Minecraft color codes and how to use them


Customization plays an important role in the entire Minecraft experience. Ask any Minecraft player. They will probably agree. The vanilla game is incredibly fun the way it is, but the freedom players have to play with the world with little to no limits is what keeps many of them coming back.

We have covered some topics regarding Minecraft on this website. This guide will look at something much simpler – but no less fun – to make. These are the colors of Minecraft.

What are Minecraft color codes or formatting codes?

Did you know that Minecraft players can customize the format of particular text elements through the use of Minecraft color codes and formatting codes?

The former, for example, 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.

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 text, such as making announcements bold or italic.

How to Use Minecraft Color Codes

You should be able to change the color of Minecraft texts via the Section sign (§) followed by Hex digit. This hexadecimal digit is the color code and each digit is assigned a specific color.

For example, the code §0 color results Black.

Coded §6on the other hand, gives the color Gold.

Keep in mind: Text formatting and text color formatting may be in the same vein of visual modification, but the game treats them as distinct or separate.

In the Java edition of Minecraft, a color code used after a format code disables the format code beyond the color code point. To help you visualize this using text, write the codes in this order…

Format Text Font: Arial, Color: Green, Size: 12 pt, Bold | Text color: black

…would unformat the text after the color indicator. In other words, the text will not be bold and size 12.

So when using a color code with a formatting code, always type the color code first. To visualize, it would look something like:

Text color: green | Format Text Font: Arial, Size: 12 pt, Bold

However, you’ll never have to worry about that if you’re playing the Bedrock Edition of Minecraft. In Bedrock, formatting codes will persist even if typed after a color code.

Colorful text for Minecraft panels

Do you want to create a sign with colored text in Minecraft? It’s quite simple. If you’re using the Bedrock Edition, all you have to do is place a sign on the floor and type in the “§” sign, followed by the corresponding color number you want. This is the color code.

Don’t worry: the “§” will no longer appear on the panel once you exit.

Colorful text for Minecraft server messages

In addition to doing what was discussed in the previous section, you can also change the color of your Minecraft server’s message of the day or MOTD by inserting a color code before the message. It’s as easy as changing the color in Minecraft. Only the codes are different.

Here’s how to do this part. To change the color, access your server properties or server files as you would normally access them.

Before the message, insert the appropriate color code.

Example: u00A76 “Welcome to the server”!

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

Here is your quick list of Minecraft color codes for the Minecraft server MOTD.

u00A70 – BLACK

u00A71 – DARK BLUE


u00A73 – DARK AQUA

u00A74 – DARK RED


u00A76 – GOLD

u00A77 – GRAY

u00A78 – DARK GRAY

u00A79 – INDIGO

u00A7a – GREEN

u00A7b – AQUATIC

u00A7c – RED

u00A7d – PINK

u00A7e – YELLOW

u00A7f – WHITE

Minecraft formatting codes you need to know

In fact, there are fewer formatting codes than color codes in Minecraft, which makes them quite easy to remember. This article will continue to discuss color codes, but here are some Minecraft formatting codes that you may find useful.

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

Minecraft color codes

Here is a full list of codes:

Black §0 u00A70 000000
Dark blue §1 u00A71 0000AA
Dark green §2 u00A72 00AA00
dark aqua §3 u00A73 00AAAA
Dark red §4 u00A74 AA0000
Dark purple §5 u00A75 AA00AA
Gold §6 u00A76 FFAA00
Grey §seven u00A77 YYYYYY
Dark gray §8 u00A78 555555
Blue §9 u00A79 5555FF
Green §a u00A7a 55FF55
Aqua §b u00A7b 55FFFF
Red §vs u00A7c FF5555
Light purple §D u00A7d FF55FF
Yellow §e u00A7e FFFF55
White §E u00A7f FFFFFF

Using Minecraft Color Codes

Remember that Minecraft will only recognize color codes as such if our “§” symbol precedes the number. It’s an unusual symbol and, of course, not easy to find on a standard keyboard. Here’s how you can grab it.

  • On your Windows US/UK English keyboard: Alt + NUMPAD2, NUMPAD1
  • On your Windows ANSI keyboard (or any other keyboard): Alt+NUMPAD0,NUMPAV1,NUMPAV6,NUMPAV7
  • On your US English Mac keyboard: ⌥ Variant + 6 | ⌥ Variant + 5 (for extended US)
  • On your MAC keyboard (any other type of keyboard): ⌥ Variant + 00a7
  • On your Linux with Dial key enabled: 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, note that there are some Minecraft text boxes that cannot be pasted (such as chat windows, command blocks, world names, etc.).

Reasons to Use Minecraft Color Codes

Minecraft color codes, or Minecraft colors, and formatting codes are just a few other ways Minecraft allows its players to customize games. Changing text may not directly impact gameplay by imposing advantages (or even disadvantages). Nevertheless, it can make people enjoy the game even more.

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


With you learning code codes, such as those in Minecraft, it’s just another way for gamers to spice up their game. If taken in the context of coding for kids, it’s even a viable introduction to hex codes and coloring for programming with later HTML or CSS.

Now keep browsing our website to read more articles about Minecraft and other gaming topics.


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