Commands/tell

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tell
Aliases
Restrictions

None

First introduced

Java Edition Alpha v1.0.16_02
PE Alpha 0.16.0 (PE Alpha 0.16.0 build 1)

Sends a private message to one or more players. /msg or /w can also be used.

Syntax[edit]

  • Java Edition
tell <targets> <message>
msg <targets> <message>
w <targets> <message>
  • Bedrock Edition
tell <target: target> <message: message>
msg <target: target> <message: message>
w <target: target> <message: message>

Arguments[edit]

<targets> (BE: target: target)

Specifies the targeted player(s) to send the private message to. Must be a player name (or a target selector, but only if the user is an operator in Java Edition).
Entities other than players are not allowed.

<message>(BE: message: message)

Specifies the message to send. May include spaces as well as target selectors.

Result[edit]

Fails if the arguments are not specified correctly, if any target selectors in either argument fail to resolve to at least one online player, or if a named player is not online.

On success, only the targeted player(s) see the private message in their chat. If a multi-person target selector (e.g., @a) is used in message, the list of names is formatted as "name1 and name2" for two players, or "name1, name2, ... and namen" for n players.

Examples[edit]

  • To privately tell Steve to start the game: tell Steve Start the game!
  • To say "Hi" to all online players: msg @a Hi

History[edit]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.16_02Added /tell, /msg, and /w.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.16.0build 1Added /tell, /msg, and /w.