SocialEngine 4: Add Online Button for ArrowChat

This article will help you add an “Online /Offline” button that, when it’s clicked, will open the chat with ArrowChat. To add this, follow these steps:

1) Open the file: ./application/modules/User/widgets/profile-status/index.tpl

2) Find this code:

<div id='profile_status'>


    <?php echo $this->subject()->getTitle() ?>


3) And replace it with this code:


$user_online_options = include('application/settings/database.php');



$user_online_query = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM engine4_user_online WHERE user_id=" . $this->subject()->user_id);

$user_is_online = mysql_num_rows($user_online_query);


<div id='profile_status'>


    <?php echo $this->subject()->getTitle() ?>

    <a href="javascript: void(0);" onclick="javascript:jqac.arrowchat.chatWith('<?php echo $this->subject()->user_id;  ?>')">

        <?php if($user_is_online) echo '<img src="application/modules/User/externals/images/online.gif" alt="Online" />';

    else echo '<img src="application/modules/User/externals/images/offline.gif" alt="Offline" />';





4) Search on Google for an icon (PNG) “Online” and “Offline” status and upload this two icons into: ./application/modules/User/externals/images

5)  You’re done!

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Andrew Cross

Hi, I'm Andrew. A am a 26, ICT Administrator which offers support to company's around the South Wales Area. I have created a few social sites for myself and other company's. So far 2 out of 3 have been successful using the powerful SocialEngine Script. I continue to try and help the community of SocialEngine by giving Support and Technical Help where possible.

2 Comments on SocialEngine 4: Add Online Button for ArrowChat

  1. Tester says:

    This only works if user logs out. And if only turns off chat, it says user still online.

    • Andrew Cross says:

      Please can you provide more information on your SE Version and AC Version as it all seems to work as it pulling data from your arrowchat database so could be a in your AC Version

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