Tab Deco

This project is abandoned and its default file will likely not work with the most recent version of Minecraft. Whether this project is out of date or its author has marked it as abandoned, this project is no longer maintained.

TabDeco v1.1.0

I have decided to discontinue this plugin due to some reasons. But many developers requested the source, and as promised, you can find the source here: This means that everyone is allowed to update the plugin and hopefully you'll find someone else that continues this plugin. If you decide to continue and update the plugin, please send me a PM so I can add a link to it on this post, thanks!

The latest download of the plugin (R: TabDeco v1.1.0 for CB 1.5.2-R0.1 Jun 07, 2013) still works for Minecraft 1.6.x!

This plugin allows you to add various information/decoration to the player list. There are multiple options to decorate your menu. The menu can be edited in the config file of the plugin. TabDeco also offers a really easy to use API! It allows you to add new settings that then can be used in the configuration and new sorting systems. The only thing you have to do is to write a class that contains the sorting method/a method that returns the text for the slot.


  • UTF-8 Symbol support
  • Ingame updating of text (Could be used for time & date)
  • World specific player list
  • Sorted player list (by time on server, KDR, world name and much more)
  • Detailed player information by adding more than 1 slot per player

How to install the plugin

  • Download the plugin
  • Drag & Drop the plugin in your plugins folder
  • Start your server
  • Edit the created config.yml file of the plugin
  • Restart your server (Important: Do not just reload)

How to configure the plugin

  • Important: Size of the list doesn't matter at all. You can also set it up with only one column!
  • Adding a new line starting with "-" adds a new object to the player list.
  • Do not use space in front of the "-". Use tab instead
  • Use the prefix "&" for color codes
  • Use "#" at the start of a line to add a comment to the config
  • Add "[@]" after the "-" to mark a line as "to be updated"
  • Add "[@]" after "[nextslot]" to mark the following text as "to be updated". "[nextslot]" Can only be used for a custom player layout

The configuration explains all the functions.

  • Don't use any words longer than 16, otherwise they will be shortened

If you want further explanation, watch this amazing video by VariationVault

Tutorial by VariationVault


  • /td debug - Enables debug mode. Shows useful information in the server log.


A little example of what you can do with it. Would be really useful for any PvP Server:

PvP List

(Remember, it doesn't matter how many slots you have. This plugin works for every number of slots, you just won't have as much space and the configuration might look different)


  • Ping function
  • Graphical xp bar
  • Different configurations for worlds

Known Bugs

  • Possibly conflicts with plugins using the packet "Packet201PlayerInfo"
  • Conflicts with plugins using TabAPI
  • Currently not compatible with every plugin that uses player.setPlayerListName(name); Will be fixed in the next version

Reporting a bug

Please do not post any bugs in the comment section. Send me a ticket called "Bug report" using the component "Bug report" and fill in all required (*) fields, so I can help you.


Make sure you are downloading the right version. These informations here could be updated before the file is approved by an administrator, the current files might not have all features mentioned on this site yet!

Plugins that use the API

  • TabDecoExpansions - A plugin that adds various new settings to TabDeco for other plugins

If you make a plugin that uses my API, feel free to inform me. I'll add it to this list.


The API is really easy to use. The only thing you have to do, is to write a function that returns the string for the slot in the tab menu. TabDeco does the rest for you! If you want to learn how to make a plugin using this API, have a look at this. It shows two example plugins which explain everything you need to know to make a plugin using this API. There is a simple one and an advanced one that has a setting with an argument in the configuration (take [rint(x,y)] as an example). The advanced one teaches you how to add a setting which displays the x coordinate of a player that you can add as an argument. In the configuration it looks like this for example: [playerPosX(playername)]. The simple one just shows how you add a setting that shows the player name and the health. The API also allows to write totally custom player list sorters. Here you can find the two example plugins:


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