Chatkit overview

Chatkit will be shutting down on April 23 2020

We are sorry to say that as of April 23 2020, we will be fully retiring our Chatkit product. We understand that this will be disappointing to customers who have come to rely on the service, and are very sorry for the disruption that this will cause for them. Our sales and customer support teams are available at this time to handle enquiries and will support existing Chatkit customers as far as they can with transition. All Chatkit billing has now ceased , and customers will pay no more up to or beyond their usage for the remainder of the service. You can read more about our decision to retire Chatkit here: https://blog.pusher.com/narrowing-our-product-focus. If you are interested in learning about how you can build chat with Pusher Channels, check out our tutorials.

Example use cases

Our powerful API and SDKs allow you to build a multitude of different chat features quickly while being flexibile enough to suit many use cases, for example:

  • Adding 1-1 and group chat features in your app
  • Sending, receiving and storing photo files in a photography app
  • Player to player chat and online presence in your multiplayer game
  • Live customer support channels with typing indicators to see when users are engaged
  • Dating app with private chat rooms and message read indicators

Main features

In addition to the core features of creating rooms, users and messages, Chatkit also provides:

  • Private and public rooms - Control which users have access to a room.
  • Presence updates - Get updated when users change their online/offline status.
  • Files - Upload and download files from rooms and attach them to your messages.
  • Permission system - Flexible control on what users can do and access.
  • Typing indicators - Receive events when users start or stop typing in rooms.
  • Read cursors - Keep track of the most recently read message ID for each member of a room.

What's next?