If you'd like to have webchat on your own website, then you could use a Java applet (slow, ugly, and not very accessible), or you could use Mibbit!
The first step, is to decide where you want your users to go. You can either create a channel on irc.mibbit.com or if you manage your own irc server, please contact Mibbit and ask for it to be authorized (see Enable_Mibbit_on_Your_IRC_Server).
The basic URL for the Mibbit Widget is http://widget.mibbit.com/
Some of the parameters you can pass are:
- nick - If you do not specify this, a random one will be chosen, e.g., mib_6d7s8euf (which may mean you are blocked from networks or channels). You can use your own unique name, plus optional random ciphers like: myChat_%3F%3F ( which results in myChat_56 or similar).
- channel - The channel(s) that the user will be directed to (defaults to #chat).
- server - This defaults to irc.mibbit.com.
- autoConnect=true - avoids the connect-form. Additionally an op (using the mibbit widget) must set "/autoconnect on" in your channel.
- settings - Unique "Prefs" ID (created using the Widget Manager). See also Widget Configuration and Skins.
Full list of defaults: Uri_parameters, example URL:
Please note you must urlencode all parameters. So #foo becomes %23foo etc.
Widget configuration is best done through passing a unique settings ID to the widget. To do this, create an account at the Widget-Manager. Then go into the preferences and change the settings to how you want your widget to appear. At the top of the preferences screen there will be a unique ID for your settings (like 7ca12664887d4b6e7a0fa6552f9e0de6). This should be passed to the widget using the
There are many parameters that can be added to the widget by adding them to the URL. For example:
<a href="http://widget.mibbit.com/ ?server=irc.freenode.net &nick=wdg_user_%3F%3F%3F &channel=%23MibChat &customprompt=Welcome%20To%20MibChat &customloading=maybe%20you%20need%20to%20close%20other%20Mibbit%20windows%20first... &settings=22041f31cac0adf2d1959cdc21aed853" target="_blank">start MibChat on irc.freenode.net (new window)</a>
View the full parameter lists: Uri_parameters
Enable Autoconnect For Widget
Main Article: Autoconnect
Make sure that if you are doing this, make sure you are using the Mibbit widget, and have operator status or higher (if you use the main client it takes an hour to take effect). This works for any server.
- Send the command /autoconnect on (only once) in your channel
- Add &autoConnect=true to the widget's URI
- If necessary, remove the old &forcePrompt=xxx from the URI
Please note that autoconnect is set per channel. If you use a widget for multiple channels, you need to send the "/autoconnect on" command to each of them.
Linking to Widgets
There are two main ways to link to the Mibbit Widget, and one fringe way.
Linking Through Iframe
Make sure your page has a DTD setup, otherwise IE will not work properly. Place this code at the top of your page:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">
Then place this code where you want the chat widget to appear:
<iframe width="600" height="380" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="http://widget.mibbit.com/?channel=%23my_chat&nick=choose_one"> </iframe> type /nick to change your Nick name, /help, /cs help, /ns help, or /ms help for available commands
Be sure to change the server and channel to your chatroom
See also: Advanced iframe using PHP to pre-fill a nick like "prefix_<randompart>"
Linking Through Popup
Copy and place this link in your page to open a popup window for the chat widget
<a href='#freenode/test' onclick='window.open("http://widget.mibbit.com/?server=irc.freenode.net&channel=%23test&settings=7ca12664887d4b6e7a0fa6552f9e0de6","","width=999,height=555")'> Join our "#test" chat on Freenode (popup)</a>
Linking Through Object Tag
Does not work in Internet Explorer. Use as a last resort.
Copy and place this into your HTML for it to work:
<object id="chat" type="text/html" data=" http://widget.mibbit.com/index.html?server=irc.mibbit.com"></object>
To degrade correctly in IE, place text between the object tags, e.g., "We're sorry, you use a non-standards-compliant browser", and that will be shown instead of a blank spot.
For some easy to use statistics about your widget, and to add them to your website, see API