Programmable Chat

Twilio Programmable Chat makes it easy for you to add chat features into your web and native mobile applications without building or scaling a real-time backend.

To help you get started, please read our guides, starting with:

Chat Fundamentals.

A number of reference clients are available for you, and can be found on our SDK Installation page.

Management Console

Managing your Chat Services, configurations and other resources can be done via the Programmable Chat Console .

Public Beta Limitations

Twilio Programmable Chat is currently available as a Public Beta release. Some Chat features are not yet implemented, and others will change before the product is generally available.

Getting Help

Since this is an early release product, we are anxious to hear your feedback and help you with any trouble you may encounter. For technical support, send a mail to help@twilio.com. To send feedback, we would love for you to join our Google group and let us know how things are going.

Programmable Chat Core, Available Now

  • Create, Destroy and Get Channels
  • Private and Public Channel Types
  • Add, Invite, Remove and Get Members
  • Join and Leave Channels
  • Send and Receive Messages
  • Edit and Remove Messages
  • Unique, Addressable Channel Names
  • Multi-device content synchronization
  • Offline message support (messages are delivered to offline members when they connect)
  • Typing Indicator
  • Roles and Permissions
  • Consumption Horizon (own synchronised message "read status" across devices)
  • Message Delivery Status (others message "read status")
  • Channel "attributes" property
  • User "attributes" property
  • Message "attributes" property
  • Push configuration and runtime options
  • Reachability Indicator
  • Event Callbacks via Webhooks
  • REST API
  • iOS, Android and JavaScript client SDKs
  • APN Push Notification support for iOS
  • GCM Push Notification support for Android

Coming Soon

  • Multimedia Messages: Support for "native" image, video and other file types in Messages
  • Channel and Message search support