The Stream Chat Android SDK enables you to easily build any type of chat or messaging experience for Android, either in Kotlin or Java.
This section provides an overview of the SDK, explains the basic concepts, and shows you how to get started with building chat features.
The Client section contains guides on common tasks you might want to perform in the low level APIs.
The UI Components section describes the ready-to-use Android Views provided by the SDK, while the Compose UI Components section showcases our modular Jetpack Compose UI implementation.
There are four major components in the SDK that you can include in your app:
The client library is a low-level wrapper around the Stream Chat API. It lets you authenticate users, handle events, and perform operations such as creating channels and sending messages. Its entry point for all of these capabilities is the
It also contains all the basic model objects you'll interact with when using Stream Chat, such as
The offline support is a plugin that adds offline caching capabilities using a local database. For example, it allows you to send messages or add reactions while you're offline. When the user comes back online, the library will automatically recover lost events and retry sending messages.
This plugin exposes easy-to-use StateFlow objects for reading channels, messages, reads, typing, members, watchers and more. See Offline Support for more details.
If you want to build custom UI for Stream Chat, you can build it on top of the offline library.
The UI Components library includes pre-built Android Views to easily load and display data from the Stream Chat API. These include a Channel List and a Message List, a Message Input View, and more. See the UI Components Getting Started page for more details.
This library is built on top of the offline support library, and offers the quickest integration of Stream Chat into an Android application. It also has a variety of theming options to make it fit your app's needs.
You can see the UI Components in action by checking out the UI Components Sample App, available in the GitHub repository.
Compose UI Components
The Compose UI Components library is a chat UI implementation built from scratch with Jetpack Compose. It contains modular Composable functions for building channel lists, messaging screens, and more.
This is also built on top of the offline support library, and offers easy integration of Stream Chat into a Compose-based Android application. It's also highly modular and customizable.
Check out the Compose implementation in action by trying the open-source Compose UI Components Sample App.