Discord is an amazing platform to create communities and bring people together - and one of the best ways to start improving your community is to make it visually sleek. In this guide, we’re going to talk about the banners in Discord and how you can use them.

There are three banners you can utilize in Discord: profile banner, server banner, and server guide banner. All of them are displayed in different sections of Discord and can help you improve the visual appeal of your profile or server.

Let’s start with profile banners.

Discord Profile Banner Size Guide

You might’ve seen Discord users with sleek user profiles. One of the biggest influences on the appearance of a user profile is its banner. There are two ways to display custom images on your profile, the first one is your profile picture, and the other is the banner. While your profile picture is more visible in various sections of Discord, your banner can only be seen in your profile. Your banner takes up a lot of space, which allows you to customize your profile to your liking.

To add a profile banner, you have to be a Nitro subscriber - a Nitro Basic subscription doesn’t have the feature to add banners. If you’re already a Nitro subscriber, great! You can add a banner to your profile.

Banners can be still images or GIFs. No matter the file type, its size shouldn’t exceed 10 MB. The recommended resolution of a Discord profile banner is 680x240. If you want to design a custom banner for yourself, we suggest you keep in mind that your profile picture will block a portion of the banner in your profile. Use the profile template below to design the perfect banner.

Template for Discord Profile Banner with blocked and available areas
Pro Tip: Being a Nitro subscriber allows you to set up a custom profile theme, which determines your profile colors. You can use the two most dominant colors of your banner to make your profile look much more coherent and eye-catching.

Discord Server Banner Size Guide

Another banner you can use in Discord is the server banner. It’s one of the most visible aspects of a server you can customize, and it helps a lot with setting the theme of your server.

In order to add a banner to your server, however, you need the server to have a Server Boost level of at least 2, and if it’s Level 3, you can use animated banners as well - to learn more about Server Boosting and levels, check out our guide on Discord Server Boosting.

As with most custom images that you can upload to Discord, the maximum file size of the server banner is 10 MB. The recommended resolution of a Discord server banner is 1920x1080. However, you should keep in mind that when you add a server banner, your server will block a portion of it towards the top - the top 28% of it, to be exact.

In order to prevent your server name from blocking an important part of your image, you can use the Discord server banner template we’ve made for you:

Template for Discord Server Banner with blocked and available areas
Pro Tip: Do not add any text to your server banner. It’s already small, and your server name covers a significant portion of it. Adding text will make it look cluttered, so try to use images without any text in them.

Discord Server Guide Banner Size Guide

The last banner that you can use in Discord is the server guide banner. There are two requirements to fulfill before being able to use a server guide banner: you have to set up onboarding, and the server has to have a Server Boost level of at least 2.

The server guide banner will be displayed in the Server Guide section of your server, which can be found at the top of your channel list. If you can’t see that section, you don’t have onboarding set up yet.

After you upload the server guide banner, you’ll see that it has rounded corners, and your server icon will be blocking a portion of it towards the bottom left. You can use the template we made in order to avoid them blocking an important part of your banner:

Template for Discord Server Guide Banner with blocked and available areas

How to Use Banners to Improve a Discord Server

Making your server visually attractive is one of the many aspects of improving a Discord server. Having a distinct style and sleek server will help you differentiate yourself from millions of other servers in Discord, which is important for growing your server and keeping its members.

Paying attention to visual detail and spending effort in making things look coherent, hence making your server look good, will indicate that you’re serious about your server and its quality. No one wants to hang out with their friends in front of a dry lake. Although they have the same benches, people would rather hang out at the lake with the beautiful birds, plants, and scenery. Of course, this is just a superficial metaphor; it actually applies to the real-life usage of Discord. If your server looks good, people will want to spend time in it.

If you want to learn more about other visuals you can customize in Discord and the best way to use them, check out our Discord Size Guide.

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