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Gifted Chat

The most complete chat UI for React Native (formerly known as Gifted Messenger)

Dependency

React Native minimum version 0.29.0

Installation

npm install react-native-gifted-chat --save

Android installation

  • Add android:windowSoftInputMode="adjustResize" to your Android Manifest android/app/src/main/AndroidManifest.xml
<!-- ... -->
<activity
  android:name=".MainActivity"
  android:label="@string/app_name"
  android:windowSoftInputMode="adjustResize"
  android:configChanges="keyboard|keyboardHidden|orientation|screenSize">
<!-- ... -->
  • If you plan to use GiftedChat inside a Modal, see #200

Example

import { GiftedChat } from 'react-native-gifted-chat';

class Example extends React.Component {
  constructor(props) {
    super(props);
    this.state = {messages: []};
    this.onSend = this.onSend.bind(this);
  }
  componentWillMount() {
    this.setState({
      messages: [
        {
          _id: 1,
          text: 'Hello developer',
          createdAt: new Date(Date.UTC(2016, 7, 30, 17, 20, 0)),
          user: {
            _id: 2,
            name: 'React Native',
            avatar: 'https://facebook.github.io/react/img/logo_og.png',
          },
        },
      ],
    });
  }
  onSend(messages = []) {
    this.setState((previousState) => {
      return {
        messages: GiftedChat.append(previousState.messages, messages),
      };
    });
  }
  render() {
    return (
      <GiftedChat
        messages={this.state.messages}
        onSend={this.onSend}
        user={{
          _id: 1,
        }}
      />
    );
  }
}

Advanced example

See example/App.js

Message object

{
  _id: 1,
  text: 'My message',
  createdAt: new Date(Date.UTC(2016, 5, 11, 17, 20, 0)),
  user: {
    _id: 2,
    name: 'React Native',
    avatar: 'https://facebook.github.io/react/img/logo_og.png',
  },
  image: 'https://facebook.github.io/react/img/logo_og.png',
  // additional custom parameters
}

Props

  • messages (Array) - messages to display
  • user (Object) - user sending the messages {_id, name, avatar}
  • onSend (Function) - function to call when sending a message
  • locale (String) - localize the dates
  • isAnimated (Bool) - animates the view when the keyboard appears
  • loadEarlier (Bool) - enables the load earlier message button
  • onLoadEarlier (Function) - function to call when loading earlier messages
  • isLoadingEarlier (Bool) - display an ActivityIndicator when loading earlier messages
  • renderLoading (Function) - render a loading view when initializing
  • renderLoadEarlier (Function) - render the load earlier button
  • renderAvatar (Function) - renders the message avatar
  • renderBubble (Function) - render the message bubble
  • renderMessage (Function) - render the message container
  • renderMessageText (Function) - render the message text
  • renderMessageImage (Function) - render the message image
  • renderCustomView (Function) - render a custom view inside the bubble
  • renderDay (Function) - render the day above a message
  • renderTime (Function) - render the message time
  • renderFooter (Function) - renders a fixed bottom view. Can be used for 'is typing message', see example/App.js
  • renderInputToolbar (Function) - render the composer container
  • renderActions (Function) - renders an action button on the left of the message composer
  • renderComposer (Function) - render the text input message composer
  • renderSend (Function) - render the send button
  • renderAccessory (Function) - renders a second line of actions below the message composer
  • bottomOffset (Integer) - distance of the chat from the bottom of the screen, useful if you display a tab bar

Features

  • Custom components
  • InputToolbar avoiding keyboard
  • Multiline TextInput
  • Load earlier messages
  • Avatar as initials
  • Touchable links using react-native-parsed-text
  • Localized dates
  • Copy text messages to clipboard

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Feel free to ask me questions on Twitter @FaridSafi !

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