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IO's & Categories

A NotifyIO is a method of displaying a notification to the player. Here's a demo video showing an example configuration of all NotifyIO's:

Most NotifyIO's have unique settings that somehow change how a notification is displayed.
Additionally, they all allow any setting from the SoundIO to be used! This is because every NotifyIO has an internal SoundIO. Therefore, you can play a sound whenever a notification is shown.

The actual message is either defined in the event that triggers the NotifyIO or in the messages.yml for all built-in notifications.

Sending Notifications: notifyπŸ”—

You can send notifications using the notify event. This is how to use it:


All colons (:) in the message part of the notification need to be escaped, including those inside variables. One backslash (\) is required when using no quoting at all (...) or single quotes ('...'). Two backslashes are required (\\) when using double quotes ("...").
You also need to escape the backslash itself, if you use double quotes for some things like \n.

eventName: notify Peter:Heya %player%! ➑ eventName: notify Peter\:Heya %player%!
eventName: 'notify Peter:Heya %player%!' ➑ eventName: 'notify Peter\:Heya %player%!'
eventName: "notify Peter:Heya %player%!" ➑ eventName: "notify Peter\\:Heya %player%!"
otherEvent: notify You own %math.calc:5% fish! ➑ otherEvent: You own %math.calc\:5% fish!
newLine: "notify Some multiline \n message" ➑ newLine: "notify Some multiline \\n message"

Parameter Syntax Default Value Explanation
message Any text with spaces! The message that will be displayed. Supports variables and translations. Must be first
category category:info None Will load all settings from that Notification Category. Can be a comma-seperated list. The first existent category will be used.
io io:bossbar io:chat Any NotifyIO Overrides the "category". settings.
any io specific settings setting:value None Some notifyIO's provide specific settings. Can be used multiple times. Overrides the "category" settings.

Usage ExamplesπŸ”—

Check out the notify IO specific options if you haven't yet. You must understand these two if you want to use the Notify system to it's full extend. Advanced users may also use Notify Categories to make their lives easier.

#The simplest of all notify events. Just a chat message:
customEvent: "notify Hello %player%!"  

#It's the same as this one since 'chat' is the default IO.
theSame: "notify Hello %player%! io:chat"

#This one displays a title and a subtitle:
myTitle: "notify This is a title.\nThis is a subtitle. io:title"

#Plays a sound:
mySound: "notify io:sound sound:x.y.z"

#This one explicitly defines an io (bossbar) and adds one bossbarIO option + one soundIO option:
myBar: "notify This is a custom message. io:bossbar barColor:red sound:block.anvil.use"

#Some events with categories.
myEvent1: "notify This is a custom message! category:info"
myEvent2: "notify This is a custom message! category:firstChoice,secondChoice"

#You can also override category settings:
myEvent3: "notify Another message! category:info io:advancement frame:challenge"

#Use multiple languages:
multilanguage: "notify {en} Hello english person! {de} Hello german person! {es} Hello spanish person!"


Notifications can be translated with this syntax:

example: "notify {en} ABC {de} DEF"
The value in {} is a language key from messages.yml. Any text after the language key until the next language key belongs to the specified language. There must be a space between the language key and the message. In this example, english users would see ABC and german ones would see DEF.


persistent, static

You can broadcast notifications to all players on the server using the notifyall event. It works just like the notify event. Variables are resolved for each online player, not for the player the event is executed for.

  announceDungeon: "notifyall A new dungeon has opened!"

Available NotifyIOsπŸ”—

There are a bunch of notify IOs available. They all have their own settings and are listed below.


Writes the notification in the player's chat.


chat image

Option Description
Sound Any option from the SoundIO.


Shows the notification using an achievement popup. Unfortunately, Minecraft will play the default advancement sound here. It's not possible to stop this sound from playingβ€”if you want to get rid of it, you would have to override / remove that sound from your server's resource pack. You can still add your own additional sound as usual though. It will then be played together with the default advancement sound.


advancement image

Option Description
frame What Achievement frame to use. Can be: challenge, goal, task
icon What icon to show. Must be the vanilla name of an item. Example: minecraft:map
Sound Any option from the SoundIO.


Shows the notification using the actionbar.


actionbar image

Option Description
Sound Any option from the SoundIO.


Shows the notification using a bossbar at the top of the players screen.


bossbar image

Option Description
barFlags What flags to add to the bossbar. PLAY_BOSS_MUSIC seems to be broken in either Spigot or the game itself.
barColor What color to draw the bar.
progress What progress to show in the bar. A floating point number between 0.0 (empty) and 1.0 (full). Supports variables.
style What bar style to use.
stay How many ticks to keep the bar on screen. Defaults to 70. Supports variables.
countdown Animates the progress of the bar if set. The value determines how often the bar is updated. Formula: \(TimeBetweenUpdates = \frac{stay}{countdown}\)
Sound Any option from the SoundIO.


Shows the notification using a title. A subtitle can be played simultaneously by adding \n to the notification text. Anything after these characters will be shown in the subtitle.



