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Sends a chat message.

SendChatMessage(msg [, chatType, languageID, target])


string - The message to be sent. Large messages are truncated to max 255 characters, and only valid chat message characters are permitted.
string? - The type of message to be sent, e.g. "PARTY". If omitted, this defaults to "SAY"
number? - The languageID used for the message. Only works with chatTypes "SAY" and "YELL", and only if not in a group. If omitted the default language will be used: Orcish for the Horde and Common for the Alliance, as returned by GetDefaultLanguage()
string|number? - The player name or channel number receiving the message for "WHISPER" or "CHANNEL" chatTypes.

Chat types[]

HW - denotes if the chatType requires a hardware event when in the outdoor world, i.e. not in an instance/battleground.
chatType Command HW Description
"SAY" /s, /say
Chat message to nearby players
"EMOTE" /e, /emote Custom text emote to nearby players (See DoEmote for normal emotes)
"YELL" /y, /yell
Chat message to far away players
"PARTY" /p, /party Chat message to party members
"RAID" /ra, /raid Chat message to raid members
"RAID_WARNING" /rw Audible warning message to raid members
"INSTANCE_CHAT" /i, /instance Chat message to the instance group (Dungeon finder / Battlegrounds / Arena)
"GUILD" /g, /guild Chat message to guild members
"OFFICER" /o, /officer Chat message to guild officers
"WHISPER" /w, /whisper
/t, /tell
Whisper to a specific other player, use player name as target argument
"CHANNEL" /1, /2, ...
Chat message to a specific global/custom chat channel, use channel number as target argument
"AFK" /afk Not a real channel; Sets your AFK message. Send an empty message to clear AFK status.
"DND" /dnd Not a real channel; Sets your DND message. Send an empty message to clear DND status.
"VOICE_TEXT" Sends text-to-speech to the in-game voice chat.
  1. ^ The "CHANNEL" chatType is HW event restricted for both outdoors and indoors.


  • Fires CHAT_MSG_* events, e.g. CHAT_MSG_SAY and CHAT_MSG_CHANNEL
  • "RAID_WARNING" is accessible to raid leaders/assistants, or to all members of a party (when not in a raid)
  • "WHISPER" works across all realms in a region, it's not restricted to connected realms and you don't need to have interacted with the recipient before.


Sends a message, defaults to "SAY".

SendChatMessage("Hello world")

Sends a /yell message.

SendChatMessage("For the Horde!", "YELL"); DoEmote("FORTHEHORDE")

Sends a message to General Chat which is usually on channel index 1

SendChatMessage("Hello friends", "CHANNEL", nil, 1)

Whispers your target.

SendChatMessage("My, you're a tall one!", "WHISPER", nil, UnitName("target"))

Sets your /dnd message.

SendChatMessage("Grabbing a beer", "DND")

Speaks in Thalassian, provided your character knows the language.

SendChatMessage("Ugh, I hate Thunder Bluff! You can't find a good burger anywhere.", "SAY", 10)

Sends a message to an instance group, raid, or party.

SendChatMessage("Hello there o/", IsInGroup(LE_PARTY_CATEGORY_INSTANCE) and "INSTANCE_CHAT" or IsInRaid() and "RAID" or "PARTY")

Patch changes[]

Shadowlands Patch 9.1.0 (2021-06-29): Added "VOICE_TEXT"
Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.2.5 (2019-09-24): Including Patch 1.13.3; Partially protected; "SAY", "YELL" and "CHANNEL" must be triggered by a hardware event [1]
Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.1.0 (2012-11-27): Added "INSTANCE_CHAT" and removed "BATTLEGROUND"
Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Changed language argument from a string to a numeric languageID
Bc icon Patch 2.4.0 (2008-03-25): Large messages are truncated to 255 characters and no longer trigger disconnects
Bc icon Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Throws an error when attempting to speak a language you don't know
WoW Icon update Patch 1.11.0 (2006-06-19): Added "RAID_WARNING" for raid leaders (subsequently available in party mode by all party members circa Patch 2.0)


  1. ^ Deadly Boss Mods 2019-09-25. SendChatMessage restrictions.​ “Ok, a bunch of addon authors got to bottom of it after tons of testing. SendChatMessage automation disabled in public/private chat channels It’s ALSO disabled from SAY/YELL out in world. It’s permitted in raid/party/guild chat, and SAY/YELL within instances.