VOIP In Matrix JS SDK

This module outlines how two users in a room can set up a Voice over IP (VoIP) call to each other. Voice and video calls are built upon the WebRTC 1.0 standard. Call signalling is achieved by sending message events to the room. In this version of the spec, only two-party communication is supported (e.g. between two peers, or between a peer and a multi-point conferencing unit). This means that clients MUST only send call events to rooms with exactly two participants.

For a complete overview of Matrix Javascript SDK configuration, please go to our Matrix Javascript SDK.

Matrix Javascript SDK

Establish a call

This method is call by the caller when they wish to establish a call.

For voice call

For video call

Incoming call event for callee

Callee answer the call

This method is call by the callee when they wish to answer the call.

Hangup the call

Method call by either party to signal their termination of the call. This can be sent either once the call has has been established or before to abort the call.

Examples

 

Matrix Javascript SDK

Matrix Client-Server r0 SDK for JavaScript. This SDK can be run in a browser or in Node.js.

Quickstart

In a browser

Download either the full or minified version from https://github.com/matrix-org/matrix-js-sdk/releases/latest and add that as a <script> to your page. There will be a global variable matrixcs attached to window through which you can access the SDK. See below for how to include libolm to enable end-to-end-encryption.

Please check the working browser example for more information.

In Node.js

Ensure you have the latest LTS version of Node.js installed.

Using yarn instead of npm is recommended. Please see the Yarn install guide if you do not have it already.

yarn add matrix-js-sdk

See below for how to include libolm to enable end-to-end-encryption. Please check the Node.js terminal app for a more complex example.

To start the client:

You can perform a call to /sync to get the current state of the client:

To send a message:

To listen for message events:

By default, the matrix-js-sdk client uses the MemoryStore to store events as they are received. For example to iterate through the currently stored timeline for a room:

What does this SDK do?

This SDK provides a full object model around the Matrix Client-Server API and emits events for incoming data and state changes. Aside from wrapping the HTTP API, it:

  • Handles syncing (via /initialSync and /events)
  • Handles the generation of “friendly” room and member names.
  • Handles historical RoomMember information (e.g. display names).
  • Manages room member state across multiple events (e.g. it handles typing, power levels and membership changes).
  • Exposes high-level objects like Rooms, RoomState, RoomMembers and Users which can be listened to for things like name changes, new messages, membership changes, presence changes, and more.
  • Handle “local echo” of messages sent using the SDK. This means that messages that have just been sent will appear in the timeline as ‘sending’, until it completes. This is beneficial because it prevents there being a gap between hitting the send button and having the “remote echo” arrive.
  • Mark messages which failed to send as not sent.
  • Automatically retry requests to send messages due to network errors.
  • Automatically retry requests to send messages due to rate limiting errors.
  • Handle queueing of messages.
  • Handles pagination.
  • Handle assigning push actions for events.
  • Handles room initial sync on accepting invites.
  • Handles WebRTC calling.

Later versions of the SDK will:

  • Expose a RoomSummary which would be suitable for a recents page.
  • Provide different pluggable storage layers (e.g. local storage, database-backed)

 Usage

 Conventions

 Emitted events

The SDK will emit events using an EventEmitter. It also emits object models (e.g. Rooms, RoomMembers) when they are updated.

Promises and Callbacks

Most of the methods in the SDK are asynchronous: they do not directly return a result, but instead return a Promise which will be fulfilled in the future.

The typical usage is something like:

Alternatively, if you have a Node.js-style callback(err, result) function, you can pass the result of the promise into it with something like:

The main thing to note is that it is an error to discard the result of a promise-returning function, as that will cause exceptions to go unobserved. If you have nothing better to do with the result, just call .done() on it. See http://documentup.com/kriskowal/q/#the-end for more information.

Methods which return a promise show this in their documentation.

Many methods in the SDK support both Node.js-style callbacks and Promises, via an optional callback argument. The callback support is now deprecated: new methods do not include a callback argument, and in the future it may be removed from existing methods.

Examples

This section provides some useful code snippets which demonstrate the core functionality of the SDK. These examples assume the SDK is setup like this:

Automatically join rooms when invited

Print out messages for all rooms

Output:

Print out membership lists whenever they are changed

Output:

API Reference

A hosted reference can be found at http://matrix-org.github.io/matrix-js-sdk/index.html

This SDK uses JSDoc3 style comments. You can manually build and host the API reference from the source files like this:

Then visit http://localhost:8005 to see the API docs.

End-to-end encryption support

The SDK supports end-to-end encryption via the Olm and Megolm protocols, using libolm. It is left up to the application to make libolm available, via the Olm global.

It is also necessry to call matrixClient.initCrypto() after creating a new MatrixClient (but before calling matrixClient.startClient()) to initialise the crypto layer.

If the Olm global is not available, the SDK will show a warning, as shown below; initCrypto() will also fail.

If the crypto layer is not (successfully) initialised, the SDK will continue to work for unencrypted rooms, but it will not support the E2E parts of the Matrix specification.

To provide the Olm library in a browser application:

To provide the Olm library in a node.js application:

  • yarn add https://packages.matrix.org/npm/olm/olm-3.0.0.tgz (replace the URL with the latest version you want to use from https://packages.matrix.org/npm/olm/)
  • global.Olm = require('olm'); before loading matrix-js-sdk.

If you want to package Olm as dependency for your node.js application, you can use yarn add https://packages.matrix.org/npm/olm/olm-3.0.0.tgz. If your application also works without e2e crypto enabled, add --optional to mark it as an optional dependency.

Contributing

This section is for people who want to modify the SDK. If you just want to use this SDK, skip this section.

First, you need to pull in the right build tools:

Building

To build a browser version from scratch when developing::

To constantly do builds when files are modified (using watchify)::

To run tests (Jasmine)::

To run linting: