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Game rules allow you to change the gameplay of your Minecraft server to suit your desires. This could range from turning PvP off all the way to modifying the amount of people who must be sleeping for the night to pass.

Please be aware you must be a server operator in order to use game rule commands.
(To set yourself as an operator follow this guide: How to OP a player)

The syntax is, /gamerule <rule> [<value>] where <rule> is the name of the game rule and <value> is an allowed value, which depends on the type of the game rule. The types are boolean (where the allowed values are either true or false) and integer (where any whole number can be entered).

Game rules can be changed either in-game via the game chat, or via your server's Web Console.

Changing game rules via the Web Console:

  1. Find the gamerule you want to change from the table below.
  2. Open your server's Web Console.
  3. Type in the command, in this example we are turning fall damage off so the command we are using is /gamerule fallDamage false
  4. The Web Console will respond to the command as seen in the image below:

Changing game rules via the in-game chat:

  1. Find the gamerule you want to change from the table below.
  2. Log into your server.
  3. Type in the command, in this example we will be making it so player's respawn instantly without showing the death screen using the doImmediateRespawn command.
  4. The game will respond to the command as seen in the image below:


Table of Game Rules

Rule name Description Default value Type Availability
Java Bedrock
announceAdvancements Whether advancements should be announced in chat true Bool Yes No
commandBlocksEnabled Whether command blocks should be enabled in-game true Bool No Yes
commandBlockOutput Whether command blocks should notify admins when they perform commands true Bool Yes Yes
disableElytraMovementCheck Whether the server should skip checking player speed when the player is wearing elytra. Often helps with jittering due to lag in multiplayer. false Bool Yes No
disableRaids Whether raids are disabled. false Bool Yes No
doDaylightCycle Whether the daylight cycle and moon phases progress true Bool Yes Yes
doEntityDrops Whether entities that are not mobs should have drops true Bool Yes Yes
doFireTick Whether fire should spread and naturally extinguish true Bool Yes Yes
doInsomnia Whether phantoms can spawn in the nighttime true Bool Yes Yes
doImmediateRespawn Players respawn immediately without showing the death screen false Bool Yes Yes
doLimitedCrafting Whether players should be able to craft only those recipes that they've unlocked first false Bool Yes No
doMobLoot Whether mobs should drop items true Bool Yes Yes
doMobSpawning Whether mobs should naturally spawn. Does not affect monster spawners. true Bool Yes Yes
doPatrolSpawning Whether patrols can spawn true Bool Yes No
doTileDrops Whether blocks should have drops true Bool Yes Yes
doTraderSpawning Whether wandering traders can spawn true Bool Yes No
doWeatherCycle Whether the weather can change naturally. The /weather command can still change weather. true Bool Yes Yes
drowningDamage Whether the player should take damage when drowning true Bool Yes Yes
fallDamage Whether the player should take fall damage true Bool Yes Yes
fireDamage Whether the player should take damage in fire, lava, campfires, or on magma blocks‌[Java Edition only][1]. true Bool Yes Yes
forgiveDeadPlayers Makes angered neutral mobs stop being angry when the targeted player dies nearby true Bool Yes No
[upcoming: JE 1.17 & BE 1.17]
Whether the player should take damage when inside powder snow true Bool Yes Yes
functionCommandLimit The maximum number of commands that can be executed by /function at once 10000 Int No Yes
keepInventory Whether the player should keep items and experience in their inventory after death false Bool Yes Yes
logAdminCommands Whether to log admin commands to server log true Bool Yes No
maxCommandChainLength The maximum length of a chain of commands that can be executed during one tick. Applies to command blocks and functions. 65536 Int Yes Yes
maxEntityCramming The maximum number of pushable entities a mob or player can push, before taking 3 suffocation damage per half-second. Setting to 0 or lower disables the rule. Damage affects survival-mode or adventure-mode players, and all mobs but bats. Pushable entities include non-spectator-mode players, any mob except bats, as well as boats and minecarts. 24 Int Yes No
mobGriefing Whether creepers, zombies, endermen, ghasts, withers, ender dragons, rabbits, sheep, villagers, silverfish, snow golems, and end crystals should be able to change blocks and whether mobs can pick up items, which also disables bartering. This also affects the capability of zombie-like creatures like zombie pigmen and drowned to pathfind to turtle eggs. true Bool Yes Yes
naturalRegeneration Whether the player can regenerate health naturally if their hunger is full enough (doesn't affect external healing, such as golden apples, the Regeneration effect, etc.) true Bool Yes Yes
[upcoming: JE 1.17]
What percentage of players must sleep to skip the night. 100 Int Yes No
pvp Whether the player can fight with other players true Bool No Yes
randomTickSpeed How often a random block tick occurs (such as plant growth, leaf decay, etc.) per chunk section per game tick. 0 and negative values disables random ticks, higher numbers increase random ticks. Setting to a high integer results in high speeds of decay and growth. Numbers over 4096 make plant growth or leaf decay instantaneous. 3[JE only]
1[BE only]
Int Yes Yes
reducedDebugInfo Whether the debug screen shows all or reduced information; and whether the effects of F3 + B (entity hitboxes) and F3 + G (chunk boundaries) are shown. false Bool Yes No
sendCommandFeedback Whether the feedback from commands executed by a player should show up in chat. Also affects the default behavior of whether command blocks store their output text true Bool Yes Yes
showCoordinates Whether the player's coordinates are displayed true Bool No Yes
showDeathMessages Whether death messages are put into chat when a player dies. Also affects whether a message is sent to the pet's owner when the pet dies. true Bool Yes Yes
spawnRadius The number of blocks outward from the world spawn coordinates that a player spawns in when first joining a server or when dying without a personal spawnpoint. 10[JE only]
5[BE only]
Int Yes Yes
spectatorsGenerateChunks Whether players in spectator mode can generate chunks true Bool Yes No
tntExplodes Whether TNT explodes after activation true Bool No Yes
universalAnger Makes angered neutral mobs attack any nearby player, not just the player that angered them. Works best if forgiveDeadPlayers is disabled. false Bool Yes No
showTags Hides the "Can place on" and "Can destroy" block lists from item lore. true Bool No Yes

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