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  • BBCode Guide

    BBCode allows you to specify formatting rules for your text, even if you are not allowed to use HTML in your posts. BBCode originated from the forum software named PHPBB, and this site has a special implementation of it.

    In BBCode terms, you use "tags" to add formatting to your text. Every tag is enclosed in [ and ] brackets. If you want to mark some region in your text, you need to use an opening tag and a closing tag. Closing tags start with [/, as you will see in the examples below. If you mistype a tag or forget to close it, you will not get the desired formatting.

    Simple text formatting

    BBCode allows you to make some parts of your texts stand out from the context by adding [b]old, [i]talic, [u]nderlined and [s]trikeout formatting to them. The [color], [size] and [font] tags allow you to change the color, size and font of portions of the text you enclose with these tags. Both require a parameter (which colour, how big, what font) that is suffixed to the name of the tag by an equals sign (example below). You should not repeat the parameter in the closing tag!

    You can specify any recognized color name (red, blue, green, white, etc.) or a hexadecimal color value (#CDCDCD, #FFFFFF, etc.) as the parameter of a [color] tag. The [size] tag allows you to set the font size between 6 and 48, 6 being the smallest size. Note that using very large text is considered by many to be annoying, and it is seldom a good idea to try to attract more attention to your post in this way. The [font] tag can be set to any valid font face, such as Arial, Arial Black, Courier, Courier New, Helvetica, Impact, Times New Roman, Verdana, etc.

    I [b]need to do[/b] this by the weekend I need to do this by the weekend
    John said that [i]we should[/i] ask her John said that we should ask her
    I [u]would not like to[/u] offend you I would not like to offend you
    Let's correct this [s]mispelled[/s] misspelled word Let's correct this mispelled misspelled word
    Jane was at [color=blue]the coast[/color] Jane was at the coast
    Joe was in [color=#FF0000]the forest[/color] Joe was in the forest
    You said: [size=30]HEY![/size] You said: HEY!
    She said: [font=Courier]What?[/font] She said: What?

    Creating links

    You have multiple options to specify links to other destinations in your posts.

    URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) starting with "www" or "ftp" (eg. are automatically recognized and replaced with links. You can also use the [url] tag with a parameter to specify a link with meaningful text to click on. If you use the url tag without the parameter, the enclosed text is assumed to be a URL, and a link is created to that destination.

    Email addresses in posts are also automatically converted to email links. For compatibility with common BBCode implementations, an [email] tag is provided.

    For more examples, visit For more examples, visit
    For more examples, visit For more examples, visit
    If you have questions ask me at If you have questions ask me at
    If you have questions ask me at [email][/email] If you have questions ask me at
    We use [url=]the example site[/url] in these examples We use the example site in these examples
    We use [url][/url] in these examples We use in these examples

    Displaying images

    The [img] tag allows you to display an image in your post. You need to specify a URL to the image, so it needs to be accessible somewhere on the internet. Beware of adding very large images to your text, or the page will load very slowly!

    If you enclose a URL in an [img] tag, then it will be replaced with code to display the image. For example A good screenshot: [img][/img] will show you the screenshot (if it exists).

    You can also specify the desired display dimensions of the image by adding a dimension parameter to the [img] tag. A good screenshot: [img=640x480][/img] will display the image in 640x480 (though the full image will be downloaded). Do not use this to show a thumbnail of an image!

    You are free to link an image to an external destination by enclosing the [img] tag with a [url] tag: See [url=][img][/img][/url].

    Ordered and unordered lists

    The simplest list type is the unordered list, which means that there is no numbering applied to the elements. You can make such a list by enclosing the list elements in [list] opening and closing tags. Specify the start of one element with the [*] list element marker, which has no closing tag pair.

    To create an ordered list, you should add a parameter to the [list] list tag specifying what type of ordered list you would like to see. The possible parameters are "i", "I", "1", "a", "A", "c", "d" and "s" which all correspond to the display of the first list element.

