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812402
Level 34 : Artisan Pixel Puncher
Have you ever seen a server with a colored motd? I have, and I have decided to share with you how. First, open up your server.properties file. Go down to where it says
server.properties
motd=A Minecraft Server


Change "A Minecraft Server" to what you want your MOTD to be. Now choose what you want to be colored. Put one of these color codes in front of it:

Color Codes
§k Magic


I hope this helps! Remember to diamond, favorite and subscribe for more!

IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM, LINK TO A SCREENSHOT OF THE SERVER.PROPERTIES FILE AND YOUR SERVER VERSION!!!!!!!
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angry_carrot64
Level 1
New Miner
January 29, 2014, 7:22 am

Hey come check out my server its a small just starting server but were starting big. There is a Hub Prison Survival server. We have recieved over $100 from the people who did come check out out. Its jsut starting out so there is to many players on all the time. we need your help to make that happen! Seizecraft.tk

Shedsky
Level 1
New Explorer
December 7, 2013, 12:01 pm

[size=12px][color=rgb(37,37,37)]motd=/u00A7bTest/u00A7r /u00A7cExample/u00A7r like dat?[/color][/size]

Galax
Level 6
Apprentice Scribe
January 23, 2014, 10:01 pm

you need a backslash (not allowing me to input, its above enter) not a forward slash (/) ( i believe i mixed the names of those up... regardless, this is what you put.)

Shedsky
Level 1
New Explorer
December 7, 2013, 12:01 pm

ŧc Red

MrAstros
Level 1
New Miner
November 21, 2013, 1:52 am

Yo guys, try these codes.

[size=14px][color=rgb(37,37,37)][bgcolor=rgb(232,239,244)]u00A70 = Black[/bgcolor][/color][/size]
[size=14px][color=rgb(37,37,37)][bgcolor=rgb(232,239,244)]u00A71 = Dark Blue[/bgcolor][/color][/size]
[size=14px][color=rgb(37,37,37)][bgcolor=rgb(232,239,244)]u00A72 = Dark Green[/bgcolor][/color][/size]
[size=14px][color=rgb(37,37,37)][bgcolor=rgb(232,239,244)]u00A73 = Dark Cyan[/bgcolor][/color][/size]
[size=14px][color=rgb(37,37,37)][bgcolor=rgb(232,239,244)]u00A74 = Dark Red[/bgcolor][/color][/size]
[size=14px][color=rgb(37,37,37)][bgcolor=rgb(232,239,244)]u00A75 = Purple[/bgcolor][/color][/size]
[size=14px][color=rgb(37,37,37)][bgcolor=rgb(232,239,244)]u00A76 = Orange[/bgcolor][/color][/size]
[size=14px][color=rgb(37,37,37)][bgcolor=rgb(232,239,244)]u00A77 = Light Grey[/bgcolor][/color][/size]
[size=14px][color=rgb(37,37,37)][bgcolor=rgb(232,239,244)]u00A78 = Dark Grey[/bgcolor][/color][/size]
[size=14px][color=rgb(37,37,37)][bgcolor=rgb(232,239,244)]u00A79 = Lilic [/bgcolor][/color][/size]
[size=14px][color=rgb(37,37,37)][bgcolor=rgb(232,239,244)]u00A7a = Light Green[/bgcolor][/color][/size]
[size=14px][color=rgb(37,37,37)][bgcolor=rgb(232,239,244)]u00A7b = Light Cyan[/bgcolor][/color][/size]
[size=14px][color=rgb(37,37,37)][bgcolor=rgb(232,239,244)]u00A7c = Light Red[/bgcolor][/color][/size]
[size=14px][color=rgb(37,37,37)][bgcolor=rgb(232,239,244)]u00A7d = Pink[/bgcolor][/color][/size]
[size=14px][color=rgb(37,37,37)][bgcolor=rgb(232,239,244)]u00A7e = Yellow[/bgcolor][/color][/size]
[size=14px][color=rgb(37,37,37)][bgcolor=rgb(232,239,244)]u00A7f = White[/bgcolor][/color][/size]

MrSolarHD
Level 7
Apprentice Architect
December 23, 2013, 5:33 am

Thanks these color codes helped alot!

herrkrabbe
Level 5
Apprentice Skinner
November 7, 2013, 5:03 am

when i wrote §a[Craft§1Craft] it came ?§a[Craft?§1Craft]

eels11
Level 40
Master Nether Knight
September 22, 2013, 10:34 pm

how do i do the§ ?

