Time arguments

The TimeArgument class represents in-game time, in the number of in-game ticks. This allows command senders to specify a certain number of ticks in a simpler way, by including the characters d to specify the numbers of days, s to specify the number of seconds or t to specify a number of ticks.

The CommandAPI converts the inputs provided by the command sender into a number of ticks as an integer.


The TimeArgument is only supported in Minecraft versions 1.14 and later, meaning it will not work on Minecraft versions 1.13, 1.13.1 or 1.13.2. This is due to the fact that Minecraft added the time argument in 1.14. Attempting to use the TimeArgument on an incompatible version will throw a TimeArgumentException.

Developer's Note:

The TimeArgument provides inputs such as 2d (2 in-game days), 10s (10 seconds) and 20t (20 ticks), but does not let you combine them, such as 2d10s.

Example - Displaying a server-wide announcement

Say we have a command bigmsg that displays a title message to all players for a certain duration:

/bigmsg <duration> <message>
//Declare our arguments
LinkedHashMap<String, Argument> arguments = new LinkedHashMap<>();
arguments.put("duration", new TimeArgument());
arguments.put("message", new GreedyStringArgument());

new CommandAPICommand("bigmsg")
    .executes((sender, args) -> {
        //Duration in ticks
        int duration = (int) args[0];
        String message = (String) args[1];

        for(Player player : Bukkit.getOnlinePlayers()) {
            //Display the message to all players, with the default fade in/out times (10 and 20).
            player.sendTitle(message, "", 10, duration, 20);