BB Code

Explanation

BB code is a set of tags based on the HTML language that you may already be familiar with. They allow you to add formatting to your messages in the same way as HTML does, but have a simpler syntax and will never break the layout of the pages you are viewing. The ability to use BB code is set on a forum-by-forum basis by the administrator, so you should check the forum rules when you post a new message.

Below is a list of the BB code tags you can use to format your messages.

BB Code List

  1. Bold / Italic / Underline
  2. Color
  3. Size
  4. Font
  5. Highlight
  6. Left / Right / Center
  7. Indent
  8. Email Linking
  9. URL Hyperlinking
  10. Thread Linking
  11. Post Linking
  12. Bulleted Lists / Advanced Lists
  13. Images
  14. Videos
  15. Code
  16. PHP Code
  17. HTML Code
  18. Quote
  19. Stop BB Code Parsing
  20. Attachment
  21. Google Search
  22. Google Video
  23. Longpost
  24. MP3 Player
  25. Invisible Text
  26. Shadow Text
  27. Shot Tags
  28. Small Shot
  29. Spoiler Button
  30. Strikethrough
  31. Flash
  32. User
  33. YouTube
  34. Youtube (High Definition)
  35. YouTube (High Quality)
Incorrect BB Code Usage:
  • [url] www.example.com [/url] - don't put spaces between the bracketed code and the text you are applying the code to.
  • [email]myname@domain.com[email] - the end brackets must include a forward slash ([/email])

Bold / Italic / Underline

The [b], [i] and [u] tags allow you to create text that is bold, italic and underlined.

    • [b]value[/b]
    • [i]value[/i]
    • [u]value[/u]
    Usage
    • [b]this text is bold[/b]
    • [i]this text is italic[/i]
    • [u]this text is underlined[/u]
    Example Usage
    • this text is bold
    • this text is italic
    • this text is underlined
    Example Output

Color

The [color] tag allows you to change the color of your text.

  • [color=Option]value[/color]
    Usage
  • [color=blue]this text is blue[/color]
    Example Usage
  • this text is blue
    Example Output

Size

The [size] tag allows you to change the size of your text.

  • [size=Option]value[/size]
    Usage
  • [size=+2]this text is two sizes larger than normal[/size]
    Example Usage
  • this text is two sizes larger than normal
    Example Output

Font

The [font] tag allows you to change the font of your text.

  • [font=Option]value[/font]
    Usage
  • [font=courier]this text is in the courier font[/font]
    Example Usage
  • this text is in the courier font
    Example Output

Left / Right / Center

The [left], [right] and [center] tags allow you to change the alignment of your text.

    • [left]value[/left]
    • [center]value[/center]
    • [right]value[/right]
    Usage
    • [left]this text is left-aligned[/left]
    • [center]this text is center-aligned[/center]
    • [right]this text is right-aligned[/right]
    Example Usage
  • this text is left-aligned
    this text is center-aligned
    this text is right-aligned
    Example Output

Indent

The [indent] tag allows you to indent your text.

  • [indent]value[/indent]
    Usage
  • [indent]this text is indented[/indent]
    Example Usage
  • this text is indented
    Example Output

Email Linking

The [email] tag allows you to link to an email address. You can include an optional parameter to 'name' your link.

    • [email]value[/email]
    • [email=Option]value[/email]
    Usage
    • [email]j.doe@example.com[/email]
    • [email=j.doe@example.com]Click Here to Email Me[/email]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

URL Hyperlinking

The [url] tag allows you to link to other websites and files. You can include an optional parameter to 'name' your link.

Thread Linking

The [thread] tag allows you to link to threads by specifying the thread id. You can include an optional parameter to 'name' your link.

Post Linking

The [post] tag allows you to link to posts by specifying the post id. You can include an optional parameter to 'name' your link.

Bulleted Lists

The [list] tag allows you to create simple, bulleted lists without specifying an option. Within the value portion, each bullet is denoted by the [*] tag.

