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This article is about the legacy §-based formatting system. For the modern JSON system, see Raw JSON text format.

Formatting codes (also known as color codes) add color and modifications to text in-game.

Text in Minecraft can be formatted with the section sign (). In Bedrock Edition, the section sign can be entered into signs, world names, books, renaming items and in the chat. In Java Edition, section signs may be used in , , , world titles, books, and server names. External programs can be used to insert it in other locations.


Text can be formatted using the section sign (§) followed by a character. A § symbol followed by a hex digit in the message tells the client to switch colors while displaying text. In Bedrock Edition, the § symbol can be used in any text input, while in Java Edition, it may be used in , , world titles, and server names.

In Java Edition, if a color code is used after a formatting code, the formatting code is disabled beyond the color code point. For example, displays as XY, whereas displays as XY. Therefore, when using a color code in tandem with a formatting code, ensure the color code is used first and reuse the formatting code when changing colors.

Motd scramble bug.png

In Bedrock Edition, formatting codes persist after a color code. Furthermore, if an obfuscated code is used and a reset code is not used before the end of the line, the client GUI continues to obfuscate text past the MOTD and into the version number display.

Color codes[]

Messages sent from the server to the client can contain color codes, which allow coloring of text for various purposes.

Code Name Foreground color Background color Version
§0 black 000
§1 dark_blue 00170
§2 dark_green 01700
§3 dark_aqua 0170170
§4 dark_red 17000
§5 dark_purple 1700170
§6 gold 2551700
[JE only]
[BE only]
§7 gray 170170170
§8 dark_gray 858585
§9 blue 8585255
§a green 8525585
§b aqua 85255255
§c red 2558585
§d light_purple 25585255
§e yellow 25525585
§f white 255255255
§g minecoin_gold 2212145
[BE only]

Formatting codes[]

Code Name Compatible with BedrockCompatible with Java
§kObfuscated Yes Yes
§lBoldYes Yes
§oItalicYes Yes
§rReset Yes Yes

The random characters placed after are always the same width as the original characters. For example, any random character cycled through where the letter "m" would be wide characters while any random character in the spot of an "i" would be narrow characters.

resets the styles of following characters; e.g., displays as XXXYYY.


See also: Wikipedia:Unicode input

  • To enter "§" on Windows with most US/UK English keyboards type  +  (alt code on cp437). For any other keyboard, the Windows ANSI version  +  often works.
  • If is enabled in the Windows registry,  +  (using the main keyboard for "A") works for any language due to it being Unicode.
  • On a Mac with a US keyboard, type  +  (or  +  for US Extended). For any other keyboard, type  + .
  • On Linux with the compose key activated, type . The symbol can also be typed by using Unicode shortcuts:  +  + .
  • To enter "§" on a Nintendo Switch, select languages (globe icon), scroll to the bottom to find the "Symbols" language, and then select Page 2 to find the symbol to the right in the bottom line.
  • For various Android keyboards:
    • Google Keyboard (GBoard): The "§" is under the paragraph "¶" mark. To access, tap the number/symbol button, tap button above "ABC" to access more symbols, then hold down the paragraph key.
    • Samsung Keyboard: The "§" is under the "s" key. To access, hold down on the "s" and then slide over to the "§" mark.
  • For iOS:
    • On the iPad the "§" is under the percent sign. To access, tap the number/symbol button and then swipe down on the percent sign.
    • On the iPhone the "§" is under the ampersand "&". To access, tap the number/symbol button then hold down the ampersand key and slide over to the "§" mark.
  • For Xbox:
    • On the Xbox One the "§" is under the backwards P "¶". To access, use left trigger, hold down A while on ¶ until other options pop up. Move the cursor over to the "§" mark and use A to select.

When part of JSON text, the symbol can be written as or .

Alternatively in Bedrock Edition, the character can be copied from this page () and  +  (Windows) or  +  (macOS) can be pressed to paste the character into a book. Note that pasting does not work on everything (e.g. chat, command blocks, world names) and using the JSON format or another method may be necessary.

When used in chat, this character will disconnect the user, even in 'offline' single player mode, and thus can't be used directly in commands such as .

