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Version: v6

SelectedMessageMenu

The SelectedMessageMenu component allows you to show different message options to the user when they select a message in the MessageList. This is usually done by long tapping on a message item.

This is a stateless component that you can easily add to your UI if you're building a custom Messages screen. Internally, it sets up the following components:

  • Reaction options: Shows a list of reactions the user can use to react to the message. Those reactions are shown as ReactionOptionItems.
  • Message options: Shows a list of actions the user can take with the selected message, such as delete, edit, reply to, flag, copy, pin and start a thread.

Let's see how to use it.

Usage

If you're using MessagesScreen, SelectedMessageMenu is already set up for you. To use SelectedMessageMenu in your custom screens, simply add it to your UI, like so:

// The rest of your UI
if (selectedMessageState is SelectedMessageOptionsState) {
val selectedMessage = selectedMessageState.message
SelectedMessageMenu(
modifier = Modifier.align(Alignment.BottomCenter),
// Define your message options
messageOptions = defaultMessageOptionsState(
selectedMessage = selectedMessage,
currentUser = user,
isInThread = listViewModel.isInThread,
ownCapabilities = selectedMessageState.ownCapabilities
),
// The message you selected
message = selectedMessage,
// The capabilities the user has in a given channel
ownCapabilities = selectedMessageState.ownCapabilities,
onMessageAction = { action ->
// Handle message action
},
onShowMoreReactionsSelected = {
// Handle show more reactions button click
},
onDismiss = {
// Handle dismiss
}
)
}

As you can see, showing the menu is very simple. If the selectedMessageState is an instance of SelectedMessageOptionsState, you pass in the message options you want to expose to the user, as well as the selected message. The reactions you show are taken from the ChatTheme component and everything else required to show the component is taken care of internally.

The small snippet of code above produces the following UI:

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Default SelectedMessageMenu componentDefault SelectedMessageMenu component dark

The component shows reactions from the ChatTheme on the top, followed by the message actions you passed in.

The menu overlay has a darker background and tapping it will dismiss the component, as will pressing the system back button.

Handling Actions

SelectedMessageMenu exposes the following actions:

@Composable
fun SelectedMessageMenu(
..., // State and options
onMessageAction: (MessageAction) -> Unit,
onShowMoreReactionsSelected: () -> Unit,
onDismiss: () -> Unit = {},
)
  • onMessageAction: Handler used when the user triggers any message action, such as reply, edit, delete, react and others.
  • onShowMoreReactionsSelected: Handler used when the show more reactions button has been clicked.
  • onDismiss: Handler used when the component is dismissed by clicking outside of the component UI or pressing the system back button.

To handle these actions, you can override them like so:

if (selectedMessageState is SelectedMessageOptionsState) {
SelectedMessageMenu(
..., // State and options
onMessageAction = { action ->
composerViewModel.performMessageAction(action)
listViewModel.performMessageAction(action)
},
onShowMoreReactionsSelected = {
listViewModel.selectExtendedReactions(selectedMessage)
},
onDismiss = { listViewModel.removeOverlay() }
)
}

In the snippet above, you propagate the action to the composerViewModel and listViewModel, for them to store the latest action. This will update the UI accordingly.

Alternatively, you call listViewModel.removeOverlay() to remove the overlay from the screen in onDismiss(). It's important to note that onMessageAction() calls removeOverlay() internally to hide the overlay.

Next, let's see how to customize the overlay.

Customization

You can customize the reactions you show, as well as the message options in this component:

@Composable
fun SelectedMessageMenu(
..., // State
messageOptions: List<MessageOptionItemState>,
modifier: Modifier = Modifier,
shape: Shape = ChatTheme.shapes.bottomSheet,
overlayColor: Color = ChatTheme.colors.overlay,
reactionTypes: Map<String, ReactionIcon> = ChatTheme.reactionIconFactory.createReactionIcons(),
... // Actions and Slot APIs
)
  • messageOptions: Allows you to customize which message options are shown in the overlay. You can use defaultMessageOptionsState() to get the default actions that we expose in our SDK.
  • modifier: Modifier for the dialog component.
  • overlayColor: Allows you to customize the color of the overlay.
  • shape: Allows you to customize the shape of the dialog.
  • reactionTypes: Allows you to customize which reactions show in the overlay. By default it uses ChatTheme.reactionIconFactory which is exposed by the ChatTheme component.

The best way to customize reactions is by overriding ChatTheme.reactionIconFactory with your own implementation of ReactionIconFactory so that all of your components wrapped inside of ChatTheme draw from the same source.

By default SelectedMessageMenu looks like a bottom sheet, however you can customize it to look like a completely different component, such as a dialog, a drawer or whatever helps you retain the look and feel of your app.

if (selectedMessageState is SelectedMessageOptionsState) {
SelectedMessageMenu(
// Use a Modifier to customize the appearance
modifier = Modifier
.align(Alignment.Center)
.padding(horizontal = 20.dp)
.wrapContentSize(),
// Assign a different shape to the Composable element
shape = ChatTheme.shapes.attachment,
onMessageAction = { action ->
// Handle message action
},
onShowMoreReactionsSelected = {
// Handle show more reactions button click
},
onDismiss = {
// Handle dismiss
},
...
)
}

The code above will produce the following UI:

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Stylised SelectedMessageMenu componentStylised SelectedMessageMenu component dark

SelectedMessageMenu provides you with Composable slots that are ready for more extensive customizations.

@Composable
fun SelectedMessageMenu(
...,
headerContent: @Composable ColumnScope.() -> Unit = {
// Header content
},
centerContent: @Composable ColumnScope.() -> Unit = {
// Center content
}
)
  • headerContent: Allows you to customize the content shown at the top of the menu. By default it shows reaction options.
  • centerContent: Allows you to customize the content shown at the center of the menu. By default it shows message options.

You can easily override either slot:

if (selectedMessageState is SelectedMessageOptionsState) {
SelectedMessageMenu(
...,
// Custom header content
headerContent = {
Text(
modifier = Modifier
.padding(16.dp)
.background(
shape = ChatTheme.shapes.avatar,
color = ChatTheme.colors.infoAccent
)
.padding(horizontal = 8.dp),
style = ChatTheme.typography.body,
color = ChatTheme.colors.textHighEmphasis,
text = "Available Message Options"
)
}
)
}

The example above shows how to replace the header content with a custom Text.

The UI Looks like this:

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Stylised SelectedMessageMenu component with a custom header content slotStylised SelectedMessageMenu component with a custom header content slot dark

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