812402
Level 34
Artisan Pixel Puncher
October 18, 2013, 9:10 pm

Press the option key and 6 at the same time. If you don't have an option key, I think the alt key might work as well.

bojanglesblack2
Level 1
New Miner
August 26, 2013, 12:14 am

So I did use /u00A7 and nothing came up. I also did it without the slash mark and it didnt work either. Like everybody else, when I do use the weird symbol, I do get the colored text but the stupid question mark is there.

MattressLord22
Level 1
New Miner
August 27, 2013, 10:40 pm

so, your issue is that you used the wrong slash, there's two kinds, the one that you used "/" which is the issue, and the other one "" the second one is the only one that should work, hope I helped!

Edit: the other slash is ""

double edit: sorry, i didnt realize that the other kind of slash cannot appear on this website, thats why it wasnt coming up in between the two quotation marks, the second slash is basically the same one you used originally but flipped around, i know that on mac its right below the delete button, and above the enter/return button, however i do not know where it is on pc. sorry for all the edits!

monkygoboom1
Level 1
New Crafter
July 17, 2013, 7:14 pm

Thanks this is cool

Rambo199187
Level 1
New Miner
June 9, 2013, 7:00 pm

This Doesnt work for mac you need he codes i am wondering how to bold it but i know the color codes Plz Help

812402
Level 34
Artisan Pixel Puncher
June 19, 2013, 7:42 pm

I use a mac and it works fine. Do option + 6 and you get: §. Tada!

WeiUberstriker
Level 5
Apprentice Hunter
April 14, 2013, 9:38 pm

@812402 and to others why are they having a question mark on the MOTD In-Game, it's because you actually use the sign §. You must use /u00A7.

Example: motd=/u00A7bTest/u00A7r /u00A7cExample/u00A7r

812402
Level 34
Artisan Pixel Puncher
April 16, 2013, 1:53 pm

Thank you for giving us this info. It actually works fine using the symbol, you just have to write it in yourself instead of copying. For mac users, it's option 6, and for those who use windows, I it is alt 6 although it may not work on all pc's.

MrCreeper20k
Level 4
Apprentice Crafter
April 15, 2013, 5:09 pm

THANKS SOOOOO MUCH!! Really helped. It was saying "?MY ?SERVER."Thanx

WeiUberstriker
Level 5
Apprentice Hunter
April 16, 2013, 9:54 pm

I got a mistake too. @812402, replace all / with
I didn't noticed that I put the wrong slash :P

WeiUberstriker
Level 5
Apprentice Hunter
April 14, 2013, 9:41 pm

Edit: Also, if you want to change colors to the next text, all you need to do is to add /u00A7r *this means restart* after the first text.

[size=12px][color=rgb(37,37,37)]Example: motd=/u00A7bTest/u00A7r /u00A7cExample/u00A7r[/color][/size]

Ubbubb99
Level 5
Apprentice Modder
April 7, 2013, 10:54 am

how do you get that sign

Ubbubb99
Level 5
Apprentice Modder
April 7, 2013, 10:54 am

Than you this helped so much. N[size=small]ow my server will look interesting[/size][size=small].[/size]

oliverpt
Level 1
New Miner
March 24, 2013, 3:45 am

Why is there a question mark?

oliverpt
Level 1
New Miner
March 23, 2013, 7:40 am

Its alt 6!

oliverpt
Level 1
New Miner
March 23, 2013, 7:30 am

I have a Macbook and have NEVER seen that sign? What sign is that?