In early Java Edition Classic versions, the character used was instead of .[2]

Sample text[]

The following text can be pasted into a Book and Quill (prior to 1.14) to produce what is shown in the picture:

Minecraft Formatting.gif§nMinecraft Formatting§r §00 §11 §22 §33 §44 §55 §66 §77 §88 §99 §aa §bb §cc §dd §ee §ff §rk §kMinecraft §rl §lMinecraft §rm §mMinecraft §rn §nMinecraft §ro §oMinecraft §rr §rMinecraft

Use in and []

In order to get an MOTD colored or formatted, must be used instead of ; for example, would be . The full list of them is listed below. Colors can be used in conjunction with formatting. The formatting must be done after the color.

Given that files accept raw JSON text as descriptions, the usage of can be replaced by text components with different color and style, though using still works.

CodeOfficial NameMOTD codeNote
§1Dark Blue\u00A71
§2Dark Green\u00A72
§3Dark Aqua\u00A73
§4Dark Red\u00A74
§5Dark Purple\u00A75
§8Dark Gray\u00A78
§dLight Purple\u00A7d
§m\u00A7m[Java Edition only]
§nUnderline\u00A7n[Java Edition only]
\nNew line\n[a]

Compatibility with older versions[]

Formatting codes can be used in the line in a file, but the section signs must be escaped as . If a section sign is entered directly, the server replaces it with (); clients display the character as a question mark. Delete the character in the MOTD if it comes with a bunch of question marks: this happens if something is not compatible.

Use in custom language packs[]

Formatting codes can be used to color names and description in language files by using then any of the numbers/letters displayed above. This is also used in and . An example of this is to make the name of a diamond appear as Diamond.

Since Java Edition 1.16, can no longer be used to remove italics from custom translation tags within language files. For example, if the translation tag is applied to the display data of a custom item (), it still appears as rather than simply . This is not true of any other formatting options.

Use in world names[]

With the use of external tools, such as NBTExplorer, world names can have custom colors and formatting codes. To modify the name, choose the tag in the world's . In this example, is set to .

Additionally, the player can rename the world's folder to contain one of the codes. In the world selection menu, the specified color or effect appears.

The player can also use a resource pack with a already in the world name when creating a world and all the user has to do is to change or alter the color code after the .

In Bedrock Edition, the player is allowed to use a inside of the world name when creating the world. This allows for using custom colors and formatting codes inside of the world name without having to modify the game.

Use in server names[]


With the use of a third party tool such as NBTExplorer, server names can have custom colors. To utilize this functionality, select the attribute in the file inside the directory using a third party tool. In the following example, the tag is set to :


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Instructions: A conversion to history table with information about when it was added, when & was changed to §, when it was superseded, etc.

Obfuscated format has changed 3 times in Java Edition after being introduced in Beta 1.8. On the right is an image of how the obfuscated text of looks in 4 different versions.


  • The color codes almost exactly match, in order, the 16 colors available using a Color Graphics Adapter (CGA), as released in 1981. Only color 6 differs; the value for color 6 in Minecraft –
     #FFAA00 – differs from that made for CGA –
  • In Legacy Console Edition, worked outside of Raw JSON, although would still be in the text, with the new line after in the text.


  1. abMCPE-41729
  2. ↑IRC logs on; #minecraft.20090619.log. "P7:43:58 <Notch> Quatroking: want to know a secret?" [...] "P7:44:44 <Notch> /say He&1llo&f, world! &bHOW ARE YOU!?" [...] "P7:45:52 <Notch> it's the ega palette, almost" (June 20, 2009, 00:43:58 UTC)

Minecraft Color Codes (and Format Codes)

In Minecraft, there are a number of built-in color codes and format codes that you can use in chat and game commands.

Color codes can be used to change the color of text in the game, assign team colors, and customize the color of dyed leather armor. Format codes can be used to modify the appearance of in-game text such as bold or italic.

List of Color Codes

Here is a list of color codes that are available in Minecraft:

(Minecraft Name)
Chat CodeMOTD CodeDecimalHexadecimal
Dark Red
Dark Green
Dark Aqua
Dark Blue
Light Purple
Dark Purple
Dark Gray


  • Color is the color name and (Minecraft Name) is the internal name for the color in Minecraft.
  • Chat Code is the internal code for the chat color in Minecraft.
  • MOTD Code is the internal code for the "Message Of The Day" color in Minecraft.
  • Decimal is the internal decimal value for the color in Minecraft.
  • Hexadecimal is the internal hexadecimal value for the color in Minecraft.

List of Format Codes

Here is a list of format codes that are available in Minecraft:

DescriptionChat CodeMOTD Code
Reset the default color§r\u00A7r


  • Description is the name of the format.
  • Chat Code is the internal code for this format in chat.
  • MOTD Code is the internal code for this format in the "Message Of The Day".