  • [list]value[/list]
    Usage
  • [list]
    [*]list item 1
    [*]list item 2
    [/list]
    Example Usage
    • list item 1
    • list item 2
    Example Output

Advanced Lists

The [list] tag allows you to create advanced lists by specifying an option. The option should have a value of 1 (for a numbered list) or A (for an alphabetic with capital letters list) or a (for an alphabetic with lowercase letters list) or I (for a numbered with capital Roman numeral list) or i (for a numbered with small Roman numeral list).

  • [list=Option]value[/list]
    Usage
  • [list=1]
    [*]list item 1
    [*]list item 2
    [/list]

    [list=A]
    [*]list item 1
    [*]list item 2
    [/list]

    [list=a]
    [*]list item 1
    [*]list item 2
    [/list]
    Example Usage
    1. list item 1
    2. list item 2
    1. list item 1
    2. list item 2
    1. list item 1
    2. list item 2
    Example Output

Images

The [img] tag allows you to embed images within your posts. You can also combine this tag with the [url] tag to make images become links.

  • [img]value[/img]
    Usage
    • [img]http://www.modacity.net/forums/styles/modacity/statusicon/forum_new-48.png[/img] (Not linked)
    • [url=http://www.example.com] [img]http://www.modacity.net/forums/styles/modacity/statusicon/forum_new-48.png[/img] [/url] (Linked)
    Example Usage
    • (Not linked)
    • (Linked)
    Example Output

Videos

The [video] tag allows you to embed videos from various video services within your posts.

  • [video]value[/video]
    Usage
    • [video=youtube;eOUq4Z6R7xI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOUq4Z6R7xI[/video]
    Example Usage
    Example Output

Code

The [code] tag switches to a fixed-width (monospace) font and preserves all spacing.

  • [code]value[/code]
    Usage
  • [code]
    <script type="text/javascript">
    <!--
        alert("Hello world!");
    //-->
    </script>
    [/code]
    Example Usage
  • Code:
    <script type="text/javascript">
    <!--
    	alert("Hello world!");
    //-->
    </script>
    Example Output

PHP Code

The [php] tag performs the same function as the [code] tag, but also adds syntax highlighting for PHP code. Although it is designed for PHP, it may correctly highlight some other C-like languages.

  • [php]value[/php]
    Usage
  • [php]
    $myvar = 'Hello World!';
    for ($i = 0; \$i < 10; \$i++)
    {
        echo $myvar . "\n";
    }
    [/php]
    Example Usage
  • PHP Code:
    $myvar 'Hello World!';
    for (
    $i 0$i 10$i++)
    {
        echo 
    $myvar "\n";

    Example Output

HTML Code

The [html] tag allows you to perform syntax highlighting for HTML code.

  • [html]value[/html]
    Usage
  • [html]
    <img src="image.gif" alt="image" />
    <a href="testing.html" target="_blank">Testing</a>
    [/html]
    Example Usage
  • HTML Code:
    <img src="image.gif" alt="image" />
    <a href="testing.html" target="_blank">Testing</a>
    Example Output

Quote

The [quote] tag allows you to attribute text to someone else.

    • [quote]Quote[/quote]
    • [quote=User Name]value[/quote]
    Usage
    • [quote]Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet[/quote]
    • [quote=John Doe]Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet[/quote]
    • [quote=John Doe;654483]Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet[/quote]
    Example Usage
    • Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet
    • Quote Originally Posted by John Doe
      Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet
    • Quote Originally Posted by John Doe View Post
      Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet
    Example Output

Highlight

The [highlight] tag allows you to emphasize your text.

  • Usage
    [highlight]value[/highlight]
  • Example Usage
    [highlight]this text is highlighted[/highlight]
  • Example Output
    this text is highlighted

Stop BB Code Parsing

The [noparse] tag allows you to stop the parsing of BB code.

  • [noparse][b]value[/b][/noparse]
    Usage
  • [noparse][b]Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet[/b][/noparse]
    Example Usage
  • [b]Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet[/b]
    Example Output

Attachment

The [attach] tag allows you to display an attachment in your post rather than at the bottom. It will only display attachments that belong to the post in which it is utilized.

  • [attach]attachmentid[/attach]
    Usage
  • [attach]12345[/attach]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

Google Search

Links a term of phrase to a Google search of that phrase.

  • [google]value[/google]
    Usage
  • [google]Halo 2 Vista[/google]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

Google Video

Place the DocID (located in URL) of the Google Video you would like to add between the [gvideo] tags.

  • [gvideo]value[/gvideo]
    Usage
  • [gvideo]3556478329375738587[/gvideo]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

Longpost

Adds a scrollbar to the post to prevent the page from getting too long.

  • [longpost]value[/longpost]
    Usage
  • [longpost]Longost is loooong. Longost is loooong. Longost is loooong. Longost is loooong. Longost is loooong. Longost is loooong. [/longpost]
    Example Usage
  • Longost is loooong. Longost is loooong. Longost is loooong. Longost is loooong. Longost is loooong. Longost is loooong.
    Example Output

MP3 Player

Plays a single MP3 at a given URL with the given title.

  • [mp3=Option]value[/mp3]
    Usage
  • [mp3="Dogsounds - Costly Exfiltration"]http://modacity.net/forums/images/CostlyExfiltration.mp3[/mp3]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

Invisible Text

Changes the font color to the postbit background.

  • [ninja]value[/ninja]
    Usage
  • [ninja]This text is invisible in posts.[/ninja]
    Example Usage
  • This text is invisible in posts.
    Example Output

Shadow Text

Adds a shadow to the text.

  • [shadow]value[/shadow]
    Usage
  • [shadow]This text has a shadow.[/shadow]
    Example Usage
  • This text has a shadow.
    Example Output

Shot Tags

Image shot tags. Used for resizing oversized forum images to a size reasonable for display. The original, full sized image is hyperlinked to the source.

  • [shot]value[/shot]
    Usage
  • [shot]http://www.bungie.net/images/games/halo2vista/screenshots/h2v_Midship02.jpg[/shot]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

Small Shot

Small shot with a width of 400px that preserves aspect ratio.

  • [smshot]value[/smshot]
    Usage
  • [smshot]http://www.bungie.net/images/games/halo2vista/screenshots/h2v_Midship02.jpg[/smshot]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

Spoiler Button

This spoiler tag uses a small button to show and hide the spoiler.

  • [spoiler]value[/spoiler]
    Usage
  • [spoiler]This is a spoiler[/spoiler]
    Example Usage
  • This is a spoiler
    Example Output

Strikethrough

Strike out text.

  • [strike]value[/strike]
    Usage
  • [strike]This is text with a strikethrough.[/strike]
    Example Usage
  • This is text with a strikethrough.
    Example Output

Flash

Adds a flash movie to your post or signature. Just give it the height and width parameters and you're set.

  • [swf=Option]value[/swf]
    Usage
  • [swf="http://www.gearboxsoftware.com/flash/bia_movie.swf"]width="420" height="100"[/swf]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

User

Links to a member's profile given a user ID.

  • [user=Option]value[/user]
    Usage
  • [user=1]TheGhost[/user]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

YouTube

Place the video ID for the YouTube video (location after the 'v=' in the URL) between the [youtube] tags to embed a YouTube video in your post.

  • [youtube]value[/youtube]
    Usage
  • [youtube]Dn9970dxQ2g[/youtube]
    Example Usage
  • This video is unable to be displayed because the YouTube video tags were used incorrectly. Please review proper use of the tags here.
    Example Output

Youtube (High Definition)

Place the video ID for the YouTube video (location after the 'v=' in the URL) between the [youtubehd] tags to embed a high-definition YouTube video in your post.

  • [youtubehd]value[/youtubehd]
    Usage
  • [youtubehd]Q_FDGJ-Z0zY[/youtubehd]
    Example Usage
  • NEED A DISPENSER HERE
    Example Output

YouTube (High Quality)

Place the video ID for the YouTube video (location after the 'v=' in the URL) between the [youtube] tags to embed a high-quality YouTube video in your post.

  • [youtubehq]value[/youtubehq]
    Usage
  • [youtubehq]Dn9970dxQ2g[/youtubehq]
    Example Usage
  • NEED A DISPENSER HERE
    Example Output