    I love
    I love
    • Oranges
    • Apples
    • Bananas
    I love
    I love
    1. Oranges
    2. Apples
    3. Bananas
    I love
    I love
    1. Oranges
    2. Apples
    3. Bananas

    Fixed-width text and block formatting

    You can use the [code] tag to add an inline fixed-width formatted part or to add a block of (usually program) code. If there is any newline present between the opening and closing tags, then a block will be displayed.

    Similarly, the [php] tag can be used to post PHP code. PHP code will automatically be syntax highlighted for easier readability.

    Edit your [code]robots.txt[/code] file Edit your robots.txt file
    An HTML title example:
     <title>Page Title</title>
    An HTML title example:
     <title>Page Title</title>
    Some PHP code:
    function hello()
      echo "Hello World!";
    Some PHP code:
    function hello()
    "Hello World!";

    Text and block alignment

    You can also set the alignment of the text by using [left], [right] and [center] tags. The [float] tag can be used to place floating boxes in the text (especially handy for images). You can specify the direction of the floating with [float=left] and [float=right]. The [justify] tag can be used justify text on both sides of the page.

    Other supported tags

    It is possible to quote something that has already been posted, by just putting [quote][/quote] tags around it. To quote a specific person, use something like [quote=John]. Quote tags can be nested.

    The [sub] and [sup] tags can be used to add subscript and superscript text. For example, H[sub]2[/sub]O gives H2O, while X[sup]3[/sup] gives X3.

    The [acronym] tag allow you to identify text as an acronym and provide a description when users move their mouse over the tag. For example, [acronym=Structured Query Language]SQL[/acronym] produces SQL.

    The [abbr] tag allow you to identify text as an abbreviation and provide a description when users move their mouse over the tag. For example, [abbr=World Wide Web]WWW[/abbr] produces WWW.

    The [notag] tags prevent text inside the tags from being parsed. This allows you to give examples of BBcode and not have it converted to HTML. For example: [notag]These [b]tags[/b] are not rendered[/notag] will produce "These [b]tags[/b] are not rendered".

    The [hr] tag draws a horizontal line across the page. Handy for separating chunks of text.

    Using multiple formatting tags

    You can apply more than one formatting specification to a portion of some text. I was at [b][i]the coast[/i][/b] will be rendered as I was at the coast.

    Make sure that you take care of the proper order of the opening and closing tags. You should close the tags in the opposite order in which you opened them. Otherwise you might get very strange rendering results. Also check your post with the preview function before submitting it, in case there are formatting errors due to improper BBCode usage.

  • LEGO Filter Guide

    LEGO part codes.

    Use [part:XXXXX] where XXXXX is part number. Part image will display with default color.

    For part with color, use any of the following:

    • [part:XXXXX color:YYYY]
    • [part:XXXXX colour:YYYY]
    • [part:XXXXX; YYYY]
    • [part:XXXXX, YYYY]

    where XXXXX is part number and YYYY is color name or number from the following list:

    Color IDColor nameLEGO nameAlternative namesSample
    0BlackBlackMetallic Black, MET.BLACK, CONDUCT. BLACK 
    1BlueBright BlueBR.BLUE, Metallic Bright Blue, MET. BR. BLUE 
    2GreenDark greenDK.GREEN, Metallic Dark Green, MET. DK. GREEN, Metallic_Dark_Green 
    3Dark TurquoiseBright bluish greenteal, BR.BLUEGREEN, Dark_Turquoise 
    4RedBright redBR.RED, Metallic Bright Red, MET. BR. RED, Metallic_Bright_Red 
    5Dark PinkBright Purpledkpink, BR. PURPLE, Dark_Pink 
    6BrownSand Yellow Metallicoldbrown, MET. EAR.ORA, Earth Orange, EARTH-ORA 
    7Light GrayGreyoldgray, Light_Gray 
    8Dark GrayDark greyolddkgray, DK.GREY, Dark_Gray 
    9Light BlueLight blueltblue, Light_Blue 
    10Bright GreenBright Greenbtgreen, BR.GREEN, Bright_Green 
    11Light TurquoiseMed. bluish greenltteal, MD.BL-GREEN, Light_Turquoise 
    12SalmonBrick Red 
    14YellowBright yellowBR.YEL 
    17Light GreenLight greenltgreen, L.GREEN, Light_Green 
    18Light YellowLight yellowltyellow, Light_Yellow 
    19TanBrick yellowBRICK-YEL 
    20Light VioletLight bluish violetltviolet, L.BLUEVIOL, Light_Violet 
    21Glow In Dark OpaquePhosp. Whiteglowinthedark, PHOS.WHITE, Glow in the Dark Opaque, Glow_In_Dark_Opaque 
    22PurpleBright violetBR. VIOLET 
    23Dark Blue-VioletDark Royal bluedkroyalblue, DK. R.BLUE, Dark_Blue_Violet 
    25OrangeBright orangeBR.ORANGE 
    26MagentaBright reddish violetBR.RED-VIOL. 
    27LimeBr. yellowish greenBR.YEL-GREEN 
    28Dark TanSand yellowdktan, Dark_Tan 
    29Bright PinkLight Purplebtpink, LGH. PURPLE, Bright_Pink 
    30Medium LavenderMedium Lavendermdlavender, MEDIUM LAVENDEL, Medium_Lavender 
    32Trans-Black IR LensTrans_Black_IR_Lens 
    33Trans-Dark BlueTr. Bluetrblue, TR.BLUE, Transparent Dark Blue, Trans_Dark_Blue 
    34Trans-GreenTr. Greentrgreen, TR.GREEN, Transparent Green, Trans_Green 
    35Trans-Bright GreenTransparent Bright Yellowish Greentrbtgreen, TR. BR. YEL GR, Transparent Bright Green, TR. BR. GREEN, Transparent Bright Green, Trans_Bright_Green 
    36Trans-RedTr. Redtrred, TR.RED, Transparent Red, Trans_Red 
    40Trans-BlackTr. Brownsmoke, TR.BROWN, Transparent Black, Trans_Black 
    41Trans-Light BlueTr. Lg blueTR.L.BLUE, 1.MULT, trltblue, Transparent Light Blue, Trans_Medium_Blue 
    42Trans-Neon GreenTr. Flu. Greentrneongreen, TR.FL.GREEN, Transparent Neon Green, Trans_Neon_Green 
    43Trans-Very Lt BlueTransparent Light Bluish Greentriceblue, TR. LGH. BL. GR, Transparent Very Light Blue, Trans_Light_Blue 
    45Trans-Dark PinkTr. Medi. reddish violettrpink, TR.ML.R.VIOL, Transparent Dark Pink, Trans_Dark_Pink 
    46Trans-YellowTr. Yellowtryellow, trltyellow, TR.YEL, Transparent Yellow, Trans_Yellow 
    47Trans-ClearTransparentclear, TR., Trans_Clear 
    52Trans-PurpleTr. Bright bluish violettrpurple, TR.KL.BL.VIO, TR. BR. RED. LI, Transparent Purple, Trans_Purple 
    54Trans-Neon YellowTransparent Fluorescent Yellowtrpeach, Transparent Neon Yellow, Trans_Neon_Yellow 
    57Trans-Neon OrangeTr. Flu. Reddish orangetrneonorange, TR.FL.REDORA, Transparent Neon Reddish Orange, Trans_Neon_Orange 
    60Chrome Antique Brasschromebrass, Chrome Brass, Chrome_Antique_Brass 
