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Customize Message Actions

Message actions pop up in message overlay, when you longpress a message. We have provided a granular control over these actions. By default we render the following actions (as shown in screenshots)

Actions on received messageActions on my message

Every message action that you see in UI, is represented by MessageAction object for that action. And MessageAction object provides all the necessary inputs (title, icon, action handler, actionType) for rendering the action button.

type MessageAction = {
action: () => void;
actionType: enum('blockUser', 'copyMessage', 'deleteMessage', 'editMessage', 'flagMessage', 'muteUser', 'pinMessage', 'selectReaction', 'reply', 'retry', 'quotedReply', 'threadReply', 'unpinMessage')
title: string;
icon?: React.ReactElement;
titleStyle?: StyleProp<TextStyle>;
};

You can customize each one of the default actions using props on the Channel component as shown further on this page. The channel component makes these props available in the MessagesContext context.

The channel component accepts a prop called messageActions. You can use this prop as a callback function to render message actions selectively.

The arguments to this function is an object with all the default message actions as MessageAction objects. The function should return an array of MessageAction objects to render in a MessageActionList within the message overlay, that is shown when a user long presses a message in a MessageList.

You can also customize each one of the default actions using the messageActions prop passed to the OverlayProvider as shown in the example below. The OverlayProvider component makes these props available in the MessageOverlayContext context.

messageActions={({
blockUser, // MessageAction | null;
copyMessage, // MessageAction | null;
deleteMessage, // MessageAction | null;
dismissOverlay, // () => void;
editMessage, // MessageAction | null;
error, // boolean;
flagMessage, // MessageAction | null;
isMyMessage, // boolean;
isThreadMessage, // boolean;
message, // MessageType<At, Ch, Co, Ev, Me, Re, Us>;
messageReactions, // boolean;
reply, // MessageAction | null;
retry, // MessageAction | null;
threadReply, // MessageAction | null;
ownCapabilities, // object
}) => {
return [] // Array<MessageAction>
}}

How to conditionally render message actions#

The following example demonstrates how to:

  • Only show the "Copy Message" and "Edit Message" actions from the default message actions.
  • Show "Edit Message" messages from the current user.

Additionally, the following example demonstrates how you can add custom styles for a message action title.

<Channel
messageActions={({ copyMessage, editMessage, isMyMessage }) =>
isMyMessage
? [
copyMessage,
editMessage,
{
...deleteMessage,
textStyle: {
color: 'red',
fontWeight: 'bold',
},
},
]
: [copyMessage]
}
>
{/** MessageList and MessageInput component here */}
</Channel>

How to add a custom message action#

  • Add a new custom action - "Mute User"
  • Show "Mute User" action only for messages from other user.
import { messageActions as defaultMessageActions, Mute as MuteIcon } from 'stream-chat-react-native';

<Channel
channel={channel}
messageActions={param => {
const { isMyMessage, ownCapabilities, dismissOverlay } = param;
const actions = defaultMessageActions({ ...param });

if (!isMyMessage) {
const isMuted = (client.mutedUsers || []).some(
mute => mute.user.id === client.userID && mute.target.id === message.user?.id,
);

actions.push({
action: async () => {
dismissOverlay();
if (message.user?.id) {
if (isMuted) {
await client.unmuteUser(message.user.id);
} else {
await client.muteUser(message.user.id);
}
}
},
actionType: 'muteUser',
icon: <MuteIcon />,
title: isMuted ? t('Unmute User') : t('Mute User'),
});
}

return actions;
}}
>
{/** MessageList and MessageInput component here */}
</Channel>;

How to customize message action UI#

OverlayProvider component accepts props called - MessageActionList and MessageActionListItem. They both serve a different purpose.

  • MessageActionList - Allows full customizability of the message action list and allows users to add/define their own message action along with the style they prefer for the application.
  • MessageActionListItem - Allows customizability of an item in a message action list.

