If you want to change the color of text in chat on Minecraft, you will need to use color codes. There are two types of Minecraft color codes – vanilla color codes and Bukkit color codes. Vanilla color codes will work in single player and on vanilla Minecraft servers and differ if you are using them in chat on in your message of the day. Bukkit color codes will work on public servers such as BreakdownCraft, Hypixel, etc., and any other major server. They will also work on any server that is hosted on Bukkit or one of its forks such as Spigot, Paper, Taco, or any other Bukkit server variant. So, here are the different types of Minecraft color codes!

Spigot, Bukkit, Paper Minecraft Color Codes

Dark Red: &4
Red: &c
Gold: &6
Yellow: &e
Dark Green: &2
Green: &a
Dark Aqua: &3
Aqua: &b
Dark Blue: &1
Blue: &9
Light Purple: &d
Dark Purple: &5
White: &f
Gray: &7
Dark Gray: &8
Black: &0
Bold: &l
Italics: &o
Underline: &n
Strikethrough: &m

The above color codes will work in Bukkit servers and the forks of Bukkit for everything from chat formating, plugin messages, holograms, literally anything and everything on a Bukkit server uses these color codes. Even the message of the day on BungeeCord servers is changed with these color codes. Note that servers running Bukkit and its forks will need to use the MOTD formating below to change the colors of the message shown on the multiplayer screen when your server is added there.

Chat Color Codes for Vanilla Minecraft

Dark Red: §4
Red: §c
Gold: §6
Yellow: §e
Dark Green: §2
Green: §a
Dark Aqua: §3
Aqua: §b
Dark Blue: §1
Blue: §9
Light Purple: §d
Dark Purple: §5
White: §f
Gray: §7
Dark Gray: §8
Black: §0
Bold: §l
Italics: §o
Underline: §n
Strikethrough: §m

On a vanilla Minecraft server, which is basically just a server with no mods and not hosted on Bukkit or one of its forks, you can format chat with the above color codes. Message of The Days (MOTDs) will be formating using a different color code format which you can find below.

Message of The Day (MOTD) Minecraft Color Codes

Dark Red: \u00A74
Red: \u00A7c
Gold: \u00A76
Yellow: \u00A7e
Dark Green: \u00A72
Green: \u00A7a
Dark Aqua: \u00A73
Aqua: \u00A7b
Dark Blue: \u00A71
Blue: \u00A79
Light Purple: \u00A7d
Dark Purple: \u00A75
White: \u00A7f
Gray: \u00A77
Dark Gray: \u00A78
Black: \u00A70
Bold: \u00A7l
Italics: \u00A7o
Underline: \u00A7n
Strikethrough: \u00A7m

The above codes are only going to be used when changing the message of the day (MOTD) on a Minecraft server that is not behind a BungeeCord network. If you are on BungeeCord, you will use the Bukkit color codes.

HEX Codes Minecraft Colors

Dark Red: #AA0000
Red: #FF5555
Gold: #FFAA00
Yellow: #FFFF55
Dark Green: #00AA00
Green: #55FF55
Dark Aqua: #00AAAA
Aqua: #55FFFF
Dark Blue: #0000AA
Blue: #5555FF
Light Purple: #FF55FF
Dark Purple: #AA00AA
White: #FFFFFF
Gray: #AAAAAA
Dark Gray: #555555
Black: #000000

While you won’t be using these in Minecraft, I figured including the HEX codes for Minecraft colors could be useful to creators and designers that may not otherwise be able to find them easily.

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