812402
Level 34
Artisan Pixel Puncher
April 2, 2013, 8:39 am

do option 6.

oliverpt
Level 1
New Miner
March 23, 2013, 7:19 am

What sign is that? [shift] 7?

scottipod2000
Level 1
New Miner
March 5, 2013, 8:39 am

Actually, you type u00A47 before the number instead of §

Legendary Sparky
Level 2
Apprentice Miner
May 18, 2013, 8:26 pm

If you type §lExample and save when u come back, it will automatically Change to u00A7lExample
Motd:
Example

P.S. There is no 4 in u00A7.

P.P.S. WTF is there random A's showing in my texts?

Prince-Kawaii
Level 1
New Network
January 20, 2013, 5:18 pm

I keep getting a "?" In front of my motd

ChaoticLazor
Level 14
Journeyman Artist
February 7, 2013, 8:40 pm

I do too! Do you know any fixes yet? I am in 1.4.6 CraftBukkit

Prince-Kawaii
Level 1
New Network
February 8, 2013, 4:32 am

Yeah. Not sure about bukkit, but open up server.properties. Find motd (make sure the surver already used the motd)
Then you should see something close to "ua63/ua268/TEXT HERE"
The first part is the HTML code for "?". Delete that first code leaving only "/ua268" thats the color code. (These numbers will
Be different. Depending on the colors) then save and restart the server. Do that every time everytime before a color code. Just kinda experiment with it. If you need more help tell me. :)

little_dude187
Level 3
Apprentice Architect
December 30, 2012, 2:46 pm

I need ur help. when I try to do the [size=10pt]§2 then [size=10pt]§kd (the kd is the crazy moving letters) and it brings up 2 ?. Idk help me plz. thx[/size][/size]

Prince-Kawaii
Level 1
New Network
February 8, 2013, 4:37 am

If your using it for a motd, look at the comment above.
§k (text here) would make the text.

Firecraft_
Level 1
New Miner
December 22, 2012, 6:06 am

à §6>>à §4 Firecraft à §6<< à §2Join Now!

It changes colors but stills there are random '?'

I have Minecraft Bukkit 1.4.6

Prince-Kawaii
Level 1
New Network
February 8, 2013, 4:37 am

Yeah. Not sure about bukkit, but open up server.properties. Find motd (make sure the surver already used the motd)
Then you should see something close to "ua63/ua268/TEXT HERE"
The first part is the HTML code for "?". Delete that first code leaving only "/ua268" thats the color code. (These numbers will
Be different. Depending on the colors) then save and restart the server. Do that every time everytime before a color code. Just kinda experiment with it. If you need more help tell me. :)

812402
Level 34
Artisan Pixel Puncher
December 22, 2012, 7:29 am

Give me a list of your plugins

Firecraft_
Level 1
New Miner
December 22, 2012, 10:55 am

GroupManager NoCheatPlus WorldEdit
CoreProtect Permissions mcbans Vault LWC WorldGuard
Essentials CommandSigns EssentialsProtect EssentialsSpawn ChestShop
EssentialsChat Factions

812402
Level 34
Artisan Pixel Puncher
December 24, 2012, 3:56 pm

I'm guessing one of those alters the MOTD. Most likely essentials. Give them a message about it.

epicbeast99
Level 4
Apprentice Architect
December 15, 2012, 8:31 am

Does this work on vanilla servers? When I do it, it has a question mark before it

Prince-Kawaii
Level 1
New Network
February 8, 2013, 4:39 am

I use this for my vinilla server. open up server.properties. Find motd (make sure the surver already used the motd)
Then you should see something close to "ua63/ua268/TEXT HERE"
The first part is the HTML code for "?". Delete that first code leaving only "/ua268" thats the color code. (These numbers will
Be different. Depending on the colors) then save and restart the server. Do that every time everytime before a color code. Just kinda experiment with it. If you need more help tell me. :)

