4 October, 2022

How to Build Web Chat Application in 2022 (Step by Step Guide)

build web chat application

If you’re curious about building a web chat app for your users but not sure where to start, this is the article for you.

In this tutorial, I will walk you through the complete process of building a web chat app in simple steps. Throughout this guide, I’ll use a Plain text editor to create our web app and add the chat features using MirrorFly’s chat SDKs. In addition,

I’ve recommended compatible versions of web browsers that will be able to operate our chat app.

Recommended Browser Versions

  • Edge 13 or above
  • Chrome 16 or higher
  • Firefox 11 or above
  • Safari 7 or above

Moving ahead, you’ll learn:

How to create web based chat application (easy steps)

  • Download the chat SDKs 
  • Add the chat features to the app
  • Connect the Chat SDKs to the Server
  • Send and receive messages via your own web chat app

Sounds good? Let’s get started!

1. SDK Authentication

The first step in creating a web chat app using third-party APIs is to make sure that the server is able to authenticate the SDKs.

For this authentication to take place, we need a license key that helps the MirrorFly server know that your app can be trusted to integrate the SDKs.

Let’s get the License key by performing the following steps:

  • Go to the MirrorFly Console Page – https://console.mirrorfly.com/register
  • On this page, we’ll need to create a MirrorFly account by registering as a user.
  • We’ll have to fill in the required details like name, contact details, and organization details and click on the Signup button to complete the registration process
  • Now, we’ll be taken to our MirrorFly account page where we’ll find our profile’s overview page.
  • Under the ‘Application Info’ section, we can find the ‘License Key’ needed for the integration process

 
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2. SDK Integration

Once we’ve acquired the License Key, we’ll step into the SDK integration process.

For the SDK integration, download the Javascript SDK in the Download SDK section of the MirrorFly Account

Next, we’ll need to extract the files and import the SDK files into your development environment.

After importing the SDK files, include the script file into your index.html

<script src="./index.js"></script>
<script src="./socket.io.js"></script>

Chat SDK Integration using React

  • If you are looking to add the chat features using React, follow the below steps:
  • Include the script file into your index.html
<script src="./index.js"></script>
<script src="./socket.io.js"></script>
  • In the Project root, create a new file SDK.js and continue to paste the below code
const SDK = window.SDK;
export default SDK;
  • Next, we’ll need to import the SDK into the app
import SDK from "./SDK";

Chat SDK Integration using React Native

If you plan on integrating the Chat SDK using React Native, you must ensure that the peer-dependencies with specific versions mentioned below are installed

  • react-native – Any version
  • react-native-get-random-values – must use version above or equal to version 1.7.1
  • @react-native-async-storage/async-storage – Any version
  • Now, extract all the files from the dist folder and copy them
  • Inside our project, create a new folder and paste all the files
  • Next, export the SDK objects by creating a file SDK.js

Finally, import the SDKs using the below code:

import './index';
const SDK = window.SDK;
export default SDK;

Chat SDK Integration Using Angular

  • Extract the SDK files from the downloaded folder
  • Copy them and paste them in a new folder created within the Project’s root folder.
  • Open your angular.json
  • Navigate to build > options > scripts
  • Add the relative file paths of the downloaded JS files in the array of scripts
  • In the root component, add the below code (into Root component’s ngOnInit)
declare var SDK: any;
  • Finally, initialize the angular SDK initialization

3. Initialization of the Chat SDKs

  • When there are changes in the connection status of the client’s app, a certain set of data must be responsive to carry out the initialization process
  • In the licensekey param, paste the license key acquired from the MirrorFly account.
  • To pass the data, use the below method:
const initializeObj = {
  apiBaseUrl: `API_URL`,
  licenseKey: `LICENSE_KEY`,
  isTrialLicenseKey: `TRIAL_MODE`,
  callbackListeners: {},
};
await SDK.initializeSDK(initializeObj);

