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[TUTORIAL] How to give items custom names [No Mods!]

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avatar mynameisjoe
Level 55 : Grandmaster Bunny
HERRRROOOO everybody! Today i will be showing you how to rename ANY Minecraft item to a custom name.
Diamond Sword
Rename to:
Badass Sword (As shown in thumbnail)

You'll need 1 program:

NBTedit: (Click Me!)

Now.. lets get started *Puts shades on*

FIRST, your gonna wanna open up a Minecraft world and put the item(s) you wanna edit into your inventory.

Then save and quit, after that open up NBTedit, in NBTedit open up your Minecraft world,
I will be opening up my Test World cause that's the inventory i wanna edit, then when your in the Minecraft save file double click on level.dat, that will be opened up then go to Data: 24 entries (in case your lost we are in NBTedit now) then scroll down till you see Player: 28 entries (or whatever number it says) then scroll down till you see Inventory: 1 entry type of TagCompound (It could say a different number, but i recommend only having 1 thing in your inventory) then open up Inventory: 1 entries type of type TagCompound go to the first item you see (4 entries) (or the one you wanna edit) then add a compound (top right hand corner) name it tag just like that with no capitals, while the compound you just made (tag) is selected, add another Compound and name it display just like that again with no capitals and while THAT'S selected add a string (next to List in top right hand corner) name that string Name just like that WITH a capital in the beginning and click on display: 1 entry again and add astring (access that by clicking on List then selecting the string option inside that) name that string Lore (the Lore option allows you to add a tag), now double click Name then type whatever you wanna name it I will be naming mines Amazing Item then select Lore and add a String (top right hand corner) and name that string whatever you want i'm going to be naming mine Amazing, then save and your finished, but don't forget to save! Just open up that minecraft world in Minecraft and put your cursor on the item you edited and it should say the name you edited in.

If this helped you a diamond would be MUCH appreciated, this took a hell of a long time to make. If you have any problems comment and i'll do my best to help you!

I do apoligize for the lack of punctuation, though i was tired when i wrote this and didn't feel like adding periods and shit xD

I can see this being VERY useful for custom maps and cool stuff like that.

How its better than using an Anvil:

Anvil renamed item:


The Anvil item can't have a lore unless you open up in NBTEdit and add one.

NBTEdit renamed item:


The NBTEdit one has a lore and the GUI is bigger :3.


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Update #1 : 10/07/2012 1:53:44 amOct 7th, 2012

Made it a little more easier to read and added more "periods and shit"

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Uh guys, if you are still around on this post, and want Lore in SP, you can use a command block:
For Example:
/give @p wool 1 14 {display:{Name:"Red Wool",Lore:[Bob]}}
Broken down:
[code]/give @p [ITEM] 1 14 {display:{Name:"[ITEMNAME]",Lore:[[LORE]]}}[/code]
  • RubyManXD
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • December 5, 2013, 7:00 am
Try MCEdit... Sethbling made a custom filter called: Modify Item Strings you can make swords in fact...
Anything really have the default name text + Lore and it has default name text and color name and lore =P
any fan of NBTEdit should try MCEit
  • Aelinexos
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • September 19, 2013, 12:31 am
how do u do it in multiplayer?
  • Curze
  • Level 25
  • Expert Engineer
  • February 1, 2015, 9:49 pm

/give <PLAYER> <ITEM> <AMOUNT> 0 name:<NAME> lore:<LORE>

/give <PLAYER> <ITEM> <AMOUNT> 0 {display:{Name:"<NAME>",Lore:["<LORE1>","<LORE2>"]}}
  • Creepis
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • October 18, 2013, 7:29 pm
In multiplayer, get the Lores plugin, and do /lore name or /lore add
  • MCE626
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Modder
  • August 5, 2013, 5:37 pm
my game crashes when i put in "Lore"....
  • MCE626
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Modder
  • August 5, 2013, 5:50 pm
Nvm, i got it
this friggin epic o º
diamond for you o ¼o ¼o ¼o ¼o ¼o ¼o ¼
I dink i wanz do dis for mai server like benja canada
I did it, it worked.
  • DrainMap
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Architect
  • June 14, 2013, 2:18 am
dosent work for me :( why? I did everything u said but didn't work D: D:
  • milodf
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Architect
  • June 11, 2013, 5:49 pm
:O i got lost at add string. could you make a video maybe? Though it was very helpful thanks.
diamond for you
  • xHAWKx
  • Level 14
  • Journeyman Pony
  • May 7, 2013, 4:55 pm
For people newer and think the original NBTEdit is a hassle with going on and off your world, I suggest using the Ingame NBTEdit mod. You can edit any item/mob/entity ingame. And best of all, NOBODY NEEDS MODS TO SEE YOUR CUSTOM THINGS! :D
Or just use an anvil.
  • mynameisjoe
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Bunny
  • April 6, 2013, 7:46 pm
-And you cant make a lore with anvils-
You can also do this with MCEdit ModifyItemStrings Filter.

Just put the Diamond Sword in the chest, then open up MCEdit (quit your current minecraft session or you can't save on MCEdit.

First choose the first tool (Select) and double click on the chest like this.

Click! Pause for 3 seconds then Click!

Then choose the fifth tool (Filter) and click where it says 'AddPotionEffects". Select ModifyItemStrings if you have it downloaded (it doesn't come with MCEdit) and there will be two typing slots.

Click the first one for the title (Badass Sword). You can change the colour if you like. Next click the second one for the Lore and type Badass. You can change the colour here too. You can make the title AND the lore (separately, like if you ticked bold on the title it would not have a bold Lore) either Bold, Strike (line through text), Underline, and Italic.

Change it all you like then choose the first tool (Select) again and press CTRL and S at the same time to save. You cannot save if you have that world open on Minecraft while you are using MCEdit.

Next hop into that world on Minecraft and it is now changed!

Hope my guide also helped you!
  • mynameisjoe
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Bunny
  • January 26, 2013, 1:18 pm
Don't be-little my post! jk xD
But really, helpful tip for those who don't feel like goin' through my long a** process
  • 3zt
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • November 9, 2012, 4:48 pm
Can you make it in steps, not one big paragraph? That would be helpful to follow.
Or you could just use the Anvil in 1.4...
  • mynameisjoe
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Bunny
  • November 10, 2012, 7:23 am
The lore man... THE LORE!
Oh yeah, I didn't read that bit. That's awesome man!
  • mynameisjoe
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Bunny
  • November 10, 2012, 11:14 pm
oh god yes thank you
i've seen gamechap do this on youtube and i had no idea how to do it XD
  • mynameisjoe
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Bunny
  • October 5, 2012, 8:38 pm
No problem :)
  • RaningBows
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • October 6, 2012, 5:01 pm
Does this work for Mac?
  • EdwardR5
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • December 22, 2012, 12:03 am
Yes it works, Make sure you have Mono if you are on a mac.

make a folder and put it onto your desktop.
Name it something like NBTedit.
Download NBTEdit.
Once it's downloaded, open it and put the folder inside the folder on your desktop.

Then Open Terminal.
Type this is:
Ls (enter)
cd desktop (enter)
Ls (enter)
cd NBTedit (enter)
Ls (enter)
cd NBTEdit (Enter)
Ls (enter)
mono nbtedit.exe.
  • mynameisjoe
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Bunny
  • October 6, 2012, 9:15 pm
Sorry, don't know, i imagine it would though. You could try.

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