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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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   13 of 14 members found this review helpful 13 / 14 members

I installed it since Shoutbox is not ready yet and I like it.

One comment...I'd prefer newer shouts showing at the top instead of at the bottom.

I don't see any setting for it.

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The Old Man

   12 of 13 members found this review helpful 12 / 13 members

Great app, brilliant fast support! Highly recommended but you need to be careful to limit the refresh if on Shared Hosting, just like Shoutbox as all these types of apps hammer the server. Mine is now set to 2-3 min refresh as a result of server resources. Not a reflection on Chatbox though.

Two issues I've noticed:

  1. When you edit a message as an admin, there is no obvious way to save the edited message, no button or anything, so not figured that out yet. I have to delete it and retype.
  2. Almost all of my members say the sound notification alert of a new message is intermittent and many don't hear it at all despite using a PC and having the audio option switched on. I've experienced the same on the developers site too. Difficult to replicate and so very hard to track down.

Great app, highly recommended!



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   10 of 11 members found this review helpful 10 / 11 members

Simple install, easy placement on the page and full chatbox functionality.  How is it free?  I don't know, but onlyME comes through for the community yet again.  

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

Works great, would like to see it be able to see new posts on top and older on the bottom instead of having to scroll to the bottom to see new posts.

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   6 of 7 members found this review helpful 6 / 7 members

Very flexible and customizable application, works well no matter where you place it (aesthetically).

Support is top-notch as well, definitely a must have.

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· Edited by -FP

   6 of 7 members found this review helpful 6 / 7 members

Cool, it does what the description says.

I miss a setting to choose how the messages are displayed, ascending or descending order, but other than that it's nice.

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

First of all, thanks for the very clean experience. Chatbox works without issue (and it's free!).

It would be great if we had the option to condense member's name and message into one line. It would allow us to show a fair few more messages on the forum frontpage, where space is more of a commodity. E.g.,


 It wouldn't have to be formatted exactly that way but it does add in two extra chat messages into a space where only three display currently.


Regardless, thanks again for you work.

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Ivo Pereira

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

This app seems great!

Would it be possible for you to add the possibility of adding the list of chat active users on the right (could be turned off)? If so, that would be awesome!

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   3 of 4 members found this review helpful 3 / 4 members

ips 4.0.5

very good piece of software with IMHO these limitations:

  1. when the user is on an area different from the chat, when a message is received no notification is triggered (nor sound nor icon message in notifications) and this is a big lack
  2. it would be nice to have a floating chatbox, alway accessible regardless of the place where you are (this is only a hope:smile:)


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

Thank you very much for this free and near perfect chatbox, I use it in my forum as a shoutbox on the right side on 4.3.6

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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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