TIP: If you don't know where to find the § symbol, read our Where to find the Color Symbol in Minecraft tutorial.

Other Colors

Here are some of the colors available in Minecraft:

  1. Army future soldier login
  2. Washington college basketball scores
  3. 2004 4runner aftermarket bumper

Minecraft Color Codes | The Ultimate Guide [Updated 2021]

Customization plays a huge role in the Minecraft experience. Ask any Minecraft player; they’ll probably agree. The vanilla game is incredibly fun as is, but the freedom players have to mess around with the world with little to no limitations is what has most of them coming back.


Minecraft Color Codes


We’ve covered Minecraft mods and Minecraft servers. In this article, we’ll take a look at something a little simpler (but no less fun) to pull off: Minecraft Color Codes. 


Table of Contents


  • What Are Minecraft Color Codes/Formatting Codes?
  • How do I Use Minecraft Color Codes?
  • Colored Text for Minecraft Signs
  • Colored Text for Minecraft Server Messages
  • Minecraft Formatting Codes to Know
  • Minecraft Color Codes
  • Using Minecraft Color Codes
  • Why Use Minecraft Color Codes
  • Conclusion


Let’s get started!


What Are Minecraft Color Codes/Formatting Codes?


Minecraft players can customize the format of certain textual elements using Minecraft Color Codes and Minecraft Formatting Codes. 


The former, for instance, can be used to change the color of in-game texts. It can also be used to assign colors to different teams or change the color of dyed leather armor. 


Minecraft Color Codes




These color codes can also be used to create colored signs or add color to server messages.


The latter can be used to format in-game texts, like making announcements bold or italic.


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How do I Use Minecraft Color Codes?


You can change the color of Minecraft texts by using the Section Sign (§) followed by a Hex Digit. This hex digit is the color code, and each digit is assigned a specific color. 


For instance, the code §0 would result in the color black.


Minecraft command blocks


Code §6, on the other hand, would result in the color gold.


Take Note: text formatting and text color formatting may lie within the same vein of visual modification, but the game sees them as separate. 


In the Java Edition of Minecraft, a color code used after a formatting code disables the formatting code beyond the color code point. To help you visualize this using text, writing the codes in this order:


Format Text font: Arial, color: green, size: 12pt, bold | Color Text: black


… would cancel out the text formatting after the color indicator. In other words, the text would not be bolded and sized 12.


So when using a color code along with formatting code, always type the color code first. Again, in textual visualization, that would look something like:


Color Text: green | Format Text font: Arial, size: 12pt, bold


You don’t have to worry about this if you’re using the Bedrock Edition of Minecraft, though. In Bedrock, formatting codes will still persist even if typed after a color code.


Colored Text for Minecraft Signs


Creating a sign with colored text in Minecraft is pretty easy! If you’re running the Bedrock Edition, all you have to do is:


  1. Place a sign on the ground
  2. Type the “§” sign, followed by the corresponding number for the color you want. This is the color code


Don’t worry: the “§” won’t show on the sign once you exit.


Colored Text for Minecraft Server Messages


You can also change the color of your Minecraft Server’s Message of the Day (MOTD) by inserting a color code before the message. It’s as easy as changing the color in Minecraft. Only the codes are different.


To change the color, access your Server Properties or Server Files how you would normally access them.


Before the message, insert the appropriate color code. 


Ex. \u00A76 “Welcome Back to the Server”!


Save your changes, close your server, and then restart it. If done correctly, you should see the new MOTD in the correct color – which, in our example, should be gold.


Here’s a quick list of Minecraft Color Codes for the Minecraft Server’s MOTD:


\u00A70 – BLACK

\u00A71 – DARK BLUE

\u00A72 – DARK GREEN

\u00A73 – DARK AQUA

\u00A74 – DARK RED


\u00A76 – GOLD

\u00A77 – GRAY

\u00A78 – DARK GRAY

\u00A79 – INDIGO

\u00A7a – GREEN

\u00A7b – AQUA

\u00A7c – RED

\u00A7d – PINK

\u00A7e – YELLOW

\u00A7f – WHITE


Minecraft Formatting Codes to Know


There are actually fewer formatting codes than color codes in Minecraft, which makes them quite easy to remember. This article will still be focused on color codes, but here are some Minecraft formatting codes that may be useful to know:


  • §l = bold text
  • §m = strikethrough text
  • §o = italicize text
  • §n = underline text




Minecraft Color Codes


Here is a full list of codes, listed according to Chat Code number (0-9) or letter (alphabetized; a-g).


