Discourse Reactions

:discourse2: Summary Discourse Reactions allows users to React to a post from a choice of emojis, rather than only the Like heart. The available emoji selection can be set from the admin settings.
:hammer_and_wrench: Repository Link https://github.com/discourse/discourse-reactions
:open_book: Install Guide How to install plugins in Discourse

Bored of likes in discourse? Here’s something you will definitely love.


Discourse-reactions is a plugin that allows user to add their reactions to the post. This plugin can engage more audiences to the post. Users who may not have previously wanted to Like your content are now able to send more specific signals about how your content makes them feel. Users who may not have wanted to use their phones to post can now use them to “react” much easier.

Reactions can be different on each website as we have an amazing feature where site admin can set their list of emojis which can be used as reactions.

To customize the reactions use the site setting discourse_reactions_enabled_reactions and define emojis you want as reactions separated by | eg: open_mouth|cry|angry

This plugin will work as an add-on to the likes feature, anytime you want to remove the plugin, all likes will be preserved.


You can configure these Site Settings:

  • discourse_reactions_enabled To enable the plugin
  • discourse_reactions_enabled_reactions To define the list of enabled reactions, any emoji is allowed here. default: laughing|open_mouth|cry|angry|thumbsup|thumbsdown
  • discourse_reactions_like_icon To replace the like icon.
  • discourse_reactions_reaction_for_like To define the name of like reaction.

Creating a reaction

The reaction can be created either by clicking the like icon OR by hovering and selecting reaction from the reaction picker.


  • In Mobile to open the reaction-panel long press on like icon.

Screenshot 2021-03-15 at 10.14.04 AM

See who reacted?

On the left side of the post, there will be a list of reactions, by clicking on it, there will be a modal displayed with the list of reactions.

If there are only likes in the post, a list of reactions will not be available but there will be a like-count besides the like button. clicking on it will display the same modal.

Don’t want to see this whole modal? Just hover on the reaction-emoji in the list to see the recently reacted users (Available Only on the desktop site).

See Your reactions?

In the user page activity, there is an extra Reactions tab where you will find all reactions you made.

See who reacted to your post?

In the user page notifications, there is an extra Reactions tab where you will find all reactions made to your posts.


First Reaction Badge is granted to the user when they make their first reaction to a post.




Special Thanks

Special thanks to @joffreyjaffeux for being such a nice mentor and for being super helpful in everything :open_hands: and @team for helping us to make the plugin works perfect by finding bugs as much as possible.



Came here to point that out, as suggested by @orenwolf when a fellow mutant posted about it over at BB BBS. Leaving satisfied that the issue has been reported already.

I agree that moving the reaction to the left is not a fine solution. Also, I am wondering why this happens? Is this muscle memory, i.e. has the heart moved ever so slightly to the left and the link button moved into the hearts old UI estate?


I’ve noticed that the Reaction button seems to react incorrectly to events on mobile. Starting to drag at the reaction button will generate a click event, making it very easy to accidentally click.


Regarding the ability to customize the Like icon, i know from some of the earliest discussions we are instructed to only pick icons that have the ‘regular’ version (unliked) and the ‘solid’ version (liked) readily available.

Our forum has used an substitute Like icon (knife and fork- yes we are a food forum) for years, where the solid version is available in FontAwesome Free, but the regular version is only in Pro. It doesn’t make sense for us to pay $99 for the Pro plan for just one icon. Question is, are we able to upload our own SVG for the customized icon? Has anyone done it successfully?

I tried doing that, but no icon shows up. Hence the question. Thanks.


Been running into issues with this plugin on my local instance, I run into connection issues on my instance when this plugin is installed, Any ETA on when this can be fixed? As I’d love to use the plugin.

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