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MGC Chatbox Evo
Mod Version: 3.4.0, by VBDev (Coder) VBDev is offline
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vB Version: 4.2.x Rating: (307 votes - 4.63 average) Installs: 2475
Released: 28 Jan 2008 Last Update: 02 Sep 2013 Downloads: 46131
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This mod is automatically compatible with vB3.6.x, vB3.7.x, vB3.8.x and vB4.x.x


MGC Chatbox Evo is the most ever installed chatbox for vBulletin !

It offers a new enhanced online experience to your members leading to increased time spent online of more than 25% by providing them with a new, more interactive, way to interact with each other.
  • Important number of features
  • High level of configurability to fit each users needs
  • Channels system
  • Many commands
  • Bot system
  • and more...
... makes MGC Chatbox Evo a must have for your forum !

Detailed features

Following is a non-exhaustive list:
  • Simple install
  • Ajax based with:
    • Fast and Intelligent chats retrieval through javascript calls to server files (refresh delay configurable per usergroup)
    • Edit/update by double-clicking on a chat
    • Interact on chats through menus and javascript
  • Many usergroup permissions to limit features according to usergroups
  • Full configuration of the chatbox display:
    Size, position on forum pages, editor layout (either top/bottom input or left/right textarea) and position, number of chats displayed, ...
  • Full configuration of the chats display:
    Authorized bbcodes selection, date/time options, avatar display, ...
  • Possibility to create channels (unlimited number) with multiple configuration options:
    • Warn user of new message when not active through blinking image and eventually sound notification
    • Possibility to select on which specific page each is displayed
    • Option to display the channel only for selected languages
    • Usergroup/User permissions to access the channel
  • Many commands available with usergroup/user permissions to access them:
    • /me: well known IRC command
    • /del: remove shouts (different possibilities of removal)
    • /ignore: ignore shouts from another user
    • /ban: ban user from chatbox
    • /pm: send a private chat to another user
    • /announcement: modify the announcement on top of the chatbox
    • /slap: allow user to slap another user
    • /team: chats sending between specified usergroups
    • /l33t: I33t-ify a message
    • /banchan: ban user from specific channel [PRO only]
  • Forum activity notifications system in the chatbox:
    • Different display options:
      • In the chatbox melted with chats
      • In the chatbox in a separate column
      • In the vB4 sidebar or a custom sidebar for vB3
    • Multiple notifications:
      • New thread creation
      • New post creation
      • Post thanked (Abe's)
      • New registrations (not included - separate product)
      • IBProarcade highscore (not included - separate product)
  • Bot system with set of predefined trigger chat and corresponding answers and automatic bot chats [PRO only]
  • Archive system with statistics as well as download and search capabilities
  • Possibility to display the list of users online in the chatbox
  • Force anynomous to enter a username before chatting if they can access the chatbox
  • Antiflood system
  • Private chats feature through PM in tabs
  • Optional sound notifications
  • Inactive mode feature for server load optimization
  • User statistics display in posts and profile
  • Chatbox statistics display on forumhome
  • Create thread from a chat [PRO only]
  • CMS Integration (not included - separate product)
    • vBAdvanced CMPS
    • vBulletin 4 CMS
  • Importers from other chatbox systems:

Refer to the readme for the chatbox install.


Live demo on MGC Products forum

  1. French
  2. English
  3. German [Not yet updated]
  4. Serbian [Not yet updated]

On my website mostly and in this thread


Integration in IBProarcade is described in the readme.
vBAdvanced CMPS and vBulletin 4 CMS integration are available as additional modules.


This hack is compatible with vB3.6.x, vB3.7.x
, vB3.8.x and vB4.x.x


First part:

Second part:

Third part:

How to set the channel images

Thanks to princeedwards for this little how to : click here

PRO version and additional addons available on my website

This mod is automatically compatible with vB3.6.x, vB3.7.x, vB3.8.x and vB4.x.x

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Old 28 Jan 2008, 20:59
Shanj Shanj is offline
Join Date: Oct 2006
Who's online

I just installed MGC last week on 2 vbulletin sites. We are all delighted with it.

But I do not see what the difference is with the new version.
Perhaps the way I use MGC is basic. Or perhaps the differences are in the code not the user level?
If I have to completely install again I need to know the reason.
Please do not think I am being rude or that I do not appreciate your hard work. It's a WONDERFUL piece of coding. The installation was excellently guided.
I just don't understand.

Separately ----
It is necessary for this mod to work well to see who is online before I know I can talk to them.
On forumhome this is not a problem. I copied the who's online code which is normally at the bottom, to the top. See screenshot.
This means user can see who is logged in.
User can then say hello and start chatting.
This is a HUGE part of why MGC works well. Without seeing who is logged in to the forums it is not possible to say hello except --- hello world - is anyone there? --- not satisfactory!
So the who's online (for forums) is very important to make MGC perfect.