    61Chrome Bluechromeblue, Chrome_Blue 
    62Chrome Greenchromegreen, Chrome_Green 
    63Chrome Pinkchromepink, Chrome_Pink 
    64Chrome Blackchromeblack, Chrome_Black 
    68Very Light OrangeLight Yellowish Orangepaleorange, Very_Light_Orange 
    69Light PurpleBright Reddish Lilacltpurple, btpurple, BR. RED. LILAC, Light_Purple 
    70Reddish BrownReddish Brownredbrown, RED. BROWN, Reddish_Brown 
    71Light Bluish GrayMedium stone greymdstone, MED. ST-GREY, Medium Stone Gray, Light_Bluish_Gray, LBG, Light Bley, LtBley, Bley 
    72Dark Bluish GrayDark stone greydkstone, DK. ST. GREY, Dark Stone Gray, Dark_Bluish_Gray, DBG, Dark Bley, DkBley 
    73Medium BlueMedium bluemdblue, MD.BLUE, Medium_Blue 
    74Medium GreenMedium greenmdgreen, MD.GREEN, Medium_Green 
    75Speckle Black-CopperCOP. DIF.blackcopperglitter, Speckle Black Copper, Speckle_Black_Copper 
    76Speckle DBGray-Silverdkstoneglitter, Speckle Gray, Speckle_Dark_Bluish_Gray_Silver 
    77Light PinkLight Pinkparapink, ltpink, Light_Pink 
    78Light FleshLight Nougatltflesh, L.NOUGAT, Light_Flesh 
    79Milky WhiteNaturetrluwhite, Translucent White, Milky_White 
    80Metallic SilverC.SILVER, DR. Lmetallicsilver, C.SILVER, SILVER INK, Metallic_Silver 
    81Metallic GreenLemon Metallicmetallicgreen, Metallic_Green 
    82Metallic GoldW.GOLD, DR.LA.metallicgold, GOLD INK, Metallic_Gold 
    84Medium Dark FleshMedium Nougatmddkflesh, M. NOUGAT, Medium_Dark_Flesh 
    85Dark PurpleMedium Lilacmdlilac, M. LILAC, Dark_Purple 
    86Dark FleshBROWNdkflesh, Dark_Flesh 
    89Royal BlueR. BLUEBlue_Violet 
    100Light SalmonLight redltsalmon, Light_Salmon 
    110VioletBright Bluish VioletBR.BLUEVIOL, LILAC 
    112Blue-VioletMedium Bluish Violetroyalblue, ML.BLUEVIOL, Royal Blue, Medium_Violet 
    114Glitter Trans-Dark PinkTr. Medium Reddish-Violet w. Glitter 2%trpinkglitter, TR.M.R.V.GLI, Transparent Pink Glitter, Glitter_Trans_Dark_Pink 
    115Medium LimeMed. yellowish greenmdlime, MD.YEL-GREEN, Medium_Lime 
    117Glitter Trans-ClearTransparent Glitterclearglitter, TR.W.GLITTER, Glitter_Trans_Clear 
    118AquaLight bluish greenL.BLUE-GREEN 
    120Light LimeLig. yellowish greenltlime, L.YEL-GREEN, Light_Lime 
    125Light Orangeltorange, Light_Orange 
    129Glitter Trans-PurpleTr. Bright Bluish Violet w. Glitter 2%trpurpleglitter, TR.BR.BL.V.G, Transparent Purple Glitter, Glitter_Trans_Purple 
    132Speckle Black-SilverBlack Glitterblackglitter, CO.SILVER DIF, Speckle Black, Speckle_Black_Silver 
    133Speckle Black-GoldSpeckle Black Gold, Speckle_Black_Gold 
    134CopperCopperpearlcopper, RED. GOLD, COPPER INK, COPPER, DR.LA. 
    135Pearl Light GraySilver flip/floppearlltgray, SILVER, Cool silver, Cool silver, Silver, Pearl_Light_Gray 
    137Metal BlueSand blue metallicpearlblue, MET.SAND.BLU, Metallic Blue, Metal_Blue 
    142Pearl Light GoldGoldpearlltgold, Pearl_Light_Gold 
    143Trans-Medium BlueTr. Flu. Bluetrmdblue, TR.FL. BLUE, Transparent Medium Blue 
    148Pearl Dark GrayTitanium Metallicpearldkgray, TITAN. METAL., Mettalic Dark Grey, MET.DK.GREY, Metallic_Black, Pearl_Dark_Gray, Metallic_Dark_Gray 
    150Pearl Very Light Graypearlvlgray, Pearl_Very_Light_Grey 
