Giving Operator (OP) to a Player

We have a video tutorial for giving OP to a player:


Before Reading... Players that you OP will also be able to OP and De-OP other players. Only give OP to people you completely trust.

An Operator (OP) is someone who has access to commands that are used in managing the server.

Among the commands that an operator has access to are changing a player's game mode, updating server difficulty, giving items, kicking and banning players, whitelisting, and even stopping and restarting a server. You can view a list of operator commands here:

There are three ways to set a player as OP:

  • Through the server console
  • In-game command
  • Editing the ops.json file

The first two options are preferred as they're simpler and won't cause issues if executed incorrectly.

Giving OP through the Server Console

If you're using Bedrock Edition: You will need to also enable cheats on your server for this process to work properly.

Making a player an operator through your server's control panel is simple, requiring only a single command. This is the fastest method of opping players if your server doesn't have any operators yet. 

  1. Log in to your control panel and navigate to your server's Console.

  2. On the textbox of your console, type op <username>. Replace <username> with the Minecraft username you want to OP.
    Op the player's Minecraft username and click Send on the right.

  3. Press enter on your keyboard or click the Send button. You will receive a confirmation message on your console indicating that the player has been made as an operator.

    If the username of the player you're trying to OP has a space in their name, you will have to surround their username with quotes, like so: op "Minecraft Fan123"

Giving OP In-Game

Opping a player in-game is more convenient, but requires you to already be opped. If you are not a server operator, you will need to op yourself through the console first.

  1. Type in the command /op <username> in-game, replacing <username> with the Minecraft player you intend to op.
    Giving OP - ingame

  2. Press enter on your keyboard. You will receive a confirmation message indicating that the player has now been made as an operator. 
    Giving OP - In-game op

Removing a Player as OP:

Removing players' operator roles is similar to opping them and can also be done through your console or in-game commands:

  • To remove an operator through your server console, use the command deop <username>.
    Giving OP - deop through console
  • To remove an operator in-game, use the command /deop <username>
    Giving OP - removing OP in-game
If you require any further assistance, please contact our support at:

Mitchell Smith

Managing Director @ Shockbyte

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