Skip to main content
Version: v5

Custom ChannelList

Let's look at how to make some customizations to ChannelList.

Customizing Event Handlers

ChannelList uses Event Listeners to dynamically update when changes occur. If a new message is received, a user is added to a channel, or other events take place, the ChannelList will update its UI accordingly. It's important to note that filters don't apply to updates to the list from events.

The event type the ChannelList reacts to and its corresponding behavior can be overridden using the appropriate prop.

Event TypeDefault BehaviorProp to override
channel.deletedRemove channel from the listonChannelDeleted
channel.hiddenRemove channel from the listonChannelHidden
channel.truncatedUpdates the channelonChannelTruncated
channel.updatedUpdates the channelonChannelUpdated
channel.visibleAdds the channel to the listonChannelVisible
message.newMoves the channel to top of the listlockChannelOrder, onNewMessage
notification.added_to_channelAdds the new channel to the top of the list and starts watching itonAddedToChannel
notification.message_newAdds the new channel to the top of the list and starts watching itonNewMessageNotification
notification.removed_from_channelRemoves the channel from the listonRemovedFromChannel

Let's take an example of ChannelList component for frozen channels.

const filters = {
members: { $in: ['vishal'] },
frozen: true

<ChannelList filters={filters} />

The notification.message_new event occurs when a message is received on a channel that is not loaded but the current user is a member of. The default behavior when this event occurs is to query the channel the message is received on, then add the channel to the top of the list, irrespective of filters. Thus, if new message appears in some unfrozen channel which current user is member of, it will be added to the list. This may not be a desired behavior since the list is only supposed to show frozen channels.

In this case you can replace the default functionality by providing a custom onNewMessageNotification function as prop to ChannelList component. onNewMessageNotification receives two parameters when called, setChannels, a setter function for the internal channels state, and event, the Event object received for the notification.message_new event. These parameters can be used to create a function that achieves the desired custom behavior.

const filters = {
members: { $in: ['vishal'] },
frozen: true,

const customOnNewMessageNotification = async (setChannels, event) => {
const eventChannel =;

// If the channel is frozen, then don't add it to the list.
if (!eventChannel?.id || !eventChannel.frozen) return;

try {
const newChannel =,;
setChannels(channels => [newChannel, ...channels]);
} catch (error) {

<ChannelList filters={filters} onNewMessageNotification={customOnNewMessageNotification} />;

Similarly, events other than notification.message_new can be handled as per application requirement.

Replacing infinite scroll pagination with Load More button

ChannelList component accepts the List prop, which is a component to render the list of channels. Default value for this prop is ChannelListMessenger and it consumes ChannelsContext, which provides all the necessary values to implement infinite scroll pagination. This component internally uses FlatList from react-native. And loadNextPage function from ChannelsContext is attached to onEndReached prop of underlying FlatList to allow infinite scroll pagination.

Its possible to override the props on underlying FlatList by providing additionalFlatListProps prop to ChannelList or ChannelListMessenger. Thus "Load More" button can be added as ListFooterComponent for underlying FlatList and infinite scroll pagination can be disabled by overriding the onEndReached prop for FlatList.

"Load More" button should invoke loadNextPage function, when pressed. Additionally, you can use pagination related flags such as loadNextPage, hasNextPage, loadingChannels to handle the visibility of this button.

import { Button } from 'react-native';
import { useChannelsContext } from 'stream-chat-react-native';

const FooterLoadMoreButton = () => {
const { loadingChannels, loadNextPage, hasNextPage } = useChannelsContext();

if (loadingChannels || !hasNextPage) return null;

return <Button title={'Load More'} onPress={loadNextPage} />;

ListFooterComponent: FooterLoadMoreButton,
onEndReached: () => null,

Multiple Channel Lists

This example will focus on the specific use case where there are two ChannelList components in the same application.

The event listeners of both lists, let's say A and B, will pick up all new.message events for every channel, regardless of which list the message is sent in. If a message is sent in list B, the event listener in list A will also pick up the new message and bump the impacted channel to the top of the list. This is not the desired result for multiple lists, but there is a correct way to handle the routing of these messages.

Using channelRenderFilterFn prop

The reason that a channel will automatically be bumped to the top of a list even though it's not part of the list is due to the default behavior. The ChannelList components will retrieve a channel from client.activeChannels if the channel doesn't already exist.

By using the channelRenderFilterFn prop we can apply custom filtering logic to the list of channels that are rendered. Since we have access to the entire channel object, we can filter on type, custom fields, or others.

const customChannelFilterFunction = (channels: Channel[]) => {
return channels.filter(/** your custom filter logic */);

<ChannelList channelRenderFilterFn={customChannelFilterFunction} filters={filters} />;

Did you find this page helpful?