ColorCodeForeground Color HexBackground Color Hex
Black (black)§0000000 000000 
Dark Blue (dark_blue)§1 0000AA 00002A
Dark Green (dark_green)§2 00AA00 002A00
Dark Aqua (dark_aqua)§3 00AAAA 002A2A
Dark Red (dark_red)§4AA0000 2A0000
Dark Purple (dark_purple)§5 AA00AA  2A002A 
Gold (gold)§6 FFAA00  2A2A00 | 402A00 
Gray (gray)§7AAAAAA2A2A2A
Dark Gray (dark_gray)§8555555151515
Blue (blue)§95555FF15153F
Green (green)§a55FF55153F15
Aqua (aqua)§b55FFFF153F3F
Red (red)§cFF55553F1515
Light Purple (light_purple)§dFF55FFFF55FF
Yellow (yellow)§eFFFF55FFFF55
White (white)§fFFFFFFFFFFFF
Minecoin Gold (minecoin_gold)§gDDD605DDD605


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Using Minecraft Color Codes


Minecraft will only recognize the color codes as such if the digit is preceded by the “§” symbol. It’s an unusual symbol, to be sure, and not one that can easily be found on a standard keyboard. Here’s how to type it out:


  • On a Windows US/UK English Keyboard: Alt + NUMPAD2, NUMPAD1
  • On a Windows ANSI Keyboard (or any other keyboard): Alt + NUMPAD0, NUMPAD1, NUMPAD6, NUMPAD7
  • On a Mac US English Keyboard: Option + 6 | Option + 5 (for US Extended)
  • On a MAC Keyboard (any other type of keyboard): Option + 00a7
  • On a Linux with Compose Key activated: Compose, s, o


If you wish to copy-paste the character, you can do so on Bedrock Edition using the standard commands (ctrl + v for Windows and cmd + v for Mac). However, do take note that some Minecraft text boxes cannot be pasted into (such as chat windows, command blocks, world names, etc.).


Helpful Articles:



Why Use Minecraft Color Codes


Minecraft Color Codes and Minecraft Formatting Codes are just a few more ways Minecraft allows its players to customize their games. Changing text may not directly impact gameplay by imposing advantages (or disadvantages, even). However, it can make people enjoy the game even more. 


Minecraft Color Codes


As we’ve stated in the beginning, customization and modification have always played a huge role in the Minecraft experience. In fact, there’s a pretty large market for Minecraft mods (although we use that term loosely, as most Minecraft mods are free).




Learning color codes is just another way for players to spice up their game. If taken in the context of coding for kids, it’s even a viable introduction to hexadecimal codes and coloring for programming with HTML or CSS later on.


Let’s cover the key topics we went over:


Table of Contents


    • What Are Minecraft Color Codes/Formatting Codes?
    • How do I Use Minecraft Color Codes?
    • Colored Text for Minecraft Signs
    • Colored Text for Minecraft Server Messages
    • Minecraft Formatting Codes to Know
    • Minecraft Color Codes
    • Using Minecraft Color Codes
    • Why Use Minecraft Color Codes
    • Conclusion


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Unlike what everyone assumes, apparently it's possible in game, without any extra stuff. As it seems, NBT-formatted signs are able to inject into commands by escaping it with .

This online tool takes any command that uses and converts it into a command that creates an NBT-formatted sign above the command block, with a click event that pastes the desired command into the command block. Totally crazy, but confirmed to work, at least up to 1.8 (broken in 1.9 and later, but only because of the strict JSON feature, that can easily be fixed manually by adding a couple of into the final command).

Note: The command that is being generated also omits all characters, because the creator thought they are impossible to get in via signs. However actually they are easy to get in. Just find your escaped command in the generated command and add in where you want a in the resulting command.

For everyone who doesn't like external tools much: The tool I linked doesn't modify your world saves. It's a command generator much like MCStacker. You get a command and paste it into your command block. Then you activate the command block, click on the sign that appears, and your command has the correct formatting.

(If you've done everything right, the text you wanted to format should have the formatting you chose inside the command block as well. If you didn't include at the end of the formatted section, the remainder of the command will be formatted as well. As long as no non-formatted text passages are meant to follow, this doesn't break anything.)

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