Livechat widget development and customization

Changing LiveChat Host

One of the initial steps in LiveChat widget development is to ensure that it points directly to the running RocketChat server.

To select a different host for your local widget, navigate to /src/api.js file in the project directory.

It contains this code snippet:

const host = window.SERVER_URL
	|| queryString.parse(
	|| (process.env.NODE_ENV === 'development' ? 'http://localhost:3000' : null);

You can modify your server's URL in that code snippet like this:

const host = window.SERVER_URL
	|| queryString.parse(
	|| (process.env.NODE_ENV === 'development' ? '' : null);

Available CLI Commands

# install dependencies

# serve with hot reload at localhost:8080
yarn start

# build preact application to "build" folder
yarn dev

# build for production with minification
yarn build

# test the production build locally
yarn serve

# run tests with jest and preact-render-spy
yarn test

# run the storybook
yarn storybook

# before commit run
yarn i18n


The LiveChat widget can be fully customized using our Storybook components. You can use the LiveChat Widget API to extend functionalities.

Last updated

Rocket.Chat versions receive support for six months after release.