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Function: llInstantMessage( key user, string message );

Sends an Instant Message specified in the string message to the user specified by key.

• key user avatar UUID
• string message


  • This function causes the script to sleep for 2.0 seconds.
    • For applications where this is problematic, it's possible to place the call to llInstantMessage in a child script and pass the information to that script via llMessageLinked.
  • The message sent can not be longer than 1024 bytes.
  • The message shows up in the chat window. The message is not logged as part of the InstantMessage logging facility.
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Tell the owner somebody touched the object: <lsl>// This particular example is for demonstration only. // Use llOwnerSay for the same functionality.

key owner;

default {

   on_rez(integer start_param)
       owner=llGetOwner();  // get the key of the objects owner.
   touch_start(integer total_num)
       llInstantMessage(owner,llKey2Name(owner)+", " + (string)total_num +" Avatar(s) touched me!");

}</lsl> Send a confirmation to the Avatar that touches an object without spamming other Avatars: <lsl>default {

   touch_start(integer total_num)
       llInstantMessage(llDetectedKey(0),"You have been registered!");


Instant Messaging has the benefit of allowing communication from an object to an avatar anywhere in the Grid. The downside is that an object cannot receive an Instant Message, therefore an avatar cannot send an Instant Message to an object. It's a one-way communication avenue. Also, the two-second script delay can be considered a downside in some applications.

See Also


•  llOwnerSay
•  llRegionSay Sends chat region wide
•  llWhisper Sends chat limited to 10 meters
•  llSay Sends chat limited to 20 meters
•  llShout Sends chat limited to 100 meters

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function void llInstantMessage( key user, string message );