All Tutorials

Tutorial: User Auth with Stream Chat & Feeds

A common point of interest when integrating Stream is how to authenticate users, in addition to generating a token for use on the frontend side of the application. Whether you’re using Stream for feeds or for chat, generating an auth token is actually rather simple, and it’s easy…

Build a Video Conferencing App Using Dolby Voxeet and Stream Chat

With the recent launch of Stream Chat, the team here has been working with vendors to add real-time chat and messaging to various platforms. We’ve had several requests for voice and video chat, and after looking around at the market, it was a clear choice to partner up with Voxee…

HIPAA Compliant Chat: Build a Chat App!

Building HIPAA Compliant Chat In this tutorial, we will walk through how to create a full, end-to-end encrypted chat solution using Stream Chat combined with Virgil Security. These two services allow developers to integrate HIPAA compliant chat by protecting PHI and patient commu…

Building a Chat Room with Laravel, and Vue.js

Being able to communicate with a group of people in real-time over chat is one of the most powerful features of modern messaging. Real-time messaging with groups of people can have live general discussions across the board as though it were a one-to-one chat, which makes sharing …

Filtering Profanity in Chat with React Native

Unfortunately, there will always be users who tend toward using profanity within chat. As a developer, there will be a time that will come when you need to moderate this type of behavior. There’s simply no way you will be able to manually watch all of the chat rooms and ban users…

Tutorial: Build Customer Support Chat with Laravel, Vue and Stream

Quick and active customer service is an integral part of any company or organization, especially those that conduct most of their business online. Quality customer service goes beyond merely fielding comments and questions from customers. The types of interactions your team has w…

Building an Ecommerce Chatbot with React Native and Dialogflow

Chatbots allows ecommerce sites to provide more to their customers without the need for human intervention. Conversational experience is a powerful way to sell more on your ecommerce site. With the popularity of Chatbots, different services which provides powerful bot builders to…

Building a Svelte Chat App with Stream

In this article, you’ll learn how to build a chat app with Stream Chat API and Svelte 3. I’ll demonstrate how to add users to the app, how to retrieve the message history and how to send and receive messages between users. Here’s a live demo of what we’ll be building: Prerequisit…

Secure React Chat Messaging App with Auth0

Chat messaging is everywhere today. We can talk to customer support personnel through a web app that allows them to see our request and respond in real-time. We can interact with our friends and family, no matter where we are, through apps like WhatsApp and Facebook. There are mu…

Python Chat Tutorial with Django and React

This tutorial will explain how to build a chat application with Python, Django and React. Unlike other tutorials, I’m not using Python/Django for WebSocket connections. While doing so may seem cool from a tech perspective, it’s pretty sluggish and expensive – especially if you ha…

Tutorial: Use Gifted Chat UI with React Native

Create a React Native Chat App with Gifted Chat

Create a Chat App with Vue.js and Stream

When building a chat application, your head tends to spin in terms of what functionality you need. When building in-house, this process can turn into a nightmare.Thankfully, there are companies out there such as Stream that provide chat as a service as an API. In this tutorial, w…

Using Stream’s Real-Time Messaging API with Amazon Translate

Is your chat going global? Worry less about the language barrier when you pair Amazon Translate with our real-time messaging API. When powering a chat product in a global environment, multilingual support should be top-of-mind. Doing so allows you to ensure that the communication…

Adding Chatbots to Your Stream Chat App Using Google’s Dialogflow

Most tasks are repetitive and time-consuming. What if we could use a bot to help in doing the tasks instead? This will hugely increase productivity. Chatbots are fantastic for this.  In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through steps to adding a chatbot to your Stream Chat app using D…

React Native Chat App Tutorial

The other week, I set out to write a tutorial on how to integrate real-time Stream Chat in React Native. It wasn’t long before I started adding other dependencies such as Gifted Chat for the UI and Serverless for token generation server-side. I even had a bit of fun by integratin…

Android & iOS Push Notifications with Stream Chat and React Native

The Stream Chat API allows you to quickly and easily build powerful Android messaging applications and features — from a simple one to one messenger to building a full-scale Slack-like community. Stream Chat also supports Push Notifications out of the box and implementing them in…

Integrating with Stream: Backend & Frontend Options

When we first built Stream, the platform was intended to be a pure back-end integration, allowing companies to build complex feed structures in a matter of minutes to hours rather than days or months. Since the inception of Stream, the platform has grown to be much more than a ba…

Designing an Activity Stream? Yeah, There’s a W3C Spec For That!

