Custom user status

Introducing custom user statuses

Users now gain the flexibility to express their current status in any way they prefer. Set a custom status to add a descriptive status message and emoji that’s visible to everyone throughout the app.

Custom user statuses are available in Mattermost Cloud today and in Mattermost Self-Managed v5.33 (available March 16), with mobile support coming soon.

Custom user status demo

How to use Custom Statuses in Mattermost

When setting a custom status, quickly choose from a list of suggested statuses with emoji, including 📆 In a meeting, 🏠 Working from home, 🍔 Out for lunch,  🤧 Out sick, and 🌴  On a vacation. Alternatively, type a status or use one-click to reactivate any of your five most recently used custom statuses.

Your custom status emoji is displayed everywhere your name appears throughout the app, including in messages, the channel sidebar, user autocomplete, profile cards, and more. Hover over any custom status emoji to display the corresponding status text.

Learn more about custom user statuses in our documentation and in this demo video:

Many thanks to our customer partners at Eyeo and community contributors, including @darklord19, for their help in developing custom statuses.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect as an end user?

Custom statuses operate independently of your online availability (Online, Away, Offline, Do Not Disturb) so you can more accurately share your status with teammates. Alternatively, you can continue to use Mattermost as you do today if you choose not to set a custom status.

What can I expect as a System Administrator?

System Administrators do not need to make any configuration changes for users to access custom statuses. Alternatively, it’s possible to disable custom statuses for all users if desired.


Eric Sethna is a Senior Product Manager at Mattermost, Inc. Prior to joining Mattermost, he worked as a Product Manager for SpinPunch, Inc., a Y Combinator-backed online gaming startup. Eric earned a bachelor of applied science degree in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo.