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[DBTech] vBShout v6 (vB5) [AJAX]
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vB Version: 5.2.x Rating: (18 votes - 3.72 average) Installs: 212
Released: 11 Oct 2012 Last Update: 07 May 2016 Downloads: 2227
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DragonByte Technologies are proud to present vBShout v6: The most advanced, Most feature-rich and most professional shoutbox ever.


vBShout is the ideal way to keep members on your forum while they wait for replies to their posts. It can be used in many ways - as a chat room for members, for staff to discuss issues in realtime, as a live-update feed of new posts and threads, as a way to track member milestones... Best of all, you can have multiple boxes in use for multple purposes!


Priority support & Product Demos available at:


Professional version available @
Priority support for Lite version is handled at the Developers Website.


Translations available @ our forum
Support for translations handled by the translator in its respective threads only.


Major Lite Features

Advanced Shout Control: You have the ability to post shouts, edit your shouts, PM shouts to other users, Ignore other users, insert /Me commands, insert smilies, Bbcode, change font, text colour etc.

Advanced Staff Control: Give your staff members customised permissions to allow them to do certain actions, on all or selected instances and chat rooms. Permissions include: Silencing users, banning users, editing user shouts, Creating/Editing "Sticky Notices", Pruning shouts and much more.

Resource Optimisation: vBShout implements an Advanced Optimisation Protocol to save your forum resources. Enabling this will further reduce the amount of resources consumed by the shoutbox. AOP was originally featured in Inferno vBShout, and DBTech vBShout takes it to the next level by ensuring that all your chats are always up-to-date without taking up needless amount of resources.

Shoutbox Tabs: New PM's or User Chat Rooms create Tabs. Tabs will highlight to let you know something new has happened, and you can even set them to make sounds to alert you.

Active Users Shout-bit: Shows the users active in the tab/instance you are, with the option to view everyone who can enter/exit the room at will (and thus see any shouts posted) in a pop-up to save resources. Perfect for seeing what's going on and who's around at a glance.

Context Menus: Many places now make use of context menus less having to remember /commands, one click access to the most useful and commonly used functions, and the ability for users to access their shoutbox settings directly from the shoutbox itself.

Custom Chat Rooms: Your users can now set up their own Chat-Tabs, where they get to set who can come and chat. Perfect for clubs, guilds etc. Admins can also create permanent Chat rooms for specific usergroups etc. perfect for a staff only chat room for instance, or to reward loyal members!

Custom Shoutbox Instances: Ever wanted a separate shoutbox just for your admin forum? Got a part of your board only for VIP members? Now you can set a shoutbox specific to those areas.

Shoutbox Sounds: You asked for it, we delivered. Customisable sounds now available on receiving shouts, Invites, PM's and more. (Requires QuickTime Plugin)

Logging: Worried about staff members pruning the shoutbox to cover their tracks? Don't worry, with our advanced logging options, you can make sure a hard copy is kept of every action taken.

Downloadable Shoutbox Archives: You and your shoutbox admins can download a complete dump of the Shoutbox' archive for all instances. With 3 supported formats (tab-delimited CSV, XML and TXT), there's something for everyone whether your purpose is review or programming.

Easy Shoutbox Notice Editing: You and usergroups with the "Can Set Sticky" permission can now edit the notice by double-clicking the Sticky in the shoutbox. Quickly fix typos or rapidly update with new turn of events, editing it is never more than two clicks away.

Professional Only benefits:

Ignore List: Allows users to keep track of who they are ignoring, and control this option via a list.

Additional Moderation Commands: The ability to add/edit the sticky notice through the shoutbox.

Extended Instance Options: Allows you to have separate notices per instance, set usergroup settings for individual instances, and even set unique staff permissions for each individual instance.

Expanded Context Menus: Lets your member/staff use the context menu to add/update the sticky note, Ban and Unban users, Ignore/Unignore users and prune individual user shouts.

Complete Feature List
  • Shoutbox
    • Post Shouts
    • Edit / Delete Shouts
    • Shouts played using HTML5 <audio> tags
    • PM other users
      • PM tabs for convo between two users
    • View Active Users
      • Separate context-aware block that shows the people active in your specific tab.
  • Update text styles
    • Bold
    • Italic
    • Underline
    • Font
    • Colour
  • Slash commands
    • Built-in commands in a drop-down list
    • /banlist for a list of all users banned from the shoutbox
  • Context menu for available actions
    • View Profile
    • Send PM
  • Create chat room
    • Invite / Manage users that can access this chat room
    • Inviting an user sends them a pop-up asking them to join the room.
  • Tabs
    • Highlights when you're not viewing them but they have new messages.
    • Chat Rooms get tabs added as you join them.
  • Logging
    • Default logging logs all administrative slash commands.
  • AdminCP
    • Chat Room Manager
      • Assign usergroups to chat rooms
    • Edit Settings
      • Which commands to log
      • Log level
      • Shouts to display
      • Shouts to display (Archive)
      • Shoutbox Height
      • Shout display order
      • Shoutbox Refresh Rate
      • Smilies on / off
      • PMs on / off
      • Allowed BBCode controls
      • Enabled Editor Tools
      • Maximum [SIZE]
      • Max characters per shout
      • Max images per shout
      • Archive "Top X Shouters" count
      • Active Users block on/off
      • Auto-Delete Shouts
      • Max chat rooms per user
      • Global sound switch
      • Play sounds while idle
      • Per-Usergroup display of moderator actions (like pruning shouts)
      • Ability to disable the "Chat Access" list
      • Ability to disable Blog notifications
      • Alternating Shout Background Colours
      • Forum Milestones (replacing the simple "Post Markers")
        • Every X Posts
        • Every X Threads
        • Every X Members
    • Show command log
    • Show banned users
    • Show shout log
    • Maintenance
      • Reset all style customisations

  • Context Menu Options
  • Moderation actions
    • Add / Update Sticky Note
    • Ban / Unban users
    • Ignore / unignore users
    • Prune user's shouts
  • Slash commands
    • /silencelist for a list of all users silenced in the shoutbox
  • High-level logging logs everything
  • Separate Sticky notices per instance
  • Separate usergroup permissions per instance
  • Assign chat room to any / all instance(s)
  • Shoutbox Refresh Rate
    • While idle
  • PMs on / off
  • Archive "Top X Shouters" count
  • Play sounds while idle
  • Maintenance
    • Reset all style customisations
  • Adjust time stamp format
  • Per-Usergroup "Can PM" permission

Missing Features List

Major Lite Features

Customisable New Post / Thread Notifications: Allows you to make the shoutbox post when a new thread is created, or a new post is made. You can make this happen with all threads (Which will take user permissions into account) or only threads/posts from certain forums.

Revamped Thread / Reply Notices: Do you have a massive board with 100+ forums? With the revamped New Thread / Reply Notices page, you can edit exactly what forums show what notices in what instance all from one page.

Archive: View all the shouts posted since the last pruning, Also shows you the top X shouters, a variety of interesting and useful shoutbox statistics, and allows you to search previous shouts.

Shoutbox Report System: Members can now report offensive shouts by using the shout context menu. When a report has been submitted, those with the "Can Moderate Chat" permission will see how many reports need their attention via a new chat tab in the Shoutbox.

Easy User Infractions: The context menu also adds a quick link to infract users, for those who can access vBulletin's infraction system. This lets you quickly punish members who are overstepping your bounds.

Blog Integration: Give blogs a more prominent place on your forum by having the Shoutbox post notifications when someone posts a new blog or comments on a blog.

Professional Only benefits:

Personal User Shoutbox Options: Integrated with User CP, User gets to decide which things show on their shoutbox, PM's, notifications etc. Even what editor options show up for them. They also get to decide where their text input area goes for TOTAL customisation.

Extra Tab Options: The ability to set separate tabs for system notifications and notices is available in the PRO version, fantastic for keeping your chat tab uncluttered.

Custom Commands: Lets you and your users create their own commands for use. For example, create pre-set warning comments Staff member types /firstwarning, Text appears saying "This is your first warning for breaking the shoutbox rules. You can view these rules at [link] If you have a question about this warning, please PM myself. Thanks."

Extra User Chat Room Moderation: Shows a page displaying every use-created chat room, who made it, how many active members/total members it has etc, and options to close it etc.

Advanced Archive Searching: Ability to search by any combination of username, Last X Hours, Start/End date, as well as keyword. Filter searches, sort by criteria etc.

Detach Shoutbox: Lets you and your users have the shoutbox open in a seperate browser window/tab for easier use etc.

