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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: (302 votes - 4.64 average) Installs: 2477
Released: 28 Jan 2008 Last Update: 02 Sep 2013 Downloads: 46209
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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 04 Sep 2009, 19:24
Ranger187 Ranger187 is offline
Join Date: Nov 2003
Originally Posted by VonDoom View Post
I have the BF 2.4.1 version just installed last night but only admins can see the chatbox. IS there somthing im doing wrong or is this a bug?
Check the readme bro. It tells you what to do. You probably didn't go through the usergroup settings and give others permission to it. Check them again.

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Old 05 Sep 2009, 17:14
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VonDoom VonDoom is offline
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yup that was a big oversight on my part. it was there i just didnt scroll down far enough.
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Old 06 Sep 2009, 06:36
Ranger187 Ranger187 is offline
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Originally Posted by VonDoom View Post
yup that was a big oversight on my part. it was there i just didnt scroll down far enough.
No biggy.

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Old 06 Sep 2009, 11:31
Ranger187 Ranger187 is offline
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Originally Posted by Ranger187 View Post
No biggy.
Non BF 2.4.0....Publish it already. Sheesh.

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Old 07 Sep 2009, 07:29
alyster4k alyster4k is offline
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I cannot, for the life of me, figure out where to stick the the "$mgc_cb_evo_postbit" in the postbit and postbit legacy with any result that shows up. Can I please get a code example from anyone where you have this line at?
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Old 07 Sep 2009, 08:14
fr3akstar fr3akstar is offline
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Cannot sign up to your payed website as it states "Registration denied. We check new registrations against a database of known forum spammers. At this time, we are unable to contact this database to verify your registration. We are sorry for the inconvenience but please do try again later." Was willing to pay for your code but stupid things like this just deny legitimate users.
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Old 08 Sep 2009, 00:01
tandy tandy is offline
Join Date: Jun 2006
Unavailable in Ibproarcade 2.6.8+
vbulletin 3.8.4
I search an answer in the 362 pages, nothing.
I reinstall everything, nothing
I read the readme many times, nothing.

It work on vba and every place i put the variable, but not in the arcade.
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Old 08 Sep 2009, 08:06
bayigurita bayigurita is offline
Join Date: May 2005
hi, i would like to put the chatbox below navbar at my vbadvanced CMPS, without module. is there anyway to put it there?

i'd try using

Display on defined pages of the forum under the navbar > yes


List of the other forum pages > adv_index

but it wouldn't show the chatbox under the navbar.

I also try to put "$mgc_cb_evo<br />" below the navbar at vbaCMPS template but it won't show either.

i had use the module type but i prefer more wider chatbox below navbar.

Anyone can help? Thanks.


solved by adding more blocks at vbadvanced cmps.

I add top block ($home[topblocks]) below navbar, and put the module at top column (column added)

Last edited by bayigurita; 09 Sep 2009 at 22:38.
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Old 09 Sep 2009, 00:02
What Exit? What Exit? is offline
Join Date: Aug 2009
We have MGC Chatbox Evo created by MGC, Version 2.3.2 installed on a vBulletin 3.8.4

Chat seems to be working well for most posters but locks up for a few so far.

One reported this error.

Error : A chat is already being processed, please wait
The other reports:
When I go to the bottom of the forum index or the full chat window all I get is a gray loading screen. If I completely close any browser window with Mellophant open and reopen a new browser window I can see chat. But after a few post chat locks up and all I get is a pop-up saying a chat is in progress please wait. I have waited more than 30 min to no avail. I was not having this problem before the chat upgrade. I use Fire fox on a vista machine. If you need any more info just let me know. Or if you need me to test any fixes you might sugest.
We upgraded from MGC Chatbox Evo created by MGC, Version 2.2.0
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Old 09 Sep 2009, 01:55
Reycer Reycer is offline
Join Date: Jul 2008
Real name: Mike
Hey I have a question/problem. I have a friend that is in Iraq right now, and we have been using the Chat Box on my site to chat back and forth, unfortunatly because of network restrictions he is having to "refresh" the page several times over to see messages (NOTE: This is the only time this has ever happened). Is there anyway to fix this problem, to where he dosen't have to refresh all the time.
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Old 10 Sep 2009, 00:27
Ice-Maiden Ice-Maiden is offline
Join Date: Jul 2009
I really liked this mod, but as i cant get it to show in the arcade no matter what i do, and all settings are correct, and double checked i have had to uninstall this and loaded a different chatbox onto my site!

Marked as uninstalled!
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Old 10 Sep 2009, 04:26
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gosiah23 gosiah23 is offline
Join Date: Jun 2009
Real name: Margaret
Help! My Forum went down!

Hi All,

Could someone please help me. I'm new to this and not sure what to now. I was trying to install the MGC Chatbox Evo 2.3.2 and right after I did step 4 my forum went down. I cannot even get into the Admin CP area, although it gives me the admin login page, but after I put password and ID I get page cannot be displayed.

Stupidly enough I did not backup my files. What should I do now?

These are the instructions I was following

Follow the following install instructions:
1. Upload the content of the Files folder in your forum root.
2. Upload the content of the Images in each of your forum styles directories.
3. Log into the admin control panel of your forum and import the product located in the Product folder.
4. Go in the Download/Upload item of the Language manager menu and then:
1. Select the English language file from the Lang folder.
2. Select the forum language to overwrite.
3. Set the Ignore language version option to YES.
4. Launch the upload.
5. Edit the posbit and postbit_legacy templates and add: $mgc_cb_evo_postbit

where you want the number of chats of the users to appear in their posts on the forum (if you activate the option).
6. Installation is finished, you just have to set the permissions of your usergroups so that they can see the chatbox, configure the chatbox settings, manage the available commands and if necessary add channels.

Thanks a million in advance
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Old 10 Sep 2009, 06:12
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VBDev VBDev is offline
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Real name: Clément
Second part of the changelog :
  • Version 2.4.0: 24 july 2009
    • Corrected bugs:
      • Usergroup color/style markup not taken into account in the whosinthechatbox
      • Wrong number of people online/names in the whosinthechatbox
      • If bbcodes are disabled but not the smilies, the smilies aren't parsed anymore
      • User are able to see channels archives they don't have access by entering the id of the channels in the url
      • Entering some special characters in a chat makes the chatbox hang
      • IF a user has not access to a channel he still sees the message when searching
      • If user collapse and reexpand chatbox and there is a sticky chat, new chats get added before sticky chat instead of after
      • Chatbox won't let users enter just a 0 as chat
    • New features:
      • Antiflood system (max. number of messages per minute)
      • Can delete own shouts permission
      • Enter button now send the private chat instead of cancel in the pm popup
      • Bot system (automatic answer)
      • Option to disable wysiwyg in input field
      • Usergroup permission to see notifications
      • Checkbox to remove more than one log at a time in the admincp
      • Option to show number of user in chats on forumhome in the statistics
      • Improve performances and load
      • Display current time in chatbox
      • Autoadd number of chats in postbit through hooks
      • More search options: Search by channel
      • Possibility to set usergroup/user from which only post notifications
      • More noticeable sticky posts
      • Possibility to move notification column to a separate forum sidebar
      • Option for channels to set wether they are shown on forumhome / in which forums
      • Use datastore for channels and commands (less queries)
      • Alternative chatbox display with textarea on the right or left side
      • Possibility to rename the chatbox file
      • Minimum number of threads per 24H to post
      • Possibility to show PM chats in tabs for easier user to user chat
  • Version 2.4.1: 4 september 2009
    • Corrected bugs :
      • If the BBCodes are inactive for a usergroup, they still were able to choose the default formatting options in their usercp
      • The Archives links is displayed to users that don't have access to them
      • Impossible to send a PM through the menu to users with a ' in their username
    • New functionnalities :
      • 3 replacements vars to add the username, date or time in the bot answer
  • Version 2.4.2: 13 september 2009
    • Corrected bugs :
      • PM tab doesn't open if a user has a username with a '
      • More smilies link not working
      • Channel order setting seems to be ineffective
      • Bot apparently answers in the chatbox while not being active
      • Many errors due to empty array
      • PM tab doesn't work in full page mode
      • Chats are added to the bottom instead of the top upon delete of a chat in oldest first mode
    • New functionnalities :
      • Icon near the chats which, when clicked, add @username at the beginning of the chat input field
      • Possibility to remove bots chats directly from the chatbox
      • Option to set a userid for the bot
  • Version 3.0.0 : 15 May 2010 [CHATBOX PORTED TO vB4]
    • Corrected bugs :New functionnalities :
      • An error is fired when the notification for new thread is active and user try to validate a moderated thread (Fatal error: Call to a member function authorize_user_newthread_newpost_notif() on a non-object in /serverpath/includes/mgc_cb_evo/plugins.php on line 580)
      • In_array error in class_misc.php
      • Js error when maximum number of chats per day is reached
      • When avatars are in the filesystem they don't show in the chatbox
      • Chats order in the PM tabs were sometimes messed up
      • Option to exclude chatbox from defined forum pages
      • Report chat function
      • New registrations notification (only in BF version)
  • Version 3.1.0 : 23 August 2010
    • Corrected bugs :
      • Sound notification not playing
      • Foreach invalid argument error in mgc_cb_evo/classes/class_display.php
      • Date locale issue in bot chat
      • Gap on the right or left of the chats for guests or user not having the right to post in the chatbox when the editor is set to be on the left or right of the chats
      • Changing the textarea width/height option doesn't seem to be having an effect
      • Chats not ordered as expected in the PM tabs
      • Sometimes chats appear two times in PM tab
      • Avatar not showing properly in PM tab
      • Problem with missing class_display.php file in vB3
      • Smilies don't get added to the chatbox when in the "more" windows
      • Can use BBCode usergroup options set to no doesn't avoid the user from using BBCodes
      • When autocompletion is disabled tabs won't show anymore
      • When the user select a color from his usercp and then changes back to default the chats takes black as default color and thus could be bearly unreadable in dark styles.
      • When searching for * a php error with preg_replace fires
      • Possibility to access to the channels you don't have the right to by inputing url in browser address bar
      • in_array error at line 358 of mgc_cb_evo.php
      • Max size option doesn't avoid user from using higher size with manual bbcode inputing
      • Menu problem with editor at bottom and prompt message in the chat input field
      • The channel option to hide from specific pages works in the opposite way
      • Unsticky not working from chatbox menu
    • New functionnalities :
      • Multiples slap sentences with random display
