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Chatbox FREE 4.3.1

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This is very simple chat system with the basic features:

  • Ajax chat, auto update.
  • Display as a widget, so you can place it in sidebar or top page.
  • Sound notification. User can toggle on/off.
  • Admins/Moderators can block users.
  • Load more messages when scrolling end (or top).
  • Rules.
  • Supports emoticons, URL, Images (GIF, PNG, JPG)
  • *NEW* Supports GIPHY to finds GIFs and Stickers by using /giphy command (Eg: /giphy happy new year)
  • *NEW* Supports Youtube, playing video in iframe and popup 
  • @mention by clicking on usernames.
  • Flood control.
  • Bad word filters.
  • Time format.
  • Display newer messages in top or bottom.
  • Permissions for viewing, chatting & management.
  • Edit/Delete messages.

This is a free version with basic features, if you need advanced features, take a look at PLUS version:


Edited by onlyME

What's New in Version 4.3.1   See changelog


Fixed emoji problem.

Support: via Private Message

Settings: Admin CP -> Community -> Chatbox -> Settings

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   11 of 11 members found this review helpful 11 / 11 members

Really Great App.  Would like to see a few features added, like video support to get it 5 stars.

That being said, for users that had IPB3 with Shoutbox on their forum and have upgraded to IPB4 with Chatbox, here is a really simple query to run that will pull over your chat posts from Shoutbox and throw them into your Chatbox so you do not lose them.  How this query is written you will want a clean chatbox (no messages) so you either want to run this after installing or you will want to delete your current entries.  I could maybe write one to "merge" the two, but won't if there is not enough interest.

INSERT INTO bimchatbox_chat (`id`, `user`, `chat`, `time`)
SELECT `s_id`, `s_mid`, `s_message`, `s_date` FROM shoutbox_shouts


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   7 of 7 members found this review helpful 7 / 7 members


I really liked the chat, but can I still add the following functions?

1. Make the "login" button so that you can enter the user list on the chat pages. This is necessary in order to form a list of "Who is chatting online." And the "exit" button to exit the list. Those who millet left the chat page are automatically logged out.
2. Individual color and style of the text, nickname. Personal settings.
3. Archive chat messages broken down by day.

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   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

Hi - excellent work - many thanks to onlyME!

Is there any trick (even complex :) ) so that the shoutbox apperars on top of every page (e.g. when viewing the forums or in any section of IPS?).


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   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

It would be great to get some detail information instead of a generic "Bug Fixes"

Overall, fantastic product and credit to the Dev!


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   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members

The only piece this app is missing is highlighting of tagged username? Also would be nice to have notification for it.  Other then solid app! Been using it and many thanks for this!



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   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members

Great app, works as expected. Author took feedback really well and made changes to make it even better.

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   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Great app, works as advertised. Is it possible to change the sound of the notification alert?


Thank you for creating this plugin.

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Brainy S.

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

Still works great on 4.3.4.

My users love this plugin! I love that it supports having its own tab/page (without needing the IPS Pages application), and I love that it works great as a widget. So I have it as a sidebar widget on my Forums page, but also on its own full-page (same chat). This allows people on their computer browser to follow and interact with Chatbox conversations while surfing the forums... or for people who actually want a full-page chat.

The author was quick to follow up on my dumb question, which is great support...especially for a free app.

Thanks so much!

P.S. The "Auto Welcome" app will interface with Chatbox if you want new user registrations to be posted into chat, so it's a great compliment to Chatbox.

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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

This is nice and simple to use. The only downside is we can't see who is active right now and no options to privately message someone

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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

Just uploaded on site today. Runs smooth and I am very happy with it. Thank you!

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· Edited by RobotMonkeyHead

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

Excellent app, works great, and its up-kept.  

___/ Obligatory Feature Requesting
~ A toggle switch in the menu which allows all links to be opened in new tabs.
~ Add "word-wrap: break-word;" to the css, so posts like "aaaaaaahhhhh!" will word wrap.
~ Allow default height to be set to 100%, so opening the full page Chatbox page (added to nav bar) can actually fill the entire screen.
  For those who don't want to use it in widget mode.

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Alexaner Pachkovsky

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

Thank you so much!
In the last version, whith fixed bug: "load more" button -  work perfectly on mobile devices!

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· Edited by Gangst3r

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Great Chatbox. It has basic functions and a friendly interface. It is enough for me!
If necessary, I will buy a paid version.

To the author: I recommend changing the color in the CSS class responsible for the background of the Rules. Because it currently only looks good on light themes, when using dark we have one bright strip that catches the eye.

Change a class in data\theme.xml file


     padding: 5px 15px 5px 15px;
     background: # fffee5;


     padding: 5px 15px 5px 15px;
     background: rgba (0.0,0,0.1);

This change makes the chat box style universal for both light and dark templates.



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Rashed Ahmed

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Very great chatbox, but I am getting an error when I go to settings



This wasn't showing before and I haven't touched anything.


Please help!


Response from the author:

Please pm me

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member


In the latest Chatbox FREE 4.0.6 version, pressing the edit button will delete the content of the post.

Best regards,


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