How to Use Minecraft Color Codes?

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How to Use Minecraft Color Codes?

Surya Kumar
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Color Codes in Minecraft give you the option to add up to 16 different colors to various texts present in the game.
There are different formats to enter the color for Java and Bedrock versions of the game.

Minecraft is certainly a game with immense customization options. From building incredibly captivating worlds to managing tons of servers, the game allows for immense possibilities. One such option to customize your game is the addition of colors to the game’s text. The way to achieve this is by using color codes. Upon entering them, players can choose to modify the color of the text in chat, in the in-game items as well as on servers. In this article, you will take a look at the different color codes available in Minecraft, as well as how to use them in-game. Let’s dive right in.

Minecraft Color Codes

Currently, the game allows players to use up to 16 different color codes. Keep in mind that they can be used on both the Java and the Bedrock Edition of the game.

It is also important to note that the § sign only works in the bedrock edition of the game. For the Java edition, you might want to use the JSON format (\u00A74)

How to Use Minecraft Color Codes

The most challenging part of using color codes would probably be the addition of § which is called a section sign. Players simply need to enter it, followed by the code pertaining to each color as mentioned above. You can use this on several in-game items such as signs, quills, anvils, and books. 

You can also use these codes in your chatbox as well. All you need to do is type the section sign and the following code before typing in your message. Furthermore, you can also use §r to reset the color of your text to default.

How to Use Color Codes in Servers

Apart from using them in-game, you can also use these codes to change the color of the Message Of The Day (MOTD) on your server. You must simply use the JSON format mentioned in the table above as the section sign § does not work here.

That is pretty much all there is to know about the color codes in Minecraft. Do check out our Minecraft Potions guide if you are interested in knowing all the potions you can use with the newest patch 1.20.


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Surya has been an avid gamer all his life with an emphasis on single-player titles since the PlayStation 2 era. After switching to PC, he has also dabbled in the world of Valorant ever since its beta. He aims to spread his passion for gaming through his writing.

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