Minecraft Color Codes and Format Codes (February 2023)

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Minecraft allows you to format the text displayed in particular objects and world properties to have different colors or formatting. These editing properties allow for better emphasis of important information, easier reading, or simply add flavor to the game. Below, we have provided the entire list of format and color codes and explained how to set them.

All Minecraft Color Codes & Format Codes

The first thing you need to know about formatting text in Minecraft is that you must use the Section Symbol (§) before the number or letter associated with the colors and formats. This symbol can be typed without copying and pasting. Use the method shown below to type this symbol (applies to most standard keyboards).

How to insert the Format Symbol (§) in Minecraft

The keyboard buttons to make the § symbol.
  1. Hold Alt (highlighted red)
  2. Press Numpad 2 (highlighted blue)
  3. Press Numpad 1 (highlighted purple)

When you follow the method above, you will type the symbol §. Immediately after this code should be the number or letter you wish to use from the list below. The text following the code will have the format or color.

Example: §mHello, world!

Result: Hello, world!

Minecraft Color Codes

We have placed set the background to be comparable to the Oak Sign in Minecraft so you can see a general idea of what the colors will look like in-game.

Related: How to Make and Use a Sign in Minecraft - Pro Game Guides

  • Black
    • Code: §0
    • Example: Hello!
  • Dark Blue
    • Code: §1
    • Example: Hello!
  • Dark Green
    • Code: §2
    • Example: Hello!
  • Dark Aqua
    • Code: §3
    • Example: Hello!
  • Dark Red
    • Code: §4
    • Example: Hello!
  • Dark Purple
    • Code: §5
    • Example: Hello!
  • Gold
    • Code: §6
    • Example: Hello!
  • Gray
    • Code: §7
    • Example: Hello!
  • Dark Gray
    • Code: §8
    • Example: Hello!
  • Blue
    • Code: §9
    • Example: Hello!
  • Green
    • Code: §a
    • Example: Hello!
  • Aqua
    • Code: §b
    • Example: Hello!
  • Red
    • Code: §c
    • Example: Hello!
  • Light Purple
    • Code: §d
    • Example: Hello!
  • Yellow
    • Code: §e
    • Example: Hello!
  • White
    • Code: §f
    • Example: Hello!
  • Minecoin Gold
    • Code: §g
    • Example: Hello!

Minecraft Format Codes

  • Strikethrough
    • Bedrock Compatible: No
    • Code: §m
    • Example: Hello!
  • Underline 
    • Bedrock Compatible: No
    • Code: §n
    • Example: Hello!
  • Bold
    • Bedrock Compatible: Yes
    • Code: §l
    • Example: Hello!
  • Obfuscated
    • Bedrock Compatible: Yes
    • Code: §k
    • Example: H̴͓͓̺̫̹͉͔͇̰͓͝e̵̡̨͚̭͎̺̎̇̆̂͑l̷̛̈́͗̓̑͛̆̿͜ļ̵̧̗̝̹̥̦̹̓o̵͇̪̳̹̼̩̿̓͐̔̄̋ͅͅ
  • Italic
    • Bedrock Compatible: Yes
    • Code: §o
    • Example: Hello!
  • Reset
    • Bedrock Compatible: Yes
    • Code: §r
    • Example: Hello!

That's all the code formats for now! We will update this guide if more are added or changed.

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