Adding a Friends Online widget to your BuddyPress community

The goal of this trick is to display the friends of a displayed user once in his member area. Just like on or I only added an ajax call to display those who are online.. I haven’t checked’s plugin, but this widget mimics the functionality on, and it does not displays the friends of the logged in user but the friends of the user currently being viewed.

Step 1: Edit Sidebar.php

Add the template sidebar.php to your Child Theme and open it. just before calling the dynamic sidebar (around line 68) add this code :


Step 2: Edit Functions.php

In the functions.php file of the Child theme add the following functions :

function imath_bp_display_friends(){
        global $bp;
        $user_id = $bp->displayed_user->id;
        $user_all_friends_url = $bp->displayed_user->domain . BP_FRIENDS_SLUG;

- View All - View Online

No friends !

displayed_user->id; if(isset($_POST['offoronline'])) $type = $_POST['offoronline']; else $type = 'offline'; if($type=='offline') $args = 'user_id='.$user_id.'&per_page=10&max=10&populate_extras=0'; else $args = 'user_id='.$user_id.'&type=online&per_page=10&max=10&populate_extras=0'; if ( bp_has_members( $args ) ){ ?>
No friends online!'; else echo '

No friends!

'; } die(); } function imath_bp_display_friends_js(){ if ( bp_is_member() ){ ?>

Voilà! Sorry for my english

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14 Responses to Adding a Friends Online widget to your BuddyPress community

  1. Slava UA December 9, 2010 at 6:39 pm #

    Hey, cool!
    I created a widget for BP 1.1 that did absolutely the same but in a different way (at that time there were not so many handy bp_ functions).

  2. imath December 9, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    hi Slava UA,
    thks 4 your comment.

  3. Anindya Ray December 10, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    How to add a “Follow this member!” button on the activity stream, like in this site ?

    note: I didn’t get an appropriate place to request for this , so posted here, kindly forgive any mistake …

  4. imath December 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    you should directly ask @bowe ;)

  5. momo December 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    Merci imath

    • imath December 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

      de rien ;)

  6. imath December 11, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    just 4 info, thanks to the suggestion, it’s now a plugin called BP Show Friends ;)

    • bowe December 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

      Great! Well done :)

  7. Lewis December 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    Hey, I can’t get this to work, and the plugin does not do what you say this tutorial does, it shows all your friends, I only want to show the ones online but there are no widgets for that and this did not work, is there a specific place I put the code in the functions.php file?

    • imath December 24, 2010 at 8:14 am #

      Hi Lewis,

      I advise you to use the widget BP Show Friends. Once installed, go to WordPress backend, then drag and drop the widget in your sidebar.
      Once on your member’s page (siteurl/members/yourname) it will show your friends. Under the title of the widget, there are 2 links calling ajax functions, the second link will display the friends that are online or a message ‘No friends online’..
      So the plugin actually do what this tutorial does !!

  8. Jeff Gaudette January 13, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Cool plugin, Imath. Thank you for taking the time to develop this.

    One question. If I wanted to change the title of the widget to say “current members” friends, where “current member” is the name of the users who’s page you are on, how would I do that? I see the h3 title, but I am not sure how to echo the members name.

    Thanks very much

  9. Himaltiertams September 19, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    Very interesting name by the forum

    It is the truth.



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