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Version: v4


Migrating app version from v2 to v3 ?

Skip the create new app step. Your existing v2 app can be migrated to v3. Follow steps mentioned in Add the CometChat dependency section below to upgrade to latest version of v3

Get your Application Keys

Signup for CometChat and then:

  1. Create a new app
  2. Head over to the API & Auth Keys section and note the Auth Key, App ID & Region

Add the CometChat Dependency

Install the package as NPM module:

npm install @cometchat/chat-sdk-ionic@latest

v2.4+ onwards, Voice & Video Calling functionality has been moved to a separate library. In case you plan to use the calling feature, please install the Calling dependency (@cometchat-pro/ionic-calls).
For Capacitor v2 apps, npm install @cometchat-pro/ionic-calls@2.1.2 --save
For capacitor v3 apps, npm install @cometchat-pro/ionic-calls@2.3.0--save
For capacitor v4 apps, npm install @cometchat/calls-sdk-ionic@latest--save
The calling component requires some additional configuration. Please follow the steps mentioned here.


The Calling Component (@cometchat-pro/ionic-calls) is a capacitor plugin so it won't work in a Cordova project.

Calling Component Configuration


Goto ./android folder and open project-level build Gradle file and add all repository URLs in the repositories block under the allprojects section.

allprojects {
repositories {
maven {
url ""

You also need to update the minimum SDK version to 24. You can update the minSDKVersion in the variables.gradle file located in the android folder.

minSdkVersion = 24

In the Main activity you need to map Capacitor class add(Calling.class);

Note: Only for capacitor v2 plugin (@cometchat-pro/ionic-calls: 2.1.2 )

package io.ionic.starter;

import android.os.Bundle;

import com.cometchat.calling.Calling; //Add this line

import com.getcapacitor.BridgeActivity;
import com.getcapacitor.Plugin;

import java.util.ArrayList;

public class MainActivity extends BridgeActivity {
public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
this.init(savedInstanceState, new ArrayList<Class<? extends Plugin>>() {{


Please update the minimum target version in the Podfile. Goto ./ios/App folder and open the Podfile.

// For @cometchat-pro/ionic-calls version below 2.3.0
platform :ios, '11.0'

// For @cometchat-pro/ionic-calls version 2.3.0 & above
platform :ios, '12.0'

Open the ios/App folder and run pod install this will create an App.xcworkspace open this and run the app.

Initialize CometChat

The init() method initialises the settings required for CometChat. The init() method takes the below parameters:

  1. appId - Your CometChat App ID
  2. appSettings - An object of the AppSettings class can be created using the AppSettingsBuilder class. The region field is mandatory and can be set using the setRegion() method.

The AppSettings class allows you to configure two settings:

  • Region: The region where you app was created.
  • Presence Subscription: Represents the subscription type for user presence (real-time online/offline status)
  • autoEstablishSocketConnection(boolean value): This property takes a boolean value which when set to true informs the SDK to manage the web-socket connection internally. If set to false, it informs the SDK that the web-socket connection will be managed manually. The default value for this parameter is true. For more information on this, please check the Managing Web-Socket connections manually section. The default value for this property is true.
  • overrideAdminHost(adminHost: string): This method takes the admin URL as input and uses this admin URL instead of the default admin URL. This can be used in case of dedicated deployment of CometChat.
  • overrideClientHost(clientHost: string): This method takes the client URL as input and uses this client URL instead of the default client URL. This can be used in case of dedicated deployment of CometChat.

You need to call init() before calling any other method from CometChat. We suggest you call the init() method on app startup, preferably in the index.js file.

let appID = "APP_ID";
let region = "REGION";
let cometChatSettings = new CometChat.AppSettingsBuilder()
CometChat.init(appID, cometChatSettings).then(
() => {
console.log("Initialization completed successfully");
(error) => {
console.log("Initialization failed with error:", error);

Make sure you replace the APP_ID with your CometChat App ID and REGION with your App Region in the above code.

appIDCometChat App ID
appSettingAn object of the AppSettings class.