SBUGroupChannelListViewController is a class that is used to build a channel list view. When there is no connection between the client app and Sendbird server, this class is automatically called to reconnect the two. Once the client app is connected to Sendbird server, the class is called and a list of channels in the client app is displayed.
SBUGroupChannelListViewController also handles core features including pagination and real-time updates. All chat services built with Sendbird UIKit begin from the channel list.
Refer to the table below to see what features there are in
Allows users to enter a group channel by selecting a channel cell on the list.
Turn on/off notifications
Turns push notifications on or off by swiping on the channel cell of the group channel.
Creates a new group channel by using the channel type selector view if your app uses a Supergroup channel feature. If not, go directly to the create channel view.
Select channel type
Allows users to select the channel type to create.
Leaves a channel by swiping on the channel cell of the group channel they wish to leave.
Go back to previous view or dismiss current view
Allows users to go back to the previous view from the navigation stack or dismisses the current view.
Show delivery receipt
Displays the delivery receipt status in the channel cell when the last message was sent by the current user. This feature is not turned on by default. To learn how to show the delivery receipt in a channel list, go to the delivery receipt feature page.
Show read receipt
Displays the read receipt in the channel cell when the last message was read by the current user. This feature is not turned on by default. To learn how to show the read receipt in a channel list, go to the read receipt feature page.
Show typing indicator
Displays in the channel cell whether another user in the channel is typing a message. This feature is not turned on by default. To learn how to show the typing indicator in a channel list, go to the typing indicator feature page.
You can start building a channel list view through the
SBUGroupChannelListViewController class, which uses
SBUGroupChannelCell to display the channels in the list. Use the following code to list channels in a view.
SBUGroupChannelListViewControllerby setting the
channelListQueryobject. Otherwise, the default values are used.
You can now confirm if the chat service is working by running your app.
The following items are key elements of
SBUGroupChannelListViewController that are used to create a functional channel list view.
SBUGroupChannelListModule and its components are used to create and display the channel list view. The module is composed of two components:
|Property name||Type||Default value|
loadView() method of the view controller is called, the module components get added to the view in the
setupView() method of the Sendbird UIKit's view life cycle. Then, the
configure method of each module component is called to set the property values and display the view.
headerComponent includes a channel title, a back button that takes the user to the previous view, and a button that creates a new group channel. Each property corresponds to the module elements in the navigation bar of
The following table shows the parameters of the
configure method of the
Note: To learn more about the delegate and the properties of the
headerComponent, go to the API reference page.
listComponent shows a list of all group channels that the current user is a member of. The following table shows the parameters of the
configure method of the
Note: To learn more about the delegate, data source, and the properties of the
listComponent, go to the API reference page.
SBUGroupChannelListViewController class uses a view model that is a type of the
SBUGroupChannelListViewModel class. The view model is created in the initializer of the view controller through the
createViewModel(channelListQuery:) method. When the view model object is created, it retrieves channel list data from Chat SDK to the view controller and updates the view through the
The following table shows a parameter of the
Specifies the channel list to show in the view. When the value is set to
Note: To learn more about the methods and the event delegates of the view model, go to API reference page.
You can customize the channel list view by changing the view controller, module component, and the view model that correspond to this key function.
There are two ways to customize the view controller: change the default view controller value in the global
SBUViewControllerSet class or set a single-use custom view controller in the key function.
The custom view controller in the code below is used in the following customization examples.
- Change the value of
- Use a one-time custom view controller in the channel list view.
There are two ways to customize a module component: change the default module component value in the global
SBUModuleSet.channelListModule class or set a single-use custom module component in the view controller.
The custom header component in the code below is used in the following customization examples.
- Change the value of
- Change the module component in
Note: To learn more about the methods of
SBUGroupChannelListModule, go to the API reference page.
In order to use a customized view model or customize the existing view model's event delegate, you must override the view controller.
- Use a customized view model.
- Customize the view model's event delegate.