Jcool73
Level 33
Artisan Bunny
December 20, 2012, 9:21 am

yes

812402
Level 34
Artisan Pixel Puncher
December 15, 2012, 11:38 am

It does. Please post a screenshot of both your server.properties file and your server in the multiplayer server list.

macissad
Level 1
New Miner
December 15, 2012, 6:21 am

Um I tried &3 and [color=rgb(153,0,0)]§3 but neither work D: Here Is a copy Of the file:[/color]

#Minecraft server properties
#Thu Dec 13 21:37:46 EST 2012
generator-settings=
allow-nether=true
level-name=world
enable-query=false
allow-flight=false
server-port=25565
level-type=DEFAULT
enable-rcon=false
level-seed=
server-ip=
max-build-height=256
spawn-npcs=true
white-list=false
spawn-animals=true
snooper-enabled=true
hardcore=false
texture-pack=
online-mode=true
server-id=unnamed
pvp=true
difficulty=1
server-name=Unknown Server
gamemode=0
max-players=20
spawn-monsters=true
generate-structures=true
view-distance=10
spawn-protection=2000
motd=~Nitrogen Craft~

Chase88
Level 1
New Miner
December 15, 2012, 4:27 am

it is good but it dosent work i do this color code in front of it and it looks like this ???? [size=10pt][color=rgb(0,0,153)]§1

[/color][/size]

812402
Level 34
Artisan Pixel Puncher
December 15, 2012, 11:38 am

Try refreshing it a bit, if that doesn't work, I need a screenshot of the server.properties file and your server in the server list where you see the motd.

spyperson
Level 16
Journeyman Pokemon
December 7, 2012, 1:07 pm

It just shows up all white...

here's the properties file.

812402
Level 34
Artisan Pixel Puncher
December 15, 2012, 11:40 am

There is some weird glitch I found. You have to paste the weird [color=rgb(153,0,0)]§ twice.[/color]

little_dude187
Level 3
Apprentice Architect
December 30, 2012, 3:06 pm

wat do u mean by twice with the [size=10pt]§ I don't understand wat do I type I want to do this [/size]



[size=10pt][size=10pt][size=10pt][size=10pt]§2[size=10pt]§kd[size=10pt]§4---PvP Extreme---[size=10pt]§2[size=10pt]§kd that's what I want soz plz help me thx![/size][/size][/size][/size][/size][/size][/size][/size]

RaNdOmEr2691000
Level 8
Apprentice Dragon
November 27, 2012, 4:41 am

doesent work! just comes up with &4R&6andom&4C&5raft&f-&4S&berver

812402
Level 34
Artisan Pixel Puncher
December 15, 2012, 11:41 am

[size=12px][color=rgb(37,37,37)]Try refreshing it a bit, if that doesn't work, I need a screenshot of the server.properties file and your server in the server list where you see the motd. [/color][/size]

RaNdOmEr2691000
Level 8
Apprentice Dragon
December 16, 2012, 4:33 am

Haha thank you i realised for the MOTD you DO NOT use the & you HAVE to use the [size=10pt][color=rgb(0,0,153)]§ sign:)
[/color][/size]

sniddunc
Level 33
Artisan Engineer
November 24, 2012, 4:01 am

Ah. The u00A7 is one way.
What you want to do is type: u00A7@

Replace @ with a color code! For example:
u00A7eColored Motd!

That will appear yellow.

1 Dark Blue
2 Dark Green
3 Teal
4 Dark red
5 Dark Purple
6 Gold
7 Light Gray
8 Dark Gray
a Light Green
b Super Light Blue
c Light Red
d Light Purple
e Yellow
f White
There more. Search it up!
Good luck.

812402
Level 34
Artisan Pixel Puncher
November 25, 2012, 7:43 am

If you use my way, it just changes to that after you reload the server, so technically, my way is just a shortcut to yours. :)

Allztar
Level 9
Apprentice Miner
October 31, 2012, 10:53 am

My server motd has question marks after the colored words

812402
Level 34
Artisan Pixel Puncher
October 31, 2012, 12:43 pm

I need a screenshot of the motd and your server.properties.