Sandbox Details

function connectionListener(response) {
  if (response.status === "CONNECTED") {
	console.log("Connection Established");
  } else if (response.status === "DISCONNECTED") {
	console.log("Disconnected");
  }
}

const initializeObj = {
  apiBaseUrl: "https://api-preprod-sandbox.mirrorfly.com/api/v1",
  licenseKey: "XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX",
  isTrialLicenseKey: true,
  callbackListeners: {
	connectionListener
  },
};
await SDK.initializeSDK(initializeObj);

Example Response

{
  "statusCode": 200,
  "message": "Success"
}

In order to send or receive messages via the app, we need to connect a user to the server. Obtain a user name and password and proceed with the below method:

4. User Registration

await SDK.register(`USER_IDENTIFIER`);

Sample Response:

{
  statusCode: 200,
  message: "Success",
  data: {
	username: "123456789",
	password: "987654321"
  }
}

Connect the SDK to MirrorFly Server

Make use of the credentials acquired during the above user registration process

When the connection is established successfully, a response message: statusCode of 200 will appear. Otherwise, an execution error message will pop up

await SDK.connect(`USERNAME`, `PASSWORD`);

5. Send Message From Your Web Chat App

Use the below method to send a message to another user via our chat app

await SDK.sendTextMessage(`TO_USER_JID`, `MESSAGE_BODY`);

6. Receive Message From Your Web Chat App

Implement the messageListener function that will trigger whenever a new message is received on our web app. To execute the reception of messages, we need to call the below method

function messageListener(response) {
  console.log("Message Listener", response);
}

Conclusion

If you’ve come all way long to the end of this article – I must appreciate your perseverance to build a web chat app. We’ve come across the complete process of adding chat features to a web app that can work on all compatible browsers. This indeed will create an interaction-rich experience for your users and multiply the conversion rate of your brand.

As exciting as I was to write this article, I hope you also had a great time learning all the details you need to build a chat app. Since we’ve covered only the basic communication features in this article, I would urge you to check out other interesting features here.

Wish to meet you soon with yet another great insight. Until then, I wish the best to you! 

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8 Comments

  1. kavya Reply

    We are going to develop an messaging APP and launch it on iOS/Android. The feature of this APP is to let the users chat with the influencers using video, voice, and text messages. Now we are evaluating the suitable and professional video chat solution that can support us not only in providing stable online video/text chat functions but also can maintain the cloud server and customer support as well. Therefore, I have some questions and would like to confirm with you. 1. What are your billing standard and paying methods? 2. Can we pay monthly and pay only what we use? 3. Once we start to integrate the element chat SDK, do you have technical contact for us to consult problems? 4. Is there any additional fee that we have to pay? Or any other things that we should know in advance? Looking forward to hearing from you, thank you.

  2. Lussia Reply

    I am learning web development. I want to use messaging SDK for my chat app with following requirement 1-1 & group chat ,language translation,file and doc sharing ,whiteboard features .let me know MirrorFLy Chat SDK afford above features.looking forward your response

  3. Neha Reply

    We have an ios and an andriod application and we need a messaging sdk with an affordable price. Could you please tell us your prices, and is it possible to integrate it with a translation API.

  4. ravi Reply

    Hi team, very interesting write up. Thanks for sharing. I want to develop chat app (something like whatsapp) but with added modern chat features (maybe kets say first one in market). Ill reveal that later but how much dies it cost to develop that chat app itself) and i’m looking for readymade chat SDK

  5. Lina Reply

    Hi, we are building a team communication application and we are looking for a chat provider for 100k users of our app. What is the approx. pricing for 100k users operated by MirrorFly? Looking forward to hear from you.

  6. Abzal Reply

    Hello. I would like to know more about your team communcation web chat solution. I wanna make p2p team messenger app with help of MirrorFly messaging API.share your pricing list ASAP

  7. poorni Reply

    we at settleking looking for Chat API to be integrated with our app to provide messaging feature for our users. I would like to discuss regrading license cost, Support in case of failure, SLA ,etc. kindly get back to me

  8. james Reply

    I am creating a chat app and I would like more information about your chat API for end-to-end encryption for instant messaging

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