Update personal message flags

Add or remove personal message flags like read and starred on a collection of message IDs.

POST https://hott.zulipchat.com/api/v1/messages/flags

For updating the read flag on common collections of messages, see also the special endpoints for marking message as read in bulk.

Usage examples

#!/usr/bin/env python3

import zulip

# Pass the path to your zuliprc file here.
client = zulip.Client(config_file="~/zuliprc")

# Add the "read" flag to the messages with IDs in "message_ids"
request = {
    "messages": message_ids,
    "op": "add",
    "flag": "read",
}
result = client.update_message_flags(request)
# Remove the "starred" flag from the messages with IDs in "message_ids"
request = {
    "messages": message_ids,
    "op": "remove",
    "flag": "starred",
}
result = client.update_message_flags(request)
print(result)

More examples and documentation can be found here.

const zulipInit = require("zulip-js");

// Pass the path to your zuliprc file here.
const config = { zuliprc: "zuliprc" };

(async () => {
    const client = await zulipInit(config);

    // Add the "read" flag to the messages with IDs in "message_ids"
    const addflag = {
        messages: message_ids,
        flag: "read",
    };
    console.log(await client.messages.flags.add(addflag));

    // Remove the "starred" flag from the messages with IDs in "message_ids"
    const removeflag = {
        messages: message_ids,
        flag: "starred",
    };
    console.log(await client.messages.flags.remove(removeflag));
})();

curl -sSX POST https://hott.zulipchat.com/api/v1/messages/flags \
    -u BOT_EMAIL_ADDRESS:BOT_API_KEY \
    --data-urlencode 'messages=[4, 8, 15]' \
    --data-urlencode op=add \
    --data-urlencode flag=read

Parameters

messages (integer)[] required

Example: [4, 8, 15]

An array containing the IDs of the target messages.


op string required

Example: "add"

Whether to add the flag or remove it.

Must be one of: add, remove.


flag string required

Example: "read"

The flag that should be added/removed.


Available flags

Flag Purpose
read Whether the user has read the message. Messages start out unread (except for messages the user themself sent using a non-API client) and can later be marked as read.
starred Whether the user has starred this message.
collapsed Whether the user has collapsed this message.
mentioned Whether the current user was mentioned by this message, either directly or via a user group. Cannot be changed by the user directly, but can change if the message is edited to add/remove a mention of the current user.
wildcard_mentioned Whether this message contained wildcard mention like @**all**. Cannot be changed by the user directly, but can change if the message is edited to add/remove a wildcard mention.
has_alert_word Whether the message contains any of the current user's configured alert words. Cannot be changed by the user directly, but can change if the message is edited to add/remove one of the current user's alert words.
historical True for messages that the user did not receive at the time they were sent but later was added to the user's history (E.g. because they starred or reacted to a message sent to a public stream before they subscribed to that stream). Cannot be changed by the user directly.

Response

Return values

  • messages: (integer)[] An array with the IDs of the modified messages.

Example response

A typical successful JSON response may look like:

{
    "messages": [
        4,
        18,
        15
    ],
    "msg": "",
    "result": "success"
}