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    LiveKit Server API for JS

    Javascript/Typescript APIs to manage rooms and to create access tokens. This library is designed to work with livekit-server. Use it with a Node.js backend to manage access to LiveKit.



    yarn add livekit-server-sdk


    npm install livekit-server-sdk --save


    Environment Variables

    You may store credentials in environment variables. If api-key or api-secret is not passed in when creating a RoomServiceClient or AccessToken, the values in the following env vars will be used:



    If your environment doesn't support ES6 imports, replace the import statements in the examples with

    const livekitApi = require('livekit-server-sdk');
    const AccessToken = livekitApi.AccessToken;
    const RoomServiceClient = livekitApi.RoomServiceClient;

    Creating Access Tokens

    Creating a token for participant to join a room.

    import { AccessToken } from 'livekit-server-sdk';
    // if this room doesn't exist, it'll be automatically created when the first
    // client joins
    const roomName = 'name-of-room';
    // identifier to be used for participant.
    // it's available as LocalParticipant.identity with livekit-client SDK
    const participantName = 'user-name';
    const at = new AccessToken('api-key', 'secret-key', {
      identity: participantName,
    at.addGrant({ roomJoin: true, room: roomName });
    const token = at.toJwt();
    console.log('access token', token);

    By default, the token expires after 6 hours. you may override this by passing in ttl in the access token options. ttl is expressed in seconds (as number) or a string describing a time span vercel/ms. eg: '2 days', '10h'.

    Permissions in Access Tokens

    It's possible to customize the permissions of each participant:

    const at = new AccessToken('api-key', 'secret-key', {
      identity: participantName,
      roomJoin: true,
      room: roomName,
      canPublish: false,
      canSubscribe: true,

    This will allow the participant to subscribe to tracks, but not publish their own to the room.

    Managing Rooms

    RoomServiceClient gives you APIs to list, create, and delete rooms. It also requires a pair of api key/secret key to operate.

    import { RoomServiceClient, Room } from 'livekit-server-sdk';
    const livekitHost = '';
    const svc = new RoomServiceClient(livekitHost, 'api-key', 'secret-key');
    // list rooms
    svc.listRooms().then((rooms: Room[]) => {
      console.log('existing rooms', rooms);
    // create a new room
    const opts = {
      name: 'myroom',
      // timeout in seconds
      emptyTimeout: 10 * 60,
      maxParticipants: 20
    svc.createRoom(opts).then((room: Room) => {
      console.log('room created', room)
    // delete a room
    svc.deleteRoom('myroom').then(() => {
      console.log('room deleted')


    The JS SDK also provides helper functions to decode and verify webhook callbacks. While verification is optional, it ensures the authenticity of the message. See webhooks guide for details.

    import { WebhookReceiver } from 'livekit-server-sdk';
    const receiver = new WebhookReceiver('apikey', 'apisecret');
    // assuming using express.raw'/webhook-endpoint', (req, res) => {
      // event is a WebhookEvent object
      const event = receiver.receive(req.body, req.get('Authorization'))




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