XF 2.2 GIPHY integration, image proxy bypass and audio uploads

GIPHYBrandGuide.jpgHave you been sitting there thinking "I just wish XenForo 2.2 had a little bit more awesome"? Yeah so did we. So here's a few extra features that we're introducing in XenForo 2.2 Beta 2.

Noice Thats Nice GIF

GIPHY integration​

Everybody loves GIFs, right? Well, maybe not everybody but personally we love them... ok ok... maybe it's just @Chris D that loves them. Every day is a GIF (with a hard G) day for Chris.

excited happy birthday GIF
happy dance GIF by SpongeBob SquarePants
carlton dance GIF

So in XF 2.2 Beta 2 we're introducing GIPHY support. It can be enabled from this option in your Admin control panel by populating it with an API key you can obtain from GIPHY.


Once enabled, we add a handy new GIF button to the rich text editor. When you click the button you will get a list of the latest trending GIFs. But you can also search. As you scroll through the list of GIFs we automatically load more results in. We have an element of lazy loading here too whereby there is initially a still thumbnail version of the GIF loaded in first until just before the GIF scrolls into view then we load the animated version in.

That feeling when you find the perfect GIF:

Male GIF

But... wait... most of you have the image proxy enabled, right? Won't all these GIFs be cached locally and use up your precious disk space?

married with children wow GIF

Well, not necessarily...

Image proxy bypass​

For the most part, the image proxy is most useful for its ability to ensure that content served from non-HTTPS sites do not generate "insecure content warnings" when they are loaded on your (hopefully) HTTPS secured site.

Or, such as the GIPHY example above, you may simply want to avoid caching images from specific sites due to concerns about the disk space required or concerns that they may exceed the image proxy limits.

So we're also adding an option to bypass the image proxy either for all HTTPS-requests - where the effects of proxying are somewhat mooted - or specific domains.


If you choose to bypass specific domains, any domain - and its subdomains - will be bypassed. If you need a bit more control, you can write the domain as a regular expression.

danny devito wow GIF by QuickBooks

Audio uploads​

In XF 2.1 we added video upload support and so it seems only reasonable that we should consider adding audio upload support at some point.

It might just be a small coincidence that it helps us solve a little issue arising from the fact that XFMG supports audio uploads and our attachment mirroring feature was struggling to mirror audio attachments from the attachment system into the media gallery.

Coincidence Reaction GIF

If you already have video uploads enabled you do not have to do anything extra. Rather than adding extra options and permissions we made it so that the options and permissions related to video uploading now also include audio attachments by default.

Whatever sounds you decide to upload to your forum, we hope you enjoy this new feature. Here's a montage of some of our favourite sounds:

lionel richie hello GIF

Speaking of favourites, why don't you give the new GIPHY integration a whirl and post your favourite GIFs below!

Thats Nice Reaction GIF by MOODMAN

Most GIFs joyously curated by Lily Deeming, aged 7 (nearly 8)


Well-known member
@Chris D is there an option to insert the image using the giphy media BBCode rather than an img tag?
Right. This would have been nice as an option. Video files are smaller than GIFs. Loads faster. And are going to perform better on mobile devices. At least it's an opt-in so that's nice. I can pretend this feature doesn't exist :p


Well-known member
Does "Only show GIFs with the following rating:" mean show GIFs with the selected rating or lower. For example, if I select PG13, will it also show PG?


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Staff member
Should we be using the SDK or API?

Does "Only show GIFs with the following rating:" mean show GIFs with the selected rating or lower. For example, if I select PG13, will it also show PG?
The ratings are defined as follows:
  • G: Content that is appropriate for all ages and people.
  • PG: Content that is generally safe for everyone, but may require parental preview before children can watch.
  • PG-13: Mild sexual innuendos, mild substance use, mild profanity, or threatening images. May include images of semi-naked people, but DOES NOT show real human genitalia or nudity.
  • R: Strong language, strong sexual innuendo, violence, and illegal drug use; not suitable for teens or younger. NO NUDITY.
Setting it to R for example, will cover all of the categories.