Chat and social media platforms

Easily build build secure one-to-one and group chat applications or collaborative social platforms across web and mobile devices.

Some examples built on Ably

  • Slaask

    Slaask provides a live chat customer service tool that integrates with Slack powered by Ably.

    Visit Slaask
  • Dubtrack.FM

    A social DJ site where users can share music by tuning in to user-generated playlists created by music lovers from all over the world.

    Visit DubTrack
  • HubRocket

    A powerful yet simple live chat software powered by Ably.

    Visit HubRocket
  • Group chat demo

    We’ve built a simple chat demo for a variety of platforms demonstrating the use of channels, presence, message history and identification.

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Ably delivers chat and social apps using:

  • Group and one-to-one channels

    We provide an unlimited number of channels for dedicated one-to-one or group chats.

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  • Presence and device awareness

    Subscribe to events when devices or users enter or leave channels.

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  • Realtime user state

    Using our presence feature, know when users are typing, or get updates in realtime as a users GPS position changes.

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  • Chat history

    Realtime data persisted into our database can be retrieved at a later time by devices or servers.

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  • Token based access control

    You maintain complete control of who can chat to who or access realtime data.

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  • Connection state recovery

    With Ably, loss of connectivity does not need to result in data loss. We provide message continuity across disconnects.

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  • Direct message routing

    We ensure data transferred between devices is always routed using the most efficient path, which means your chat feels instant.

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  • Guaranteed delivery & ordering

    Our quality of service and reliable message ordering guarantee lets you focus on building your service knowing that your users won't miss a message

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  • End-to-end encryption

    If you consider your data to be sensitive, then our libraries offer symmetric 256-bit AES encryption ensuring no one, including ourselves, can inspect your data payloads.

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  • Smart mobile and browser push notifications

    Use our smart browser and push notifications to get your users' attention when they're not already engaged with your app.

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  • Chat bots built on queues

    Using our message queues that can deliver realtime chat and user data to your servers, you can respond in real time and provide chat bots

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  • WebHook notifications

    Use WebHooks to be notified via HTTP when channels are created, users become present or even messages are published.

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  • Consistent client libraries on every platform

    Simplify development with our libraries offering a consistent API on every popular platform.

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  • Privacy and compliance

    We never inspect payloads and are a registered ICO data processor. We ensure your data is secure and sandboxed within your account.

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