This package contains an adapter that communicates directly with the Google Hangouts API, and translates messages to and from a standard format used by your bot. This package can be used alongside your favorite bot development framework to build bots that work with Google Hangouts.
Add this package to your project using npm:
npm install --save botbuilder-adapter-hangouts
Import the adapter class into your code:
const HangoutsAdapter = ;
If you are starting a brand new project, follow these instructions to create a customized application template.
Use HangoutsAdapter in your App
HangoutsAdapter provides a translation layer for Botkit and BotBuilder so that bot developers can connect to Google Hangouts and have access to the Google Hangouts's API.
When used in concert with Botkit, developers need only pass the configured adapter to the Botkit constructor, as seen below. Botkit will automatically create and configure the webhook endpoints and other options necessary for communicating with Google.
Developers can then bind to Botkit's event emitting system using
controller.hears to filter and handle incoming events from the messaging platform. Learn more about Botkit's core feature →.
const adapter =token: processenvGOOGLE_TOKENgoogle_auth_params:credentials: processenvGOOGLE_CREDS;const controller =adapter// ...other options;controller;
Alternately, developers may choose to use
HangoutsAdapter with BotBuilder. With BotBuilder, the adapter is used more directly with a webserver, and all incoming events are handled as Activities.
const adapter =token: processenvGOOGLE_TOKENgoogle_auth_params:credentials: processenvGOOGLE_CREDS;const server = restify;server;server;
Botkit will emit the following events:
|message||a message from a user received in a shared channel|
|card_clicked||a user clicked a button on a card attachment|
|direct_message||a message from a user received in a private 1:1 with the bot|
|bot_room_join||the bot joined a new room|
|bot_dm_join||a new 1:1 with a user has been created|
|bot_room_leave||the bot has been removed from a room|
|bot_dm_leave||a 1:1 with a user has been closed|
Calling Google APIs
This package exposes a pre-configured Google API client for developers who want to use one of the many available API endpoints.
In Botkit handlers, the
bot worker object passed into all handlers will contain a
bot.api field that contains the client, preconfigured and ready to use.
In Botkit handlers, the
bot worker for Hangouts contains all of the base methods as well as the following platform-specific extensions:
Botkit will automatically construct your outgoing messages according to Google's specifications. Google Hangouts supports card attachments with buttons.
To use card attachments, add the
cards field to the outgoing message object used to create the reply:
Reply in a new thread
In Google Hangouts, messages are organized into threads. Botkit provides specialized methods for cases where a bot's reply should create a new thread, or for when a bot should conduct an entire conversation in new/separate thread.
When a button in an card attachment is clicked, Google sends a special event that requires a special response. Botkit will emit a
card_clicked event, which should be responded to using
Update and remove messages
Google Hangouts supports updating and deleting messages. Do so with the following convenience methods:
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