Customize a Message Action List#

An example for the usage of MessageActionList component is as follows. You can obviously have your own logic in the component.

import { MessageActionListItem, OverlayProvider, useOverlayContext } from 'stream-chat-react-native';

const CustomMessageActionList = () => {
const { setOverlay } = useOverlayContext();
const messageActions = [
{
action: function () {
Alert.alert('Edit Message action called.');
setOverlay('none');
},
actionType: 'editMessage',
title: 'Edit messagee',
},
{
action: function () {
Alert.alert('Delete message action');
setOverlay('none');
},
actionType: 'deleteMessage',
title: 'Delete Message',
},
];
return (
<View style={{ backgroundColor: 'white' }}>
{messageActions.map(({ actionType, ...rest }) => (
<MessageActionListItem actionType={actionType} key={actionType} {...rest} />
))}
</View>
);
};

<OverlayProvider MessageActionList={CustomMessageActionList}>
{/* Underlying Channel, MessageList and Message components */}
</OverlayProvider>;

Notice that the MessageActionList is a simple prop which just accepts your own component for the messge action overlay. The content, styles and the action logic are all defined by the user itself.

Customize Message Action list item#

Suppose you want to customise pinMessage and muteUser actions, you just need to add a condition for that particular action type and return a component which you want to render for that actionType.

The types of actions which are available by default are as follows:

  • blockUser
  • copyMessage
  • deleteMessage
  • editMessage
  • flagMessage
  • muteUser
  • pinMessage
  • selectReaction
  • reply
  • retry
  • quotedReply
  • threadReply
  • unpinMessage

If you don't have any condition you need to return the MessageActionListItem as a default component and pass the action props to it so that it will be rendered.

You can use these props to provide your own component.

An example for the MessageActionListItem component customization is as following:

import { MessageActionListItem, OverlayProvider, useMessageActionAnimation } from 'stream-chat-react-native';

const CustomMessageActionListItem = ({ action, actionType, ...rest }) => {
const { onTap } = useMessageActionAnimation({ action: action });
if (actionType === 'pinMessage') {
return (
<TapGestureHandler onHandlerStateChange={onTap}>
<Animated.View>
<Text>{actionType}</Text>
</Animated.View>
</TapGestureHandler>
);
} else if (actionType === 'muteUser') {
return (
<TapGestureHandler onHandlerStateChange={onTap}>
<Animated.View>
<Text>{actionType}</Text>
</Animated.View>
</TapGestureHandler>
);
} else {
return <MessageActionListItem action={action} actionType={actionType} {...rest} />;
}
};

<OverlayProvider MessageActionListItem={CustomMessageActionListItem}>
{/* Underlying Channel, MessageList and Message components */}
</OverlayProvider>;

Note: The useMessageActionAnimation hook takes in the action for the message action and this would give some utitilites like ontap, animatedStyle and the opacity value which would be helpful with the Animated View which can be used in support of the package react-native-reanimated.

Please continue reading further to see different use cases.

How to intercept a message action#

If you are looking to add some analytics tracking to message action, you can do so in following handler prop functions. These functions will be called right before the underlying default handlers.

note

Please note that these intercepts will neither change the standard functions nor block them.

  • handleBlock
  • handleCopy
  • handleDelete
  • handleEdit
  • handleFlag
  • handleMute
  • handleReaction
  • handleReply
  • handleRetry
  • handleThreadReply

Following example demostrates how to add analytics tracking to "Copy Message" action.

<Channel handleCopy={() => trackCopyAction()} />

How to disable a message action#

To disable a particular action you can return null for a particular action type in the MessageActionListItem prop. An example to the situation would be as follows:

import { MessageActionListItem, OverlayProvider, useMessageActionAnimation } from 'stream-chat-react-native';

const CustomMessageActionListItem = ({ action, actionType, ...rest }) => {
if (actionType === 'pinMessage') {
return null;
} else {
return <MessageActionListItem action={action} actionType={actionType} {...rest} />;
}
};

<OverlayProvider MessageActionListItem={CustomMessageActionListItem}>
{/* Underlying Channel, MessageList and Message components */}
</OverlayProvider>;

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