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How to add attachments to activity updates

  • Faisal


    Hi all, I am looking for a way to allow users to post pictures with their activity status updates. Specifically jpg, bmp, png only. Is there a way to do this with a plugin or with some code. If this is a coding thing can you give ideas on where to start looking and making this modifications. I am new to buddypress.
    I tried searching for this but could not find it, please point me to it, if this has already been discussed somewhere. Your help is most appreciated.

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  • Roger Coathup


    @faisalmajeed – we have a similar need.

    Facebook allows this type of attachment for Photos, Videos, Events, Links and others.

    In our case, we want to allow users to attach PDFs and URLs. URLs can be typed directly into the update (although, the Facebook approach of making adding a link explicit is perhaps easier for the novice user – additionally the FB solution does clever things liking sourcing text and thumbnail options from the URL).

    Perhaps what’s stopping this in BuddyPress is that most of the attachment types we’d want are media related (images, videos), and BuddyPress doesn’t have core components to handle these.

    Is this a challenge for the developers of media plugins / components ( @foxly) to also augment the activity update boxes to allow attachments?

    Does the core system need to provide hooks / api that allows plugins to add attachment handling to the update boxes ( @johnjamesjacoby)? Perhaps it already exists, and I’m missing something obvious.

    Has anyone else addressed / thought about the issue of adding attachments to status updates in BuddyPress?

    Roger Coathup


    Further info:

    The BP Group Documents plugin lets us upload image files within a tab in groups, and the BP Links plugin lets us upload URLs to tabs within profiles and groups.

    Unfortunately, neither augments the Activity Post Update boxes with an attachment capability.



    The BP Gallery plugin (for paid members only at this time) allows upload image/video/audio file as attachment in activity status updates in current version and via BP Wire (Wall) in next version.

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