AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) Hyperlink Command Codes

This tech-recipe contains a listing of a few known hyperlink commands for driving AIM.

Users can use hyperlinks to drive several features of AIM. These codes can be used to create shortcuts on your desktop which open AIM in the manner you wish. Likewise, if you want users to be able to direct you to their buddy list from your web page or email, these codes are useful.

If you plan to use these commands in shortcuts on your system, use them exactly as listed below. If you are going to use them on a web page, use them in standard hyperlink format.

To open a new IM window, use the following:

To open a new IM window with a screen name, use the following:

To chat with an AOL bot named AOLBuddy, use the following:
<a href= aim:goIM?screenname=AOLBuddy>Chat with AOLBuddy</a>

The following is the example above with HTML tags:
Chat with AOLBuddy

To open new IM window with a screen name and a message, use the following:

The following is an example that opens with the WallStreetJournal Bot (WSJ) and sends it a help message. This can be used to display the bot menu with fewer keystrokes:

<a href= aim:goIM?screenname=WSJ&message=help>Send "Help" to WSJ Bot</a>

The following is the example above with HTML tags:
Send “Help” to WSJ Bot

To grab shared files from a screen name, use the following:

To open a chat room, use the following:

To add screen name automatically to the “Add Buddy” window, use the following:

To add screen name and group name automatically to the “Add Buddy” window, use the following:

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13 Responses to “AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) Hyperlink Command Codes”

  1. October 13, 2008 at 7:07 am, caz said:

    well i looked at this entire page
    i saw how to set up codes for chat, IM and chatroom.
    but never didi see anything to do with inserting a hyperlink i an email that s done by aim.
    aim is graphically a rip off and shouldnt even be used at all. im looking for a way to not use it.


  2. October 17, 2008 at 1:40 am, Anonymous said:

    does anyone know what the aim code is that changes someones status message?…not the away message, the status message…i had it a while ago but i cant find it anywhere


  3. November 21, 2008 at 1:28 pm, Nora said:

    Great information. I found out that it supports HTML, so I could add a carriage return by using the line break tag. For instance:

    aim:goim?screenname=SCREENNAME&message=hellohow are you?


    • November 21, 2008 at 1:32 pm, Nora said:

      oh.. apparently the comment function supports HTML too, so let met try the example again:

      aim:goim?screenname=SCREENNAME&message=hello<br>how are you?

      otherwise go to Step 13 of my online HTML course


  4. November 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm, sukit said:

    How Do You Do the cheat were it says in the status message i love s/n please help me


  5. December 05, 2008 at 4:04 am, Julie said:

    what is a code to get rid of the buddy status on the top of your profile


  6. February 18, 2009 at 2:20 pm, unknown said:

    how do you get a background for you aim prfile???


  7. February 24, 2009 at 12:28 am, ahleika said:

    I cannot get to work… what exactly does this command do?


  8. June 15, 2009 at 6:39 am, tattudegrl said:

    Life is great if you are actually LIVING. There is a mjor difference in living and just simply existing.


  9. December 25, 2009 at 7:53 pm, Srikanth said:


    How do i create such a hyperlink to invoke Windows Live Messenger.



  10. January 07, 2010 at 7:06 pm, Anonymous said:

    This works great if the person clicking the link has AIM installed on their computer. If they don’t, it simply brings you to a blank page. Is there some additional code (that can be included alongside this code, not separate) that, if you do not have AIM installed, will redirect you to their download page?
    Thanks to anyone that nay be able to help.


  11. September 02, 2011 at 8:59 am, bob said:

    how do you do that thing as your status when people see it, it comes up as their user name ?
    like if “SAraBOOI” was reading it it would say “hello SAraBOOI, how are you?” but if CAREL was reading it it would say “hello CAREL, how are you?” and etc


  12. May 06, 2012 at 10:33 am, Pranshu patetl said:

    Please give me mocc magic 18 horn sound effect.


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