Chat is the system by which players in a multiplayer game can talk to each other. Chat messages received are shown near the bottom left corner of the screen. Players can press ↵ Enter to open the chat box, type a message, then press ↵ Enter again to send it. It is also possible to cut, copy and paste entire messages being entered, using Ctrl+ X, Ctrl+ C, and Ctrl+ V respectively. The alternative shortcuts ⇧ Shift+ Delete, Ctrl+ Insert and ⇧ Shift+ Insert, respectively, also work.
While the chat box is open, a log of received messages is shown. Up to 500 messages can be remembered, and the up and down arrow keys scroll through the history.
Version 1.3 introduced tags, which can be used to display items in chat messages. To do this, have the inventory open before opening the chat box, and hold Alt while clicking an item in the main inventory to enter it into the message.
The server admin can use the say command to chat with their players from the console.
The chat display is functional in single player. It cannot be used to enter messages or commands, but still displays announcements, such as that of a Blood Moon.
The following commands can be used by all players on vanilla servers. Mods, such as TShock, may add or remove commands.
If the server is using a language other than English, some commands will be different:
|/players||/spielen||/in gioco||/en train de jouer||/jugando|
Since version 1.3, chat messages can now contain tags. Tags change the way parts of messages are displayed. They are parts of a message in the format [tag:text] or [tag/options:text].
Tags can also be used in Announcement Boxes.
The options parameter is optional, and the tag name must be at most 10 letters.
The following tags currently exist:
Invalid tags (for example, a non-existent achievement), are displayed with the text parameter as normal text.
|6||Left shoulder button|
|7||Right shoulder button|
|17||Left stick left|
|18||Left stick right|
|19||Left stick up|
|20||Left stick down|
|21||Right stick left|
|22||Right stick right|
|23||Right stick up|
|24||Right stick down|
|25||Left stick wiggling left and right|