  • Archive
    • View list of all Shouts in the system
    • Top X Shouters
    • Shoutbox Statistics
    • Search Archive
      • Search by
        • Phrase
  • AdminCP
    • Ban / Silence management in Edit User

  • Separate tab for Notifications
    • Lets you hide them from the main view but still have them accessible.
  • Separate tab for System Messages
    • Lets you hide them from main view but still have them accessible.
  • Detach shoutbox
    • Shows a dedicated shoutbox browser window.
  • Shoutbox Options
    • Integration with UserCP
      • General Shoutbox Settings
        • Enable / Disable PMs
        • Enable / Disable Notifications
        • Enable / Disable System Messages
        • Override shout styles
        • Sounds on/off
          • Shout
          • Invite
          • PM
        • Hide alternating shoutbox background colours
        • Hide user avatars
      • Display Settings
        • Hide/Display individual Editor settings (Font, text colour etc)
        • Control shout area location
      • Tab Reordering
        • Re-order chat tabs
  • Custom Commands
    • Add / Edit custom commands
  • Ignore List
    • Add / Remove users
  • vBActivity & Awards integration (Award, Achievement, Promotion)
  • Filter archive shouts by chatroom
  • Create threads from archive shouts
  • Search Archive
    • Search by
      • Username
      • Last X Hours
      • Start Date
      • End Date
    • Sort order for search results
    • Shouts per page
  • Filter archive shouts
  • Edit/Delete shouts in archive
  • Ban / Silence management in Edit User
  • Forum Milestones (replacing the simple "Post Markers")
    • Every X Blogs
    • Every X Shouts
    • Every X [DBTech] Advanced Post Thanks / Like button clicks received
    • Every X [DBTech] Advanced User Tagging thread tags received
    • Every X [DBTech] Advanced User Tagging quotes received
    • Every X [DBTech] Advanced User Tagging mentions received
    • Every X [DBTech] vBQuiz quizzed created
    • Every X [DBTech] vBQuiz quizzed completed

This mod displays a one-line copyright notification in the footer of all pages which includes:
  • 1 Link to DragonByte Technologies homepage
  • 1 Link to Product Description page of this modification


Moderator Edit:

Due to changes in the Javascript Structure in vBulletin 5.6.4, this addon was not working. Below are steps to resolve this issue:

Shout is looking for a .js file. But it isn't here.

1. go to :
2. copy code and paste it in notepad
3. save it as : jquery.tmpl.min.js
4. copy via ftp to ---> board/js/jquery
5. Reload page and shout is working ( VB 5.6.4)

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Old 21 Apr 2020, 22:15
rustyshack rustyshack is offline
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What really irks me about all this is that when i was on VB4 for 10 years, Dragonbyte just sucked the money out of me for these plugins, literally thousands of dollars. I bought almost every product they had. Now they won't support me moving to VB5. So much profit from vbulletin then they just abandon us. Sure it would more convenient for them only to build for xenforo or whatever. What about your good customers?????

In the end I think VB5 is better than VB4 and has many better features, and familiar ones, than other forum software. Not as many plugins are needed because of the flexibility to develop or customize the VB5 platform.

I don't understand them constantly blaming Internet Brands for their own decisions.
Possibly they jumped in too quickly with VB5 plugins it looks like to me.
It is possible Internet brands bit off more than they could chew on the VB5 functionality.
But now it is mostly ironed out VB5 is very well rounded now without the errors at the beginning.

I think many more people are on VB5 than they think.
Many point to the number of plugins on this forum as a gauge to how many users there are.
They don't mention what VB5 has built in that eliminates the need for many old plugins.

I have two VB5 forums and may start a third. I would gladly buy 3 copies of shout box if it was updated. Plus all their other products. But now I am in the basket of VB5 deplorables.
I'm not clear why Dragonbyte didn't reach out to it's good users to gauge their future intentions?

Last edited by rustyshack; 21 Apr 2020 at 23:25.
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Old 07 May 2020, 15:04
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I am new to VB5 and installed this shoutbox yesterday. It shows everywhere but not on the home/mainpage. Also it does not do smilies eventhough the smilies option is check off in acp in the settings for the shoutbox?

Is everyone having that problem or am I doing something wrong?

Is there any other shoutbox out there?

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Old 07 May 2020, 17:45
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mdawg mdawg is offline
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I have mine set so that it appears ONLY on the homepage. Works fine on several vb5 forums of mine.

1) As far as Emojis, how exactly are you posting the Emojis within the Shoutbox? When I try to post one via say the Control Command Space of a MacBook Pro, the actual symbol is transformed into the word Emoji in Shoutbox.

But then, if I try to post a Mac emoji within a regular post at vb5, it does not appear at all.

2) Then I tried a second test, I put a vb5 emoji into a vb5 post, of course it appeared, but then I copied it.
I WAS able to paste the emoji into a subsequent vb5 post, but when I tried to post the emoji into shoutbox, nothing happened - would not post.

Yes I have always had smilies enabled for my shoutbox but I have never seen one in any of my chats, maybe this feature hasn't worked in a while.

I did just notice that it was only after increasing max_input_vars in php / cpanel to 10000, was I even able to save and utilize an option like Alternating Colors.

