Minecraft Color Code Guide - How to Use Color Codes

MINECRAFT COLOR CODE GUIDE - INTRODUCTION

Minecraft is filled with the wonders of color at every turn, from the sunflower yellow plains biome and the blisteringly hot red lava filling the nether, to the purple, gold, green, and endless other colored gems found within the underground and Deep Dark biomes. In endless creativity and exploration, using the colors of Minecraft unlock the ability to better express your messages to all of your players.

Minecraft color code can be used across many features of Minecraft, whether that be inside personal messages, public chat, on signs, in scoreboards, on tablists, inside holograms, and more, and knowing the codes allows you to use them to their fullest! You’ll find a detailed Minecraft color code and format code chart below, along with how you can use those codes on your Minecraft game server to add more colorful flare!

MINECRAFT COLOR & FORMATTING CODES

MINECRAFT COLOR CODE CHART

COLOR
(MINECRAFT NAME)
CHAT CODE MOTD CODE DECIMAL HEXADECIMAL
Green
(green)
§a \u00A7a 5635925 55FF55
Aqua
(aqua)
§b \u00A7b 5636095 55FFFF
Red
(red)
§c \u00A7c 16733525 FF5555
Light Purple
(light_purple)
§d \u00A7d 16733695 FF55FF
Yellow
(yellow)
§e \u00A7e 16777045 FFFF55
White
(white)
§f \u00A7f 16777215 FFFFFF
Black
(black)
§0 \u00A70 0 000000
Dark Blue
(dark_blue)
§1 \u00A71 170 0000AA
Dark Green
(dark_green)
§2 \u00A72 43520 00AA00
Dark Aqua
(dark_aqua)
§3 \u00A73 43690 00AAAA
Dark Red
(dark_red)
§4 \u00A74 11141120 AA0000
Dark Purple
(dark_purple)
§5 \u00A75 11141290 AA00AA
Gold
(gold)
§6 \u00A76 16755200 FFAA00
Gray
(gray)
§7 \u00A77 11184810 AAAAAA
Dark Gray
(dark_gray)
§8 \u00A78 5592405 555555
Blue
(blue)
§9 \u00A79 5592575 5555FF

MINECRAFT FORMAT CODE CHART

FORMAT NAME CHAT CODE MOTD CODE
Obfuscated §k \u00A7k
Bold §l \u00A7l
Strikethrough §m \u00A7m
Underline §n \u00A7n
Italic §o \u00A7o
Reset color §r \u00A7r

HOW TO USE MINECRAFT COLOR CODE

MOTD IN MINECRAFT

  1. Go on your Minecraft server and access the “General” server settings.
    General Minecraft server settings

  2. Locate the “MOTD” setting.
  3. Use the “MOTD CODE”s included above to add color to both of those settings like this:
    Changing your Minecraft server MOTD

    This MOTD will appear as “Nitrado Game Server - News & Tutorials”.

  4. After making changes to your server settings, press “Save changes” and then restart your Minecraft server.
  5. When viewing your Minecraft server now, your MOTD will be custom colored:
    Minecraft MOTD in game

MINECRAFT TEXT COLOR

Minecraft text in single-player servers without mods or plugins can only use text color through commands. This command uses the Minecraft name color to color the text sent from this command:
/tellraw @a {"text":"This text is green","color":"green"}

You can adjust “This text is green” to your text and change the color “green” to your preferred text for this command. To be able to more freely use colors in chat, below we will provide a plugin you can use for color chat and how to install it.

MINECRAFT PLUGIN COLOR CODES

Using color codes freely in chat, signs, groups, and more, you will need Minecraft plugins or mods. Before continuing, download the Minecraft plugin EssentialsX, EssentialsXChat, and EssentialsXSpawn. EssentialsX will replace the normal § symbol with &, allowing for color codes to be easily usable on all computers and devices. Once those are downloaded, follow these instructions to add the plugins to your dedicated Minecraft server:

  1. Go on your Minecraft server webinterface and turn off your server.
  2. If your server currently doesn’t support plugins, backup your server, and then you’ll need to change your server through “SWITCH GAME” to “Minecraft (Bukkit / Spigot)".
    switching game servers with Nitrado

  3. Once your server is set to Minecraft (Bukkit / Spigot), you can use the “Version Change” feature of the control panel to set your preferred Minecraft server version.
  4. Once set to the correct version, to the left of your Minecraft server webinterface select the “File Browser” option under “TOOLS”.
  5. In the file browser, click the folders “minecraftbukkit” and “plugins”.
    uploading files to your Minecraft server

  6. Inside the “plugins” folder, press “Upload file” and find the EssentialsX plugin .jar files you downloaded earlier.
  7. Select all of those plugin files and then press “Open” to begin uploading them to your server.
    uploading Minecraft server plugins

  8. Once uploaded fully, go back to your server’s “Dashboard” and restart your server to load those Minecraft plugins.
  9. If you’re not already an Operator on your server, go to the “Live Server Console” and type the command “op yourMinecraftUsername” to give yourself full access to all server commands and permissions including being able to use colored chat and add color to signs.
    1. If you’d like to give colored chat to all players, go back to your server’s “File Browser” and go to the location “minecraftbukkit”, “plugins”, “Essentials”, and edit the “config.yml” file.
    2. Scroll down until you see the setting “use-bukkit-permissions”(around line 329) and change this setting to false.
      fixing server permissions

      This disables the permissions built into Minecraft (Bukkit / Spigot) and allows Essentials to take over, giving players all of the commands and permissions under “player-commands”(around line 244) in that same file.

      Essentials permissions

    3. Press “Save changes” at the bottom and then restart your server to allow all players to use colored and formatted chat.

ADD COLORS TO YOUR MINECRAFT SERVER

Minecraft color code and formatting code offer a strong addition to your server’s creativity! From new ways to chat with colors to other methods of using color codes such as in signs, announcements, scoreboards, and more to help draw your players’ attention. Uncover what you can create when you unlock Minecraft color code and format code on your Minecraft server!

Aug 20, 12:00 pm
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Kevin Lott
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