You can integrate Sendbird Calls to Sendbird Chat to provide users with a seamless experience in using Calls and Chat services by allowing them to make a call within a chat channel. With the implementation of Calls integration to Chat, the call screen will appear when the call starts and when the call ends users will return to the chat view.
Note: To turn on Calls integration to Chat on the Sendbird Dashboard, go to Settings > Chat > Messages.
Calls integration to Chat provides the following benefits:
Sendbird Calls and Sendbird Chat are provided from the same app to offer an advanced in-app chat experience for users.
Users can directly make a call to anyone in a channel without leaving the app.
Smooth transition between Calls and Chat within a chat channel will make the user experience more engaging.
Since Calls integration to Chat is a way to add call capabilities to Sendbird Chat, it requires an app that uses Chat. If you already have one, you are ready to move to the next step. If you don’t have an app, learn how to set up Sendbird Chat from our About Chat SDK page.
The minimum requirements for Calls integration to Chat are:
WebRTC APIsupported browsers
- Sendbird Chat sample
- Sendbird Chat SDK
- Sendbird Calls SDK
Note: See here to find out if your browser supports
WebRTCAPI. However, the Calls SDK doesn't support legacy
WebRTClibraries in some versions of web browsers.
To install the Calls SDK and the Chat SDK, do the following steps:
Sendbird Chat SDK and Sendbird Calls SDK both use singleton interfaces. Since these two SDKs work independently, create appropriate functions that can handle them together.
Find your application ID from the Sendbird Dashboard to use in the Calls SDK and the Chat SDK.
To log in to the Calls and Chat SDKs, create a function that allows you to authenticate the Calls SDK and the Chat SDK together.
As written above, the Chat SDK is authenticated by using the
SendBird.connect() method and the Calls SDK is authenticated by using the
To log out from the Calls SDK and the Chat SDK, create a function that handles the two SDKs together like it was to log in.
For integration between the Calls and Chat services, the Calls SDK provides a specific option when dialing. You can provide the group channel URL to a
DialParams object of Sendbird Calls as shown below:
When a group channel URL is provided to
DialParams as shown above, messages containing call information such as calling statuses and duration will be automatically sent to the channel when the call starts and ends.
The messages will contain call information in the
plugins field of the
BaseMessage instance which can be used to properly show information about the calls.
The sample app for Calls integration to Chat is built based on Sendbird Chat. In the chat sample app, every chat message gets rendered by a corresponding method in the
Different types of messages such as user message, file message, and admin message are shown with a corresponding HTMLElement, which is returned by the
Message._createElement() method, offering a more intuitive user experience.
For UI components for Calls integration to Chat, add
_createCallElement() method to the
Message class with a stylesheet. If the
_createCallElement() method is called, the returned HTMLElement will show the following when users make or receive a call.
An example of UI components you can create is demonstrated in the following files in the sample app:
_createCallElement() method of the
Message.js file and the
.call-message class of the
_createCallElement() method to return the necessary HTMLElement for your custom UI component.
To show the registered UI components, refer to the steps below to identify which messages are associated with the Calls SDK.
BaseMessageclass from Sendbird Chat SDK has a field called
pluginswhere you can store additional information to default values. The key-value plugins are delivered as
- When a call is made from the Calls SDK, the
pluginfield of a message associated with the call will contain the following information:
- Then, for the messages that have these fields, show the UI component created.
- In the
_createElement()method of the
Message.jsfile from the chat sample, add the following:
The below demonstrates a way to extract specific information from the
plugin about Sendbird Calls.
The call view provides events for users such as ending a call, muting or unmuting the microphone, or offers local and remote video views on a user’s screen.
To create a call view, refer to
Calls integration to Chat can provide a seamless user experience by allowing users to initiate a new call directly from a channel by tapping the messages that contain call information.
When you create an element for a message bubble, add an
onclick event handler to the element which would call the
dial() method and allow users to make a call by tapping the bubble.
To enhance the user experience for Calls integration to Chat, refer to Calls integration to Chat for Quickstart and learn more about these essential features.