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The Whereby browser SDK is a library for seamless integration of Whereby video calls into your web application. You can use it to build a completely custom integration of Whereby-powered video calls using React Hooks, or you can also embed pre-built Whereby rooms in a web application using a Web Component.


npm install @whereby.com/browser-sdk


yarn add @whereby.com/browser-sdk


[!IMPORTANT] In order to make use of this functionality, you must have a Whereby account from which you can create room URLs, either manually or through the Whereby API.

React hooks


The useLocalMedia hook enables preview and selection of local devices (camera & microphone) prior to establishing a connection within a Whereby room. Use this hook to build rich pre-call experiences, allowing end users to confirm their device selection up-front. This hook works seamlessly with the useRoomConnection hook described below.

import { useLocalMedia, VideoView } from "@whereby.com/browser-sdk/react";

function MyPreCallUX() {
    const localMedia = useLocalMedia({ audio: false, video: true });

    const { currentCameraDeviceId, cameraDevices, localStream } = localMedia.state;
    const { setCameraDevice, toggleCameraEnabled } = localMedia.actions;

    return (
        <div className="preCallView">
            {/* Render any UI, making use of state */}
            {cameraDevices.map((d) => (
                    onClick={() => {
                        if (d.deviceId !== currentCameraDeviceId) {
            <VideoView muted stream={localStream} />


The useRoomConnection hook provides a way to connect participants in a given room, subscribe to state updates, and perform actions on the connection, like toggling camera or microphone.

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

function MyCallUX( { roomUrl, localStream }) {
    const { state, actions, components } = useRoomConnection(
            localMedia: null, // Supply localMedia from `useLocalMedia` hook, or constraints
            localMediaConstraints: {
                audio: true,
                video: true,

    const { connectionState, remoteParticipants } = state;
    const { toggleCamera, toggleMicrophone } = actions;
    const { VideoView } = components;

    return <div className="videoGrid">
        { /* Render any UI, making use of state */ }
        { remoteParticipants.map((p) => (
            <VideoView key={p.id} stream={p.stream} />
        )) }

Usage with Next.js

If you are integrating these React hooks with Next.js, you need to ensure your custom video experience components are rendered client side, as the underlying APIs we use are only available in the browser context. Simply add "use client"; to the top of component, like in the following example:

"use client";

import { VideoView, useLocalMedia } from "@whereby.com/browser-sdk/react";

export default function MyNextVideoExperience() {
    const { state, actions } = useLocalMedia({ audio: false, video: true });

    return <p>{state.localStream && <VideoView muted stream={state.localStream} />}</p>;

Web component for embedding

Use the <whereby-embed /> web component to make use of Whereby's pre-built responsive UI. Refer to our guide and Web Component Reference to learn which attributes are supported, how to listen to events, and send commands.


import "@whereby.com/browser-sdk/embed";

const MyComponent = ({ roomUrl }) => {
    return <whereby-embed chat="off" room={roomUrl} />;

export default MyComponent;

In plain HTML

You can import it in your project as follows:

import "@whereby.com/browser-sdk/embed"

And embed rooms using the Web Component.

        <div class="container">
            <whereby-embed room="some-room" />

[!NOTE] Although we have just higlighted two combinations of how to load and use the web component, it should be possible to use this library with all the major frontend frameworks and bundlers.

If you don't want to use a bundler, you can use a script tag, like so:

<script src="https://cdn.srv.whereby.com/embed/v2-embed.js"></script>

Migrating from v1 to v2

Migration from v1 to v2 is only relevant for users of the <whereby-embed /> web component. The following changes are necessary when upgrading to v2:

  • If you import the web component in your app, you need to add /embed to the import path, like so import "whereby.com/browser-sdk/embed"
  • If you load the web component using a <script> tag, the src needs to be changed to https://cdn.srv.whereby.com/embed/v2-embed.js. In addition, the type="module" attribute is no longer required and can be removed.

The functionality of the web component should be exactly as the latest version on the v1 branch, but a TypeScript definition is now available for projects using this language.




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