Option Description
fadeIn Ticks to fade the title in. Default 10
stay Ticks to keep title on screen. Default 70
fadeOut Ticks to fade the title out. Default 20
Sound Any option from the SoundIO.


Shows the notification using a subtitle.



Option Description
fadeIn Ticks to fade the title in. Default 10
stay Ticks to keep title on screen. Default 70
fadeOut Ticks to fade the title out. Default 20
Sound Any option from the SoundIO.


Shows a totem with a "customModelData" NBT tag. This allows you to replace the totem with a custom texture or model during the animation.


Option Description
customisation This CustomModelData will be used.
Sound Any option from the SoundIO.


This IO just plays a sound. You can use its options in any other IO. You should read the wiki page of the playsound command as Minecraft's sound system is kinda strange. Just one example: Sound never moves in Minecraft. It's totally static. Keep that in mind when creating sounds close to a player. They can move around the sound and make it louder or quieter by walking towards / away from it.

Option Description
sound Sound to play. If blank, no sound. Either vanilla Minecraft sounds (get them using /playsound autocompletion) or the name of a sound from a resource pack.
soundcategory The category in which the sound will be played.
soundvolume Minecraft's special sound volume. Default: 1
soundpitch Pitch of the sound. Default: 1 Min: 0 Max: 2
soundlocation Default: The player's location. A location using the BetonQuest ULF. Can include variables.
soundplayeroffset This option is special. See below.


This option can be a number or a vector.


The location the sound will be played at is moved away from the player towards the soundlocation using the value of soundplayeroffset. The sound will be at the actual location if the player is closer to the soundlocation then the soundplayeroffset would allow.

Visual Explanation

offset image

This shows how the sound will be played at the soundlocation if the soundplayeroffset is bigger then the current distance between the player and the soundlocation

offsetBiggerThanDistance image

Example usage:

You could make a "sound compass" that will play a sound in the direction of a point of interest.

A vector has to be in the format(x;y;z). This system will use the players relative coordinate system. This means that the vectors x axis is right / left from the players head, the y axis is up or down from where ever the players face is and the z axis is before / behind the players face. It will move along the players head.

Visual Explanation

In contrast to their global counterparts, relative x,y,z axes do not change their orientation relative to the player. Example: The positive x-axis will always point left from the perspective of the player.

relativeAxis image

This makes it possible to go crazy with sounds. Just one example: A halloween special where the player hears a πŸ‘» whispering into his left earβ€”no matter where he is or how he turns his head... πŸŽƒ

Here is a small example:

Video Example

blue line = direction the player is looking in
🟒 = soundlocation argument
πŸ”΄ = the actual location the sound is played at
soundplayeroffset = (0,0,5)

The sound is always played 5 block away from the soundlocation. The direction is however based on where the player is looking.


Does not output any sound or text πŸ”•. Can be used to remove built-in notifications.


Notify Categories are pre-defined NotifyIO settings. They can be applied to any notify event and are used by BetonQuest's built-in notifications. All categories must be defined in a section called notifications.


A note about the notifications section: BetonQuest searches through all packages and just uses the first one it finds. Therefore, you should probably create just one notifications section. We will improve this in BQ 2.0.

Custom CategoriesπŸ”—

Custom categories are user defined presets for any notify event. They shorten your events and enable you to change how a notification of a certain category looks in one central place. They do not allow you to set a message though as the message is an argument of the notify event!

This is how a custom category looks:

  money:            # Category name
   io: advancement  # Set's the used NotifyIO
   icon: gold_ingot # A setting of the bossbarIO

The only thing you must be careful with is the name of your custom categories. You could end up using a reserved name - these stem from BetonQuest's build-in notification categories. Changing these is a different feature. A full list of all reserved names can be found below.

Built-in CategoriesπŸ”—

The table below contains all build-in notification categories.

You may notice that the "Categories" column lists two categories. These work exactly like the one in the notify event. The first existent category (from left to right) will be used. This allows you to change all build-in notifications with just two entries in your notifications section:

    io: actionbar
    io: actionbar
You can override the settings from the info/error category for any specific notification by adding it to the notifications section. Example:
    io: actionbar
    io: actionbar
  new_journal_entry:  # The info categories settings are overridden for the new_journal_entry notification
    io: subtitle

Notifications Categories Notifications Categories
Command Blocked command_blocked, error Animals to Breed animals_to_breed, info
No Permission no_permission, error Blocks to Break blocks_to_break, info
New Changelog changelog, info Blocks to Place blocks_to_place, info
Inventory Full Backpack inventory_full_backpack, inventory_full, error Mobs to click mobs_to_click, info
Inventory Full Drop inventory_full_drop, inventory_full, error Mobs to Kill mobs_to_kill, info
Language Changed language_changed, info Fish to catch fish_to_catch, info
Money Given money_given, info Players to kill players_to_kill, info
Money Taken money_taken, info Potions to brew potions_to_brew, info
Quest Cancelled quest_cancelled, info Points given point_given, info
Items Given items_given, info Points taken point_taken, info
New Journal Entry new_journal_entry, info Points multiplied point_multiplied, info
Conversation blocked busy, error Sheep to shear sheep_to_shear, info