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How to Create an App and Use the QuickBlox Admin Panel

Oleksandr Shvetsov
20 Jan 2022

Welcome to QuickBlox! So you’ve decided to sign up for a free account and start building a chat app with our ready-to-use SDKs, Rest APIs, and code samples. To ensure your success we provide detailed documentation, several how-to tutorials and an FAQ section on our help pages.

To get you started we outline below a step-by-step guide covering some of the basics of QuickBlox. Follow our instructions to learn how to create an application in your QuickBlox account and learn about the main features of the QuickBlox admin dashboard.

Got more questions? Contact support.

1. Getting Started

In order to start using QuickBlox features like REST APIs, SDKs, and code samples, you first need to create an application in your QuickBlox account. Register for a QuickBlox account if you don’t have one already.

If you do have a QuickBlox account go to the sign-in page and login using your credentials.

Once signed in you will see the page with your applications (if any):

add app page

The navigation bar at the top of the page contains several links. Let’s move across each of them and look at what functionality they provide.

Status

The “Status” page displays information about the performance of the server and its features.

status page

Numbers with a green background show how fast tests for specific features passed in milliseconds.

Information is updated periodically to display actual information. Information for every feature can be expanded to see performance on a timeline.

Documentation

This tab redirects you to the documentation portal where you can find information about how to use our client-side SDKs to implement features into your application.

Support

This tab redirects to the support portal where you can ask for help, request account information, review our FAQs and more.

Applications

This is the page where all your applications are displayed, and where you can add, remove, or change application(s).

Let’s explore in more detail about creating and managing applications.

2. Managing Applications

If you don’t have any application yet, press on the “New App” button.

add app button

Fill in the App name and App type and press the “create app” button.

create app button

That’s it! You now have an application that can be used. 🎉

Let’s walk through the side menu bar available in the application

Overview

In order to use an application you should have an Application ID (appId), Authorization key (authKey), Authorization secret (authSecret), and Account key (accountKey). These are displayed on the “Overview” page of your application.

overview page on QuickBlox dashboard

On the “Overview” screen you can upload an image for your app to visually identify it, change the application title, website, and add / modify other information.

At the time of creating the app or on the “Overview” screen at the bottom of the page you can turn on “Custom Identity Provider” – read the docs at Custom Identity Provider to find out what this is.

custom identity provider

Chat

When you you are on the Chat page, there are two tabs displayed – “Dialogs” and “Offline messaging”.

Dialogs

At the “Dialogs” tab you can find all the chat dialogs, view chat information, and view chat history (messages of a particular dialog).

chat-dialogs page in QuickBlox dashboard

Also, you can create a new Group or Public chat dialog from this screen by pressing the “New Dialog” button.

press 'new dialog' button

“Create dialog” modal window

Select and press a dialog ID in the ID column to open the “Chat dialog edit” page so that you can update some of the dialog’s fields.

select dialog ID

“Chat dialog edit” page

For Public and Group dialogs it’s possible to change the dialog’s name and photo of the dialog. For Group dialog it’s also possible to edit the list of occupants Ids.

Private chat cannot be modified, since it is a dialog between exactly two people.

Offline messaging

When you select the offline messaging tab you can configure whether the chat server should send push notifications to offline users.

cat-offline messaging page on QuickBlox dashboard

Notifications can be customized by your own template or you can opt to use one of our predefined templates.

To use custom notification text – select option “Custom” in Templates and type in your own template.

customized notification text

Content

On the Content page of the QuickBlox dashboard you can manage files uploaded for this application.

content page on the QuickBlox dashboard

By clicking on a value in the ID column, file information will be displayed

edit file box

From here you can change the content item’s “name”, “content type”, “tags” or even change the file by uploading the new one using “File Upload” form at the right side of the screen.

update edit file box

Custom

There are three tabs displayed under the Custom heading- “List”, “Export” and “Import”.

List

From this tab you can manage custom objects scheme(s) and custom objects records.

custom objects-list page on QuickBlox dashboard

By clicking on a value in the ID column, a new window will display containing custom objects’ information:

edit custom objects record

Here you can change most of information on custom objects, including setting up custom access control (permissions) for this particular record.

Export

From the Export tab you can export your custom objects or schema(s).

Custom objects-export page on QuickBlox dashboard

By clicking “Export to csv” or “Export to json” you can queue up exporting custom objects of selected class into .csv or .json files (respectively).

By clicking “Export schema” you can select custom object’s schema and export it. Schemas exported in .yml files and can be imported under the next tab.

Import

From the Import tab you can import custom objects records and schema(s) created and exported previously.

custom objects import page

Push notifications

From this page you can set up push notifications for your application, send one right away, and manage subscriptions to in-app notifications.

push notifications - send page on QuickBlox dashboard

Send

This tab allows you send push notification right away to you application’s users (all or specific).

Queue

This tab shows push notifications in the queue. You can check out which notification channel was used for a specific notification, the time it was created, and who initiated it.

push notification page-queue page on the QuickBlox Dashboard

Subscriptions

This tab shows a list of subscriptions with information about the user who created the subscription and UDID (Unique Device Identifier).

push notification -subscription page on QuickBlox dashboard

Settings

This tab allows you to upload APNs certificate(s) and / or Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM) API key.

push notifications settins page on QuickBlox dashboard

Read more about how to setup push notifications in our documentation.

Users

From this page you can manage users of your application.

users-user list page on QuickBlox dashboard

There are 3 tabs on this screen

Users List

You can add, view, and edit profiles and remove users of your application from this tab.

Email notifications

Here you can toggle “Greetings” email, set custom template for “Email confirmation” and “Reset password” emails.

NOTE: This functionality is available for enterprise customers only.

users-email notifications page on QuickBlox dashboard

Settings

Here you can allow or disallow retrieving users via API, turn on required email confirmation upon registration, and enable push notifications for new contacts joined from address book.

users-settings page on QuickBlox dashboard

Ready to Start?

Now you know everything you need to successfully navigate around the QuickBlox dashboard!

If you have questions or suggestions for improving this tutorial, please get in touch with the QuickBlox Help Center

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