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Chat

Getting Started

This document will guide you through integrating TUIKit and successfully sending your first message.

Environment Requirements

Android Studio-Giraffe
Gradle-7.2
Android Gradle Plugin Version-7.0.0
kotlin-gradle-plugin-1.5.31

Creating an Application

Before integrating TUIKit, you need to create a Chat application in the console. The steps are as follows:
1. Register a console account.
2. Go to Applications, click Create Application, and an application information input box will pop up.
3. Fill in the application name, select the product as Chat, and choose an appropriate region.
After the operation is complete, you will see the application you just created in the My Applications list.
Note:
Note down the SDKAppID of this application, as it will be used in subsequent steps. Also, keep the SDKSecretKey strictly confidential and do not disclose it to irrelevant personnel.
The steps are illustrated as follows:


Creating a User Account

Creating an application only ensures you can initialize the SDK normally. To successfully send messages, you also need to create a user account in the application. There are many ways to create an account, such as directly creating it in the console or registering via API on the client. You may choose any method that suits you best.
Note:
Sending messages involves at least two users, so at this step, you need to create at least two accounts. Note down the userID of these two accounts for subsequent steps.
If you need to create an account in the console, follow these steps:
1. Click to enter the application you created above, and you will see the Chat entry point on the left sidebar. Click to enter.
2. On the Chat submenu, click Users to go to the Account Management page.
3. Click Create account, and an account creation dialog box will pop up. It is recommended to select General for a regular member. Although Nickname is not required, we still recommend setting it. If it is not convenient to display userID on the interface, you can identify different users through Nickname.
The details are as follows:

If you need to register through the client, no additional operations are needed. You just need to input a new userID in the section "Logging In to TUIKit" below, and TUIKit will automatically register that userID for you.

Integrating TUIKit

The feature of sending messages in chat interactions is implemented by TUIChat. You need to integrate at least TUIChat to properly send and receive messages. Other components, such as TUIConversation, TUIContact, and TUIGroup, can be integrated as needed.
If you need multiple UI components, you can integrate TUIKit. For details, see Integrating TUIKit.
If you only need to integrate TUIChat, see Only Integrate Chat.

Sending Messages

To achieve the goal of sending messages, the next step is:
1. Use one of the previously registered accounts (hereinafter referred to as user1) to log in to TUIKit, and then user1 is online.
2. User1 sends a message to another account (hereinafter referred to as user2). User2 does not need to log in and does not need to have any friend relationship with user1.
Note:
The following steps explain how to send a message to user2 after logging in as user1. If you wish for user1 and user2 to interact via chat, you need to use the same steps to log in as user2 and enter the chat interface with user1.

Logging In to TUIKit

TUILogin provides an API to log in to TUIKit, as follows:
// API location: TUICore/TUILogin.java
// Called when login is clicked on the user UI
TUILogin.login(context, sdkAppID, userID, userSig, new TUICallback() {
@Override
public void onSuccess() {
}
@Override
public void onError(final int code, final String desc) {
}
});
This API requires three parameters:
sdkAppID, the new application's SDKAppID, which was obtained in the previous steps.
userID, user1's userID, which was obtained in the previous steps. Note that it is not the user's nickname.
userSig, user1's userSig, which can be generated in real time using the development tools provided by the console. The path is: Homepage > Development Tools > UserSig Tools > Signature (UserSig) Generator, as shown below:


Jumping to Chat Interface

You can jump to the chat interface in the callback of user1's successful login, and then you can send a message to user2.
The sample code is as follows, where chatID needs to be the userID of chat participant user2.
Intent intent = new Intent(context, TUIC2CChatMinimalistActivity.class); intent.putExtra(TUIConstants.TUIChat.CHAT_ID, "chatID"); intent.putExtra(TUIConstants.TUIChat.CHAT_TYPE, V2TIMConversation.V2TIM_C2C); intent.addFlags(Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_NEW_TASK); context.startActivity(intent);

Sending Your First Message

After completing the previous steps, you can jump to the following chat interface. Click the input box to send your first message: