingredients include 1 cactus and any fuel. Keep in mind that the recipes and the methods for Minecraft Java Edition and Minecraft Bedrock Edition are different. The way to smelt in both Minecraft editions has been explained above. The third one is trading. Apparently, wandering traders sell three green dye for an emerald.

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