Garry's Mod

Garry's Mod

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Content Type: Addon
Addon Type: Tool
Addon Tags: Build, Roleplay
File Size
625.514 KB
Aug 21, 2019 @ 3:55pm
Nov 28, 2020 @ 6:21pm
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A Better ChatBox that focuses on letting you make the ChatBox you want! BetterChat introduces channels, emotes, text modifiers, extensive per-channel settings, and even optional giphy support!

  • This chat requires ULX, and integrates the support very thoroughly.
  • To enable giphy support, you will need to generate a testing giphy key for your server.

Feature list:
  • Channels
    • Player
    • Team
    • Admin channel that integrates ulx asay
    • Group channels that can be user created and managed
    • Private Message channels that integrate ulx psay
    • Logs for admins, all messages from any channel, for all players are forwarded to this channel
    • Prints
    • Optional team overload (for DarkRP or DarkRP derivative gamemodes)
  • Emotes (requires extract with gmad.exe to customise, see the github page for how to do this)
  • Giphy support (you will need to generate a beta API key here[])
  • Nicer text input (all the normal text shortcuts you'd expect from a full text editor)
  • Autocomplete (with visible suggestions) on player names, ulx commands and emote names. Suggestions based on usage
  • Chat history
  • Clickable links
  • Discord style text modification (*italics*, **bold**, ~~strike-through~~, __underline__)
  • Text colouring, via [#rrggbb] (in hex, e.g. [#ff0000] for red), or [@red]. Colour tags set the text colour until the next colour tag. Use [#] to reset back to white.
    Example usage: [#ff0000]This is red, [@green]this is green, and [#]this is white :)
  • Extensive global and per-channel settings
  • Customisable player quick access menu (quickly run ulx commands or any custom command on players via a menu)
  • Fully integrated DarkRP Support (including groups, FAdmin, PM, etc.)
  • Ulx permission support for all special features (giphy, groups, text modification, etc. )
and many more smaller features, you just gotta try it out to find them all! :D

If a player on your server does not like this chat, it can be disabled in Q->options->BetterChat without error.

Addon Compatibility:
Some chat based addons aren't fully compatible with BetterChat, I'll try to fix any I can, but some require the other addon to be changed. I'll list any addons that require this in the Compatibility Discussion, along with how to fix them.

Currently Known Compatible Addons:
  • DarkRP
  • ATags (with and without DarkRP)

Planned features:
  • /code for gmod lua syntax highlighting (like steam's /code)
  • Link pre-loading (simple website name acquired only by the sending client, for security)
  • An admin options menu to outright disable some features

  • Ctrl + s : Toggles current channel's settings panel
  • Ctrl + Shift + s : Toggles local player's quick access menu
  • Ctrl + e : Toggles emote menu
  • Ctrl + Backspace : Removes last word
  • Ctrl + Shift + Backspace : Removes all before caret
  • Ctrl + Tab : Next Channel (Or swap emote mode, when Emote menu open)
  • Ctrl + Shift + Tab : Previous Channel
  • Ctrl + 0,1 ...,9 : Select respective channel (Or insert respective emote, when emote menu open)
  • Ctrl + w : Close tab
  • Ctrl + o : Toggle open channel tab
  • Tab : Autocomplete

