You can use this guide to quickly start messaging with the Agora RTM Java SDK for Android.

Try the demo

We provide an open-source demo project on GitHub, Agora-RTM-Tutorial-Android, which implements an elementary messaging system. You can try this demo out and view our source code:


Open the ports specified in Firewall Requirements if your network has a firewall.

Set up the development environment

We will walk you through the following steps in this section:

Get an App ID

You can skip to Integrate the SDK into your project if you already have an App ID.

Get an App ID
  1. Sign up for a developer account at Agora Dashboard. See Sign in and Sign up.

  2. Click Get Started under Projects.

  3. Input your project name in the pop-up window and click Create. Follow the on-screen instructions to get to know the basic steps to start a video call. Once the project is created, you can find it under Projects.

  4. Click the Edit button behind the new project, or the Project Management button in the left navigation menu to go to the Project Management page.

  5. On the Project Management panel, find the App ID of your project.

Integrate the SDK into your project

You can use either of the following ways to integrate the Agora RTM SDK for Android into your project.

Method 1: Automatically integrate the SDK using JCenter

  1. Add the following line in the /app/build.gradle file of your project (1.0.1 is the version number).
dependencies {
    implementation 'io.agora.rtm:rtm-sdk:1.0.1'

  1. Click the Sync Project With Gradle Files to synchronize your project.

Method 2: Manually integrate the SDK

  1. Go to SDK Downloads, download the latest version of Agora RTM Java SDK for Android, and unzip.
  2. Save the .jar package and .so files under the libs folder of the unzipped SDK package to the corresponding folder of your project.
File Project Folder
agora-rtm_sdk.jar ~/app/libs/
/arm64-v8a/ ~/app/src/main/jniLibs/arm64-v8a/
/armeabi-v7a/ ~/app/src/main/jniLibs/armeabi-v7a/
/x86/ ~/app/src/main/jniLibs/x86/
/x86_64/ ~/app/src/main/jniLibs/x86_64/

Add project permissions

Add the following permissions in the /app/src/main/AndroidManifest.xml file for device access according to your needs:

<manifest xmlns:android=""

    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE" />
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />


Prevent Obfuscation of the Agora Classes

Add the following line in the app/ file to prevent code obfuscation:

   -keep class io.agora.**{*;}

Implement peer-to-peer and channel messaging

This section provides API call sequence diagrams, sample codes, and considerations related to peer-to-peer messaging and channel messaging.

API Call sequence diagrams

Login and logout of the Agora RTM system

Send or receive peer-to-peer messages

Join and leave an Agora RTM channel

Send or receive channel messages

Create and Initialize an Agora RTM Client

  1. Before creating and initializing an Agora RTM client, ensure that you have completed all steps mentioned in the Set up the development environment section.
  2. Put in the App ID you get from Agora Dashboard (see Get an App ID) when creating and initializing an Agora RTM client.
  3. Implement an event callback RtmClientListener, the SDK uses its callbacks to notify the app of ongoing events, including:
    • The connection between the SDK and the Agora RTM system changes.
    • A peer-to-peer message arrives.
    • Miscellaneous events.
import io.agora.rtm.ErrorInfo;
import io.agora.rtm.ResultCallback;
import io.agora.rtm.RtmChannel;
import io.agora.rtm.RtmChannelListener;
import io.agora.rtm.RtmChannelMember;
import io.agora.rtm.RtmClient;
import io.agora.rtm.RtmClientListener;
import io.agora.rtm.RtmMessage;
import io.agora.rtm.SendMessageOptions;

public void init() {
        try {
                mRtmClient = RtmClient.createInstance(mContext, APPID,
                                                new RtmClientListener() {
                        public void onConnectionStateChanged(int state, int reason) {
                                Log.d(TAG, "Connection state changes to "
                                        + state + " reason: " + reason);

                        public void onMessageReceived(RtmMessage rtmMessage, String peerId) {
                                String msg = rtmMessage.getText();
                                Log.d(TAG, "Message received " + " from " + peerId + msg 
        } catch (Exception e) {
                Log.d(TAG, "RTM SDK initialization fatal error!");
                throw new RuntimeException("You need to check the RTM initialization process.");

Log in and log out of the Agora RTM system

Only when you successfully log in the Agora RTM system, can you use most of the core features provided by the Agora RTM SDK. When logging in the Agora RTM system, you need to:

