How to enable reactions 

If you’re the moderator of your Disqus forum, you can enable reactions either from the message just above your comment...

...or from your Disqus admin in your Admin > Settings > Reactions.

Configure images and text

Reactions can be configured with emoji images and text, or text only. Select your desired emoji from the “Image” dropdown menus for each Reaction and edit the text in the “Description” field.

To add or remove a Reaction, use the “Remove” or “+ Add reaction” buttons. Keep in mind that you can save a minimum of 2 Reactions and a maximum of 6.

Preview before saving

Use the “Show Preview” button to expand a mock discussion that includes the customization you have made. This is how the Reactions feature will appear on your website. Immediately  after clicking “Save”. You can make further customizations to the feature if you are not happy with the current preview.

After clicking “Save”, you will be presented with a popup that explains how the changes you have made to the Reactions feature will only apply to new articles. If you would like to apply your changes to older articles that previously had Reactions enabled, toggle the checkbox shown below.

Closing Reactions for specific discussions

Note: When Reactions are enabled, they will appear in new article discussions only. Existing article threads will not display the Reactions widget.

To disable Reactions on individual discussions, visit the article on your website you would like to edit and toggle the “Remove Reactions” dropdown option found in the top-right dropdown the embed.


The Reactions feature is optimized to look great on mobile so that readers of your site can share what they think from any device.


Does a reader have to be logged in to Disqus in to share their Reaction?

No, logged out readers can still click or tap on the Reaction responses and will be counted alongside logged in commenters. This helps increase engagement on your site from logged out readers.

Can I enable reactions to appear in all existing articles when turning on Reactions?

No, Reactions will only appear on newly published articles after you enable Reactions.

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