Cisco Spark React Recents Widget

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import ciscosparkWidgetRecents from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/@ciscospark/widget-recents';


Webex Teams Recents Widget (@ciscospark/widget-recents)

The Webex Teams Recents Widget allows developers to easily incorporate Cisco Webex Teams (formerly Cisco Spark) Recents list and events into an application.

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This widget handles coordination between your application and the Webex Teams APIs, and provides components of the Webex Teams recents list experience without having to build all of the front end UI yourself. Furthermore, the widget functions as a central point of contact for all other widgets by providing a robust events api that allows a developer to listen to realtime events on the Webex platform and react to those events.

Our widget is built using React, Redux, and the Webex Teams JavaScript SDK.

This widget supports:

  • Listing all Spaces that the authenticated user is in.
  • Listening for incoming messages, calls, and membership events and provided those details to the developer.


Depending on how comfortable you are with these frameworks, there are are a number of ways you can "install" our code.

Webex for Developers

If you haven't already, go to Cisco Webex for Developers (https://developer.webex.com) and sign up for an account. Once you've created an account you can get your developer access here.

When you want to eventually create an integration and have your own users take advantage of the widget, you'll need to create an integration with the following scopes:


Head over to the Webex for Developers Documentation for more information about how to setup OAuth for your app: https://developer.webex.com/authentication.html


Using our CDN requires the least amount of work to get started. Add the following into your HTML file:

<!-- Production compiled and minified CSS -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://code.s4d.io/widget-recents/production/main.css">

<!-- Production compiled and minified JavaScript -->
<script src="https://code.s4d.io/widget-recents/production/bundle.js"></script>

For the latest builds that are pulled from the head of the master branch:

<!-- Latest compiled and minified CSS -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://code.s4d.io/widget-recents/latest/main.css">

<!-- Latest compiled and minified JavaScript -->
<script src="https://code.s4d.io/widget-recents/latest/bundle.js"></script>

Build from Source

  1. Follow these instructions to checkout and build the react-widgets repo https://github.com/webex/react-widgets/blob/master/README.md

  2. To build the Recents Widget, run the following from the root directory:

npm run build:package widget-recents



To use the space widget within an existing React appliction, a developer can install the component directly from npm.

  1. Install the module via NPM
npm install --save @ciscospark/widget-recents
  1. Add the following import statements
import RecentsWidget from '@ciscospark/widget-recents';
// Sass import required for styling widgets
import '@ciscospark/widget-recents/src/momentum.scss';
  1. Finally, render the widget
  <RecentsWidget accessToken='XXXXXXXXXXXXXX' />

All of the React configurable properties are listed in the "Configuration" section.

Usage with Webex SDK

If you are developing an application that makes use of our Webex SDK in addition to the widgets, some additional configuration is needed.

In order for the Webex Teams Recents Widget to function in a project that is already using the Webex SDK via npm, the versions of the SDK must match specifically.

Any "@webex" packages that are added to your project manually need to match the versions in the widgets' package.json file.


Quick Start

If you would just like to get running immediately, follow these instructions to get a webpack-dev-server running with the widget.

  1. Create a .env file in the root of the React project with the following lines, replacing the Xs with the appropriate value:

  2. From the root directory run: npm run start:package widget-recents


When loading the widgets there are some configuration options you can provide:

Authentication methods:

Name Data API Description
accessToken data-access-token Access token for the user account initiating the messaging session.
For testing purposes you can use a developer access token from https://developer.webex.com.
guestToken data-guest-token Guest Access token for the user account initiating the messaging session.
A guest issuer application is required to generate a guest token. https://developer.webex.com/docs/guest-issuer.
sdkInstance N/A: global only feature A Webex SDK instance that has already been created and authenticated.

Optional configurations:

Name Data API Description
logLevel data-log-level (default: silent) When present, widget will log debug information to console. This can be set to: error, warn, debug, info, trace, or silent
enableAddButton data-enable-add-button (default: false) Enables the "Add Space" button present on other clients in the header.
enableSpaceListFilter data-enable-space-list-filter (default: true) This enables a search term input box for filtering the recents widget's space list. To disable, set this to false.
enableUserProfile data-enable-user-profile (default: true) Enables the current user's profile display in the header.
enableUserProfileMenu data-enable-user-profile-popover (default: false) Enables the current user's profile setting menu in the header.


The easiest way to get the Webex Teams Recents Widget into your web site is to add the built resources and attach data attributes to your a container.

If you're using our CDN, skip to the next section.

  • Copy the resources in the dist directory to own project.
  • Add a <script /> tag to your page to include the bundle.js
  • Add a <link /> tag to include main.css

Data API

If you would like to embed with the widget without any additional behaviors into your page, use this data api. The div containing our data-toggle attribute must exist on the page before our javascript bundle loads.

Create a container where you would like to embed the widget and add the required configuration options. Be sure to include data-toggle="ciscospark-recents".


Browser Globals

If you need additional behaviors or need to do additional work before the widget loads, it may be useful for to programmatically instatiate the widget after the intial page loads.

<div id="my-webexteams-widget" />
  var widgetEl = document.getElementById('my-webexteams-widget');
  // Init a new widget
    accessToken: 'AN_ACCESS_TOKEN'

my-webexteams-widget is an arbitrary id to illustrate one way to select the DOM element. But please ensure that the widgetEl that you pass to ciscospark.widget() is a DOM element.

You can also attach to an existing widget. Currently this gives you access to events. Other functionality will be added in future releases.

var widgetEl = document.getElementById('webexteams-widget-id');
var widgetObject = ciscospark.widget(widgetEl);
Widget Teardown

When a widget needs to be removed from the page you will want to call the .remove() method. This will close any network connections active and remove the widget from the DOM. You can also pass a callback as a parameter to the .remove() method. The method also returns a Promise that is thenable.

The returned value, removed, is true if a matching widget has been removed, and is false no widget was found.

// Basic remove

// With callback
ciscospark.widget(widgetEl).remove(function(removed) {
  if (removed) {

// With Promise
ciscospark.widget(widgetEl).remove().then(function(removed) {
  if (removed) {

If you are also using the Webex Teams JS SDK on the same page, please be sure to load that before you load the widget scripts.


The Recents widget exposes a few events for hooking into widget functionality. You can directly add DOM event listener like this:

  document.getElementById('webexteams-widget').addEventListener('EVENT_NAME', function(event) {
    // Handle the event here

If you are using browser globals, you can provide a callback parameter that will fire whenever any event occurs. You can filter the actions using the name provided like this:

var widgetEl = document.getElementById('my-webexteams-widget');
// Init a new widget
  accessToken: 'AN_ACCESS_TOKEN',
  onEvent: callback

function callback(name, detail) {
  if (name === 'messages:created') {
    // Perform an action if a new message has been created

Or you can use the (ampersand-events)[https://github.com/AmpersandJS/ampersand-events] API to listen to events like this:

var widgetEl = document.getElementById('webexteams-widget');
ciscospark.widget(widgetEl).on('messages:created', function(e) {

All available events are outlined in our events guide

Browser Support

This widget has been tested on the following browsers for messaging and meeting:

  • Current release of Chrome
  • Current release of Firefox


Please see CONTRIBUTING.md for more details.


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