Messages are the primary method for providing system feedback in the product user interface. Messages include notifications of various kinds: alerts, confirmations, notices, warnings, info and errors.


API status: general
Web resource key: com.atlassian.auiplugin:aui-message
AMD Module key: N/A
Experimental API: 3
General API: 5


There are several message types with different colours and icons.

Inserted with HTML

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There are a few ways to implement messages: using HTML (or Soy to generate the HTML) or using JavaScript.



Messages can be added through AUI's JavaScript API in two main ways. The most common is to inject the element inside a "context" element:

If the context selector is omitted, the message is added to a static location: an element with id="aui-message-bar".

Note that if you do not set the context, and the aui-message-bar element does not exist, the message will not appear as it has no target location.


Types of messages

When adding an HTML message, you must ensure root element (.aui-message) has the desired message class. Calling from Soy or JavaScript wraps this into one call, for convenience.

Note: icon class have been deprecated. The old message classes are also deprecated, now namespaced with aui-message-

Message type Message class Soy call JavaScript function
Info aui-message-info call
Error aui-message-error call aui.message.error AJS.messages.error()
Warning aui-message-warning call aui.message.warning AJS.messages.warning()
Confirmation aui-message-confirmation call aui.message.confirmation AJS.messages.confirmation()
Change aui-message-change call aui.message.change AJS.messages.change()
Success Deprecated aui-message-success call aui.message.success AJS.messages.success()
Generic Deprecated aui-message-generic call aui.message.generic AJS.messages.generic()
Hint Deprecated aui-message-hint call aui.message.hint AJS.messages.hint()

Message actions

If the message is more than just informational or there are obvious follow-up things a user could do, add a list of actions to the message body to allow the user to easily take their next step.
Actions should have the appearance of a link, but should use the appropriate HTML element for the action — for example, use a <button> when the action is handled by JavaScript or does something on the current page; use an <a> when the action can take the user to another location in the system.


If you want to allow the user to dismiss the message


HTML options

These options are set by adding classes to the root aui-message div.

Class Effect Example
closeable Adds a Close icon to the message which closes and removes the message when clicked.
fadeout Since 5.1. Makes the message fade away after five seconds. The fadeout will be cancelled if the user interacts with it (hover or focus). Note the fadeout option is best used via JavaScript and should not be used on critical errors and other information the user must be aware of.

Soy options

These options are set by adding params to the Soy call.

Param Effect Default
content Required. Content to display within the message. n/a
titleContent Title text of the message. n/a
id ID attribute n/a
isCloseable Boolean. Set to true, makes the Message closeable. false

JavaScript options

These options are set in the options object when creating a Message with JavaScript:

Option Description Possible values Default
(context argument) You can override the default context by passing it into the first argument of the messages function. This is the only option set as an argument. A string in the form of an ID selector #aui-message-bar
body The main content of the message. HTML none
closeable Adds a control allowing the user to close the message, removing it from the page. boolean true
id Gives your message an ID attribute, useful for selecting the message later. ID string (no hash) none
insert Sets the insert point to the start (prepend) or end (append) of the context element (Option added in AUI 4.2), Since AUI 8.1.0 messages also support insertion before (before) and after (after) the context element. prepend, append, before, after append
title Sets the title text of the message. Plain text none
fadeout (since 5.1) Toggles the fade away on the message boolean false
delay (since 5.1) Time to wait (in ms) before starting fadeout animation (ignored if fadeout==false) number 5000
duration (since 5.1) Fadeout animation duration in milliseconds (ignored if fadeout==false) number 500

AJS.messages events

Event Description
messageClose Deprecated When a message is closed, messageClose is fired before the message is removed from the DOM, including a reference to the DOM element being removed.
aui-message-close When a message is closed, aui-message-close is fired AFTER the element is removed, a reference to the message being removed is included in the event data.