Last edited by mdawg; 07 May 2020 at 18:10.
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Old 07 May 2020, 18:23
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Okay I did some further testing. I couldn't tell you why, but on my test forum emojis do not work, but in my actual forum, same server, same settings, same directory/domain, MacBook Pro emojis appear fine and work fine within the shoutbox.
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Old 08 Jul 2020, 04:24
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My vBShout has gone invisible in my upgrade to vB v5.6.2. The modules are still there

Any idea on how to make it visible again?

Running vB v5.6.3 at Mets Global
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Old 11 Jul 2020, 16:00
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Drucifer, do you mean that the forum shows "Working"
at all times, as if the shout box is trying to load, and that the shouts do not appear in the shout box, because I am experiencing the same across all of my vb5 forums starting just very recently.

The shout box is there but it is empty.

In one of my forums, where I am logged in, it flags me as idle,

and in the ones where I am not logged in it looks like this:

What is strange is that I have done nothing to the forum as far as changes of settings lately. It WAS working on vb 5.6.2 for a while, then just stopped very recently.
Max_input_vars are set to 10000 across the board.

What this means is that the shout box is unable to load. Not sure if it has to do with vb 5.6.2 or some server settings.

Within Chrome browser developer tools, I see that it is trying to Fetch the shouts from
and is unable.

Last edited by mdawg; 13 Jul 2020 at 16:40.
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Old 11 Jul 2020, 16:57
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VBShout is completely missing from the screen as if it wasn't installed.

Running vB v5.6.3 at Mets Global
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Old 11 Jul 2020, 17:05
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mdawg mdawg is offline
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That's something different. I don't know what is causing that at your end.

The issue I describe is simply that it is unable to load the shouts, although the shoutbox itself is there, specifically, it is trying to Fetch from
and unable.

In your case you might want to look closely at all the files you deleted when you upgraded to vb 5.6.2 Perhaps you deleted one or more related to dbtechvbshout by mistake.

Last edited by mdawg; 11 Jul 2020 at 17:42.
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Old 11 Jul 2020, 17:14
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I looked at my . . . . core/packages/dbtechvbshout/js/core.js and the dbtechvbshout sub-folder is missing.

Running vB v5.6.3 at Mets Global
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Old 11 Jul 2020, 17:27
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What exactly is missing? I am comparing a fresh download of this software from this thread with what is up there in my server and not noticing any difference yet.

At your end, maybe you deleted something related to DragonByte software when you did the upgrade to 5.6.2 - as you know every time we upgrade vbulletin the upgrade software prompts us to delete a number of files and directories that no longer are required in the upgraded version. Within that list are many pieces that are not "expected" to be part of vbulletin - because they are not! they belong to third party apps, like vbshout. Those pieces must be maintained notwithstanding the warnings.

As far as the issue at my end the only thing we changed recently, other than the upgrade to vb 5.6.2, was lowering the innodb buffer pool size from 4Gb to 2.5Gb (MySQL buffer pool setting). I am going to set it back to 4Gb and see if that makes a difference. We lowered it five days ago, but actually recall the shoutbox working even since then - it seems to have just stopped working two days ago. As far as the vb 5.6.2 upgrade, I did that three weeks ago so I don't think the issue at my end has to do with the vb 5.6.2 upgrade, as I am pretty sure shoutbox was working until very recently.

If anyone may get this working on 5.6.2 then we will know that 5.6.2 is not the issue.

Last edited by mdawg; 11 Jul 2020 at 17:55.
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Old 11 Jul 2020, 18:06
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Do to my forum being hacked, the vB upgrade installer removed all folders from my website that was not part of the vBulletin original install.

I lack the knowledge of what folders were deleted. I was also told by the vB upgrader to remove his created directory, old stuff, immediately because its presence on my website might enable the hacker access. I did as instructed once I knew the upgraded forum was working.

I now know I will have to start over on all my added programs. Now I just need to find them all.

Has there been an upgrade to VBShout in the last two years?

Running vB v5.6.3 at Mets Global
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Old 11 Jul 2020, 18:09
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No the latest version is here. The official word from DragonByte is that they will provide no support for this mod, not since their last version, which is far older than just two years ago.

Let me know what happens when you get it all reinstalled. By the way, vbulletin installer does not remove anything - it just overwrites the old files - you have to do deletions manually.

So far, at my end, it doesn't work anyway, even after we toggled the mySQL buffer back to 4Gb.

Last edited by mdawg; 11 Jul 2020 at 18:18.
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Old 12 Jul 2020, 06:11
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Then why are they still selling it on their site?
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Old 12 Jul 2020, 20:40
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If youre getting a spinning icon & a blank text box, its a server issue & its not loading js.
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Old 12 Jul 2020, 23:24
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