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Sorting Machine
Sorting Machine
Name Sorting Machine
Type Machine
Physics No
Transparency No
Luminance No
Blast Resistance  ?
Tool Grid Wood PickaxeGrid Screwdriver
Stackable Yes (64)
Data Value dec:150:5
Mod Included RedPower2

The Sorting Machine enables you to set up item delivery with accuracy and precision. Like the Filter it can be used inline (meaning between Pneumatic Tubes) or connected to an inventory (usually a Chest or a Buffer). A sorting machine can be used to colour code items which will assist with the output destinations.  Sorting machines are powered through Blutricity.

Note that when changing the colours in the Sorting Machine left or right clicking will go forward or backwards (respectively) so if you miss your color you can right click to go back.

Operation ModesEdit

There are five different modes of operations;

  • Anystack Sequential: The slider moves from column to column and waits until it receives any single item in that column before moving to the next.
  • Sorting Machine Buttons
    Anystack Sequential, Allstack Sequential, Random Allstack, Any Item, "Any Item With Default Route"
    Kenji 03Added by Kenji 03
    Allstack Sequential
    : The sliders moves from column to column and waits until it receives all the items in that column before moving to the next.
  • Random Allstack: Same as the previous mode, but without the moving slider.
  • Any Item: Will pull any of the items starting with those in the top left of the connected inventory.
  • Any Item With Default Route: Same as the previous mode, except a default colour can be set for unmatched items below the mode settings.



Red-Doped Wafer




Blue Alloy Ingot


Red-Doped Wafer


Sorting Machine

2 Grid Red-Doped Wafer Red-Doped Wafer
5 Grid Iron Ingot Iron Ingot
1 Grid Blue Alloy Ingot Blue Alloy Ingot
1 Grid Filter Filter
Raw Materials Needed
3 Grid Red-Doped Wafer Red-Doped Wafer
6 Grid Iron Ingot Iron Ingot
1 Grid Redstone Redstone
2 Grid Gold Ingot Gold Ingot
9 Grid Cobblestone Cobblestone
3 Grid Wooden Planks Wooden Planks
1 Grid Blue Alloy Ingot Blue Alloy Ingot


Allows the sorting of any item by assigning each item a color tag and then it is sent to its respective chest

Sorting Machine user interface. In this example, dirt will be delivered to the white tube, gravel to the green tube, sand to the blue tube, and cobble to the red tube.
Mdouglas3Added by Mdouglas3

Input : Pneumatic Tubes or chest placed on input side of Sorting Machine (marked with standard redpower mod graphic of cross - the yellow eye dots are closest to this side)

Output : Pneumatic Tubes or chest placed on output side of Sorting Machine (marked with standard redpower mod graphic of hole - redstone indicator light is closest to this side)

Power : Blutricity

To assign a color to your tubes for your items to be directed by the machine, you must use a paint brush. Colored items can either go in un-colored tubes (so plan accordingly) or same-color painted tubes (e.g. red into red). Un-colored items will go into the first chest they come to, regardless of the color.

If you are having problems, make sure that the chest is on the correct side of the sorting machine (input : double holes) and output (opposite side).

There are a total of sixteen different colors that the sorting machine will accept.

If the Sorting Machine is directly connected to a chest filled with a single item (ex: Condenser chest of redstone) you can then sort up to 8 colors of output. However if it is connected in-line it will sort only to the first color of item and never reach the others.

Changing Orientation and Recovery Edit

A Screwdriver can be used to change the direction a Sorting Machine is facing, while a Mining Laser or pickaxe of any level may be used to remove and recover it.  


As mentioned earlier, Sorting Machines can be used either inline (spliced into a Pneumatic Tube network) or next to a source (chest). What you need to be aware of is the two different uses of the Sorting Machine have different redstone requirements. When placed inline, the machines will work much better if NOT given a redstone pulse. However, if the Sorting Machine is being used directly to suck items out of a source chest then it needs a pulse to do so.

To state it differently, if an item is already moving through your tube network (via Filter , Retriever , or other) and bumps into the back of a Sorting Machine, the Sorting Machine will sort/color it all by itself with no signals needed. However, if the Sorting Machine is going to be responsible for the inital filling of a tube network with items then it needs to be signalled (via redstone) to do so.

If you plan on using the sorting machine to sort tools into a chest, don't. Use diamond pipes instead. Sorting machines will not recognize tools with different amounts of usage as being the same tool and will cause some problems with your system.

Colorblind SupportEdit

The following is a list of values comparing sorting machine colors with the number of clicks required to reach that color from the sorting machine GUI.

  1. White
  2. Orange
  3. Magenta
  4. Light Blue
  5. Yellow
  6. Lime
  7. Pink
  8. Gray
  9. Light Gray
  10. Cyan
  11. Purple
  12. Blue
  13. Brown
  14. Green
  15. Red
  16. Black

Sorting system tutorialsEdit

Fufs1998Added by Fufs1998
RP2 Sorting Machines used to Build expandable, customizable, fully automatic Sorting Machine system
Jones-ETAdded by Jones-ET


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