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StreamMessageInput

A Widget Dealing With Everything Related To Sending A Message

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Background#

In Stream Chat, we can send messages in a channel. However, sending a message isn't as simple as adding a TextField and logic for sending a message. It involves additional processes like addition of media, quoting a message, adding a custom command like a GIF board, and much more. Moreover, most apps also need to customize the input to match their theme, overall color and structure pattern, etc.

To do this, we created a StreamMessageInput widget which abstracts all expected functionality a modern input needs - and allows you to use it out of the box.

Basic Example#

A StreamChannel is required above the widget tree in which the StreamMessageInput is rendered since the channel is where the messages sent actually go. Let's look at a common example of how we could use the StreamMessageInput:

class ChannelPage extends StatelessWidget {
const ChannelPage({
Key key,
}) : super(key: key);

@override
Widget build(BuildContext context) {
return Scaffold(
appBar: StreaChannelHeader(),
body: Column(
children: <Widget>[
Expanded(
child: StreamMessageListView(
threadBuilder: (_, parentMessage) {
return ThreadPage(
parent: parentMessage,
);
},
),
),
StreamMessageInput(),
],
),
);
}
}

It is common to put this widget in the same page of a StreamMessageListView as the bottom widget.

note

Make sure to check the StreamMessageInputController documentation for more information on how to use the controller to manipulate the StreamMessageInput.

Adding Custom Actions#

By default, the StreamMessageInput has two actions: one for attachments and one for commands like Giphy. To add your own action, we use the actions parameter like this:

StreamMessageInput(
actions: [
InkWell(
child: Icon(
Icons.location_on,
size: 20.0,
color: StreamChatTheme.of(context).colorTheme.grey,
),
onTap: () {
// Do something here
},
),
],
),

This will add on your action to the existing ones.

Disable Attachments#

To disable attachments being added to the message, set the disableAttachments parameter to true.

StreamMessageInput(
disableAttachments: true,
),

Changing Position Of MessageInput Components#

You can also change the position of the TextField, actions and 'send' button relative to each other.

To do this, use the actionsLocation or sendButtonLocation parameters which help you decide the location of the buttons in the input.

For example, if we want the actions on the right and the send button inside the TextField, we can do:

StreamMessageInput(
sendButtonLocation: SendButtonLocation.inside,
actionsLocation: ActionsLocation.right,
),

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