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First introduced

Beta 1.8 (Pre-release)
PE Alpha 0.16.0 (PE Alpha 0.16.0 build 1)

Sets a player's game mode.

  • Java Edition
gamemode <mode> [player]
  • Bedrock Edition
gamemode <gameMode: GameMode> [player: target]
An alternate syntax allows player to enter game mode by its number:
gamemode <gameMode: int> [player: target]
mode (BE: gameMode: GameMode or gameMode: int)
Must be one of:
"hardcore" is not a valid option for the mode argument, as it is technically not a game mode.
player (BE: player: target) (optional)
If specified, must be either a player's username or a target selector. If unspecified, defaults to the player using the command. When used in a command block, player is not optional.
Fails if the arguments are not specified correctly, or if player fails to resolve to one or more online players.
If successful, changes the game mode of the default or specified players.
To put yourself into creative mode: gamemode creative, or gamemode c/gamemode 1[Bedrock Edition only]
To put all players into survival mode: gamemode survival @a

See also[edit]

  • /defaultgamemode – sets the initial game mode for players joining the world.


Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseAdded /gamemode player mode. The command requires a player and numeric gamemode.
Java Edition
1.3.112w16a/gamemode is now usable in singleplayer.
Syntax changed to /gamemode mode player, where player is now optional (defaulting to the sender) and mode can be a number, or survival/creative/s/c.
12w30a/gamemode 3 changed to /gamemode 0 (survival mode).
1.814w05aAdded spectator to /gamemode.
1.915w43a/gamemode now displays in the chat the gamemode the player switches to.
16w02aThe m selector now accepts the standard literal gamemode values and abbreviations, such as a and adventure, and these may be negated as well.
1.1317w45aRemoved abbreviated forms and numeric IDs.[verify]
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.16.0build 1Added /gamemode.
Functionality is almost equivalent to Java Edition 1.10 usage, except /gamemode can only use Creative and Survival modes.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha adventure to /gamemode.