All global settings are stored as ConVars, every convar can have it's default set on the server using "[ConVar]_default"
Each of these settings can also be modified via Q->options->BetterChat, and will show more information on hover.
This list contains all global settings ConVars:
  • bc_fadeTime : Time for a chat message to fade (0 for never)
  • bc_chatHistory : Number of messages received before old messages are deleted
  • bc_teamOpenPM : Should opening team chat open to most recent unread PM
  • bc_rememberChannel : Should betterchat remember your most recent channel when opening
  • bc_saveOpenChannels : Should channels from your previous session be re-opened on join
  • bc_channelNumShortcut : Should the shortcuts CTRL+[0-9] change channel
  • bc_acDisplay : Should autocomplete suggestions be showed in the text input
  • bc_acUsage : Should autocomplete order its suggestions based on your usage of them
  • bc_clickableLinks : Should any hyperlinks posted to chat be clickable
  • bc_printChannelEvents : Should messages like "Channel All created" be shown
  • bc_allowConsole : Should any message starting with '%' be run as a console command instead
  • bc_convertEmotes : Should emotes like ":)" be converted to their respective emoticon. Note this is purely client side, others will still see the emoticon
  • bc_showGifs : Should gifs from !giphy (if it is enabled) be rendered
  • bc_doPop : Should the chat ever play the Pop sound (based on other settings)
  • bc_doTick : Should the chat ever play the Tick sound (based on other settings)
  • bc_formatColors : Should colors typed in chat be displayed in their respective color
This list contains all server settings ConVars:
  • bc_server_replaceTeam : Replaces team channels with a separately networked team channel (separate per team). This is useful for StarWarsRP-like servers, where players often change rank, and team chat is disabled by default.
  • bc_server_removeTeam : Disables the default team channel
  • bc_server_maxLength : Maximum message length, gmod's default is 126
  • bc_server_giphyKey : Set this if you wish to enable giphy support on your server. you will need to generate a beta API key here[] (it's free and easy, you will need to make an account though). then call bc_server_giphyKey [yourkey].
  • bc_server_giphyHourlyLimit : This defaults to 10, which I found to be a reasonable amount considering the limits on a beta API key. If your server does not have many players (or players don't often use this feature), feel free to increase this.
ULX Permissions
  • bc_chatlogs : Enables the 'Logs' channel which receives all messages from groups, PM, team, etc.
  • bc_giphy : Ability to use !giphy if bc_server_giphykey is valid
  • bc_color : Ability to use [#ff0000]Red in chat
  • bc_groups : Ability to use BetterChat groups
  • bc_italics : Ability to use *italics* in chat
  • bc_bold : Ability to use **bold** in chat
  • bc_underline : Ability to use __underline__ in chat
  • bc_strike : Ability to use ~~strike~~ in chat

All channels are limited by the ULX chat cooldown ConVar: ulx_chattime

Nice little features:
  • You can copy a text's colour in the right click menu
  • You can copy a player's full name or steam id by either right clicking their name in chat or in the player quick access menu
  • Left clicking on a players name in the player quick access menu lists all other players
  • Double clicking a player's name in the chatBox opens a private channel
  • You can also access settings of (and sometimes close) channels by right clicking the tab
  • You can close some channels by middle clicking the channel tab name
  • You can change which channel is displayed when the chat closes in channel settings
  • Renaming a group channel in its settings does so globally, all clients in the group will see that name
  • If you scroll up too far, a little "Back to the bottom" button will show up
  • You can choose which channels show prints (from addons like wiremod)
  • You can move the chatBox by dragging the top right corner, then right click this corner to return it to its default position
And many, many more!
Popular Discussions View All (5)
Jun 24, 2022 @ 11:08am
Rát or somethin
Dec 9, 2023 @ 1:58pm
PINNED: Suggestions
Rát or somethin
Mar 30, 2021 @ 5:45pm
Betterchat Problems with changing Atags Colors
Katsu Mar 31 @ 7:47am 
How do we disable the "popping" sound when we get mentions ? (notifications)
Not client sided, server sided.
✞Mikey✞ Oct 26, 2023 @ 6:23am 
I have a question. Would you allow me to use your addon with gmod to make content more public for my server? Very nice
Woompa Oct 12, 2023 @ 10:17am 
wtf! u cant even set colors for ranks!!!!!
Woompa Oct 12, 2023 @ 10:12am 
how do i sync rank colors with ulx ???
HypFox Jul 16, 2023 @ 2:04pm 
Would be nice if this addons was fixed 🥲
#FixTF2 FemPyro Jun 19, 2023 @ 12:46am 
what is bro on about
carcat640 Jun 18, 2023 @ 6:23pm 
i swear i dont own it i hate when this happens i have to unsubscribe to one of my addons a random one and then i resubscribe and its fixed
carcat640 Jun 18, 2023 @ 6:19pm 
every time i get off a public server it gives me like 1000 error messages for this and i dont even own it
carcat640 Jun 17, 2023 @ 3:44pm 
i checked through all my addons and im not subscribed to this
carcat640 Jun 17, 2023 @ 3:43pm 
dude im getting errors for this even though i dont even own this addon