Content BBCode

Beta Content BBCode 2.0.0

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Compatible XF 2.x versions
  1. 2.0
  2. 2.1
  3. 2.2
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Note: v2.0 of this addon is a re-release of my existing "[thread] and [post] BBCode" addon with a new addon ID. If you previously used this addon, it should automatically upgrade when installing this new version - but otherwise, just uninstall the old addon before installing this new one - no data will be lost.

This addon creates additional BBCodes for linking to various content found on XenForo forums:
  • thread
  • post
  • search (see below for details)
  • tag
  • xfmg
    • media
    • category
    • album
    • image
    • thumbnail
  • forum (node)
  • prefix
    • thread
    • resource
  • resource
The search tag has options allowing you to link to searches across multiple content types:
  • forums
  • threads
  • posts
  • resources
  • media
  • media comments
  • user profiles
  • tags
  • Google
    • site search
    • web search
    • image search
    • map search
    • video search
    • news search
This addon was originally created to replicate the [THREAD] and [POST] BBCodes which were used in vBulletin and may be present in post content after migration.

I've basically aimed to reproduce the original vBulletin (v3.8.x) functionality of simply rendering a link to a thread or post with the user supplied link text - if the user does not have permission to access the thread or post, they'll find out when they click the link! Thread titles are not rendered automatically, so there is no risk of information leakage.

The main reason you'd want to use this addon is if you have migrated content from vBulletin or another forum which uses [thread] and [post] BBCodes.

The additional BBCode tags were added primarily to support some forum statistics scripts I had written for my sites as I needed a way of programmatically generating links which were also independent of the site URL.

If you just want to use the thread and post tags, you can always disable the other custom bbcode tags in the admin UI.


This addon requires PHP 5.4 or higher and has been tested on XF v2.0, v2.1 and v2.2

The [thread] and [post] component of this addon basically does the same job as @Xon's Thread & Post BB Code for XF2 addon - but mine is (deliberately) much less sophisticated and does no permission checking or thread/post lookups. You should not install both addons!


In post content (or anywhere that BBCode is allowed), the following substitutions will occur:


Rich (BB code):
[thread=1]see this thread[/thread]

... will be rendered as:

<a href="">see this thread</a>

Alternative syntax:

Rich (BB code):

... will be rendered as:

<a href=""></a>


Rich (BB code):
[post=2]see this post[/post]

... will be rendered as:

<a href="">see this post</a>



Rich (BB code):
[search]foo[/search] (default is to search entire forum - search term between tags)
[search=forum]foo[/search] (general forum search - search term between tags)
[search=forum,foo]search the forums for 'foo'[/search] (general forum search - search term as option)

[search=thread,foo]search threads for 'foo'[/search]
[search=post,foo]search posts for 'foo'[/search]
[search=resource,foo]search resources for 'foo'[/search]
[search=media,foo]search media uploads for 'foo'[/search]
[search=comments,foo]search media comments for 'foo'[/search]
[search=tag,foo]search tags for 'foo'[/search]

[search=site,foo]Google site search for 'foo'[/search] (search google with '' tag to perform a Google search of your site
[search=web,foo]Google web search for 'foo'[/search]
[search=image,foo]Google image search for 'foo'[/search]
[search=map,foo]Google map search for 'foo'[/search]
[search=video,foo]Google video search for 'foo'[/search]
[search=news,foo]Google new search for 'foo'[/search]



Rich (BB code):
[tag=foo bar]link to the tag 'foo bar'[/tag]

... will be rendered as:

<a href="">link to the tag 'foo bar'</a>



Rich (BB code):
[xfmg=media,1]link to media item with id = 1[/xfmg]
[xfmg=album,1]link to album with id = 1[/xfmg]
[xfmg=category,1]link to category with id = 1[/xfmg]

... will be rendered as:

<a href="">link to media item with id = 1</a>
<a href="">link to album with id = 1</a>
<a href="">link to category with id = 1</a>

You can also display full sized images:

Rich (BB code):

... will be rendered as:

<img src="" data-url="" class="bbImage" data-zoom-target="1" alt="">

Note that if lightbox is enabled for images - the image will be rendered using the standard lightbox template in the same way that the IMG bbcode tag works.

Similarly, you may display a thumbnail as follows:

Rich (BB code):

Unlike other links, images and thumbnails will only display if the user has permission to view them.



Rich (BB code):
[forum=1]link to this forum node[/forum]

... will be rendered as:

<a href="">link to this forum node</a>



Rich (BB code):
[prefix=forum,1,2]link to this prefix for a node[/prefix] (ie show all threads from node_id = 1 using prefix_id = 2)
[prefix=resource,0,1]link to this prefix for a resource[/prefix] (ie show all resources using prefix_id = 1)
[prefix=resource,2,3]link to this prefix for a resource category[/prefix] (ie show all resources from category_id = 2 using prefix_id = 3)

... will be rendered as:

<a href="">link to this prefix for a node</a>
<a href="">link to this prefix for a resource</a>
<a href="">link to this prefix for a resource category</a>


Rich (BB code):
[resource=1]link to this resource[/resource]

... will be rendered as:

<a href="">link to this resource</a>
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