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[1.6.4] TabbyChat - SMP Chat Overhaul

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avatar RocketMan10404
Level 39 : Artisan Modder
Notes and installation instructions for 1.6.1 (and beyond) and the new launcher:

Note: Loading TabbyChat through Forge is no longer support for MC 1.6.4 and beyond

First, I suggest you follow the adf.ly link for two reasons - it helps support development, and additionally it will provide you with a .jar file, which will generally be more useful under the new launcher system. For some reason, PMC won't let me upload a .jar file to be directly-downloaded.

If you're using Forge, the .jar file will work exactly like normal. For ModLoader, you may want to change the file to a .zip extension (or use the direct download, for which I have already done so). If installing 'standalone', here is my recommended procedure:

  • Create a copy of your ".minecraft/versions/1.6.1" folder inside the versions folder to represent your modded client if you have not already done so. Make sure to rename both the jar and json file, as well as the "id" line WITHIN the json file, to the same name as your new folder.

  • Inside your ".minecraft/libraries" folder, create the following directory structure: "mods/TabbyChat/[version]" and put the TabbyChat download inside that version folder - e.g. your TabbyChat download will now be in ".minecraft/libraries/mods/TabbyChat/1.8.07/TabbyChat-1.8.07.jar"

  • Edit the json file from step 1 (in your new version folder) to contain the following line in the 'libraries' section:
{ "name": "mods:TabbyChat:1.8.07" },

  • You may need to delete the META-INF folder from your new client jar if you receive errors regarding digital signatures of base class files.

4. Setup a profile in your launcher to use your new version folder, and you're good to go.

Note that, when following this method, no editing of any jar file is required.

Old and LiteLoader versions, as well as non-English language files, are available for download here.

TabbyChat is a client-side mod for Minecraft that aims to make the multiplayer chat interface more organized, managable, and user-friendly. It can be installed (or loaded) into the Minecraft client by patching minecraft.jar or loaded at runtime via several different supported APIs.

Primary Features

The primary feature of TabbyChat is to organize chat messages into different channels, and to represent those channels via tab-like buttons displayed above the chat interface. There are several different ways to configure TabbyChat to organize chat, including:
  • Auto-searching for new chat channels or PM messages
  • Selecting the appropriate Chat-Channel delimiters and manually creating the desired tabs
  • Using custom filters to direct messages matching the desired expression to a specific tab

Custom Filters

Custom filters allow the user to tell TabbyChat to perform various actions when a chat message matches the defined Regular Expression. These actions include the following:
  • Highlight the matching text (with color and/or formatting)
  • Play a notification sound
  • Send the message to a specific tab
  • Send the message to all tabs
  • Prevent the message from displaying

Additional Features

  • Spell-checking
  • Unread Message Notifications
  • Timestamps prepended to chat messages
  • Suppress spammed chat messages
  • Log all chat to logfile with timestamps
  • Force Unicode font rendering
  • Interactive scroll bar
  • Dynamically movable/resizable chat box
  • Customize the number of messages retained (displayed) for each tab
  • Customize the length of time a message remains on-screen during normal gameplay
  • Each tab can have a 'command prefix' that can be applied to your messages
  • Multi-line chat with configurable transmission delay
  • New mouse controls and Key-binds added for interacting with TabbyChat

For detailed documentation, see the TabbyChat wiki page


Use MCPatcher, or drag the files to into minecraft.jar, or any similar method. Alternatively, TabbyChat can be loaded via ModLoader or Forge (see note above) - this is preferred if you're already using either of these. TabbyChat will work fine alongside of most other mods that don't involve chat manipulation.

The simplest way to install and use TabbyChat is either via LiteLoader (which comes with its own simple installation tool), or through MagicLauncher.

