Get started in 3 steps

With Whereby Embedded and our browser SDK, you can add video calls and video conferencing to your website in three easy steps.

Introduction

WebRTC is a protocol and collection of browser APIs that enable real-time communications. With WebRTC, you can send audio, video, images, and text without the need for a server — that is, as long as both parties are on the same network.

For most real-world uses of WebRTC, you'll need a server. In fact, you'll need a few servers.

  • A signaling server to manage connections between users.

  • A STUN server to discover the public IP addresses of user devices, and/or a TURN server to relay data between users.

  • A media server to distribute audio, video, and other media for multi-party communications.

Or, you can use Whereby Embedded. Whereby has built a network of signaling, STUN and media servers that you can use as a service. With Whereby Embedded and our browser SDK, you can add video calls and video conferencing to your website in three easy steps.

Step 1: Generate an API key

From your account dashboard, go to the Configure screen. Under the API keys panel, click the Generate key button to create a new key.

Your API key is only displayed once. Copy the key and save it to your secrets manager. You'll need it to send requests to our REST API.

Step 2: Create a meeting room using the REST API

Although you can create rooms from your account dashboard, using the REST API lets you automate the process.

To create a meeting room, send a POST request to the /meetings end point. Whereby's REST API uses Bearer Token authentication. Send your API key as part of the Authorization header.

The request body should include a JSON-formatted string, with an [endDate] field. endDate should be a valid date string. It tells Whereby when the meeting room should expire. Here's an example using cURL.

curl https://api.whereby.dev/v1/meetings \
    --header "Authorization: Bearer $YOUR_API_KEY" \
    --header "Content-Type: application/json" \
    --request POST \

Response:

{
    "startDate": "2024-02-25T05:57:42.323Z",
    "endDate": "2099-02-18T14:23:00.000Z",
    "roomName": "/0000-1234-5678-yyyy-xxxxxx",
    "roomUrl": "https://example.whereby.com/0000-1234-5678-yyyy-xxxxxx"
}

Step 3: Add your video conference to your application

Whereby Embedded offers a couple of options for integrating video calling with your application. You'll need the roomURL from the API response in Step 2.

Add video calling using Whereby's web component

For simple projects that don't use a bundler, try Whereby's web component. Load it from our CDN, using a script tag. Use the value of roomURL for the web component's room attribute value.

<html>
  <head>
     {" "}
    <script
      src="https://cdn.srv.whereby.com/embed/v2-embed.js"
      type="module"
    ></script>
  </head>
  <body>
     {" "}
    <div class="container">
           {" "}
      <whereby-embed room="https://example.whereby.com/0000-1234-5678-yyyy-xxxxxx" />
       {" "}
    </div>
  </body>
</html>;

whereby-embed is a custom element, which mean you can use it as a CSS selector shown below

:root {
  width: 100%;
  height: 100%;
  margin: 0;
  padding: 0;
  overflow: hidden;
}

body,
whereby-embed {
  width: inherit;
  height: inherit;
  padding: inherit;
  margin: inherit;
}

Both iframe and whereby-embed options use the pre-built Whereby UI. The pre-built UI gives you control over things like background and foreground colors. You can also add your company's logo, and choose which features you'd like to show to or hide from users.

Perhaps you'd like to customize your button icons instead. Maybe you'd like to change the shape of your video tiles, or how they're arranged. For fine-grained control over your video call layouts, try the Whereby Browser SDK with React hooks.

Adding customized video calls using the Whereby Browser SDK and React hooks

Use the Whereby Browser SDK to create video conferencing UIs that fully reflect your brand. You'll need Node and a package manager such as npm, Yarn, or pnpm for this option. You'll also need a build tool such as Vite, Parcel, or Webpack

Install the SDK using the npm install, yarn add, or pnpm install command.

npm install @whereby.com/browser-sdk

Then import the SDK into your React project, and connect to your room.

import React from "react";
import { useRoomConnection } from "@whereby.com/browser-sdk/react";

const MEETING_URL = 'https://example.whereby.com/0000-1234-5678-yyyy-xxxxxx';

const Meeting = () => {

  const mediaOptions = {
    localMediaOptions: {
        audio: true,
        video: true,
    }
  }

  const connection = useRoomConnection(MEETING_URL, mediaOptions);

  const {state, components} = connection;
  const {localParticipant, remoteParticipants} = state;
  const {VideoView} = components;

  return (
    <>
      {localParticipant?.stream ? (
        <div id="you">
          <VideoView stream={localParticipant?.stream} muted />
        </div>
       ) : null
      }

      {remoteParticipants[0]?.stream ? (
        <div className="participant">
          <VideoView stream={remoteParticipants[0]?.stream} className="friend" />
        </div>
      ) : null
      }
    </>
  )
}

export default Meeting;

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