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A client-side only application built with JavaScript, HTML and CSS.

If it is the first time you use OpenVidu, it is higly recommended to start with openvidu-hello-world tutorial, as this app is no more than an extension of it with some new features and sytles.

Understanding this tutorial

OpenVidu is composed by the three modules displayed on the image above in its insecure version.

  • openvidu-browser: JavaScript library for the browser. It allows you to manage your video-calls straight away from your clients
  • openvidu-server: Java application that controls Kurento Media Server
  • Kurento Media Server: server that handles low level operations of media flows transmission
Tutorial's name includes "insecure" word because this application has no backend and therefore it has no control over the users. Typically you don't want such application in production environments. When you feel comfortable with the client-side of OpenVidu, add your own server or follow one of our super simple secure tutorials.

Running this tutorial

1) Clone the repo:

git clone

2) You will need an http web server installed in your development computer to execute the sample application. If you have node.js installed, you can use http-server to serve application files. It can be installed with:

npm install -g http-server

3) Run the tutorial:

http-server openvidu-tutorials/openvidu-insecure-js/web

4) openvidu-server and Kurento Media Server must be up and running in your development machine. The easiest way is running this Docker container which wraps both of them (you will need Docker CE):

docker run -p 4443:4443 --rm -e openvidu.secret=MY_SECRET openvidu/openvidu-server-kms:2.4.0

5) Go to localhost:8080 to test the app once the server is running. The first time you use the docker container, an alert message will suggest you accept the self-signed certificate of openvidu-server when you first try to join a video-call.

If you are using Windows, read this FAQ to properly run the tutorial

To learn some tips to develop with OpenVidu, check this FAQ

Understanding the code

This application is very simple. It has only 4 files:

  • openvidu-browser-VERSION.js: openvidu-browser library. You don't have to manipulate this file.
  • app.js: sample application main JavaScritp file, which makes use of openvidu-browser-VERSION.js. You can manipulate this file to suit your needs.
  • style.css: some CSS classes to style index.html. You can manipulate this file to suit your needs.
  • index.html: HTML code for the form to connect to a video-call and for the video-call itself. You can manipulate this file to suit your needs. It has two links to both JavaScript files:
    <script src="openvidu-browser-VERSION.js"></script>
<script src="app.js"></script>

Let's see how app.js uses openvidu-browser-VERSION.js:

First lines declare the variables that will be needed in different points along the code

var OV;
var session;

OV will be our OpenVidu object (entrypoint to the libray). session will be the video-call we will connect to. As first sentences in the join method, we initialize the two parameters whose value is retrieved from the HTML inputs.

var mySessionId = document.getElementById("sessionId").value;   // Session the user will join
var myUserName = document.getElementById("userName").value;     // Nickname of the user in the session

Let's initialize a new session and configure our events:

// --- 1) Get an OpenVidu object ---

OV = new OpenVidu();

// --- 2) Init a session ---

session = OV.initSession();

As you can see in the code, the process is very simple: get an OpenVidu object and initialize a Session object with it.

// --- 3) Specify the actions when events take place in the session ---

// On every new Stream received...
session.on('streamCreated', event => {

    // Subscribe to the Stream to receive it. HTML video will be appended to element with 'video-container' id
    var subscriber = session.subscribe(, 'video-container');

    // When the HTML video has been appended to DOM...
    subscriber.on('videoElementCreated', event => {

        // Add a new <p> element for the user's nickname just below its video

// On every Stream destroyed...
session.on('streamDestroyed', event => {

    // Delete the HTML element with the user's nickname. HTML videos are automatically removed from DOM

Here we subscribe to the events that interest us. In this case, we want to receive all videos published to the session, as well as displaying every user's nickname next to its video. To achieve this:

  • streamCreated: for each new Stream received by OpenVidu, we immediately subscribe to it so we can see its video. A new HTML video element will be appended to element with id 'video-container'.

  • videoElementCreated: event triggered by Subscriber object (returned by the previous Session.subscribe method). This allows us to add the participant nickname to the new video previously added in streamCreated event. Auxiliary method appendUserData is responsible for appending a new paragraph element just below the event.element video, containing field. In this case, this field contains the user's nickName. You can see how to feed this property from the client in a later step.

  • streamDestroyed: for each Stream that has been destroyed (which means a user has left the video-call), we remove the element with the user's nickname that we added in the previous event with the auxiliary method removeUserData (appendUserData method created the element with an id containing unique value, so we can now identify the right element to be removed). OpenVidu automatically deletes the proper video element by default, so we don't need to do anything else.

Check Application specific methods section to see all the auxiliary methods used in this app

Get a token from OpenVidu Server

WARNING: This is why this tutorial is an insecure application. We need to ask OpenVidu Server for a user token in order to connect to our session. This process should entirely take place in our server-side, not in our client-side. But due to the lack of an application backend in this tutorial, the JavaScript code itself will perform the POST operations to OpenVidu Server
// --- 4) Connect to the session with a valid user token ---

// 'getToken' method is simulating what your server-side should do.
// 'token' parameter should be retrieved and returned by your own backend
getToken(mySessionId).then(token => {
    // See next point to see how to connect to the session using 'token'

Now we need a token from OpenVidu Server. In a production environment we would perform this operations in our application backend, by making use of the API REST, OpenVidu Java Client or OpenVidu Node Client. Here we have implemented the POST requests to OpenVidu Server in a method getToken() that returns a Promise with the token. Without going into too much detail, this method performs two ajax requests to OpenVidu Server, passing OpenVidu Server secret to authenticate them:

  • First ajax request performs a POST to /api/sessions (we send a customSessionId field to name the session with our mySessionId value retrieved from HTML input)
  • Second ajax request performs a POST to /api/tokens (we send a session field to assign the token to this same session)

You can inspect this method in detail in the GitHub repo.

