Build an Android Chat App from Scratch using XMPP and Smack

Learn how to build real life android chat apps based on XMPP and Smack from start to finish

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Course Description

Learn how to build an android XMPP chat app from scratch.We build an android chat app based on XMPP using the Smack Java library in this course. The app is built from scratch and students are guided through the entire process. We start by exploring what XMPP is and the basic building blocks behind it. We then open our IDE and go through the detailed process of building an Android XMPP Chat app that supports sending and receiving (one:one) messages,, adding and removing contacts , managing your contact list , profile pictures and more. All of this backed by a local SQLite database back end to store the data we need locally.

What you'll learn

  • Build XMPP Chat Apps on the Android Platform.
  • Send ONE:ONE messages with your App and Incorporate Profile Pictures.
  • Build Contact List and Friendship Control into your XMPP Chat Apps
  • Build Profile Picture Support in your XMPP Chat Apps
  • Build great looking Chat UIs for your Android Chat App.
  • Roll out an SQLite database backend to save your Contacts and Chat Message Logs.
  • Practical Uses of Android Threads and Services
  • The Android Plumbing Necessary to Build a Modern Chat App
Who is this course for
  • Anyone who wants to build Android Chat Apps
  • XMPP Newbies looking to get their feet wet building real life Chat Apps on the android platform.
  • Anyone willing to learn how great looking Chat UIs are built.
  • Anyone who just finished their first Android Book/Course, willing to have a non trivial intermediate project under their belt.
  • Anyone who wants to have a good practical Android project pinned on their CV
  • This course is about building an XMPP Client on Android. We do not cover how to setup an XMPP Server. The instructor provides free XMPP Accounts on his server for enrolled students.

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If you want to get in touch for any inquiries on the one of our courses , we have somebody always available to answer any of the questions and respond to any need within 24Hrs. We currently offer support under the channels below :


  • Basic understanding of the Java Programming Language
  • Basic familiarity with Android Studio and the Android SDK
  • Should have a PC or Mac with internet connection
  • Should have the Java JDK, Android SDK and Android Studio Installed
  • Nothing more , I'll teach and show you anything else you need
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If for any reason you are unhappy with any of our course purchases, we offer a 30 day money back guaranty .Just contact us within 30 days on any of our support channels above with the email you used for your purchase and we will issue a full refund immediately.

Course Curriculum

Your Instructor

Daniel Gakwaya
Daniel Gakwaya

Senior Software Engineer at Blikoon Technologies , lead developer of Salama, an android lifestyle app for East Africa based on XMPP and author or the currently most popular tutorial on XMPP and Smack on Android available at our blog page. He started working on XMPP based solutions back in 2013 and couldn't stop since then.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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