Extension:IM Status

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IM Status

Release status:Extension status unmaintained

ImplementationTemplate:Extension#type Tag, MyWiki
DescriptionTemplate:Extension#description Provides status buttons for several IM programs (AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, MSN/Live Messenger, Skype, Xfire and Yahoo)
Author(s)Template:Extension#username David Dernoncourt (Patheticcockroachtalk)
Latest versionTemplate:Extension#version 1.3 (2008-10-05)
MediaWikiTemplate:Extension#mediawiki 1.12 to 1.15 (maybe earlier versions, but not tested)
LicenseTemplate:Extension#license GNU General Public License 3.0 or later
Download Official website Template:WikimediaDownload/svn
ExampleTemplate:Extension#example Test page on Wiki4Games

Translate the IM Status extension if it is available at translatewiki.net

Check usage and version matrix.

The IM Status extension provides buttons to show online status of the user in various IM clients (AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, MSN/Live Messenger, Skype, Xfire and Yahoo).


To embed an AIM button inside a MediaWiki article (or more likely a userpage):


To get some help about the AIM button:

<aim help/>

The same syntax is used for all the other supported IM programs:

  • <icq help/> (ICQ)
  • <gtalk help/> (Google Talk)
  • <livemessenger help/> (MSN/Live Messenger)
  • <skype help/> (Skype)
  • <xfire help/> (Xfire)
  • <yahoo help/> (Yahoo Messenger)

Use Extension talk:IM Status to report issues or ask for help


  1. Edit IMStatus.php: change $wgAimKey_presence and $wgAimKey_api to your own keys (see the source about how to get the keys).
  2. Put IMStatus.php in your extensions folder (or in a subdirectory of it, as you want)
  3. Add the following code at the end of LocalSettings.php:
    require_once( $IP."/extensions/IM/IMStatus.php");
    (replace, of course, with the proper path!)
  4. (optional) For additional locales, grab the latest revision of IMStatus.i18n.php at Extension:IM Status/IMStatus.i18n.php


Grab the archive from the original page or from MediaWiki's SVN

NB: the extension isn't maintained by the original developer anymore.

Who's using it?[edit]

(Please add your URL to the bottom of the list.)

Related extensions[edit]

NB: do not install extensions which use the same tags!
Chat Extensions AIMExtension:AIM · ICQExtension:ICQ · IM StatusExtension:IM Status · JabberExtension:Jabber · SkypeExtension:Skype · YahooExtension:Yahoo


  • 2008-04-26 (1.0-rc1): first version
  • 2008-04-28 (1.1-rc1): added MSN/Live Messenger support
  • 2008-06-10 (1.2-b1): added defined('MEDIAWIKI') check, fixed various typos, made the extension localizable
  • 2008-09-21 (1.2): added German locale
  • 2008-10-05 (1.3): imported into MediaWiki SVN, message loading delayed