Minecraft Color Codes Quick Guide

by Kahlia Meeuwsen, Gaming Columnist

Published in Gaming on 27th February, 2020

Love playing Minecraft? Want to set up the game to match your preferences even more? You're in the right place! Here, we'll cover how to change Minecraft text colors and even provide a list of color codes to make the process even easier for you.

It doesn't have to be super complicated to change the colors of your text, names and other items. Continue on and you'll see the Minecraft color codes explained in a way that will help you to understand exactly what you need to do for a beautifully colorful server.


What Are The Minecraft Color Codes?

Color codes are specialized codes that allow you to adapt your messages, names and other details to your liking. The game has built these codes into the game so that you can make the changes you want easily.

Just input a special symbol and the number or letter of your code and you'll be ready to go. Most often, people use this to change their message colors in order to stand out.

However, you can also change the colors of other items in your game like world or server names, team colors, object names, and even armor. On top of the colors, these formatting codes can also allow you to add special styles to names or words. These include making words bold, italic, underlined and more.

Why Change Your Colors?

Most obviously, changing the colors involved with your Minecraft experience can help to create a more unique experience. We all want our gaming experiences to be as tailored to our preferences as possible. Consequently, having messages and names that suit your color preferences can really make gaming more fun and allow you to stand out from other players.

change colors in minecraft

For those who are running their own Minecraft servers, the color of the server name can help it to stand out by comparison to others out there. As a result, more people may be interested in what your server has to offer. At the very least, color makes things pretty!

How To Change Your Color Code

Changing your color code is quite simple. All you need to know is this magical symbol: minecraft symbol Using this symbol, you'll have full control over a number of different color options. There are colors that range from 0 to 9 as well as A to F.

With all those options, it makes sense that you'd want to explore and see how cool you can make your Minecraft setup. Take your time, have a look at them all and you'll surely end up with a color scheme that matches you, your server or your world.

What Are The Minecraft Color Codes?

The following are the color codes you'll need in order to change your messages from the default color to something a bit more unique:

minecraft color codes

If you want to add more formatting to your messages or names, you can also use this list of format codes:

formating codes minecraft

Making Unique World And Server Codes

In addition to making your messages unique, you can also use these codes to create world and server names that are beautiful. What is worth noting is that it isn't quite as easy as the standard color changes used for your messages. Instead, you're going to need to pull in some external help in order to get the job done.

For both servers and world colors, you'll need a handy tool known as NBTExplorer. This will allow you to change the format of these names with a greater amount of ease. Next, you'll just need to get into the correct areas to insert your color formatting for each one.

When it comes to your world name, you'll need to locate a particular tag that is titled "LevelName". Here, you'll be able to change the name formatting. With the codes you've learned for changing the color or style, you can enter the formatting pieces you want to create a world name that really stands out.

To change the color of your server name, you'll need to get into the "servers.dat" file. Within this file, you should see an option that simply reads "Name". Within that "Name" file, you'll be able to change the code so that the server names fit your needs.

What Other Colors Can Be Changed In Minecraft?

Those of us who have been with Minecraft since the early days, the idea of being able to change so many color schemes may make you want to dive back into the world for some more adventuring. If that's the case, you'll also want to know that you can change more than just the words in your game.

In addition to words and names, you can also change the colors of:

  • Armor
  • Patterns
  • Fireworks
  • Signs

Not to mention, these are just some of the items you can change using codes. Within the game itself, you can use various items to change the colors of beds, banners and a whole lot more!


Don't get frightened by the term "code". While this word can often be used in regard to websites and video games as a representation of the mass lines of gibberish that make it what it is, these codes are much simpler.

Just follow the instructions here and you'll have fresh color for your chat messages, server names, world names and much more. If you need more assistance, there are plenty of Youtube videos out there that can guide you through the process.

Enjoy, and try not to use up all of your diamonds too quickly!

Choose A Free Gift Card From Our Prizes Section

Once you've earned enough points you can claim one of our many prizes.

free PSN codes
free PayPal money
free Steam Wallet codes
free Bitcoin
free Google Play codes
free Minecraft gift codes
free V-Bucks
free iTunes gift card
free Amazon gift card codes
free XBOX Live Gold codes
free Clash of Clans gems
free Nintendo eShop codes
free Star Stable Lifetime Membership codes
free PS Plus codes
free Netflix codes
free Apple gift card
free IMVU credits
Clash Royale free gems