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A simple and beautiful Vue chat component backend agnostic

A simple and beautiful Vue chat component backend agnostic

vue-beautiful-chat

A simple and beautiful Vue chat component backend agnostic, fully customisable and extendable.

vue-beautiful-chat provides an intercom-like chat window that can be included easily in any project for free. It provides no messaging facilities, only the view component.

vue-beautiful-chat

Features

  • Customizeable
  • Backend agnostic
  • Free

Installation

$ yarn add vue-beautiful-chat

Example

import Chat from 'vue-beautiful-chat'
Vue.use(Chat)
<template>
  <div>
    <beautiful-chat
      :agentProfile="agentProfile"
      :onMessageWasSent="onMessageWasSent"
      :messageList="messageList"
      :newMessagesCount="newMessagesCount"
      :isOpen="isChatOpen"
      :close="closeChat"
      :open="openChat"
      :showEmoji="true"
      :showFile="true" />
      <a href="#" @click.prevent="openChat()">Open the chat window</a>
  </div>
</template>
export default {
  data() {
    return {
      agentProfile: {
        teamName: 'Vue Beautiful Chat',
        imageUrl: 'https://a.slack-edge.com/66f9/img/avatars-teams/ava_0001-34.png'
      },
      messageList: [],
      newMessagesCount: 0,
      isChatOpen: false
    }
  },
  methods: {
    sendMessage (msg) {
      if (text.length > 0) {
        this.newMessagesCount = this.isChatOpen ? this.newMessagesCount : this.newMessagesCount + 1
        this.messageList.push(msg)
      }
    },
    onMessageWasSent (msg) {
      this.messageList.push(msg)
    },
    openChat () {
      this.isChatOpen = true
      this.newMessagesCount = 0
    },
    closeChat () {
      this.isChatOpen = false
    }
  }
}

For more detailed examples see the demo folder.

Components

Launcher

Launcher is the only component needed to use vue-beautiful-chat. It will react dynamically to changes in messages. All new messages must be added via a change in props as shown in the example.

Launcher props:

prop type description
*agentProfile object Represents your product or service's customer service agent. Fields: teamName, imageUrl
*onMessageWasSent function(message) Called when a message a message is sent with a message object as an argument.
*isOpen Boolean The bool indicating whether or not the chat window should be open.
*open Function The function passed to the component that mutates the above mentioned bool toggle for opening the chat
*close Function The function passed to the component that mutates the above mentioned bool toggle for closing the chat
messageList [message] An array of message objects to be rendered as a conversation.
showEmoji Boolean A bool indicating whether or not to show the emoji button
showFile Boolean A bool indicating whether or not to show the file chooser button
showTypingIndicator Boolean A bool indicating whether or not to show the typing indicator
colors Object An object containing the specs of the colors used to paint the component. See here

Message Objects

Message objects are rendered differently depending on their type. Currently, only text, emoji and file types are supported. Each message object has an author field which can have the value 'me' or 'them'.

{
  author: 'them',
  type: 'text',
  data: {
    text: 'some text'
  }
}

{
  author: 'me',
  type: 'emoji',
  data: {
    code: 'someCode'
  }
}

{
  author: 'me',
  type: 'file',
  data: {
    name: 'file.mp3',
    url: 'https:123.rf/file.mp3'
  }
}

FAQ

How to get the demo working?

  • cd vue-beautiful-chat
  • yarn watch # this starts the compiler so everytime you edit files they get compiled
  • cd demo
  • yarn dev # this starts a web server on localhost:8080 so the demo shows up - it also watches for the demo files changes

How can I add a feature or fix a bug?

  • Fork the repository
  • Fix/add your changes
  • yarn build on the root to have the library compiled with your latest changes
  • create a pull request describing what you did
  • discuss the changes with the maintainer
  • boom! your changes are added to the main repo
  • a release is created almost once per week 😉

How can I customize the colors?

  • When initializing the component, pass an object specifying the colors used:

let redColors = {
  header: {
    bg: '#D32F2F',
    text: '#fff'
  },
  launcher: {
    bg: '#D32F2F'
  },
  messageList: {
    bg: '#fff'
  },
  sentMessage: {
    bg: '#F44336',
    text: '#fff'
  },
  receivedMessage: {
    bg: '#eaeaea',
    text: '#222222'
  },
  userInput: {
    bg: '#fff',
    text: '#212121'
  }
}

<beautiful-chat
      ...
      :colors="redColors" />

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