In these days of massive social tech innovation, we’re happy to report that activity streams are a crucial feature in nearly all apps. Any application developer worth her code knows it, and every social media user knows it: feeds are everywhere, and they’re incredibly useful. The…

Aviato – A Prototype Built with Stream’s React Native Components & Serverless on AWS

The Story Behind Aviato With our recent announcement about the React Native Components for activity feeds, we wanted to showcase them with a project that was not only functional but also fun to build. For those of you that haven’t seen HBO’s comedy sitcom Silicon Valley, Aviato i…

Using the Stream Real-Time Firehose with AWS SQS, Lambda, and SNS

Stream enables you to listen to fee changes in near real-time using SQS, webhooks or websockets. In this tutorial, we will discuss how to use AWS SQS & Lambda to respond to feed updates. While websockets are the preferred method to listen to changes, SQS notifications have a spec…

Running PM2 & Node.js in Production Environments

At Stream, we build a lot of showcase and example applications to show off the awesome features that our service has to offer. For nearly all of our applications, we host them on an instance – usually DigitalOcean or AWS EC2. While maintaining your codebase and keeping it relevan…

Try out the Stream API with Postman

NOTE: This content within this blog post is no longer valid or in a working state. As many developers are aware, Postman is a fantastic tool for developing and testing RESTful web-services and APIs. Since its inception, Postman has evolved beyond simply sending HTTP requests into…

Build a scalable Twitter clone with Django and Stream

In this tutorial, we will build a Twitter clone using Django and Stream, a hosted API for newsfeed development. By the end, you’ll see how easy is to power your newsfeeds with Stream. For brevity, we leave out some basic Django-specific code and recommend referring to the Github …

5 Common Mistakes Integrating With Stream

Getting started and integrating with a technical solution, like the Stream activity feed API, can be exciting. Sometimes you just want to rip open the proverbial box and get started. When implementing a new API I rarely want to read pages and pages of (sometimes boring) documenta…

3 Crucial Feed Features to Drive Engagement and Retention

These days, activity stream and feeds (ex. newsfeeds) are ubiquitous. The most obvious examples are the Twitters and Facebooks of the world, but feeds are also being adopted by companies such as Google and Amazon. We’ve even noticed that many companies are basing their entire app…

Experimenting with React Native & Expo’s Audio API

Here at Stream, we’re all about exploring the latest trends around popular technologies. Doing so allows our team to better understand what is happening in the open-source community, a community that our company DNA is largely comprised of. Last year, Stream released the open-sou…

Android Example Photo Sharing App

Introduction We’re covering some “best practice” examples of how to set up a mobile application powered with Stream APIs. We’re happy to announce that after several weeks of development and testing that we have an Android example to share. As with all of our example code, the pro…

Best Practices for Instagram-style Feeds

Introduction As part of our "best practices" series, we wanted to describe our best practices for setting up feeds for a simple photo sharing application. These feeds allow users to upload photos, follow other users, like photos, and see notification and aggregated feeds. Of cour…

Example Go service for a Photo-Sharing App

Introduction Many customers have asked our team to provide a “best practices” example of how we’d like to see a mobile application developed to utilize the power of Stream APIs. Since a mobile app would also need a backend API service with which to communicate, we also needed to …

Aggregated Feeds – Demystified

Our team has been hard at work to make aggregated feeds easier to use. This blog post will dive into more detail and help you get your aggregated feeds up and running. If you’re looking for something more interactive, also check out this 5 minute interactive tutorial. When to Use…

The Stream Firehose with SQS, Lambda, and Redis

Introduction As of late August, 2016, Stream has officially opened a Firehose to its real-time platform, allowing users to listen to all feed changes via Amazon SQS or webhooks. The Firehose is an addition to the existing websocket framework and was put in place to allow for spee…

Build Scalable Newsfeeds with PHP 7 and Laravel – in 60 Minutes

With all the excitement around the release of PHP 7 – here at Stream we have decided to give our own PHP a refresher – from our client, example apps, and Laravel framework integration. Learn installing PHP 7, Laravel 5.2, Stream-Laravel, and create an example application.

13 Tips for a Highly Engaging News Feed

Getting the user experience right for a newsfeed is quite the challenge. Many apps end up showing completely irrelevant content to their users. Companies like Instagram, Quora, Etsy, Linkedin and Facebook have shown us a few tricks about providing an engaging newsfeed experience.…

React & Redux Example App Tutorials

Learn React. Learn Redux. Do it while you create a scalable photo sharing app using services like Mapbox, Algolia, Keen, Stream, imgix, and DigitalOcean.

Designing an Activity Stream? Yeah, There’s a W3C Spec For That

Did you know that there’s a specification for activity streams? That’s in it’s second version, and handled by the W3C?

How To Build a Notification Feed using Stream

A quick how-to for building a notification feed using Stream.

Parse Cloud Code, EmberJS & GetStream.io

We have released a small example app, which shows you how to integrate GetStream.io with Parse cloud code.

Example App: Python & Django on Heroku

We are excited to announce the first of our GetStream example applications – Python/Django on Heroku.