Here's a good Regular Expression reference for use when creating your own chat filters

and here's a great reference for testing your filter expressions
Progress100% complete
Game VersionMinecraft 1.6.4

33 Update Logs

1.10.00 : 12/24/2013 6:39:17 amDec 24th, 2013

New Feature - Spellchecking: Implementation of Jazzy library (jazzy.sourceforge.net) for spellchecking contents of the chat-input box periodically while typing. Misspelled words will have a dashed red line below them, and a simple english-language dictionary file is included in the mod distribution. For more advanced or alternate-language dictionaries, download dictionary zip files from here, extract the ".dic" file, rename it to match the Minecraft locale (e.g. en_US.dic), and place it in "config/tabbychat" in your minecraft directory. Additionally, you can create a file there called "user.dic" containing any other words (one per line) that you'd like to be ignored for spellchecking purposes.
New Feature - Chat Opacity: a new checkbox in the advanced settings tab will now allow the chatbox text to be rendered fully opaque regardless of the chat opacity setting, which would still apply to the background of the chatbox.
Bugfix: keybinds involving the Shift key will now work for the right-shift button.
Bugfix: fixed some issues with Emoticons compatibility
Bugfix: fixed issue causinn double-spaces between /msg prefix and message when using tab command prefixes
Bugfix: fixed issue with "message too long" kicks from server when the player attempts to send a 99-character-long chat message.
Bugfix: minor improvements to chatbox/scrollbar fading

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  • Sparkly
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • October 20, 2016, 12:02 am
what do you do here?
  • MrFatMama567
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Skinner
  • September 7, 2015, 1:16 pm
  • Henryhat
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Crafter
  • April 6, 2014, 3:39 am
Now we wait for it to be updated to 1.7
  • abeyk09
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Miner
  • April 2, 2014, 1:26 pm
1.7.x support?
Will this nice mod take off for 1.7.x? If so, in the near future or far away future....?
Downloaded- Made a 1.6.4 file- Put ModLoader and TabbyChat in- I can't start my MC, it crashes everytime. [Yes, there are all on the same version and I DID delete META-INF... but in the TabbyChat mod a META-INF folder was included...]
Upload the source code mabey? If you dont wish to update it, someone else might :D
Nevermind sorry, didnt see the github link
Can't wait for it to be updated to 1.7.2, if you update it :D
its an awesome mod! it makes it easier to respond to peeps on mah server! i do think however you should give a tutorial for Newbs
  • jord_spider
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • August 25, 2013, 9:32 am
its good but could you add something so you could remove a tab? cause on a server my tabs just are filling up and when i right click, it wont show a delete tab button
Hold down Shift and left-click to delete a tab
  • jord_spider
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • September 4, 2013, 1:17 pm
thank you
  • DjbossMC
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Narwhal
  • August 11, 2013, 6:24 pm
great but my chat keeps going upside down.is there a fix for that?
Drag the chatbox all the way to the bottom to restore the normal bottom-to-top display. Dragging the chatbox all the way to the top window border is what causes it to flip.
  • DjbossMC
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Narwhal
  • August 6, 2013, 9:55 am
how do u customize ur chat?anyway great mod!i love it
  • mcSWOOPYsf
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Architect
  • August 1, 2013, 9:14 am
This looks very useful to me because it's exactly what I've been looking for! Ã Thank you for providing this! Ã Used the ad.fly link ;) I'll be back with a diamond after trying it in action
  • Zekhap
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Hero
  • July 16, 2013, 10:36 am
This dosen't work :( to 1.6.2
I have this mods Mod list:
Minecraft Coder Pack
Forge Mod Loader
Minecraft Forge
Zan's Minimap
MamiyaOtaru's Chat Bubbles
Inventory Tweaks
It should work just fine - TabbyChat is compatible with all those mods. Did you use the (Ad link removed) to download? If so, first of all, thanks! Secondly, I'm an idiot and forgot to update it to the 1.6.2 version; it had been pointing to the 1.6.1 download. That may have been the problem.
  • Zekhap
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Hero
  • July 18, 2013, 1:58 am
Haaa it works now xd
  • Zekhap
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Hero
  • July 12, 2013, 8:11 am
When will this update to 1.6.2?
Will the mod be updated to 1.6, can you start on doing so?
It will be eventually, although it will probably take some time due to the major changes to the chat system coming in 1.6.

Unfortunately, I can't get started ahead of time since there haven't been any recent updates to the Minecraft Coders Pack since the chat system was changed in the snapshots.
so I use tabbychat alot, but the Link to the new download on the forums just made my DNS freak out! Apparently It's an "Unsafe phishing site." I am scared because It says I could either go back safely or continue, I am scared of continuing forward! HELP!

Edit: I downloaded the main version here, but It crashed my minecraft D:

Gonna have to use the older version :'(
That sounds pretty ridiculous - the forum links just go through adf-ly, similar to the mirror listed here. I haven't seen any phishing warnings in Chrome, at least. I'm not sure what browser would get confused enough to think it's phishing as there are no requests for credentials or user information anywhere.

