Client APIs

Note: These APIs are still in alpha, and there might be changes in the implementation in future.

Client APIs available for the API channel will help you build customer-facing interfaces for OneChat.

These APIs are useful for cases similar to the ones described below.

Use a custom chat interface instead of the OneChat chat widget
Build conversational interfaces into your mobile apps
Add OneChat to other platforms for which OneChat doesn't have an official SDK

Creating customer objects

You can create and retrieve customer data objects using the inbox_identifier and customer_identifier.

Inbox Identifier
You can obtain the inbox_identifier from your API channel -> Settings -> Configuration

Customer Identifier
The customer_identifier or the source_id can be obtained when creating the customer using the create API.
You will need to store this identifier on your client-side to make further requests on behalf of the customer.
This can be done in cookies, local storage etc.

Available APIs
Some of the things you can do via the APIs are

- Create, View and Update Contact
- Create and List Conversations
- Create, List and Update Messages

HMAC Authentication
The Client APIs also support HMAC Authentication.
The HMAC token for the Channel can be obtained via running the following on your rails console.

# replace api_inbox_id with your inbox id
Inbox.find(api_inbox_id).channel.hmac_token


Connecting to the OneChat WebSockets

To receive the real-time updates from the agent dashboard, You can connect to the OneChat WebSockets.
OneChat WebSockets connecting can be made at the following URL
<your installation url>/cable


Authenticating your WebSocket connection
You will start receiving the events directed towards your customer object after subscribing using the customer pubsub_token.
pubsub_token is provided during the customer create API call.

Example
const connection = new WebSocket('ws://localhost:3000/cable');
connection.send(JSON.stringify({ command:"subscribe", identifier: "{\"channel\":\"RoomChannel\",\"pubsub_token\":\""+ customer_pubsub_token+"\"}" }));

Find the full list of events supported by the websockets here.
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