      • Possibility to set multiple sentence for each bot item
      • Notification position selection now embeds verification to warn notifications in sidebar incompatibility with vB4
      • Option to set "unslappable" users
      • Option to show channels on a per language basis
      • Option to select allowed colors in the chatbox
      • Adding below the navbar location for forumhome, forumdisplay and showthread
      • Enhance autocompletion system to put the correct syntax (without user_username or user_userid) and put it as comment instead
      • Moved the refresh image to the right of the refresh button in the normal editor template version
      • Option inside the chatbox to temporarly disable the sound
      • vBCMS Center Widget
      • vBCMS Side Widget
      • vBAdvanced Center Module [vB4]
      • vBAdvanced Side Module [vB4]
      • New notifications display option in a sidebar block for vB4
      • Option to set the maximum number of characters that can be entered in the input field
      • NOTIFICATION: thank you hack from Abe1 (in default package)
  • Version 3.1.1 : 11 April 2011 [Unreleased beta]
    • Many bug corrections from version 3.1.0
  • Version 3.1.2 : 18 July 2011 [Unreleased beta]
    • Many bug corrections from version 3.1.0
  • Version 3.2.0 : 11 December 2011
    • Many bug corrections from version 3.1.2
    • Chatbox javascript moved to Dojo
  • Version 3.2.1 : 09 January 2012
    • Many bug corrections from version 3.2.0 Various bugs and issues addressed
  • Version 3.2.2 : 31 January 2012
    • Corrected bugs :
      • #16: Background issue on dark skins
      • #18: Show online users list in a tab does nothing
      • #26: Action dropdown menu cut off short
      • #29: Character limitation counter not reset
      • #36: Notifications: Sidebar showing notifications from unaccessible threads
      • #31: Pm in tabs throwing js error
      • #38: Menus not showing in IE and Firefox, chrome works.
      • #40: Javascript error when chatbox title contains a '
      • #34: Admincp Styles and Languages not showing when chatbox is ON
      • #44: Specific forums display not working
      • #41: Pushing enter to send a chat in IE loose focus
      • #43: Chat reports log doesn't show chat text if chat is deleted
    • New functionnalities :
      • Language default to English
      • New translations : German / Serbian
      • New hooks locations :
        • mgc_cb_evo_class_display_start
        • mgc_cb_evo_construct_editor_bbcode_row_end
        • mgc_cb_evo_construct_jsvars_end
        • mgc_cb_evo_format_chat_end
        • mgc_cb_evo_construct_chat_start
        • mgc_cb_evo_del_dm_code_start
        • mgc_cb_evo_ajax_chat_start
        • mgc_cb_evo_ajax_save_edit_start
        • mgc_cb_evo_dm_mgccbchat_botstart
        • mgc_cb_evo_dm_mgccbchat_botend
  • Version 3.2.3 : 11 March 2012
    • Corrected bugs :
      • #49: No Messages displayed in the PM Tab
      • #48: Notifications not showing for all user groups
      • #57: Database error when validating a post awaiting moderation
      • #58: Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_NS_SEPARATOR in /forum/index.php(598) : eval()'d code on line 539
      • #76: Custom avatar doesn't show in notifications (newthread/newpost/thanks)
      • #77: Refresh sometimes hang (ajax timeout issue)
  • Version 3.3.0 : 11 October 2012
    • Corrected bugs :
      • #90: Full page mode css error
      • #113: Text input background color issue with dark styles
      • #110: Bot answer containing {date} answer today instead of current date
      • #102: Wrong link in archives when chatbox filename changed
      • #98: Auto insert beneath forums fails
      • #101: CSS Ignored on CMS/vBaCMPS and Full Chatbox View
      • #97: Missing image menu_open.gif
      • #95: Permanently banned users gets unbanned by the cron task
      • #88: MGC Chatbox and The SideBar Everywhere conflict
      • #78: Missing image collapse_alt_collapsed.gif
    • New functionnalities :
      • New hooks locations :
        • mgc_cb_evo_construct_autocompletion_jsarray_end
        • mgc_cb_evo_class_dm_mgccbchat_command_check
      • #22: All language based options moved to phrases
      • #14: New option to hide PMs from general channel
      • #71: New command to I33t-ify messages
      • #64: Possibility to configure the bot to remove the phrase that triggered the bot (per bot phrase option)
      • #55: New usergroup permission to allow specific usergroups to see all private chats in archives
      • #54: Link to give an infraction to an user for a chat
      • #53: Chat context can now be shown in chat reports
      • #52: New display position => footer
      • #51: Copyright link opens new browser page
      • #11: Display pending reported chats in notifications system (vB4)
    • New functionnalities only available in PRO version :
      • #107: Automatic bot chats
      • #96: Possibility to still display copyright, replace by own message or disable it
      • #8: New command to ban user from specific channels
      • #7: Create thread from chat

Last edited by VBDev; 10 Oct 2012 at 23:08.
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Old 10 Sep 2009, 06:21
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VBDev VBDev is offline
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To all of you : 2.4.1 released !

This version shall fix some of the lately reported issue so I won't answer you unless you still experience it. If this is the case please report to me.
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Old 10 Sep 2009, 08:54
frightie frightie is offline
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Thanks for the update! I've upgraded and everything seems to be working fine, except when I click the [More...] link for the rest of the smilies, none of the smilies load for some reason.
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