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ChatKitty JS Core SDK / Exports

@chatkitty/core

Installation

Install with NPM

npm install @chatkitty/core

Install with Yarn

yarn add @chatkitty/core

How to use

Getting an API key

You'll need a free ChatKitty account before you can begin building chat with ChatKitty. After creating your account, create a ChatKitty application using the dashboard and copy its API key from your application's setting page.

Initialize the SDK with your API key

With your API key you can initialize a new instance of the ChatKitty JS client:

const kitty = ChatKitty.getInstance(CHATKITTY_API_KEY);

Starting a user session

To make calls to ChatKitty as a user, a user session must be started.

You can start a user session using the unique username of a user and optional authentication parameters to secure the user session.

await kitty.startSession({
username: email,
});

Starting a chat session

Before a user can begin sending and receiving real-time messages and use in-app chat features like typing indicators, delivery and read receipts, emoji and like reactions, etc, you'll need to start a chat session.

kitty.startChatSession({
channel: channel,
onMessageReceived: (message) => {
// handle received messages
},
onKeystrokesReceived: (keystrokes) => {
// handle received typing keystrokes
},
onTypingStarted: (user) => {
// handle user starts typing
},
onTypingStopped: (user) => {
// handle user stops typing
},
onParticipantEnteredChat: (user) => {
// handle user who just entered the chat
},
onParticipantLeftChat: (user) => {
// handle user who just left the chat
},
onParticipantPresenceChanged: (user) => {
// handle user who became online, offline, do not distrub, invisible
},
});

All handler methods are optional, so you only needed to register handlers for chat events your application cares about.

Chat session event handler methods

NameParameter TypeDescription
onMessageReceivedMessageCalled when a message is sent to this channel.
onKeystrokesReceivedKeystrokesCalled when typing keystrokes are made by users actively chatting in this channel.
onTypingStartedUserCalled when a user starts typing in this channel.
onTypingStoppedUserCalled when a user stops typing in this channel.
onParticipantEnteredChatUserCalled when another user starts an active chat session in this channel.
onParticipantLeftChatUserCalled when another user ends their active chat session in this channel.
onParticipantPresenceChangedUserCalled when a member of this channel changes their presence status or goes online or offline.

Questions? Need Help? Found a bug?

If you've got questions about setup, usage, special feature implementation in your chat app, or just want to chat with a ChatKitty dev, please feel free to start a thread in our Discussions tab!

Found a bug with ChatKitty? Go ahead and submit an issue. And, of course, feel free to submit pull requests with bug fixes or changes.

Contributing

We welcome code changes that improve this library or fix a problem, please make sure to follow all best practices and add tests if applicable before submitting a Pull Request. We are very happy to merge your code.

License

Distributed under the MIT License. See LICENSE for more information.

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