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Create your first ticket

Sendbird Desk SDK for Android lets you easily initialize, configure, and build the customer-support related functionalities to a client app. When a customer asks for help through live, in-app support built with the Desk SDK, agents receive those messages as tickets and can start a conversation on the Sendbird Dashboard. This page walks you through the quick steps to create your first ticket by installing and initializing the Desk SDK.

Note: As Sendbird Desk works based on Sendbird Chat, the interaction between users is built and provided by Sendbird Chat.


Requirements

The requirements of the Desk SDK for Android are as below:

  • Android 5.0 (API level 21) or later
  • Java 8 or later
  • Support androidx only
  • Android Gradle plugin 4.0.1 or later
  • Sendbird Chat SDK for Android 4.0.3 and later

Prerequisite

Before installing Sendbird Desk SDK, you will need an account on Sendbird Dashboard. Sign up to create a Sendbird application first.

Note: A Sendbird application gets paired up with one client app. Agents can support customers across all platforms, but customers from different Sendbird applications are excluded because all data is limited to the scope of a single application.


Get started

Step 1 Install using Gradle

You can install the Desk SDK for Android using Gradle. 1. If using Gradle 6.7 or lower, add the following code to your root build.gradle file:

allprojects {
    repositories {
        maven { url "https://repo.sendbird.com/public/maven" }
    }
}

Note: Make sure the above code block isn't added to your module build.gradle file.

If using Gradle 6.8 or higher, add the following to your settings.gradle file:

dependencyResolutionManagement {
    repositories {
        maven { url "https://repo.sendbird.com/public/maven" }
    }
}

Note: To learn more about updates to Gradle, see this release note.

  1. Next, for all Gradle versions, add the dependency to your module build.gradle file:
dependencies {
    implementation 'com.sendbird.sdk:sendbird-desk-android-sdk:1.1.1'
}

Step 2 Initialize the Desk SDK

  1. Initialize a SendBirdDesk instance when launching a client app.
  2. Copy APP_ID of your Sendbird application from the dashboard. The same APP_ID must be used for both Chat and Desk SDKs.
  3. Call the SendbirdChat.init(InitParams) method using the copied APP_ID within Application.onCreate().
  4. Call the SendBirdDesk.init() method within Application.onCreate().
// Initialize a SendBirdDesk instance to use APIs in your app.
public class MyApplication extends Application {
    @Override
    public void onCreate() {
        super.onCreate();
        final InitParams initParams = new InitParams(APP_ID, this, false);
        SendbirdChat.init(initParams, new InitResultHandler() {
            @Override
            public void onMigrationStarted() {
            }

            @Override
            public void onInitFailed(SendbirdException e) {
                // If initialization fails, this method is called.
            }

            @Override
            public void onInitSucceed() {
                // If initialization is successful, this method is called and you can proceed to the next step.
                // You can use all Sendbird APIs, including connect,() after init is completed in your app.
                SendBirdDesk.init();
            }
        });
    }
}

Note: If you call SendBirdDesk.init() again after calling SendbirdChat.init(InitParams) with a different APP_ID, all existing Desk-related data in the client app will be deleted.

Step 3 Authenticate a customer from Sendbird Chat

Every ticket in Sendbird Desk is mapped to a group channel in Sendbird Chat because the Desk SDK handles messages within a ticket based on Sendbird Chat. Therefore, to receive a message sent by a customer from Sendbird Chat, you need to authenticate the user using the SendbirdChat.connect() and the SendBirdDesk.authenticate() methods with their USER_ID used in Sendbird Chat.

// Use a user ID that is unique to your Sendbird application.
SendbirdChat.connect(USERID, ACCESS_TOKEN, new ConnectHandler() {
    @Override
    public void onConnected(User user, SendbirdException e) {
        if (e != null) {    // error.
            return;
        }
        // Use the same userId and accessToken used in SendbirdChat.connect().
        SendBirdDesk.authenticate(userId, accessToken, new SendBirdDesk.AuthenticateHandler() {
            @Override
            public void onResult(SendbirdException e) {
                if (e != null) {    //error.
                    return;
                }

                // SendBirdDesk is now initialized, and the customer is authenticated.
            }
        });
    }
});

Step 4 Create your first ticket

Implement the Ticket.create() method to create a ticket either before or after the customer’s initial message. Once a ticket is successfully created on the Desk server, you can access the ticket and its channel in the ticket.getChannel() through the callback from the server. Until a customer sends the first message, agents can’t see the ticket on the dashboard. When a conversation starts, the ticket is assigned to an available agent by the Desk server while messages are sent and received through the Chat SDK.

Ticket.create(TICKET_TITLE, USER_NAME, new Ticket.CreateHandler() {
    @Override
    public void onResult(Ticket ticket, SendbirdException e) {
        if (e != null) {
            // Handle error.
        }

        // The ticket is created.
        // The customer and agent can chat with each other by sending a message through the ticket.channel.sendUserMessage() or sendFileMessage().
        ...
    }
});

Note: Because the SendbirdChat instance in a client app is connected to Sendbird server, Desk related events are delivered to the Chat SDK's event handlers. The event handlers receive callbacks from the server through onMessageReceived(), onUserJoined(), and other event callback methods.