How to Get a Colored Nickname in a "Minecraft" Server

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For a game rooted in creativity, Minecraft can be pretty boring when it comes to player names. However, you can add some fun with a nickname plugin. Aside from granting you the ability to nickname yourself and other players, a nickname plugin also enables you to use special codes to display your nickname in up to 16 colors, adding some personality and signature style.

  • Download and install one of the numerous Minecraft nickname plugins. This article's Resource section provides links to three popular options.

  • Access the Minecraft command prompt. Type in the appropriate command to activate the nickname feature. This command may vary depending on your specific plugin, but the typical command is "/nick".

  • Insert a space after the "/nick" command. Type "&" followed by a number between 0 and 9 or a letter from a to f. This two-character combination is the code determining the nickname's color. 

    &0 black
    &1 dark blue
    &2 green
    &3 dark aqua
    &4 dark red
    &5 purple
    &6 gold
    &7 silver
    &8 dark gray
    &9 blue

    &a green
    &b aqua
    &c red
    &d pink
    &e yellow
    &f white

  • Type your chosen nickname directly after the color code. For instance, the entire sequence should look like this: "/nick &5Nickname". This example code would show your name as "Nickname" and colored purple.

  • Press the "Return" or "Enter" button. Your Minecraft nickname should now display in the coded color.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use color codes to differentiate your nickname from other players to make in-game conversations easier to follow.
  • Color code opponents' nicknames to group them into certain categories, such as friends or rivals, to provide valuable information at a glance.
  • You can use more than one color in your nickname. Simply add a new code for each desired color. For instance, the command "/nick &5Nick&6name" would produce a two-colored nickname, with the "Nick" in purple and the "name" in gold. You can even use a different color code for each letter. The command "/nick &1N&2i&3c&4k&5n&6a&7m&8e" would produce a rainbow effect.

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