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What are chat commands and roles?

We're in the process of upgrading the Skype experience from a P2P-based architecture to a cloud-based system. Below, we detail the chat commands and roles in cloud-based chats.

To find out what type of chat you're in, simply type /get name into the chat window and press Enter. If the group name response starts with "19:...", you're in a cloud-based chat; if the group name response starts with "#skypename...", you're in a P2P-based chat.

Any response you get from using any of the chat commands will not be visible to the other members of the chat; they're shown only to you, and will come from a contact called System.

If you are the administrator or host of a chat (usually if you set up the chat, you will be assigned this role) you can:

  • Type /kick [Skype Name] to remove a member from the chat. You or other chat members can add this person again later.
  • You can share the moderator with other members by typing /setrole [Skype Name] ADMIN to share this permission with other users in this chat.
  • Type /showmembers  to get a list of members and their current role (this will also show you the format of their Skype Name [see /add [Skype Name] command in both chat types below]).

To see a list of the available commands, simply type /help into the chat. If you are just in a chat with one other person, only the relevant chat options will be shown. If you are in a chat with two or more people, /help will reveal a more comprehensive list of chat commands. If you don’t see the list, the version Skype you are using is not supported.

All new groups created will be cloud-based groups. If you want to create a moderated group chat, type /createmoderatedchat. This will create a new group chat called "Untitled conversation", to which you can add users and use the full list of cloud-based chat commands described below.

Important: Always make sure you are using the latest version of Skype. Some of these commands may not be supported in older versions.

Cloud-based chat commands and roles

You don’t need to use square brackets around your text after the command. For example, the command /topic [text] would be used as /topic Today’s Meeting Agenda.

Here is a list of all common commands and their descriptions: 

Command Description

/add [Skype Name]

Adds a contact to the chat. For instance: /add alex_cooper1 will add that member to the chat.

Some Skype names also begin with "live:" (example: live:alex_cooper1)

/alertson [text]

Allows you to specify what needs to appear in a chat for you to be notified. For example, /alertson London will only alert you when the word "London" appears in the chat.


Disable message notifications.

/find [text]

Finds specific text in a chat. For example, /find Charlie will return the first instance of the word "Charlie" in the chat.

/get admins

Details the people administrating the chat.

/get options

Details active options for current chat - see /set options below for a list of the options available.

/get role

Details your role in the chat.


Displays list of members and their roles.

/get uri

Creates a URL link that other people can use to join the group chat.


Starts a group call with other participants of the chat.


Details number of people in chat and maximum number available.

/kick [Skype Name]

Eject chat member. For instance, /kick alex_cooper1 will eject that member from the chat.


Leave current group chat.

/me [text]

Your name will appear followed by any text you write. For instance, /me working from home will cause the phrase "working from home" to appear next to your name in the chat. You can use this to send a message about your activities or status.


Stops push notifications on all other instances of Skype except the current one.

/set options [[+|-]flag]

Sets options for this chat. For example: /set options -JOINING_ENABLED switches off the JOINING_ENABLED option, while /set options +HISTORY_DISCLOSED will switch on the HIS option.


The available flags are listed below:


HISTORY_DISCLOSED - Joiners can see the conversation that took place before they joined. The limit that they can see is either 400 messages or two weeks of time, depending on which is reached first.


JOINING_ENABLED - New users can join the chat.

/setrole [Skype Name] SPEAKER | ADMIN

Allows you to set a role to each chat member. A description of roles is given in the table below.


Lists other endpoints that can receive push notifications for calls and IMs for this Skype account.

/topic [text]

Changes the chat topic.

/get allowlist

Details people with access to the chat. 

/get banlist

Details people banned from the chat.

/set allowlist [[+|-]mask] ..

Sets the members allowed in the chat. For instance, /set allowlist +alex_cooper1 will allow that member to join the chat.

/set banlist [[+|-]mask] ..

Sets which members are banned from the chat. For instance, /set banlist +alex_cooper1 will ban that member from the chat./set banlist -alex_cooper1 will allow them to rejoin it.

Chat roles depend on whether you started the chat or were assigned a role by the chat creator or host:




Also known as chat hosts. Admins can promote other people to admins. 


A member who can post messages into the chat and participate in calls.

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