Text in Minecraft can be formatted with the section sign (§). The section sign cannot be entered via Minecraft itself; a map editor is required to edit the text to enter the § character.
 Color codes
Messages sent from the server to the client can contain color codes, which allow coloring of text for various purposes.
A section sign (§) followed by a hex digit in the message tells the client to switch colors while displaying text.
|Code||Official Name[note 1]||Foreground Color||Background Color|
- As used in Scoreboard and tellraw commands. (Note: For Scoreboard commands you have to replace the space in the name with an underscore (_), and the first letter should be lower case.)
 Formatting codes
Text can also be formatted using the § symbol followed by a letter.
To make § on Windows with most US/UK English keyboards type Alt+21(MUST use the Number Pad)(To do this, hold Alt and press 2 lift your finger, then press 1. On a Mac US keyboard, ⌥ Option+6 (⌥ Option+5 for US Extended). On Linux with the compose key activated, type Compose, s, o. Alternatively, you can copy the character from this page, and press Ctrl+V to paste the character into a book. Note that this does NOT work on the Minecraft chat bar or Command Block GUI.
If a color code is used after a formatting code, the formatting code will be disabled beyond the color code point. For example,
§cX§nY displays as XY, whereas
§nX§cY 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.
§r can be used to reset all texts format beyond it, e.g.
§nXXX§rYYY displays as XXXYYY
Note: The random characters placed after
§k will always be the same width as the original characters, except if using
] in 1.4.5 - 1.5.2. For example, any random character cycled through where the letter "m" would be wide characters while any random character in the spot an "i" would be narrow characters.
 Example Text
The following text can be pasted into a Book and Quill to produce what is shown in the picture at the top of the page:
§nMinecraft Formatting §r§00 §11 §22 §33 §44 §55 §66 §77 §88 §99 §aa §bb §cc §dd §ee §ff §r§0k §kMinecraft §rl §lMinecraft §rm §mMinecraft §rn §nMinecraft §ro §oMinecraft §rr §rMinecraft
 Use in server.properties
Formatting codes can be used in the
motd line in a server.properties file, but the section signs must be escaped as
\u00A7. If a section sign is entered directly, the server will replace it with
\u00C2\u00A7 (Â§); clients will display the \u00C2 character as a question mark. Delete the \u00C2 character in the MOTD if it comes with a bunch of question marks. This will happen if you are minecraft version 1.2.5 or below, or something is not compatible. Aside from these color characters, in 1.7+ you are able to add an extra line to your MOTD via
 Use in custom language packs
Formatting codes can also be used to colour item/achievement names/descriptions/block names by using
¬ß then any of the numbers/letters displayed above. This is also used in
credits.txt. An example of this is
¬ßbDiamond¬ßr to make the name of a diamond appear in aqua coloured text.
 Use in world names
With the use of external tools, such as NBTExplorer, world names can have custom colours and formatting codes. To modify the name, you can choose the LevelName tag in the world's level.dat. In this example, LevelName is set to:
Additionally, you can rename the world's folder to contain one of the codes. In the world selection menu, the specified colour or effect will appear.