Manual:Basic Essentials

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Basic Essentials

These functions are generic functions used in normal scripting. These deal with mainly everyday things, like sending stuff and echoing to the screen.


send(command, showOnScreen)
This sends "command" directly to the network layer, skipping the alias matching. The optional second argument of type boolean (print) determines if the outgoing command is to be echoed on the screen.

See also: sendAll()

Note Note: If you want your command to be checked as if it's an alias, use expandAlias() instead - send() will ignore them.

send( "Hello Jane" ) --echos the command on the screen
send( "Hello Jane", true ) --echos the command on the screen
send( "Hello Jane", false ) --does not echo the command on the screen

-- use a variable in the send:
send("kick "


echo([miniconsoleName or labelName], text)
This function appends text at the end of the current line.
  • miniconsoleName: (optional) the miniconsole to echo to, or:
  • labelName: (optional) the label to echo to.
  • text: text you'd like to see printed. You can use \n in an echo to insert a new line. If you're echoing this to a label, you can also use styling to colour, center, increase/decrease size of text and various other formatting options as listed here.

See also: moveCursor(), insertText(), cecho(), decho(), hecho()

-- a miniconsole example

-- first, determine the size of your screen
local windowWidth, windowHeight = getMainWindowSize()

-- create the miniconsole
createMiniConsole("sys", windowWidth-650,0,650,300)
setMiniConsoleFontSize("sys", 8)
-- wrap lines in window "sys" at 40 characters per line - somewhere halfway, as an example
setWindowWrap("sys", 40)

echo("sys","Hello world!\n")
cecho("sys", "<:OrangeRed>This is random spam with the same background\n")
cecho("sys", "<blue:OrangeRed>and this is with a blue foreground. ")
cecho("sys", "<bisque:BlueViolet>Lastly, this is with both a foreground and a background.\n")
-- a label example

-- This example creates a transparent overlay message box to show a big warning message "You are under attack!" in the middle 
-- of the screen. Because the background color has a transparency level of 150 (0-255, with 0 being completely transparent 
-- and 255 opaque) the background text can still be read through.
local width, height = getMainWindowSize()
moveWindow("messageBox", (width/2)-300,(height/2)-100 )
setBackgroundColor("messageBox", 255, 204, 0, 200)
echo("messageBox", [[<p style="font-size:35px"><b><center><font color="red">You are under attack!</font></center></b></p>]])


This is much like echo, in that is will show text at your screen, not send anything to anywhere. However, it also works with other objects than just text, like a number, table, function, or even many arguments at once. This function is useful to easily take a look at the values of a lua table, for example. If a value is a string, it'll be in quotes, and if it's a number, it won't be quoted.

Note Note: Do not use this to display information to end-users. It may be hard to read. It is mainly useful for developing/debugging.

myTable = {} -- create an empty lua table = "Hello there" -- add a text = 23 -- add a number
myTable.ubar = function () echo("OK") end -- add more stuff
display( myTable ) -- take a look inside the table


Again this will not send anything to anywhere. It will however print not to the main window, but only to the errors view. You need to open that window to see the message.
See also: Errors View

Note Note: Do not use this to display information to end-users. It will be hard to find. It is mainly useful for developing/debugging.

debugc(" Trigger successful!")
-- Text will be shown in errors view, not to main window.