Finally connect to the session using the token and publish your webcam:

// --- 4) Connect to the session with a valid user token ---

// 'getToken' method is simulating what your server-side should do.
// 'token' parameter should be retrieved and returned by your own backend
getToken(mySessionId).then(token => {

    // First param is the token got from OpenVidu Server. Second param can be retrieved by every user on event
    // 'streamCreated' (property, and will be appended to DOM as the user's nickname
    session.connect(token, { clientData: myUserName })
        .then(() => {

            // --- 5) Set page layout for active call ---

            document.getElementById('session-title').innerText = mySessionId;
            document.getElementById('join').style.display = 'none';
            document.getElementById('session').style.display = 'block';

            // --- 6) Get your own camera stream with the desired properties ---

            var publisher = OV.initPublisher('video-container', {
                audioSource: undefined, // The source of audio. If undefined default microphone
                videoSource: undefined, // The source of video. If undefined default webcam
                publishAudio: true,     // Whether you want to start publishing with your audio unmuted or not
                publishVideo: true,     // Whether you want to start publishing with your video enabled or not
                resolution: '640x480',  // The resolution of your video
                frameRate: 30,          // The frame rate of your video
                insertMode: 'APPEND',   // How the video is inserted in the target element 'video-container'
                mirror: false           // Whether to mirror your local video or not

            // --- 7) Specify the actions when events take place in our publisher ---

            // When our HTML video has been added to DOM...
            publisher.on('videoElementCreated', function (event) {
                initMainVideo(event.element, myUserName);
                appendUserData(event.element, myUserName);
                event.element['muted'] = true;

            // --- 8) Publish your stream ---


        .catch(error => {
            console.log('There was an error connecting to the session:', error.code, error.message);

In session.connect method first param is the recently retrieved user token. Remember videoElementCreated event for the Subscriber object, when we added the user's nickname to the HTML? Well, second parameter is the actual value every user will receive in property in that event. So in this case it is an object with a property "clientData" with value "myUserName", which has been set in the first step to the value retrieved from HTML input <input class="form-control" type="text" id="userName" required> (this is filled by the user).

If the method succeeds, we first change our view to the active call (5) and then proceed to publish our webcam to the session. To do so we get a Publisher object with the desired properties (6). This process will end with the addition of a new HTML video element showing your camera, as a child of element with id 'video-container'. Event videoElementCreated will be fired by the Publisher object just after this video is added to DOM, so we can subscribe to it and do whatever we want with it. In this case, we init another bigger video element with our video and append our nickname to it, by using auxiliary methods initMainVideo and appendUserData (7).

Finally we just have to publish publisher object through Session.publish method (8), and the rest of users will begin receiving our webcam ('streamCreated' event will be fired for them).

Leaving the session:

Whenever we want a user to leave the session, we just need to call session.disconnect method:

function leaveSession() {

    // --- 9) Leave the session by calling 'disconnect' method over the Session object ---


    // Removing all HTML elements with user's nicknames. 
    // HTML videos are automatically removed when leaving a Session

    // Back to 'Join session' page
    document.getElementById('join').style.display = 'block';
    document.getElementById('session').style.display = 'none';

Application specific methods

Here you have all the auxiliary methods used in this app, which are not directly related to OpenVidu:


window.addEventListener('load', function () {

window.onbeforeunload = function () {
    if (session) session.disconnect();

function generateParticipantInfo() {
    document.getElementById("sessionId").value = "SessionA";
    document.getElementById("userName").value = "Participant" + Math.floor(Math.random() * 100);

function appendUserData(videoElement, connection) {
    var userData;
    var nodeId;
    if (typeof connection === "string") {
        userData = connection;
        nodeId = connection;
    } else {
        userData = JSON.parse(;
        nodeId = connection.connectionId;
    var dataNode = document.createElement('div');
    dataNode.className = "data-node"; = "data-" + nodeId;
    dataNode.innerHTML = "<p>" + userData + "</p>";
    videoElement.parentNode.insertBefore(dataNode, videoElement.nextSibling);
    addClickListener(videoElement, userData);

function removeUserData(connection) {
    var dataNode = document.getElementById("data-" + connection.connectionId);

function removeAllUserData() {
    var nicknameElements = document.getElementsByClassName('data-node');
    while (nicknameElements[0]) {

function addClickListener(videoElement, userData) {
    videoElement.addEventListener('click', function () {
        var mainVideo = document.querySelector('#main-video video');
        var mainUserData = document.querySelector('#main-video p');
        if (mainVideo.srcObject !== videoElement.srcObject) {
            mainUserData.innerHTML = userData;
            mainVideo.srcObject = videoElement.srcObject;

function initMainVideo(videoElement, userData) {
    document.querySelector('#main-video video').srcObject = videoElement.srcObject;
    document.querySelector('#main-video p').innerHTML = userData;
    document.querySelector('#main-video video')['muted'] = true;