Argument suggestions with tooltips

The CommandAPI can also display tooltips for specific argument suggestions. These are shown to the user when they hover over a given suggestion and can be used to provide more context to a user about the suggestions that are shown to them. In this section, we'll outline the two ways of creating suggestions with tooltips:

  • Normal (String) suggestions with tooltips
  • Safely typed suggestions with tooltips

Tooltips can have formatting to change how the text is displayed by using the ChatColor class.

Tooltips with normal (String) suggestions

To use these features, the CommandAPI includes the stringsWithTooltips methods for arguments, that accept IStringTooltip objects instead of String objects:

ArgumentSuggestions stringsWithTooltips(IStringTooltip... suggestions);
ArgumentSuggestions stringsWithTooltips(Function<SuggestionInfo, IStringTooltip[]> suggestions);

The StringTooltip class is the CommandAPI's default implementation of IStringTooltip, which has two static methods to construct it easily:

StringTooltip none(String suggestion);
StringTooltip of(String suggestion, String tooltip);

The first method, StringTooltip.none(String) creates a normal suggestion entry with no tooltip, whereas the StringTooltip.of(String, String) method creates a suggestion with the provided tooltip text.

Example - An emotes command with string suggestion tooltips

Say we want to create a simple command to provide in-game emotes between players. For example, if you did /emote wave Bob, you'll "wave" to the player Bob. For this example, we'll use the following command syntax:

/emote <emote> <target>

First, we'll declare our arguments. Here, we'll use the stringsWithTooltips method, along with the StringTooltip.of(String, String) method to create emote suggestions and include suitable descriptions:

List<Argument> arguments = new ArrayList<>();
arguments.add(new StringArgument("emote")
    .replaceSuggestions(ArgumentSuggestions.stringsWithTooltips(info -> new IStringTooltip[] {
            StringTooltip.of("wave", "Waves at a player"),
            StringTooltip.of("hug", "Gives a player a hug"),
            StringTooltip.of("glare", "Gives a player the death glare")
arguments.add(new PlayerArgument("target"));

Finally, we declare our command as normal:

new CommandAPICommand("emote")
    .executesPlayer((player, args) -> {
        String emote = (String) args[0];
        Player target = (Player) args[1];
        switch(emote) {
        case "wave":
            target.sendMessage(player.getName() + " waves at you!");
        case "hug":
            target.sendMessage(player.getName() + " hugs you!");
        case "glare":
            target.sendMessage(player.getName() + " gives you the death glare...");

The IStringTooltip interface can be implemented by any other class to provide tooltips for custom objects. The IStringTooltip interface has the following methods:

public interface IStringTooltip {
    public String getSuggestion();
    public String getTooltip();

This is incredibly useful if you are using suggestions with custom objects, such as a plugin that has custom items.

Example - Using IStringTooltip for custom items

Let's say we've created a simple plugin which has custom items. For a custom item, we'll have a simple class CustomItem that sets its name, lore and attached itemstack:

public @SuppressWarnings("deprecation")
class CustomItem implements IStringTooltip {

    private ItemStack itemstack;
    private String name;
	public CustomItem(ItemStack itemstack, String name, String lore) {
        ItemMeta meta = itemstack.getItemMeta();
        this.itemstack = itemstack; = name;
    public String getName() {
    public ItemStack getItem() {
        return this.itemstack;
    public String getSuggestion() {
        return this.itemstack.getItemMeta().getDisplayName();

    public String getTooltip() {
        return this.itemstack.getItemMeta().getLore().get(0);

Let's also say that our plugin has registered lots of CustomItems and has this stored in a CustomItem[] in our plugin. We could then use this as our input for suggestions:

CustomItem[] customItems = new CustomItem[] {
    new CustomItem(new ItemStack(Material.DIAMOND_SWORD), "God sword", "A sword from the heavens"),
    new CustomItem(new ItemStack(Material.PUMPKIN_PIE), "Sweet pie", "Just like grandma used to make")
new CommandAPICommand("giveitem")
    .withArguments(new StringArgument("item").replaceSuggestions(ArgumentSuggestions.stringsWithTooltips(customItems))) // We use customItems[] as the input for our suggestions with tooltips
    .executesPlayer((player, args) -> {
        String itemName = (String) args[0];
        //Give them the item
        for(CustomItem item : customItems) {
            if(item.getName().equals(itemName)) {

Tooltips with safe suggestions

Using tooltips with safe suggestions is almost identical to the method described above for normal suggestions, except for two things. Firstly, you must use tooltips method instead of the stringsWithTooltips method and secondly, instead of using StringTooltip, you must use Tooltip<S>. Let's look at these differences in more detail.

The tooltips methods are fairly similar to the stringsWithTooltips methods, except instead of using StringTooltip, it simply uses Tooltip<S>:

SafeSuggestions<T> tooltips(Tooltip<T>... suggestions);
SafeSuggestions<T> tooltips(Function<SuggestionInfo, Tooltip<T>[]> suggestions);

The Tooltip<S> class represents a tooltip for a given object S. For example, a tooltip for a LocationArgument would be a Tooltip<Location> and a tooltip for an EnchantmentArgument would be a Tooltip<Enchantment>.

Just like the StringTooltip class, the Tooltip<S> class provides the following static methods, which operate exactly the same as the ones in the StringTooltip class:

Tooltip<S> none(S object);
Tooltip<S> of(S object, String tooltip);
Tooltip<S>[] arrayOf(Tooltip<S>... tooltips);

The use of arrayOf is heavily recommended as it provides the necessary type safety for Java code to ensure that the correct types are being passed to the tooltips method.

Example - Teleportation command with suggestion descriptions

Say we wanted to create a custom teleport command which suggestions a few key locations. In this example, we'll use the following command syntax:

/warp <location>

First, we'll declare our arguments. Here, we use a LocationArgument and use the tooltips method, with a parameter for the command sender, so we can get information about the world. We populate the suggestions with tooltips using Tooltip.of(Location, String) and collate them together with Tooltip.arrayOf(Tooltip<Location>...):

List<Argument> arguments = new ArrayList<>();
arguments.add(new LocationArgument("location")
    .replaceSafeSuggestions(SafeSuggestions.tooltips(info -> {
        // We know the sender is a player if we use .executesPlayer()
        Player player = (Player) info.sender();
        return Tooltip.arrayOf(
            Tooltip.of(player.getWorld().getSpawnLocation(), "World spawn"),
            Tooltip.of(player.getBedSpawnLocation(), "Your bed"),
            Tooltip.of(player.getTargetBlockExact(256).getLocation(), "Target block")

In the arguments declaration, we've casted the command sender to a player. To ensure that the command sender is definitely a player, we'll use the executesPlayer command execution method in our command declaration:

new CommandAPICommand("warp")
    .executesPlayer((player, args) -> {
        player.teleport((Location) args[0]);