I have been recently searching for a way to change a player's name color in version 1.12 (above the player, in scoreboards and in chat), and I have found many answers on forums offering to use a /nick command, but that is available only when using a mod.

I have heard that this is possible with the /scoreboard command, but I haven't figured out how.

Is there any way to change the color of a player's name in Vanilla Minecraft version 1.12?

  • minecraft.gamepedia.com/scoreboard, press Ctrl+F and type "team". Jan 9, 2018 at 17:41

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Not sure if this still works but yes, you're right. Using /scoreboard teams add {{YOUR TEAM NAME}} & then /scoreboard teams option {{YOUR TEAM NAME}} color {{COLOR}} should turn your name to your chosen color.

If you're having trouble finding exact color names, I've grabbed a quick list of them from the minecraft wiki.

List of colors


By the way, the only place you would use /nick would be in a server that has the plugin.

  • Is there an option to use RGB or other color schemes to further specify the color used, instead of using prefixed color names?
    – user143228
    Jan 9, 2018 at 19:15
  • @user3.14159265359 Not that i know of, but i'm sure there's a mod for it.
    – Zelo101
    Jan 9, 2018 at 19:34
  • Well, RIP custom name colors on my Realms then... :-)
    – user143228
    Jan 9, 2018 at 19:37

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