New Chat System

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New Chat System

In prior versions of the game, Project Zomboid’s chat system treated messages as though they all came from a single source. Now, in build 40, chat is separated into a variety of streams.


These streams can be customized on the server.


Chat Streams


Chat streams can be turned on or off by adding their identifier to the ChatSteams option. It is a comma-separated list. These identifiers are based on the command used in-game.




Talk to nearby players; can only be heard from a short distance; visible above the player’s head


/say “blarg”



Walkie-talkies and ham radios; visible above the player’s head; requires a working radio in hand (?)


/r “arg”



Talk to everyone on the server; can be heard on Discord


/all “err”



Private message a specific user


"/whisper <username> <message>



Shout to players nearby; can be heard further away; visible above the player’s head


/yell “Hell yeah!”



Communicate with your safe house group

Light Green

/sf “I don’t think we should let him in.”



Speak to only your faction members

Dark Green

/f “Something clever here”


Admin Stream and Separate Tab


There is also a special stream, just for admins. This is denoted with /a or /admin.

E.g. /admin “Let’s ban him.”

It is only available to admins. Admins will see this chat as a separate tab. Messages and commands can be entered here without possibly being seen by other users.


Stream Config


Enable all chat streams:


Enable Only Say, Radio, and Yell:

ChatSTreams=s, r, y


If a player sends a message in a disallowed chat stream then the chat panel will display an error message, giving the player a list of enabled streams they can use instead


Discord Integration and Config


Server owners have the option of routing general chat (/all) to a Discord server.


For this to work,


  • DIscord must be enabled in the server config,

  • A bot token must be provided, and

  • A valid room ID needs to be provided.


Any messages in the specific room will be forwarded to players on the server. These’ll show up in the /all stream, as light blue text.


You can find more about setting up your own bot here:



The new Chatbox remembers your last used channel and message, and commands. Just press 't' or Enter, and the game will have your last used channel/command in the input field.


To navigate over chat history use arrow up and arrow down.


Each chat tab has its own chat history.


Quick Chat

The chat panel will remember the last stream you used, just press Enter.


Rapidly Changing Streams

For players, pressing Tab will cycle between the available chat Streams (e.g. /all -> [TAB] -> /say), saving time.


Interacting With the Chat Panel and Combat

You have to press Tab, T, or Enter by default to interact with the chat panel. You cannot click anything other than the cog, the pin, or the X button otherwise.


This is to keep you from dying when in combat. You can now right click through the chat panel to activate the world context menu (e.g. climbing through windows)  engage in combat despite your mouse being over the chat panel.


User Customization

You can see available chat settings by clicking on ‘gear’ icon of the chatbox. Here you will find settings for fonts, chat titles, timestamps, fade and transparency.


You can lock chat size and position by click on lock icon.



Known Bugs

- History does not work in the current build

- It is not possible to teleport to coordinates

- Help displays /teleportto, despite it being removed

- AddUserToWhitelist will generate a very interesting password if none is specified


These will likely be sorted in the next release.

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