    151Very Light Bluish GrayLight stone greyltstone, LGH. ST. GREY, Light Stone Gray, Very_Light_Bluish_Gray 
    158Yellowish GreenSpring Yellow GreenSPR. YELL. GREE 
    178Flat Dark GoldGold Metallicpearldkgold, MET.SAND.YEL, Flat_Dark_Gold 
    179Flat SilverSilver Metallicpearlsilver, SILVER MET., Flat_Silver 
    182Trans-OrangeTr. Bright Orangetrdkorange, TR. BR. ORANGE, Transparent Orange, Trans_Orange 
    183Pearl WhiteMetallic Whitepearlescent, MET. WHITE, Pearlescent, Pearl_White 
    191Bright Light OrangeFlame yellowish orangebtltorange, FL. YELL-ORA, Bright_Light_Orange 
    212Bright Light BlueLight Royal blueltroyalblue, btltblue, LGH. ROY. BLUE, Bright_Light_Blue 
    226Bright Light YellowCool Yellowcoolyellow, COOL YEL., Bright_Light_Yellow 
    230Trans-PinkTR. BR. PURPLEtrltpink, Transparent Pink, Trans_Pink 
    232Sky BlueDove bluedoveblue, DO. BLUE, Sky_Blue 
    236Trans-Light PurpleTR. RED-LILACtrlilac, TR. RE-LILAC, Transparent Light Purple, Trans_Light_Purple, Trans_Light_Purple 
    272Dark BlueEarth bluenavyblue, Dark_Blue 
    288Dark GreenEarth Greendkgreen, Dark_Green 
    294Glow In Dark TransPhosphorescent Greentrglowinthedark, PH.GREEN, Glow in the Dark Transparent, Glow_In_Dark_Trans 
    297Pearl GoldWarm Goldpearlgold, W.GOLD, Pearl_Gold 
    308Dark BrownDark Browndkbrown, DK. BROWN, Dark_Brown 
    313Maersk BluePastel Bluemaerskblue, PASTBLU, Maersk_Blue 
    320Dark RedDark reddkred, NEW DARK RED, 10. MULTI, Dark_Red 
    321Dark AzureDark Azurdkazure, Dark_Azure 
    322Medium AzureMedium Azuremdazure, MEDIUM AZUR, Medium_Azure 
    323Light AquaAqualtaqua, Light_Aqua 
    326Olive GreenOlive Greenolivegreen, Olive_Green 
    334Chrome GoldMetalized Goldchromegold, Chrome_Gold 
    335Sand RedSand redsandred, Sand_Red 
    351Medium Dark PinkMedium Reddish Violetduplorose, MD.REDVIOL, Medium_Dark_Pink 
    366Earth OrangeDark Nougatearthorange, L.ORABROWN, Earth_Orange, Dark_Nougat 
    373Sand PurpleSand violetsandpurple, Sand_Purple 
    378Sand GreenSand greensandgreen, Sand_Green 
    379Sand BlueSand bluesandblue, Sand_Blue 
    383Chrome SilverMetalized Silverchromesilver, Chrome_Silver 
    450Fabuland BrownLight Orange Brownfabubrown, Fabuland_Brown 
    462Medium OrangeBr. yellowish orangemdorange, BR.YELORA, Medium_Orange 
    484Dark OrangeDark Orangedkorange, DK.ORA, Dark_Orange 
    503Very Light GrayLight greyscalagray, Very_Light_Gray 
    1000Glow in Dark WhiteWHITE GLOWGlow in the Dark White, Glow_In_Dark_White 
    1001Medium VioletLilacmdviolet, Medium Bluish Violet, Medium_Violet 
    1002Glitter Trans-Neon GreenTR.FL.GRE W/GLITransparent Neon Green Glitter, Glitter_Trans_Neon_Green 
    1003Glitter Trans-Light BluePCTR LI.BLUE W/4.MULT, Transparent Light Blue Glitter, Glitter_Trans_Light_Blue 
    1004Trans Flame Yellowish OrangeTR. FL. YEL ORATrans Light Orange, Trans_Bright_Light_Orange 
    1005Trans Fire YellowTR. FIRE YELL 
    1006Trans Light Royal BlueTR. L.ROYAL BLUETR.L.ROYAL BLUE, Trans_Light_Blue_Violet 
    1007Reddish LilacRED. LILACMedium Purple 
    1008ABB Blue 
    1009ABB Green 
    1010ABB Red 
    1011ABB Yellow