  • Pass an RTM Token, which identifies a user and its privilege. If your development environment does not require high security, set token as null. You need to generate an RTM Token from your business server. For more information, see Token Security.
  • An userId is the unique identifier of each user. You must not set it as empty, null, or "null".
  • Pass a ResultCallback instance, which returns the onSuccess or onFailure callback.
mRtmClient.login(null, userId, new ResultCallback<Void>() {
        public void onSuccess(Void responseInfo) {
                loginStatus = true;
                Log.d(TAG, "login success!");
        public void onFailure(ErrorInfo errorInfo) {
                loginStatus = false;
                Log.d(TAG, "login failure!");

To log out of the system:


Peer-to-peer messaging

Send an offline peer-to-peer message

You need to call the sendMessageToPeer(@NonNull String, @NonNull RtmMessage, @NonNull SendMessageOptions, @Nullable ResultCallback<void>) method to send an peer-to-peer message to a specified user. You need to:

  • Pass a user ID of the specified message receiver.
  • Call the createMessage method to create an RtmMessageinstance and pass it to
public void sendPeerMessage(String dst, String content) {

        final RtmMessage message = mRtmClient.createMessage();

        SendMessageOptions option = new SendMessageOptions();
        option.enableOfflineMessaging = true;

        mRtmClient.sendMessageToPeer(dst, message, option, new ResultCallback<Void>() {

            public void onSuccess(Void aVoid) {


            public void onFailure(ErrorInfo errorInfo) {


Receive a peer-to-peer message

You can use the RtmClientListener instance that you passed in when creating an RtmClient instance to listen for events that a peer-to-peer message is received. The onMessageReceived(RtmMessage message, String peerId) callback of the listener takes an RtmMessage instance with it.

  • You can use the message.getText() method to get the text content of the message.
  • peerId refers to the user ID of the message sender.

The received RtmMessage object cannot be reused.

Channel messaging

Ensure that you have logged in the Agora RTM system before being able to use the channel messaging function.

Create and join a channel

When creating an RtmChannel, you need to pass a channel ID, a string that must not be empty, null, "null", or exceed 64 Bytes in length. You also need to specify a channel listener:

private RtmChannelListener mRtmChannelListener = new RtmChannelListener() {
    public void onMessageReceived(RtmMessage message, RtmChannelMember fromMember) {
        String text = message.getText();
        String fromUser = fromMember.getUserId();

    public void onMemberJoined(RtmChannelMember member) {


    public void onMemberLeft(RtmChannelMember member) {

try {
        mRtmChannel = mRtmClient.createChannel("demoChannelId", mRtmChannelListener);
} catch (RuntimeException e) {
        Log.e(TAG, "Fails to create channel. Maybe the channel ID is invalid," +
                        " or already in use. See the API Reference for more information.");

        mRtmChannel.join(new ResultCallback<Void>() {
                public void onSuccess(Void responseInfo) {
                        Log.d(TAG, "Successfully joins the channel!");

                public void onFailure(ErrorInfo errorInfo) {
                        Log.d(TAG, "join channel failure! errorCode = "
                                                                + errorInfo.getErrorCode());

Channel messaging

After successfully joining a channel, you can send messages to the channel. As we mentioned in the previous section, you need to set a channel listener for events such as a channel message is received.

When calling a sendChannelMessage()message method to send channel messages, you need to:

  • Pass an RtmMessage object. You need to use the createMessage() method of the RtmClient class to create an RtmMessage object and use the setText() method to set the message content.
  • When sending a channel message, pass a ResultCallback instance.
public void sendChannelMessage(String msg) {
        RtmMessage message = mRtmClient.createMessage();

        mRtmChannel.sendMessage(message, new ResultCallback<Void>() {
                public void onSuccess(Void aVoid) {

                public void onFailure(ErrorInfo errorInfo) {

Leave a channel

You can call the leave() method to leave a channel.


  • You can create and join a maximum of 20 RtmChannel instances. But ensure that each channel has a differnt channel ID and a different listener.
  • If the channel ID you put is invalid, or if an RtmChannel with the same channel ID already exists, the SDK returns null.
  • You cannot reuse a received RtmMessage instance.
  • When you no longer need an RtmChannel instance after leaving it, you can call its release() method to release all resources it is using.