Is it possible for me to check what difficulty level is current set to on a vanilla (or almost vanilla) minecraft server?

I do have my own server, and I know I can simply check the server.properties file and restart the server, but is there a way any other players (standard players or OPs) can check the current setting being used on a server?

For example, say another OP changes the difficulty with the /difficulty command, how can I easily check this? I know I could search through the console output, but this isn't too easy with the server that I rent, and could other players determine the current difficulty setting without having to guess based upon gameplay?

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Sadly, there isn't a way to check without the use of external plugins.

  • Of course in @Bryan's scenario, he could just make a habit of overwriting it with (what he has set as) default each time he logs in.
    – Robotnik
    Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 1:54

let yourself starve. If you can't starve then it's peaceful. If u remain with 10 hearts (health doesn't drain when starving), it's easy. If you get taken down to 1/2 heart then it's normal. If you die then it's hard.

  • Just to clarify, in Easy, your health gets drained down to 10 health points, which is 5 full hearts.
    – Thierry J
    Commented Mar 2, 2022 at 6:05

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