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How to make scoreboards - A Minecraft Tutorial!

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TheBoo
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
Introduction


Hello everyone, and welcome to a new tutorial by me, TheBoo. Today I will be showing you guys how to use the /scoreboard command added in 1.5. Now what is that feature really about? Well, using it you can create various scoreboards at your screen to display various info about yourself. Now on with the tutorial!

Basic Scoreboards



There are many different scoreboards added into the game. The first part of this tutorial is to explain the very basics, the kill count and the health count.
Kills scoreboard:

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That'll give us a nice scoreboard for how many kills you have,including mob kills. The sidebar word is what is called the Slot variable. There are3 different slots: sidebar, list and belowname. More on that later. The objective we entered, totalKillCount, is called theCriteria.

Note: The scoreboards won't display anything if you haven't killed any mobs yet.

Alternate version:
If you are a PVP-er, and you want toremove your mob kill countand justdisplay the player killcount, writeplayerKillCountinstead of totalKillCount.

Displaying a objective next to your name



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NOTE: Belowname has changed from "belowname" to "belowName".

See? That wasn't hard. Let's go over some advanced things.

Team Scoreboards



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See? That wasn't too hard.


Configuarating your team


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Ways of using teams



There are many, many ways of utilizing the scoreboards function. To name a few, you can user it for PVP teams or even use it for server ranks. Yes, with the scoreboards function, every member will have a shared colored nametag, if you configurate it that way. If you use the scoreboards function correctly, you can set up a vanilla staff rankon your server with a nametag of a specific color for that rank.

Using the lists slot



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List of Criterias to display in a scoreboard



There are many criterias to display in a scoreboard. I will go over the most common ones. The ID tag is the id used in the command.
- Dummy: ID = "dummy". The value of this objective is only changed by commands, see the Minecraft Wiki for more info.
- Deaths: ID = "deathCount". Displays how many times you've died.
- Player kills: ID = "playerKillCount". Displays how many times you've killed a player.
- Total Kills: ID = "totalKillCount". Displays how many times you've killed a living entity, mob or player.
- Health: ID = "health". Displays your current health.

Using the new compound criterias


In 1.7 compound criterias were added. These can be modified to result in a over 100 combinations. A compound criteria may look like this:

achievement.acquireIron
stat.jump
stat.useItem.1
stat.useItem.minecraft.stone
stat.killEntity.Skeleton

That should give you a basic view of how it may looj like. Every time one of those actions are performed, such as the case of the last one, killing a skeleton, the score of that criteria is increased by one.

Below is a simplified table of criterias that may be used, for a more advanced table, head over to Minecraft Wiki.

Criteria Base
(description if necessary)
Sub CriteriaExample
achievement
(Score is increased by one the number of times a player has met the requirement of an achievement)
All aviable achievments, for example "acquireIron", "buildFurnace" and "buildHoe". Head over to minecraft wiki for more detail.achievment.buildHoe
stat.craftItemAll available item ids, such as "1", "212" etc. You may also use the item name, if you prefix it with "minecraft.", such as "minecraft.stone" and "minecraft.glass". You may only use craftable items in here.stat.craftItem.minecraft.stone_hoe
stat.usetItemAll available item ids, such as "1", "212" etc. You may also use the item name, if you prefix it with "minecraft.", such as "minecraft.stone" and "minecraft.glass". stat.useItem.minecraft.glass
stat.breakItem
(Score is increased by one when item durability reaches 0)
All available items that have durability, such as "279" and "398". You may also use the item name, if you prefix it with "minecraft.", such as "minecraft.bow" and "minecraft.chainmail_helmet".stat.breakItem.minecraft.diamond_pickaxe
stat.mineBlockMost available block ids, such as "1" and "3". You may also use the item name, if you prefix it with "minecraft.", such as "minecraft.stone" and "minecraft.glass". You may only use craftable items in here.stat.mineBlock.gold_block
stat.killEntityAll available entities, such as "Skeleton" and "Spider".stat.killEntity.Bat
stat.entityKilledByAll available entities, such as "Skeleton" and "Spider".stat.entityKilledBy.Zombie
teamkill
(Score is increased by one every time a player kills a member of a team with the specified color)
All valid team colors, such as "black" and "dark_blue".teamkill.black
killedByTeam
(Score is increased by one every time a player gets killed by a member of a team with the specified color)
All valid team colors, such as "black" and "dark_blue".killedByTeam.dark_blue


Using teams with Command Blocks




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Advanced Tutorials


The previous ones were too easy? Well, there is lots of more to scoreboards that first meet the eye. Here is some more stuff you can do.

Further use of command blocks



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Conclusion:


In this blog I've teached you how to make your own scoreboards. Please note that I covered some of the features, the full list is available here. This blog took quite a while to make, with all the screenshots and stuff, so I would reallyappreciate a diamond, or even a subscribtion.

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Tags:Tutorial, Scoreboards, Theboo, Tut, Scoreboard, Score, Board, Minecraft 15, Basic, Kills, Variables, Teams, Planet Minecraft, Die, Bye, Server, Vanilla Ranks
Credit:Minecraft Wiki

Update #5 : 06/24/2014 1:09:28 pm6/24/14

New part on how to use the compound criterias added in 1.7, as requested by many users.

Update #4 : 08/10/2013 1:52:25 pm8/10/13

Added a new tutorial on how to use the testfor command in command blocks, as requested by many users.

Update #3 : 06/24/2013 1:18:56 pm6/24/13

Added tutorial on how to use scoreboards in command blocks, as well as added a demonstration video of the finished product.

Update #2 : 03/24/2013 1:04:39 pm3/24/13

Updated with section on how to use the lists slot.

Update #1 : 03/24/2013 6:52:52 am3/24/13

Added configurating your team section.

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  • Cman5103
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • December 1, 2014, 1:13 pm
hi im making a mini game and i have a few things i want to do with scoreboard, most have been solved with this, but one still remains. Question: is it possible for you to have a command block that outputs a signal (using testfor) to another command block which turrns that player into gamemode:spectator when a player dies 5 times. this has to work with any number of players on a minimum of 2 teams to a maximum of  8 teams
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  • Too_Tiny_Man
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • November 22, 2014, 4:06 pm
This is for a shop system using player kills.
How do I use a testfor command that when a button is pushed, it'll test for a certain number of kills, and if it's ten for example, it will output a redstone current?
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Alright, I had to ask... couldn't find what I was looking for, so how do you show the team scoreboard? I'm super confused!
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  • TheBoo
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
  • November 7, 2014, 7:52 am
It shows up when it has changed for the first time, for example you get a kill.
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  • HunterPro145
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Geek
  • November 5, 2014, 1:43 pm
How do you add something that makes it so that if a player is on BlueTeam it shows BlueTeam above their name?
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  • RSpudieD
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Architect
  • October 18, 2014, 5:51 pm
thank you!
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  • ToDaMaxBro
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 29, 2014, 7:45 am
it didnt work for me
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  • ToDaMaxBro
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 29, 2014, 7:49 am
nnever mind i just didnt kill anything yet. It worked.
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  • Krutonius
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 14, 2014, 7:08 am
If I enter these commands in as server op do the scoreboards show for everyone on the server?
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  • TheBoo
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
  • August 14, 2014, 9:31 am
Yes
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  • CIA7
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 5, 2014, 12:26 am
I did both commands to set up health above everyones head. Can you tell me the commands again?
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how do you use a friendlyfire on random players to stop them from killing each other within a radius area and start pvping after passing thru the non pvp radius area on a command block.
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i was playing a game with my sis and i accidently gave my self a point is the a way to eraase the point
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  • TheBoo
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
  • July 25, 2014, 1:34 pm
Instead of add, type remove in the command.
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  • Best Feeling
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Architect
  • July 20, 2014, 6:26 am
wow!!! nice XD
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  • PltniumDrgon
  • Level 43
  • Master Slime Tamer
  • July 18, 2014, 12:58 pm
I love this tutuorial, I come back again and again
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how do you give everyone on one team a certain amount of points (without typing everyones name in a command block) (i.e. everyone on team Blue gets 10 points)
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  • Migupoika
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Architect
  • July 13, 2014, 12:09 pm
Thanks! It was super helpful :)
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  • PMabbz
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 27, 2014, 3:40 pm
Hi. I want to set a server scoreboard in which each player kill adds a point and each death from a player removes a point. How do I do that please help
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  • TheBoo
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
  • June 28, 2014, 11:08 am
You have to do some kind of contraption with command block. I've written a tutorial that's taken me ours of my time, it's time for you to figure it out by yourself, I cannot do everything for you.
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im really lazy, how do i reset a scoreboard?
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  • DeJay6424
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Modder
  • June 25, 2014, 3:39 pm
/scoreboard players reset
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This was really helpful in making the scoreboard on a server that I'm working on, but is it possible to make personal scoreboards for each player that comes on? 'Cause when I add points to other players, everyone can see it then.
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  • TheBoo
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
  • June 12, 2014, 11:10 pm
Thank you! Not possible if I've undestood everything right, sorry.
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  • Jnaejnae
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Artist
  • June 7, 2014, 4:10 pm
Im making a minigame and I would like to know the format for a "testfor" that once I get 10 kills the comparator sends a signal.
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  • Jnaejnae
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Artist
  • June 7, 2014, 4:11 pm
nvm mind I figured that part out. Thanks for the help with the other commands though :)
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How do you make a kill count and death count in the same list on the sidebar?
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  • TheBoo
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
  • May 10, 2014, 5:59 am
you cannot.
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shame, are you able to put them in a different slot, like Kill count in the sidebar and Death Count in the list?
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  • TheBoo
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
  • May 10, 2014, 7:47 am
That is possible. It's also possible to make a rig of command blocks that shifts between showing kills, deaths, diamonds mined etc. but it's complicated, and I cannot explain how because I've only seen it in action, not how it actually works.
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Awesome, currently have a survival world that shows my K/D now :D thanks man!
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  • _TheKoal
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Dragon
  • May 8, 2014, 3:00 pm
You deserve a Heart, a Diamond and a new Subscriber !
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  • TheBoo
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
  • May 8, 2014, 9:48 pm
Thank you :)
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  • _TheKoal
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Dragon
  • May 8, 2014, 2:59 pm
