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Chatbox FREE 4.2.2

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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 4.2.2   See changelog


Bug fixes

Support: via Private Message

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

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   1 of 2 members found this review helpful 1 / 2 members

A Chatbox really makes a great addition to most forums. My members and I want to thank onlyMe for providing such a fine free application. In a time when most devs have all but abandoned the simple forum owners, onlyMe and a few others, continue to provide quality plugins/applications for us free. 

App is super easy to install, has so many great features. Easy to set configurations. 

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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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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

Très bonne application, mise à jour, bon support et fait le taff ! S'intègre et se configure très bien. Thanks @onlyME

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   4 of 5 members found this review helpful 4 / 5 members

Works amazingly but still can't get giphy to sync with it. Still totally worth it though!

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Guitar Gathering

   5 of 6 members found this review helpful 5 / 6 members

It's a fun addition to our board - definitely worth the price.  But it disconnects quite often - kicking people out.  It gets frustrating.  We tried to have a big chat one time and the chat  crashed and couldn't handle the 90 people that were trying to use it simultaneously. 

I questioned the developer on it and was told "it's just a simple chat program" and he recommended I use something else for larger chats.  Unfortunately there aren't any other options in the InvisionMarketplace.

But, don't get me wrong.  It's a great add on to our board and creates immediate engagement.

Just needs to get the bugs worked out a bit more.

I agree with some other reviews that it would be helpful to be able to see who's in the chat at any time.


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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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   0 of 1 member found this review helpful 0 / 1 member

I will edit my rating if U can find out how to edit the text color from black to white if someone can help me that would be great 

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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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· Edited by Andy928

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

It would be nice to have visual notification of incoming chat messages, like a badge notification for example.

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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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   7 of 8 members found this review helpful 7 / 8 members

Great app! works perfectly fine, very well integrated with the suite. Thank you for the good job, and for making it free! :)

Before upgrading to IPS4, I would use the IRC-like BlueImp AjaxChat, customized with a personal hack with IPSconnect for minimal login integration, but it didn't work anymore after the upgrade. I didn't feel in the mood of spending more time coding on a deprecated solution. My users LOVE the chat functionality, I would have had a riot if no chat had been available after upgrade. You kind of saved my life ^_^

I have a number of questions / suggestions (and would be happy to contribute to code if you're interested)

  • is it possible to have several, distinct chatboxes ? (Not the same chat appearing on different places in synchronized boxes - I know how to do that - but really two different chatboxes ? typically, one for all members, and a private one that would only appear on a page which would have restricted access to some group?
  • if so, would it be possible to include such a "subcommunity chatbox" box as a feature in a club?
  • would it be possible to develop IRC-like actions, like the good old /me, /kick for moderators, etc?
  • would it be possible to add a chatbot with customizable reactions like triggers (someone says "hello", the chatbot automatically answers "hello, welcome on the chat" for instance)
  • as other people, a list of online members viewing this page (not the online standard box with all connected members) would be really great!

I don't request all of this of course, just wanted to know if @onlyME thinks it would be possible with some work on my side (or if it's already possible and I just didn't find how).

Thanks again :)

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   2 of 3 members found this review helpful 2 / 3 members

Great App! Love it! But how do I make it appear on the front page with the forums. (Browse Page) so it can appear with the forums.

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

After converting our community from SMF to IPB, we were having an issue with users being logged out on the home page.  We worked with our host and IPB to fix that--but the fix wound up making the chatbox not work.  The developer visited our site and pointed out the issue, which enabled us to know what was going on and get things actually fixed.  I'm very grateful for the support, and especially for a FREE chatbox. 

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   2 of 5 members found this review helpful 2 / 5 members

Great app! Works well and found other member who already edits and shares his work! Shame the current dev of app didn't share this information with me earlier when I asked. Can this app be edit and or shared. Told me no, when he could have pointed me to this great add on. Thanks for not helping. 

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   4 of 5 members found this review helpful 4 / 5 members

Overall, the app is great!  It does what it says on the tin, is easy to install and has some great features, like posting photos inside the chat and being easy to read and use on mobile devices.  One suggestion: I'd love to see a setting for guests to chat, even if it's just with a temporary username like "Guest".  In an ideal world, they could enter a name that would just be text rather than a link to a profile, as members are.  This is one feature my users are really missing on this app versus our old Shoutbox.  Again, this would be a toggleable setting, because I know not all communities want a guest-friendly chat.  But overall, I really appreciate the app; it's definitely one of the most useful add-ons to my site.

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   2 of 3 members found this review helpful 2 / 3 members

The only thing this needs is a box on the side that shows who's in the chat! We've got complaints about IP.Chat being better because it had the list of people in the chat room. Unfortunately IP.Chat is no longer a thing. So for now this works great! If it had that feature, it would be 5 stars all day!!

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· Edited by LHOOD

   0 of 2 members found this review helpful 0 / 2 members

There is an XSS vulnerability, but i don't know where exactly is.

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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 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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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Very extendible app, i love it. Thanks onlyME for continous updates, my favorite third part product ever :thumbsup:

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