SkiddlyBum
Level 17
Journeyman Engineer
October 28, 2012, 2:00 pm

Mine doesnt work at all it just has ??? space for the people in my server is has ???

Server.properties= motd=§4LavaRush/! SurvivalGames Build

Does the bukkit have to be 1.4.2? Please help :) Thanks

FrostPaint
Level 1
New Crafter
October 28, 2012, 10:38 pm

skiddlybum your mc server has to be 1.4.2 and do it like this
motd= [color=rgb(34,34,34)]§dWelcome to Example[/color]
[color=rgb(34,34,34)]d is for pink its just a example but the other colors are up in the top post[/color]
[color=rgb(34,34,34)]hope it help's :D[/color]

812402
Level 34
Artisan Pixel Puncher
October 29, 2012, 12:25 pm

Thanks for clearing this up :)

FrostPaint
Level 1
New Crafter
October 29, 2012, 7:35 pm

np dude

SkiddlyBum
Level 17
Journeyman Engineer
November 1, 2012, 11:17 am

Thank you :D

FrostPaint
Level 1
New Crafter
October 28, 2012, 12:29 pm

Hey dude, sorry to bother you but When i don this it work's fine but there is a "?" but there is a "?" before my MOTD,
Also this really helped me great post :D
But try to get back to me on that "?" thingy
http://gyazo.com/5faba368bebe545f5d23f754eb0a3265

sniddunc
Level 33
Artisan Engineer
November 24, 2012, 4:01 am

Ah. The u00A7 is one way.
What you want to do is type: u00A7@

Replace @ with a color code! For example:
u00A7eColored Motd!

That will appear yellow.

1 Dark Blue
2 Dark Green
3 Teal
4 Dark red
5 Dark Purple
6 Gold
7 Light Gray
8 Dark Gray
a Light Green
b Super Light Blue
c Light Red
d Light Purple
e Yellow
f White
There more. Search it up!
Good luck.

wrongh
Level 30
Artisan Taco
November 3, 2012, 11:33 am

same

dmb1107
Level 8
Apprentice Engineer
October 31, 2012, 6:22 am

Happens for me too.

coco7798
Level 5
Apprentice Miner
October 30, 2012, 2:23 pm

SAME!

neroxxis
Level 2
Apprentice Cake
October 28, 2012, 12:17 pm

Thx dude wow i have been looking so hard :D

812402
Level 34
Artisan Pixel Puncher
October 29, 2012, 12:24 pm

Glad to help. =)

Ms_KinkyGirl
Level 1
New Crafter
October 28, 2012, 10:30 am

When i do it, it has a ? before the words i put color on.... Help please?

812402
Level 34
Artisan Pixel Puncher
October 29, 2012, 12:25 pm

What version is your server on?

teracraft
Level 1
New Engineer
October 28, 2012, 11:17 am

same problem

Ph023
Level 26
Expert Pixel Painter
October 27, 2012, 11:58 pm

it works on vanilla though but i can't seem it to work on bukkit

Ph023
Level 26
Expert Pixel Painter
October 27, 2012, 11:58 pm

deosnt work it just goes ??? and in the server it say: u00A7e and i whant a colored motd so plaese help

sniddunc
Level 33
Artisan Engineer
November 24, 2012, 4:00 am

Ah. The u00A7 is one way.
What you want to do is type: u00A7@

Replace @ with a color code! For example:
u00A7eColored Motd!

That will appear yellow.

1 Dark Blue
2 Dark Green
3 Teal
4 Dark red
5 Dark Purple
6 Gold
7 Light Gray
8 Dark Gray
a Light Green
b Super Light Blue
c Light Red
d Light Purple
e Yellow
f White
There more. Search it up!
Good luck.

812402
Level 34
Artisan Pixel Puncher
October 29, 2012, 12:27 pm

Read what FrostPaint posted.

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