But putting who's online (for the forums) on other pages is a big headache. I don't understand the construction of the other forum pages. There are bits on different templates that work together as a team - too complicated for me.
However MGC understands this clever stuff because in admincp you give me excellent simple options to put MGC on the other pages.
Can you tell me how to do this for the who's online code (for forums) --- it doesn't work to just copy the who's online code from forumhome. Must be php in header? or something that works OK in navbar but not in other places.
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Old 28 Jan 2008, 21:11
Shanj Shanj is offline
Join Date: Oct 2006
Small layout problem

I use a side column - Ultiumate Side Columns
This is OK with MGC for logged in users because I set MGC as visible to registered members.
But when user first arrives before logging in it looks awful!
Because MGC is not there to fill the space next to the side collumn, the side column spreads all across the page - even though I set it to 110pixels.

This is not a tragedy as both my vbulletins are for members only. But it does not look elegant when user arrives.
What can I do to either
1) place an empty table there instead of MGC if MGC is not visible? - so MGC fils the space but does not display as a chat?
Maybe a notice: --- Forum Chatbox (you will see this service appear when you log in as a member) ---
2) make the guest forums fill the MGC space if MGC does not display?
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Old 28 Jan 2008, 21:26
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SwollenCranium SwollenCranium is offline
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC
Thanks for the release ..

Last edited by SwollenCranium; 29 Jan 2008 at 03:27.
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Old 28 Jan 2008, 21:28
nerofix nerofix is offline
Join Date: Mar 2006
I have a Fatal Error when UNINSTALLING the old shoutbox 1.5 product.

Catchable fatal error: Object of class vB_Database could not be converted to string in /www/mywebspace/forum/admincp/plugin.php(1497) : eval()'d code on line 6
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Old 28 Jan 2008, 21:41
Shanj Shanj is offline
Join Date: Oct 2006
time (hour mins) backwards!

I have the previous version installed before the new one you announced today

The time displays beside each line of chat is showing wrong. When it displays 09.00 it is really 9pm /21.00. When it shows pm it's really am.
In my screenshot just above the times showing 2.53 and 4.18 were not in the night but in the afternoon.
Not huge problem but maybe can fix?
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Old 28 Jan 2008, 21:49
nerofix nerofix is offline
Join Date: Mar 2006
I can't update my usergroups anymore, MySQL Error:

Database error in vBulletin 3.7.0 Beta 4:

Invalid SQL:
UPDATE usergroup SET

### UPDATE QUERY GENERATED BY fetch_query_sql() ###

`mgccustomusergroupperms` = '1023',

WHERE usergroupid=6;

MySQL Error : Unknown column 'mgccustomusergroupperms' in 'field list'
Error Number : 1054
Date : Monday, January 28th 2008 @ 11:46:43 PM
Script :
Referrer :
IP Address : xx
Username : xx
Classname : vB_Database
MySQL Version : 5.0.45-community-log
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Old 28 Jan 2008, 22:05
maidos maidos is offline
Join Date: Jul 2006
hey a great version thanks hm i still cant post öäĺ on the shoutbox though

is it possible to add a command that can load a certain forum page ?
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Old 28 Jan 2008, 22:22
IR15H IR15H is offline
Join Date: Feb 2007
Thumbs up Good Stuff

Un-installed the old version, and installed this new version (with commands) all absolutely fine. Thanks for your hard work .
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Old 28 Jan 2008, 22:34
maidos maidos is offline
Join Date: Jul 2006
and is it possible to add the field where u type a wider and higher one
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Old 29 Jan 2008, 00:31
Henry187 Henry187 is offline
Join Date: Nov 2006
Is it meant to allow Administrators to view every PM sent in the PM channel, just by clicking the PM channel button? It's annoying due to the fact that I can't tell if someone's trying to send me something, someone else, or even just to themselves.
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Old 29 Jan 2008, 02:06
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Barakat Barakat is offline
Join Date: Nov 2004
Real name: Barakat
works good thanks ...
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Old 29 Jan 2008, 02:19
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jalmz jalmz is offline
Join Date: Aug 2005
grrrr.. it doesnt show in the arcade.... what going on?????

The integration in the arcade can only be done by activating the display chatbox on defined pages in a variable (not the one under the navbar).
Here is the process you must follow to achieve this integration :
- Go in the admincp in the "Display and Position" options
- Activate the option "Display the chatbox on defined pages of the forum in a variable"
- In the pages list, add "arcade" and then validate
- Open the arcade/functions/functions.php et search for "function do_output($output_array)"
- After the two line of globals, add : global $mgc_chatbox;
- Finally, edit the ARCADE template and add $mgc_cb_evo_var where you want the chatbox to appear
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Old 29 Jan 2008, 02:45
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jalmz jalmz is offline
Join Date: Aug 2005
guys,, can you help me??
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Old 29 Jan 2008, 03:03
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belceb belceb is offline
Join Date: Oct 2006

I installed this mod on the version 3.6.8, but now in my panel of administration appears only this....

can you help me?

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Old 29 Jan 2008, 03:09
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SwollenCranium SwollenCranium is offline
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC
Seems to have a bug:

As an unregistered user I get this :

28/01 9:55 PM <Lurking Mofo> [color=#]the mail is here[/color]

Why are those odd color tags around the post ? I can NOT find anywhere to edit it out.

Also .. I am unable to get the usergroup default color option to work. Will not allow a selection to be made.


Last edited by SwollenCranium; 29 Jan 2008 at 03:28.
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