wow thanks now i can make minigames ! :D
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is it possible to set a deathcount for each world you have?
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  • TheBoo
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
  • April 30, 2014, 12:29 pm
Not sure what you mean there...
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if you run a server with multiple worlds, is it possible to give each world a different deathcount counter?
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  • TheBoo
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
  • May 1, 2014, 3:54 am
Yes, I think that's possible, because the scoreboard.dat file is located in the world folder, so it'll separate from world to world.
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  • legoboyz3
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 7, 2014, 2:14 pm
I have a bukkit server with multiverse and I created a scoreboard in one world, but it appered in all of the worlds. I looked into it and the scoreboard.dat only appered in the main spawn world, although it shows it in every one. Do you know any way around this, so it will be seperate for every world?
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  • Ender_Foo
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • April 18, 2014, 12:10 pm
i set this all up on my server thanks to this! Diamond to you.
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How do you type like "Minecrafty"?
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  • Jenthura
  • Level 27
  • Expert Artist
  • April 27, 2014, 3:28 pm
You'll need the Minecraft font. You can download it here.
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thx 👍
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  • MCTristan101
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • April 10, 2014, 10:50 am
This was so epic!! I did this on my Minecraft realm!! Thank you!! :)
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  • winterpaw
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • April 10, 2014, 9:33 am
THANKS A WHOLE LOT. this will be great for my COD2 Nuketown zombie's map. 1 question can i change how many points i get from kills.
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  • TheBoo
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
  • April 10, 2014, 9:23 pm
You're welcome!! I don't think so, unless you know a lot about command blocks, because I don't know if you can utilize them somehow.
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  • Smuggufo
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Warrior
  • April 8, 2014, 4:15 pm
Hi I was wondering how I could make a sidebar scoreboard for only yourself. When other players join it shows everyones health not just your own.
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  • legoboyz3
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 7, 2014, 2:16 pm
If you make a sidebar scoreboard with the health, it will appear for everyone and will show everyone's health. You can't make it different just for yourself.
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  • TheBoo
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
  • April 8, 2014, 9:37 pm
Not possible!
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  • Jenthura
  • Level 27
  • Expert Artist
  • April 27, 2014, 3:28 pm
...in this version of Minecraft.
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  • bobbyjr45
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • April 3, 2014, 6:33 pm
How do you make a score board for let's say the amount of items you've mined, like iron, gold, diamond ect.?
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  • TheBoo
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
  • April 3, 2014, 11:05 pm
I am yet to write a guide for that, check the minecraft wiki until. It can take a while, I'm not that dedicated to it.
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  • llywelyn
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • March 29, 2014, 7:35 am
Thanks
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Also, is there a way to subtract from the objectives, for like a currency thing? Like, you push a button, it gives you an iron sword and takes away 10 points. Something like that.
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  • TheBoo
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
  • March 28, 2014, 11:13 pm
Instead of typing add, type remove instead. The minecraft in-game help clarifies this very well, just tab through all the available commands.
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Thank you!
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Great tutorial, but the dropper curcuit did not work for me :(
Not that I blame you!
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  • TheBoo
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
  • March 23, 2014, 8:07 am
Hm, yes, it's a bit tricky. Could also be that my tutorial is outdated, but there are many things that can go wrong in that build.
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  • paz_2000
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Pokemon
  • March 1, 2014, 12:54 pm
This realy helped! Thankyou so much :D
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  • Maddarkzen
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • February 23, 2014, 9:34 am
Is there a way to make a reset for the score board for anyone playing without having to go person to person and remove the exact number they have?
btw, great tutorial.
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  • TheBoo
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
  • February 23, 2014, 9:57 pm
Not that I can think of right now, but you could automate it with command blocks.
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How do u give diamonds to awesome blogs like yours? Is there a thing I'm supposed to click?
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  • TheBoo
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
  • February 19, 2014, 8:41 pm
Hehe, there is a grey diamond button with a counter below it next to the title.
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This is perfect for my future pvz map! Thanks a lot!
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  • danieland12
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Artist
  • February 7, 2014, 12:18 am
Cool! I use It!
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  • Cenastor1
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Dragon
  • February 3, 2014, 11:33 am
i was you 300th diamond congrats this helps alot :)
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  • eliasstyle
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Dragonborn
  • January 21, 2014, 6:29 am
how to delete your scoreboard?
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  • FiskFille
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Modder
  • February 6, 2014, 11:00 am
I/scoreboard objectives remove *name*
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  • NightMoon
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • January 8, 2014, 3:54 am
How do you display the team below your name?
thanks, this is very useful!
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can you please tell me how to remove the kills sidebar scoreboard? Thanks!
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  • lualdu
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • January 3, 2014, 7:48 pm
You do the same thing you did to add it but replace add with "remove" and don't type the criteria
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o my gosh! thanks!! you have helped me spruce up my server! Many, MANY thanks! diamond and subscribe to you!
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256 diamond :P
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