Regardless, proceeding past a warning is a judgement call on the user's part, and you should generally also be wary of adf-ly or other URL shorteners, since you can't directly see where your browser is being sent. On the other hand, using adf-ly generally helps support the developers. I could give you my word that the links I post are safe, but why should you take the word of some random dude on the internet?

If you don't want to risk it, you can always use the direct download button here.
  • mcSWOOPYsf
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Architect
  • August 1, 2013, 9:17 am
When I went through ad fly to get the download I got a warning that 'this file may harm your computer. I downloaded anyway because I live on the edge but an antivirus scan came up clean! No worries folks.
  • bartselen
  • Level 14
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • June 19, 2013, 8:17 am
Very Nice!
THANKS! Modloader too! For some reason forge lags so thanks for thinking about the modloaders!
I don't know why but nobody really makes a mod for modloader anymore.
  • BFarrugia
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • July 11, 2013, 12:15 am
thats because forge has modloader in it so their is no point making 2 different mod codes
  • 2xPlays
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Unicorn
  • June 19, 2013, 7:45 pm
i know
Finally! Someone who understands!
  • 2xPlays
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Unicorn
  • June 23, 2013, 10:12 pm
  • WolfLink1200
  • Level 29
  • Expert Dragonborn
  • June 16, 2013, 1:03 pm
So very helpful!
  • quintoom
  • Level 21
  • Expert Mage
  • June 16, 2013, 6:52 am
I made a video about this mod: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QE2zOBVeJo
I thought u might like that RocketMan
Thanks, I added it as the video for this mod here on PMC, also included it in the forums thread. I definitely appreciate the attention and effort. I actually stumbled across it a while ago, and thought it was pretty good, but there were a few instances during the review where you essentially said "I don't know what this does."

In this case, I'll definitely take the majority of the blame here, because I STILL haven't gotten around to creating a wiki, or some other form of comprehensive documentation. However, I'd suggest for the future that your mod reviews might have more success if you get to know more about everything the mods do.

Regardless, it was a good video, and I appreciate it. Good luck with your future mod reviews!
  • spika101
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 11, 2013, 1:53 am
  • Avalanche_Ali
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 73
  • Legendary Architect
  • June 3, 2013, 2:55 pm
This is one of the best mods i have used to date. I am struggling with one thing though. i want to be able to group alias so that i can have players from different groups under one tab?
Well, the best way to do this currently is probably not quite what you're looking for (which I would guess would be something like tab merging). You can accomplish this quick-and-dirty by simply holding Left-Control while clicking additional tabs to activate and display chat from multiple tabs at once, or alternatively you could setup either one or several filters yourself (to catch the different groups) that all send their matches to the same tab.

Hopefully one of those two can get the job done - unfortunately i'm not planning on implementing any additional chat-handling functionality until after the 1.6 update hits, since that will require a major rewrite.

However, there is a new version in the works (that should come out before then) that still has some nifty stuff in it.
  • Avalanche_Ali
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 73
  • Legendary Architect
  • June 4, 2013, 2:11 pm
Thanks a lot. even though i cannot get them into the same tab this solution works exactly how i anticipated. keep up the awesome work! =]
  • DarkEyeDragon
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Programmer
  • June 14, 2013, 9:55 am
Lol i never knew mods used mods xD
  • IfComando
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • May 24, 2013, 3:52 am
I like that cat, the tobbycat.
  • _DioM_
  • Level 26
  • Expert Scribe
  • May 12, 2013, 7:40 pm
Very neat! I love utility mods like this-- I just may try yours out.
Does it work with Optifine?
Yes, it will work fine alongside Optifine. Just about the only mods it's incompatible with are chat-related (or chat-interface-related). It's semi-compatible with the Macro/Keybind mod, except the M/K in-chat GUI won't appear.
  • Freddy1
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • May 4, 2013, 12:19 pm
Worst mod Evar Just Kidding EPIC!!!!!!!!!!! no for real its the worst mod evar!
  • iMinecrafter
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Miner
  • May 1, 2013, 11:39 am
This is probably the most useful mod I've ever seen. I will definitely be telling people about this.
Favorited, and added a diamond.

Please keep this updated for future Minecraft releases.
  • jiraph52
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Robot
  • April 29, 2013, 4:33 pm
Thats not a tabby cat, if thats why there is a cat in the pic. :P
That's the cat from the original picture posted here and in the forum thread, and it was the only picture I could find of a cat that appeared to be typing on a keyboard (if you can believe it!). It's still here purely for nostalgic reasons.
  • jiraph52
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Robot
  • April 29, 2013, 5:26 pm
  • ausui5
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Miner
  • April 24, 2013, 4:14 pm
I may sound like a dumbass saying this, but what are the keybinds?
Really there aren't many keybinds specific to TabbyChat - "t" or "/" opens up the chat input interface like normal. Most interaction with TabbyChat is through graphical interface. The only few binds are <Left Shift> + <Left Click> on the first [*] tab to open the settings, and the same combo on any other tab removes the tab. A normal left-click on a tab will activate that tab, displaying its chat, and you can <Left Control> + <Left Click> on other tabs to have multiple tabs active at a time.
  • ausui5
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Miner
  • April 24, 2013, 5:02 pm
Ah, thanks. I like the idea of this mod, it really helps filter out spam and ignore people you may not want to hear. Also, with towny and factions it works well, always opening a tab for it and showing /f chat and /t chat .
Amazing, gonna see how good it is, and possibly add it to my servers mod lineup

I use HeroChat for my server, and I think it would be GREAT if you could manage it to change the channel you talk in when you switch tabs.

I.E. I click on the [Staff] Tab and the mod runs /ch staff, I click on the [Global] Tab and the mod runs /ch global

Could you get this to work? Perhaps set chat more or something.

Also, this would be AWESOME with the BetterFonts mod, I believe it is open source.
Actually, that type of functionality is on my itinerary for this weekend. Hopefully it goes well. Also, I am definitely a huge fan of BetterFonts, although I haven't been able to get it working for a little while now, which is why I just added the Unicode rendering functionality. Not as nice as BetterFonts, but better than nothing.
Okay, cool. Really great chat mod, and I can't wait for that to be implemented. Would it be possible to configure the font used with unicode? Also if I might send a few dollars your way soon if you accept donations ;)
Unfortunately, the font can't be changed. It's not so much an actual font engine, but just an alternate set of image files with characters in them, similar to the 'default.png' typically supplied in texture packs. Really, the option just switches the image source for characters from 'default.png' to whatever 'glyph.png' is appropriate for the language.

Regarding donations, I appreciate the interest. For now, I accept Bitcoin donations (of any amount) at the address listed in the OP of my mod thread in the official forums, here. If that's not a convenient method for you, then don't worry about it - it's no big deal. Simply being support of TabbyChat and spreading the word would be plenty rewarding to me.

In fact, if anyone's in the business of creating Minecraft Mod Review youtube videos, I'd love to be able to have one to link here and in the minecraftforum.net thread.
This is genius, though if an Admin is trying to contact you it may not be visible
Thanks for pointing this out - there USED to be unread notifications for each tab, where it would flash red whenever a new message was received, but not displayed due to currently-inactive tabs. I just noticed that this functionality got dropped somewhere around the 1.6 update. It's been fixed in the new version, you might find it helpful.
  • MocromoCorn
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Pixel Painter
  • April 22, 2013, 3:54 pm
What texturepack you use?
Usually Soartex Fanver, although I don't think any of the above screenies use that. The newer config screens are just the default IIRC, and the older ones showing the chatbox were willpack HD.
  • MocromoCorn
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Pixel Painter
  • April 22, 2013, 3:45 pm
Just like PRAT 3.0 WoW addon --> www.curse.com/addons/wow/prat-3-0
  • Jake_DeKeer
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Scribe
  • April 22, 2013, 3:42 pm
I think my mind just exploded.
  • SuperMods
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Miner
  • April 22, 2013, 1:44 pm
Heheh I remember you:D ll banned, or so you think :P -super292
  • RetextureKing
  • Level 47
  • Master Technomancer
  • April 20, 2013, 12:35 pm
Wow. Very nice. Lots of work put into it.
  • Frostbyte12
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Architect
  • April 19, 2013, 8:54 pm
my mc crashed
I certainly don't claim it to be perfect. However, I'll need just a tad more info than that to be able to do much about it. If it happens again, see if you can grab/post the stacktrace.
Looks good. I'll try it!

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