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LiveKit JS Server SDK - v0.5.4

LiveKit Server API for JS

Javascript/Typescript APIs to manage rooms and to create access tokens. This library is designed to work with livekit-server. Use it with a Node.js backend to manage access to LiveKit.



yarn add livekit-server-sdk


npm install livekit-server-sdk --save


Environment Variables

You may store credentials in environment variables. If api-key or api-secret is not passed in when creating a RoomServiceClient or AccessToken, the values in the following env vars will be used:



If your environment doesn't support ES6 imports, replace the import statements in the examples with

const livekitApi = require('livekit-server-sdk');
const AccessToken = livekitApi.AccessToken;
const RoomServiceClient = livekitApi.RoomServiceClient;

Creating Access Tokens

Creating a token for participant to join a room.

import { AccessToken } from 'livekit-server-sdk';

// if this room doesn't exist, it'll be automatically created when the first
// client joins
const roomName = 'name-of-room';
// identifier to be used for participant.
// it's available as LocalParticipant.identity with livekit-client SDK
const participantName = 'user-name';

const at = new AccessToken('api-key', 'secret-key', {
  identity: participantName,
at.addGrant({ roomJoin: true, room: roomName });

const token = at.toJwt();
console.log('access token', token);

By default, the token expires after 6 hours. you may override this by passing in ttl in the access token options. ttl is expressed in seconds (as number) or a string describing a time span vercel/ms. eg: '2 days', '10h'.

Permissions in Access Tokens

It's possible to customize the permissions of each participant:

const at = new AccessToken('api-key', 'secret-key', {
  identity: participantName,

  roomJoin: true,
  room: roomName,
  canPublish: false,
  canSubscribe: true,

This will allow the participant to subscribe to tracks, but not publish their own to the room.

Managing Rooms

RoomServiceClient gives you APIs to list, create, and delete rooms. It also requires a pair of api key/secret key to operate.

import { RoomServiceClient, Room } from 'livekit-server-sdk';
const livekitHost = 'https://my.livekit.host';
const svc = new RoomServiceClient(livekitHost, 'api-key', 'secret-key');

// list rooms
svc.listRooms().then((rooms: Room[]) => {
  console.log('existing rooms', rooms);

// create a new room
const opts = {
  name: 'myroom',
  // timeout in seconds
  emptyTimeout: 10 * 60,
  maxParticipants: 20
svc.createRoom(opts).then((room: Room) => {
  console.log('room created', room)

// delete a room
svc.deleteRoom('myroom').then(() => {
  console.log('room deleted')


The JS SDK also provides helper functions to decode and verify webhook callbacks. While verification is optional, it ensures the authenticity of the message. See webhooks guide for details.

import { WebhookReceiver } from 'livekit-server-sdk';

const receiver = new WebhookReceiver('apikey', 'apisecret');
// assuming using express.raw
app.post('/webhook-endpoint', (req, res) => {
  // event is a WebhookEvent object
  const event = receiver.receive(req.body, req.get('Authorization'))

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