Extension:IM Status

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IM Status

Release status: unmaintained

Implementation Tag, MyWiki
Description Provides status buttons for several IM programs (AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, MSN/Live Messenger, Skype, Xfire and Yahoo)
Author(s) David Dernoncourt (Patheticcockroachtalk)
Latest version 1.3 (2008-10-05)
MediaWiki 1.12 to 1.15 (maybe earlier versions, but not tested)
License GNU General Public License 3.0 or later
Download Official website Template:WikimediaDownload/svn
Example Test page on Wiki4Games

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

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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