Web Component providing an easy way to display chat on web pages


Vaadin 14.7 has new MessageList component which integrates to Collaboration Engine. See more https://vaadin.com/docs/v14/ce/components/collaboration-message-list


Create instance of Chat. You can set messages using setMessages(List<Messages>) method. Messages in list should be sorted from older to newer, as last messages in list will be shown in bottom of chat and would represent newer messages. Message object contains message text, sender name, sender avatar(url to avatar image) and indicator whether it's incoming or outgoing message(currentUser parameter). Avatar url should not be null but can be empty string. If it's set to empty string, image from first letters of first and last names will be create created. If message have parameter currentUser set to true it means that message is outgoing and will appear on right sight of chat, else it will be incoming message and appear on left side of chat.

After adding list of messages you, more likely, would like to scroll chat to the bottom, where newer messages are. You can do that by calling method scrollToBottom().

Chat have text input and Send button. Clicking Send button or clicking Ctrl+Enter will dispatch vcf-chat-new-message event with users message as parameter.

Use addChatNewMessageListener(ComponentEventListener) to handle event. You can add message to bottom of chat using method addNewMessage(Message). After message is added you can clear input by calling clearInput on chat instance.

When user scrolls messages towards top and scrollTop value is smaller then lazyLoadTriggerOffset parameter of Chat instance, event vcf-chat-trigger-lazy-load will be raised(and will be raising on every scroll event with debounce time set in debouncePeriod parameter of chat instance).

Use addLazyLoadTriggerEvent(ComponentEventListener) to handle event. You can add older messages to top of chat using method addMessagesToTop(List<Message>). When vcf-chat-trigger-lazy-load event is triggered, loading indication is shown in chat and can be disabled by calling setLoading(false) method on chat instance. Loading also can be enabled manually by calling same method with true value.

Client-side implementation

This is the server-side (Java) API for Vaadin Platform for the vcf-chat component. Looking for the client-side version? It can be found here: https://vaadin.com/directory/component/vaadin-component-factoryvcf-chat

License & Author

This Add-on is distributed under Apache 2.0

Component Factory Chat is written by Vaadin Ltd.

Sponsored development

Major pieces of development of this add-on has been sponsored by multiple customers of Vaadin. Read more about Expert on Demand at: Support and Pricing


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StableReleased 10 December 2020Apache License 2.0
Framework Support
Vaadin platform 14+
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Release notes - Version 2.0.1

Update the license to Apache 2.0