Join a Group

Learn how to join a group.

Join a Group

In order to start participating in group conversations, you will have to join a group. You can do so using the joinGroup() method.

private String GUID = "GUID";
private String groupType = CometChatConstants.GROUP_TYPE_PUBLIC;
private String password = "";

CometChat.joinGroup(GUID, groupType, password, new CometChat.CallbackListener<Group>() {
  public void onSuccess(Group joinedGroup) {
    Log.d(TAG, joinedGroup.toString());
  public void onError(CometChatException e) {
    Log.d(TAG, "Group joining failed with exception: " + e.getMessage());
val GUID:String="GUID"
val groupType:String=CometChatConstants.GROUP_TYPE_PUBLIC
val password:String=""

  override fun onSuccess(p0: Group?) {
    Log.d(TAG, p0.toString());
  override fun onError(p0: CometChatException?) {
    Log.d(TAG, "Group joining failed with exception: " + p0?.message)

The joinGroup() method takes the below parameters




The GUID of the group you would like to join


Type of the group. CometChat provides 3 types of groups viz. 1.CometChatConstants.GROUP_TYPE_PUBLIC (public)
2.CometChatConstants.GROUP_TYPE_PASSWORD (password)
3.CometChatConstants.GROUP_TYPE_PRIVATE (private)


Password is mandatory in case of a password protected group.

Once you have joined a group successfully, you can send and receive messages in that group.

CometChat keeps a track of the groups joined and you do not need to join the group everytime you want to communicate in the group.

You can identify if a group is joined using the hasJoined parameter in the Group object.

Real-time Group Member Joined Events

In other words, as a member of a group, how do I know if someone joins the group when my app is running?

If a user joins any group, the members of the group receive a real-time event in the onGroupMemberJoined() method of the GroupListener class.

CometChat.addGroupListener(UNIQUE_LISTENER_ID, new CometChat.GroupListener() {
public void onGroupMemberJoined(Action action, User joinedUser, Group joinedGroup) {


Missed Group Member Joined Events

In other words, as a member of a group, how do I know if someone joins the group when my app is not running?

When you retrieve the list of previous messages if a member has joined any group that the logged-in user is a member of, the list of messages will contain an Action message. An Action message is a sub-class of BaseMessage class.

For the group member joined event, in the Action object received, the following fields can help you get the relevant information-

  1. action - joined
  2. actionBy - User object containing the details of the user who joined the group
  3. actionFor - Group object containing the details of the group the user has joined

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