Image Based Flair

I have created an implementation of flair which generates an image of your current reputation automatically. It is currently using PHP GD.

Download Source (Version 2.1 - 2009-08-03)

Current Features

Edit your accounts by opening system/config.yaml and editing the values.

Create your own themes by editing/adding YAML files. (2 themes by default [basic,advanced] in 2 different flavors [normal, inverted])

Currently supports all 4 SO sites. Adapts to new additions to the StackOverflow family with a simple config file.


This script no longer works due to the new flair API. I have no intention of updating it.

The desktop theme included in the distribution will not render exactly the same as the above. The reason is that I didn't include one font used due to licensing restrictions. For reference, the reputation font (missing) is DIN 1451 Engschrift LT. The theme files are as in, so by dropping in the font as dinb.ttf in the system/fonts folder, it should render as the above.


Version 2.1 - 2009-08-03:

  • Fixed imageantialias() error on packaged versions of php-gd.
  • Renamed and reorganized themes.
  • Added light-bg version of the SO logos.

Version 2.0 - 2009-07-31:

  • Complete rewrite. The theme engine is now extremely flexible and allows the creation of complex themes. I've added one as an example.

Version 1.2 - 2009-07-25:

  • Added "service" mode. To use, make sure id is set to false in system/config.yaml, then specify the ID before the theme: /1/basic/StackOverflow.png.

Version 1.1 - 2009-07-25:

  • Fixed display parameter being ignored for some objects
  • Fixed bug where a badges.icons.size value 0 or lower made the generation fail.


You need PHP 5.2.3 or greater, php_gd, and allow_fopen_url = 1 for this script to work. Make sure to make system/cache writable (an .htaccess file protects the directory from outside reads).

Combining Images

Kyle Cronin asked if I could provide an example on how to combine the images. You can use the following script to do so:

// If you have PHP 5.3 and the timezone isn't set properly.
date_default_timezone_set (@date_default_timezone_get());

require_once ('system/classes/spyc.php');
require_once ('system/classes/Image.php');

$theme = 'advanced';

header ('Expires: ' . date('r', time() + 300));
$flair_config = Spyc::YAMLLoad('system/config.yaml');
$domain = 'http://mydomain.com/flair/';

$width = 0;
$height = 0;
$padding = 10;

$images = array();

foreach($flair_config as $site => $data) {
    $images[$site] = new Image();
    $images[$site]->open($domain . $theme . '/' . $site . '.png');
    $width += $padding + $images[$site]->width();
    $height = max($height, $images[$site]->height());

$width -= $padding;

$img = new Image();
$img->new_transparent($width, $height);


$offset = 0;

foreach($images as $image) {
    $img->paste($image, $offset, 0);
    $offset += $image->width() + $padding;

  • 1
    not that I object, by why is this 'downloadable'? why not offer a simple service that offers this by including the site/userid in the url? Jul 25, 2009 at 5:34
  • 3
    @Kyle Cronin: I don't have the bandwidth and the CPU usage to constantly generate images for everyone. Jul 25, 2009 at 6:10
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    @Andrea I can help with the bandwidth, CPU and domains, you interested? : - )
    – chakrit
    Jul 25, 2009 at 9:00
  • @chakrit: Sure, go ahead if you want to... The source code will need small modifications in order to work as a service. I'll leave that to your capable hands. Just be sure to properly attribute credit. Jul 25, 2009 at 15:21
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    Related question meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/1475/…
    – Brad Gilbert
    Jul 25, 2009 at 17:40
  • @Andrew problems was ... I sucked at PHP : - ( ... but I'll give it some time tonight anyway : - )
    – chakrit
    Jul 25, 2009 at 18:11
  • @chakrit: Alright, I did modifications. Download the latest version. Jul 25, 2009 at 18:24
  • any chance for an update to this? looks like stack exchange changed and now breaks this image flair. thanks
    – David Young
    Mar 1, 2011 at 23:09

1 Answer 1


Got any plans to publish this as WordPress plugin

  • It really doesn't need to... Just edit your templates to add the image in the sidebar. Jan 14, 2010 at 23:09
  • @Benny: The whole thing needs to be rewritten for the new API. I don't have time to do it. I also won't be creating a WP plugin for this. Jan 27, 2011 at 9:51
  • @Benny: It's not a question of help, it's a question of lack of time. Jan 27, 2011 at 9:55

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