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. Named anchor link
  22. Article
  23. Center
  24. Edit
  25. PHP Function
  26. PHP Function with option
  27. Google Search
  28. Anchor Link
  29. Left
  30. Mention
  31. Insert an MP3 flash player
  32. Off Topic
  33. Reference Site Link
  34. Right
  35. Rule
  36. Strikethrough
  37. Sample Code
  38. Small
  39. Spoiler
  40. YouTube
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.sitepoint.com/forums/images/styles/TheBeaconLight/statusicon_blue/forum_new-48.png[/img] (Not linked)
    • [url=http://www.example.com] [img]http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/images/styles/TheBeaconLight/statusicon_blue/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;5708696]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

Named anchor link

The [aname] tag is used in conjunction with the [jumpto] tag. One is not functional without the other.

  • [aname=Option]value[/aname]
    Usage
  • [aname=aname]This is where you jump to[/aname]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

Article

Create a quick link to an article in the SitePoint library.

  • [article=Option]value[/article]
    Usage
  • [article=228]Kevin's PHP Tutorial[/article]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

Center

Use this to center your text.

  • [center]value[/center]
    Usage
  • [center]Centered Text[/center]
    Example Usage
  • Centered Text
    Example Output

Edit

If you have edited your post and you want to show what has been edited, use [edit] and [/edit]. Use of this is voluntary - it can be used in any way desired.

  • [edit]value[/edit]
    Usage
  • [edit]This is edited text[/edit]
    Example Usage
  • Edit:

    This is edited text
    Example Output

PHP Function

Shows the corresponding page for the PHP function in the online PHP manual.

  • [fphp]value[/fphp]
    Usage
  • [fphp]date[/fphp]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

PHP Function with option

PHP Function with the optional option.

  • [fphp=Option]value[/fphp]
    Usage
  • [fphp=date]this is the date() function[/fphp]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

Google Search

Easily link to a Google search term. This is equivalent to: SitePoint

  • [google]value[/google]
    Usage
  • [google]sitepoint[/google]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

Anchor Link

The [jumpto] tag allows you to jump to another location within a post, usually used for long posts with headings and/or sections of interest. This tag must be used in conjunction with the [aname] tag. One is not functional without the other.

Left

Use this code to align your paragraphs to the left.

  • [left]value[/left]
    Usage
  • [left]Left Aligned Text[/left]
    Example Usage
  • Left Aligned Text
    Example Output

Mention

Mention an user to alert him or her to this post!

  • [mention]value[/mention]
    Usage
  • [mention]Username[/mention]
    Example Usage
  • @
    Example Output

Insert an MP3 flash player

Adds a flash-based MP3 player to your post, able to play the specified file.

  • [mp3]value[/mp3]
    Usage
  • [mp3]http://www.domain.com/file.mp3[/mp3]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

Off Topic

You can use the [ot] and [/ot] tags when discussing something off-topic. Off-topic banter in a thread should be avoided, and a new thread should be created as soon as possible. If you want to briefly mention something which is off-topic, this can be used.

  • [ot]value[/ot]
    Usage
  • [ot]I am discussing something off-topic[/ot]
    Example Usage
  • Off Topic:

    I am discussing something off-topic
    Example Output

Reference Site Link

Create a direct link to a reference site entry

  • [reference=Option]value[/reference]
    Usage
  • [ref=css/lengthunits]CSS Length Units[/ref]
    Example Usage
  • [ref=css/lengthunits]CSS Length Units[/ref]
    Example Output

Right

Use this to align your text to the right.

  • [right]value[/right]
    Usage
  • [right]Right Aligned Text[/right]
    Example Usage
  • Right Aligned Text
    Example Output

Rule

Places a Horizontal Rule in your message. You can specify color and width. [rule=width]color[/rule]

  • [rule=Option]value[/rule]
    Usage
  • [rule=60%]Navy[/rule]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

Strikethrough

Allows you to strike through text in a post so you can emphasis its deletions without removing it from the message entirely.

  • [s]value[/s]
    Usage
  • [s]Strikethrough[/s]
    Example Usage
  • Strikethrough
    Example Output

Sample Code

The [samp] tag is an inline tag for denoting sample code.

  • [samp]value[/samp]
    Usage
  • [samp]arr = new array([3,6,8]);[/samp]
    Example Usage
  • arr = new array([3,6,8]);
    Example Output

Small

You can make small text by using this tag.

  • [small]value[/small]
    Usage
  • [small]This is small text[/small]
    Example Usage
  • This is small text
    Example Output

Spoiler

Use the [spoiler] code to create hidden text. When viewed in the forums, the text will be invisible until it is highlighted with the mouse. Useful for spoilers in movies.

  • [spoiler]value[/spoiler]
    Usage
  • [spoiler]This text will be hidden[/spoiler]
    Example Usage
  • This text will be hidden
    Example Output

YouTube

Adds a YouTube video to a post. Enter the video's ID, which can be found at the end of the URL.

  • [youtube]value[/youtube]
    Usage
  • [youtube]YOUTUBEID[/youtube]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output