Client Extension API

Symphony apps are standalone web applications that are embedded within the Symphony user interface as iframes that interact with the Symphony container using the Client Extension API.

The Client Extension API is a JavaScript library that consists of services containing methods that allow developers to build apps that extend and interact with Symphony's user interface. Using these services, developers can:

  • Add modules, or windows, containing your app content to the Symphony canvas
  • Add entry points for your app, such as navigation items in Symphony's left sidebar or links on hashtag and cashtag hovercards
  • Add interactive buttons to chat and user profile module headers
  • Enable users to share content from your app into Symphony chats

Applications can be built using any web development framework of your choice. Some of Symphony’s services will require you to implement your own services with methods to handle events. For example:

  • Handling a user click on your app’s left sidebar menu item by opening your default app module
  • Handling a user click on your app’s cashtag hovercard link by opening an app module with a contextual search

App Controller and Views

Applications created with the Client Extension API run in iframes inside the Symphony client.

Symphony apps consists of:

  • The main application controller, a hidden iframe that uses the Client Extension API services to bootstrap your app, extending the Symphony user interface
  • In most cases, one or more application views, separate iframes that are rendered within Symphony modules

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Remote and Local Services

Services are used for communication between your app and the Symphony client. There are two types of services: remote and local.

Remote services are services that are shared:

  • The services of the Client Extension API are remote services whose methods can be invoked by your application controller and views
  • You can also implement remote services that can be shared between your application controllers and views

Local services are services are specific to either your controller or one of your views.

Building an Extension App

To know more about the use of symphony-app to generate a Symphony extension application, refer to Developing an Extension Application

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Client Extension API

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