Example iOS messaging display built with our Swift library

The iOS Chat SDK is a subset of the Stream Chat API that provides a flexible and performant way to add messaging functionality to your app quickly. In addition, our SDK lets you customize theming and extend its functionality to suit your iOS application requirements.

We recommend starting with our iOS Chat Tutorial, with step-by-step instructions for using the SDK with Swift and making routine customizations to your messaging app.

iOS UX Views

  • Logging
  • Custom fonts for entire library
  • Custom fonts for specific components
  • Navigation customization
  • Custom webview
  • Custom camera interface


  • Show participant watcher counts
  • Return a list of users who are typing
  • Show text current user typed
  • Read state for all users in channel
  • Show new messages outside of scroll

Message List UI

  • Display reactions on each message
  • Edit previously sent messages
  • Typing indicators
  • Read state
  • Rich URL previews
  • Threads

Channel Header

  • Back navigation button
  • Displays channel name
  • Last time the channel was active
  • Online indicator about other users
  • Staying sticky to the top of the app

Channel List UI

  • Channel name
  • User's read states
  • Last message
  • Time of last message
  • Custom layouts
  • Event listening

Message Composer

  • Easily add Emoticons to messages
  • File, image and movie attachments
  • Slash Commands for giphy
  • Typing events
  • Switches to editing messages
  • Compose threads for focused responses
Example of two people messaging one another

iOS SDK Features

  • Message reactions
  • Link previews
  • Image, video, and file attachments
  • Edit and delete message
  • Typing indicators
  • Read indicators
  • Push notifications
  • Image gallery
  • GIF support
  • Customize attachments
  • Light/Dark mode
  • Style customization
  • UI customization
  • Threads
  • Slash commands

Meet The iOS Chat Team

Next Steps

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