Chat UIKit React v3
Chat UIKit React
Chat UIKit
Version 3


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Sendbird UIKit for React provides various handlers such as channel event handlers and session handlers to manage activities and events that occur in the client app. See the guides below on how to install and use them.

Channel event handlers

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Due to a version update from v3 to v4 in the Chat SDK, UIKit implemented custom channel event handlers that you can import instead of calling the channel handler from sdkInstance. See the following codes on how to add the UIKit channel event handlers.


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import ConnectionHandler from "@sendbird/uikit-react/handlers/ConnectionHandler";


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import GroupChannelHandler from "@sendbird/uikit-react/handlers/GroupChannelHandler";


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import OpenChannelHandler from "@sendbird/uikit-react/handlers/OpenChannelHandler";


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import UserEventHandler from "@sendbird/uikit-react/handlers/UserEventHandler";

Session handlers

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Sendbird UIKit provides a session handler, which is an event handler that the SDK uses to renew a session token. To securely authenticate a user, you can require an authentication token in the form of either an access token or a session token. Each user has an access token that can be passed to the client app and authenticated by the server. To learn more about how to connect to the Sendbird server with a user ID and a token, see Authentication in Chat SDK for JavaScript.

If a user is authenticated with a session token, the Chat SDK connects the user to the Sendbird server and can send data requests to it for ten minutes as long as the session token hasn't expired or hasn't been revoked. Upon the user's session expiration, the Chat SDK will refresh the session internally. However, if the session token has expired or has been revoked, the Chat SDK can't do so. In that case, the client app needs to implement a session handler to refresh the token and pass it back to the SDK so that it can refresh the session again. Refer to the code below on how to use the session handler in UIKit.

import { useEffect, useState } from 'react';
import SendbirdProvider from '@sendbird/uikit-react/SendbirdProvider';
import SessionHandler from '@sendbird/uikit-react/handlers/SessionHandler';
import ChannelList from '@sendbird/uikit-react/ChannelList';
import Channel from '@sendbird/uikit-react/Channel';

import '@sendbird/uikit-react/dist/index.css';

// Set default session token expiration period to 1 minute.
const DEFAULT_SESSION_TOKEN_PERIOD = 1 * 60 * 1000;

// Add client app info.
const appInfo = {
    appId: 'xxx',
    apiHost: 'xxx',
    apiToken: 'xxx',
    userId: 'xxx',

const configureSession = (sdk) => {
  const sessionHandler = new SessionHandler();
  sessionHandler.onSessionTokenRequired = (resolve, reject) => {
    // A new session token is required in the SDK to refresh the session.
    // Refresh the session token and pass it onto the SDK through resolve(NEW_TOKEN).
    // If you don't want to refresh the session, pass on a null value through resolve(null).
    // If any error occurs while refreshing the token, let the SDK know about it through reject(error).
    .then(token => {
      // When using access token, set `currentUserInfo.accessToken` to `token`.
    .catch(err => reject(err));
  sessionHandler.onSessionClosed = () => {
    // The session refresh has been denied from the app.
    // The client app should guide the user to a login page to log in again.
  sessionHandler.onSessionRefreshed = () => {
    // OPTIONAL. No action is required.
    // This is called when the session is refreshed.
  sessionHandler.onSessionError = (err) => {
    // OPTIONAL. No action is required.
    // This is called when an error occurs during the session refresh.
    console.log('SessionHandler.onSessionError()', err);
  return sessionHandler;

const issueSessionToken = async (appInfo) => {
    const endpoint = `${appInfo.apiHost}/v3/users/${appInfo.userId}/token`;
    const response = await fetch(endpoint, {
        method: 'POST',
        headers: {
            'Api-Token': appInfo.apiToken,
            'Content-Type': 'application/json; charset=utf-8'
        body: JSON.stringify({
            expires_at: + period,
    const result = await response.json();
    return (result.token);

function App() {
    const [tkn, setTkn] = useState(false);
    useEffect(() => {
        if (!tkn) {
            const initiateSession = async () => {
                const token = await issueSessionToken(appInfo);
    }, [tkn])
    const [currentChannelUrl, setCurrentChannelUrl] = useState("");

    if (!tkn) {
        return 'no tkn';
    return (
            onChannelSelect={(channel) => {
                if (channel && channel.url) {
        <Channel channelUrl={currentChannelUrl} />

export default App;