Group channel: Advanced
This page explains the advanced features for group channels.
Send typing indicators to other members
EndTyping() methods are called when a user is typing a text message, Sendbird server notifies of the event to the client apps of all channel members through the
TypingStatusUpdate() of the registered channel event handler.
Retrieve number of members who have not read a message
MarkAsRead() method is called when a member reads messages, Sendbird server notifies of the event to the client apps of all channel members through the
ReadReceiptUpdated() of the registered channel handler. Using this, you can make the channel up-to-date.
GetReadReceipt(message) returns the number of members in the channel who have not read the message.
Send an admin message
You can send admin messages to a group channel using Sendbird Dashboard or Chat Platform API. To send an admin message through your dashboard, go to the Chat > Group channels, select a group channel, find the message box below, click the Admin message tab, and then write your message in the box. An admin message is limited to 1,000 characters.
Unlike other types of messages, a push notification for an admin message is not available by default. If you want further assistance on this, please contact our sales team.
Add a channel cover image
When creating a channel, you can add a cover image by specifying an image URL or file.
You can fetch the cover image URL using the
CoverUrl property. You can also update a channel's cover image by calling
Categorize channels by custom type
When creating a group channel, you can additionally specify a custom channel type to subclassify group channels. This custom type takes on the form of a
String, and can be useful in searching or filtering group channels.
CustomType properties of a channel object allow you to append information to your channels. While both properties can be used flexibly, common examples for the
CustomType include categorizing channels into School or Work.
CustomType property contains the channel's custom type.
Categorize messages by custom type
When sending a message, you can additionally specify a custom message type to subclassify messages. This custom type takes on the form of a
String, and can be useful in searching or filtering messages.
CustomType properties of a message object allow you to append information to your messages. While both properties can be used flexibly, common examples for the
CustomType include categorizing message groups into Notes or Contacts.
To embed a custom type into your message, pass a
String value as an argument to the parameter in the
CustomType property contains the message's custom type.
It is possible for text messages to be sent in different languages through the Sendbird's auto-translation feature. When sending a text message, pass in a
List of language codes to the
SendUserMessage() to request translated messages in the corresponding languages.
Note: Message auto-translation is powered by Google Cloud Translation API recognition engine. Find language codes supported by the engine in the Miscellaneous page or visit the Language Support page in Google Cloud Translation.
You can obtain translations of a message through the
Translations property. This contains a
Dictionary containing the language codes and translations.