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Letter Avatars 1.0.2

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Shade Administrator 10 Oct 2018 Edited
Letter Avatars lets you create Google-style default avatars using usernames' initial letters; give your board an elegant touch without being obtrusive or heavy on server's resources. Letter Avatars uses an external server – ui-avatars.com – to provide crisp dynamic images extracting user's username initials.

You have fine-grain control over the hue range, luminosity, font size, shape and letter case of avatars.

Avatars have an average load latency of 2 ms; you will not even notice them loading, and they will not block page rendering.

You decide how many letters you would like to display. 1 resembles Google the most, but 2 is usually the best choice for style and readability.

Whether if you choose dark or light luminosity backgrounds, the text's color will be automatically adjusted to ensure the best contrast possible.

Minimum requirements

MyBB 1.8.0
PHP 7.1


Upload Letter Avatars to your MyBB installation maintaining its folder structure integrity. Install and activate from the plugins manager.

This project is licensed under


A simple license with little to no use restrictions, except for author's crediting. Read the provided LICENSE file for more informations.


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Shade Administrator 10 Oct 2018

Letter Avatars 1.0.1 released

This update fixes 2 reported issues:
New registered users do not get proper formatted avatars
Usernames with special characters may pose a XSS security threat

To update, simply replace the old files. No upgrade script or other fancy procedures are necessary.
Shade Administrator 12 Oct 2018

Letter Avatars 1.0.2 released

This update fixes 1 reported issue:
escape_string() on null in generateAvatar() function prevents the plugin from installing

To update, simply replace the old files. No upgrade script or other fancy procedures are necessary.
codedude Regular user 12 Oct 2018 Edited
Thank you for making this plugin Shade, however can you change the logic of this plugin to not be dependable on ui-avatars.com, but instead to use this simple javascript https://codepen.io/arturheinze/pen/ZGvOMw

PS: I don't believe into random "we don't store logs bulls*' base64 code is wayyyy safer and better in terms of what if ui-avatars.com gets down, their server crashes and so forth.
Shade Administrator 12 Oct 2018
Yes, an update in the future is planned and I may also add JS support. The initial plan was to generate physical images and store them on your server; I don’t usually like JS for this kind of things as there will always be a delay in displaying avatars, but I may sneak that in as an option.
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codedude Regular user 12 Oct 2018
That would be much appreciated!
Brody Ultimate 13 Oct 2018
Hi Shade,
Another beautiful product by yourself, thank you for sharing it with the community! That's very kind of you.

I ran into a little confusion with the Hue settings, but seem to have it figured out now well enough. Mainly just wanted red colored backgrounds, so I have it set 0~1 right now. Inputting just '0' gave me random colors. Most definitely a lack of knowledge on my part for certain.

The only other thing that I think would help would maybe be an option for a solid hex color. So admins can set the avatars all to be the same color background.

Thanks for letting me know about this and I look forward to your future plugins as well!
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