This article describes how to implement the basic features of live-stream shopping.


Refer to the flowcharts for the following functions:

  • Joins and leaves the room.

  • Co-host across channels.

  • Co-host in a channel.

  • Manages the product list.
The figure below is for reference only. If you want to use the product list management function, you need to design and deploy it yourself.

Integrate the SDK

Refer to the following table to integrate the SDKs into your project:

Product SDK downloads Integration guide
Agora RTC (Real-time Communication) SDK Agora SDK for Android Start Live Interactive Video Streaming
Agora RTM (Real-time Messaging) SDK Real-time messaging SDK Peer-to-peer or Channel Messaging
Third-party Image Enhancement SDK N/A Android SDK Integration Guide

Core API call sequence

The following diagrams show the core APIs that the Agora Live Demo app uses to implement a live-stream shopping scenario. Refer to them to implement the various functions in your project.

The Cloud Service in the demo app is implemented by Agora, and you need to deploy your own cloud service for the same purposes.
  • The host joins the room and starts the interactive streaming.

  • The host invites an audience member for co-hosting, or an audience member applies for co-hosting.

  • The host sends a PK host invitation.

  • The audience chat through text messages and switch channels.

Core API reference

  • Agora RTM SDK
API Function
createInstance Creates an RTM Client object.
login Logs into the Agora RTM system.
createChannel Creates an Agora RTM channel.
join Joins the RTM channel.
sendMessage Sends a channel message, which can be received by all users in the channel.
sendMessageToPeer Sends a peer message. The host can use this method to send a co-hosting invitation to an audience member or send a PK host invitation to the host of another channel; an audience member can use this method to send a co-hosting application to the host.
leave Leaves the RTM channel.
logout Logs out of the Agora RTM system.
  • Agora RTC SDK
API Function
create Creates an RtcEngine object.
setChannelProfile Sets the channel profile. In live-stream shopping, we set the channel profile as LIVE_BROADCASTING.
setClientRole Sets the user role in live interactive streaming. In live-stream shopping, we set the role of the host as BROADCASTER, and other users as AUDIENCE.
enableVideo Enables video.
setupLocalVideo Sets the local video view. Call this method on the host's client to configure the view of the host on the local device.
joinChannel Joins the RTC channel.
startChannelMediaRelay Starts relaying media streams across channels. This is the core API for co-hosting across channels.
setupRemoteVideo Sets the remote video view. Once the audience member accepts the co-hosting invitation or the host of the destination channel accepts the PK host invitation, call this method on the original host's client to configure the view of the co-host.
stopChannelMediaRelay Stops relaying media streams across channels.
leaveChannel Leaves the channel.

Additional functions

Image enhancement

The Agora Live Demo app uses a third-party SDK for image enhancement. You can refer to the source code in the faceunity file to implement the function.

Network quality detection

Use the onRtcStats callback to detect and report the network quality in real-time. Triggered once every two seconds during live interactive steaming, this callback reports statistics, including the sending and receiving bitrate and packet loss rate.

In-ear monitoring

Call enableInEarMonitoring to enable the in-ear monitor function on the host's client.

Audio mixing

After joining the channel, call startAudioMixing on the host's client to play background music.

Open-source sample project

Agora provides an open-source sample project for Live-stream Shopping on GitHub for you to download as a source code reference.