JavaScript Chat application

How to build a Chat Application with JavaScript

Italo Orihuela
Italo Orihuela
Nov 10, 2023

Whether it's a social media platform, an e-commerce site, or a project management tool, the ability to chat and interact with other users is a key feature that enhances user experience. In this blog post, we will delve into the world of chat functionalities, specifically focusing on JavaScript chat applications.

We will explore Amity Social Cloud UI Kit, a tool that simplifies the integration and design of messaging features in your app. It provides a unique opportunity to visually see how these features will look in your app, allowing you to tailor the design to your specific needs. Join us as we navigate this exciting journey of creating a chat application with JavaScript.


Before we dive into the tutorial, here are a few things you will need:

  1. Basic knowledge of JavaScript: Since we are building a JavaScript chat application, a basic understanding of JavaScript is necessary.
  2. Node.js and npm: We will be using Node.js, a JavaScript runtime, and npm, a package manager for JavaScript.
  3. An Amity Social Cloud Portal account
  4. An Amity Social Cloud Console Account
  5. A UI or access to Amity Social Cloud UI Kits

Note: If you haven’t already registered for an Amity account, we recommend following our comprehensive step-by-step guide in the Amity Portal to create your new network.

Step 1: Setting Up Your Project

The first step in building your chat application is setting up your project. Create a new directory for your project and initialize it with npm. This will create a package.json file in your directory, which will keep track of your project's dependencies.

Step 2: Installing Amity Social Cloud UI Kit

Next, you will need to install the Amity Social Cloud UI Kit. This can be done using npm. The Amity UIKit will provide you with the necessary components to build your chat application, such as message boxes, chat lists, and input fields.

To integrate the Amity Social Cloud UI Kit into your project, you will need to import and decorate your application with the <span id="greylight" class="greylight">UiKitProvider</span> as shown below:

Please note that the Amity UIKit already includes the Amity SDK. Therefore, you don’t need to install the Amity SDK separately if you have already installed the UIKit.

Step 3: Using the UIKit

You can use the UIKit components with the following code:

For more details, you can check this sample code in our web sample application.

Step 4: Designing Your Chat Interface

With the Amity UIKit, designing your chat interface becomes a breeze. You can visually see how the messaging features will look in your app and tailor the design to your specific needs. The Amity UIKit provides a variety of customizable components, allowing you to create a unique and user-friendly chat interface.

Step 5: Integrating Chat Functionality

Once you have designed your chat interface, the next step is to integrate chat functionality. This involves setting up a server to handle chat messages, implementing real-time communication, and adding features such as user authentication and message history.

Step 6: Testing Your Chat Application

The final step is to test your chat application. This involves checking that the chat functionality works as expected, that messages are sent and received in real-time, and that the user interface is intuitive and user-friendly.

Final Thoughts

Building a JavaScript chat application may seem like a daunting task, but with tools like the Amity OpenSource UIKit, it becomes a much simpler process. The Amity UIKit provides a straightforward way to integrate and design messaging features, allowing you to focus on creating a great user experience. Although it is currently in its Beta version, it is a promising tool that is sure to evolve and improve as it continues to be developed.