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812402
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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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  • 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 11
  • Journeyman 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 5
  • Apprentice Architect
  • December 23, 2013, 5:33 am
Thanks these color codes helped alot!
  • herrkrabbe
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Skinner
  • November 7, 2013, 5:03 am
when i wrote §a[Craft§1Craft] it came ?§a[Craft?§1Craft]
  • eels11
  • Level 42
  • Master Nether Knight
  • September 22, 2013, 10:34 pm
how do i do the§ ?
  • 812402
  • Level 36
  • 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.
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.
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!
  • Weschke55
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 23, 2014, 6:39 am
Needs a back slash for \u00A7
Thanks this is cool
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 36
  • Artisan Pixel Puncher
  • June 19, 2013, 7:42 pm
I use a mac and it works fine. Do option + 6 and you get: §. Tada!
@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 36
  • 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 6
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • April 15, 2013, 5:09 pm
THANKS SOOOOO MUCH!! Really helped. It was saying "?MY ?SERVER."Thanx
I got a mistake too. @812402, replace all / with
I didn't noticed that I put the wrong slash :P
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 4
  • Apprentice Modder
  • April 7, 2013, 10:54 am
how do you get that sign
  • Ubbubb99
  • Level 4
  • 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 36
  • 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?
Actually, you type u00A47 before the number instead of §
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?
I keep getting a "?" In front of my motd
  • ChaoticLazor
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Artist
  • February 7, 2013, 8:40 pm
I do too! Do you know any fixes yet? I am in 1.4.6 CraftBukkit
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. :)
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]
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
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 36
  • 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 36
  • 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 5
  • 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
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 1
  • New Network
  • December 20, 2012, 9:21 am
yes
  • 812402
  • Level 36
  • 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 36
  • 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 1
  • New Network
  • December 7, 2012, 1:07 pm
It just shows up all white...

here's the properties file.
  • 812402
  • Level 36
  • 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]
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]
doesent work! just comes up with &4R&6andom&4C&5raft&f-&4S&berver
  • 812402
  • Level 36
  • 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]
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 34
  • Artisan Modder
  • 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 36
  • 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 36
  • Artisan Pixel Puncher
  • October 31, 2012, 12:43 pm
I need a screenshot of the motd and your server.properties.
  • SkiddlyBum
  • Level 19
  • 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 36
  • 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 19
  • 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 34
  • Artisan Modder
  • 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 33
  • 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 6
  • Apprentice Miner
  • October 30, 2012, 2:23 pm
SAME!
  • neroxxis
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Cake
  • October 28, 2012, 12:17 pm
Thx dude wow i have been looking so hard :D
  • 812402
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Pixel Puncher
  • October 29, 2012, 12:24 pm
Glad to help. =)
When i do it, it has a ? before the words i put color on.... Help please?
  • 812402
  • Level 36
  • 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 28
  • 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 28
  • 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 34
  • Artisan Modder
  • 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 36
  • Artisan Pixel Puncher
  • October 29, 2012, 12:27 pm
Read what FrostPaint posted.

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