This feature is "experimental". We may apply changes in the near future to the way it works when we gather some feedback.

Scripting WorkAdventure maps

Do you want to add a bit of intelligence to your map? Scripts allow you to create maps with special features.

You can for instance:

  • Create FTUE (First Time User Experience) scenarios where a first-time user will be displayed a notification popup.
  • Create NPC (non playing characters) and interact with those characters using the chat.
  • Organize interactions between an iframe and your map (for instance, walking on a special zone might add a product in the cart of an eCommerce website...)
  • etc...

Please note that scripting in WorkAdventure is at an early stage of development and that more features might be added in the future. You can actually voice your opinion about useful features by adding an issue on Github.

Beware: Scripts are executed in the browser of the current user only. Generally speaking, scripts cannot be used to trigger a change that will be displayed on other users screen.

Scripting language

Client-side scripting is done in Javascript (or any language that transpiles to Javascript like Typescript).

There are 2 ways you can use the scripting language:

  • In the map: By directly referring a Javascript file inside your map, in the script property of your map.
  • In an iFrame: By placing your Javascript script into an iFrame, your script can communicate with the WorkAdventure game

Adding a script in the map

Create a script property in your map.

In Tiled, in order to access your map properties, you can click on "Map > Map properties".

The Map properties menu

Create a script property (a "string"), and put the URL of your script.

You can put relative URLs. If your script file is next to your map, you can simply write the name of the script file here.

The script property

Start by testing this with a simple message sent to the chat.

WA.sendChatMessage('Hello world', 'Mr Robot');

The WA objects contains a number of useful methods enabling you to interact with the WorkAdventure game. For instance, WA.sendChatMessage opens the chat and adds a message in it.

In your browser console, when you open the map, the chat message should be displayed right away.

Adding a script in an iFrame

In WorkAdventure, you can easily open an iFrame using the openWebsite property on a layer. However, by default, the iFrame is not allowed to communicate with WorkAdventure.

This is done to improve security. In order to be able to execute a script that communicates with WorkAdventure inside an iFrame, you have to explicitly allow the iFrame to use the "iFrame API".

In order to allow communication with WorkAdventure, you need to add an additional property: openWebsiteAllowApi. This property must be boolean and you must set it to "true".

The openWebsiteAllowApi property

In your iFrame HTML page, you now need to import the WorkAdventure client API Javascript library. This library contains the WA object that you can use to communicate with WorkAdventure.

The library is available at

Note: if you are using a self-hosted version of WorkAdventure, use https://[front_domain]/iframe_api.js

<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
        <script src=""></script>

You can now start by testing this with a simple message sent to the chat.

WA.sendChatMessage('Hello world', 'Mr Robot');

Let's now review the complete list of methods available in this WA object.

Available features in the client API

Sending a message in the chat

sendChatMessage(message: string, author: string): void

Sends a message in the chat. The message is only visible in the browser of the current user.

  • message: the message to be displayed in the chat
  • author: the name displayed for the author of the message. It does not have to be a real user.


WA.sendChatMessage('Hello world', 'Mr Robot');

Listening to messages from the chat

onChatMessage(callback: (message: string) => void): void

Listens to messages typed by the current user and calls the callback. Messages from other users in the chat cannot be listened to.

  • callback: the function that will be called when a message is received. It contains the message typed by the user.


WA.onChatMessage((message => {
    console.log('The user typed a message', message);

Detecting when the user enters/leaves a zone

onEnterZone(name: string, callback: () => void): void
onLeaveZone(name: string, callback: () => void): void

Listens to the position of the current user. The event is triggered when the user enters or leaves a given zone. The name of the zone is stored in the map, on a dedicated layer with the zone property.

The zone property, applied on a layer
  • name: the name of the zone, as defined in the zone property.
  • callback: the function that will be called when a user enters or leaves the zone.


WA.onEnterZone('myZone', () => {
    WA.sendChatMessage("Hello!", 'Mr Robot');

WA.onLeaveZone('myZone', () => {
    WA.sendChatMessage("Goodbye!", 'Mr Robot');

Opening a popup

In order to open a popup window, you must first define the position of the popup on your map.

You can position this popup by using a "rectangle" object in Tiled that you will place on an "object" layer.

openPopup(targetObject: string, message: string, buttons: ButtonDescriptor[]): Popup
  • targetObject: the name of the rectangle object defined in Tiled.
  • message: the message to display in the popup.
  • buttons: an array of action buttons defined underneath the popup.

Action buttons are ButtonDescriptor objects containing these properties.

  • label (string): The label of the button.
  • className (string): The visual type of the button. Can be one of "normal", "primary", "success", "warning", "error", "disabled".
  • callback ((popup: Popup)=>void): Callback called when the button is pressed.

Please note that openPopup returns an object of the Popup class. Also, the callback called when a button is clicked is passed a Popup object.

The Popup class that represents an open popup contains a single method: close(). This will obviously close the popup when called.

class Popup {
     * Closes the popup
    close() {};


let helloWorldPopup;

// Open the popup when we enter a given zone
helloWorldPopup = WA.onEnterZone('myZone', () => {
    WA.openPopup("popupRectangle", 'Hello world!', {
        label: "Close",
        className: "primary",
        callback: (popup) => {
            // Close the popup when the "Close" button is pressed.

// Close the popup when we leave the zone.
WA.onLeaveZone('myZone', () => {

Disabling / restoring controls

disablePlayerControls(): void
restorePlayerControls(): void

These 2 methods can be used to completely disable player controls and to enable them again.

When controls are disabled, the user cannot move anymore using keyboard input. This can be useful in a "First Time User Experience" part, to display an important message to a user before letting him/her move again.


WA.onEnterZone('myZone', () => {
    WA.openPopup("popupRectangle", 'This is an imporant message!', {
        label: "Got it!",
        className: "primary",
        callback: (popup) => {

Opening a web page in a new tab

openTab(url: string): void

Opens the webpage at "url" in your browser, in a new tab.



Opening a web page in the current tab

goToPage(url: string): void

Opens the webpage at "url" in your browser in place of WorkAdventure. WorkAdventure will be completely unloaded.



Opening/closing a web page in an iFrame

openCoWebSite(url: string): void
closeCoWebSite(): void

Opens the webpage at "url" in an iFrame (on the right side of the screen) or close that iFrame.


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