How to create WebRTC Conference – step by step tutorial

Alexander Galvita
February 1, 2015
Alexander Galvita
Categories: Tutorials


What are the benefits of WebRTC?

  • Full-scale audio and video communication between server users and browser users.
  • Instant messaging with conference paricipants.
  • Slide show shared by client application users.
  • With TrueConf guest access, any user with a link can join your conference in browser.
  • Supported by all popular browsers: Chrome, Opera, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Starting with TrueConf Server 4.2.0, WebRTC client includes not only browser operation, but a full client application which allows user to join video conferences on the server and interact with the participants online.

Let’s try to connect to a video conference using just your browser!

Where to get a link to the WebRTC video conference?

You need to obtain a link to WebRTC conference from your server administrator to connect to the video conference.

You can find the link in the Group conferences tab next to the conference title:

external page

How to connect to the private video conference?

Only the users registered on the server can connect to the private conference created on the server via WebRTC. To connect to the conference:

    • open the link in your browser
    • enter your TrueConf ID and password and click “Sign in”:


  • сlick Join in the opened window:


How to connect to the public video conference?

In public video conference, both guest users and the users registered on the server can connect via WebRTC.

Follow the conference link. Click Enter as guest in the opened window:


Enter your username in the corresponding field and click Enter as guest again:


Click Join:


When creating a public conference, server administrator can allow or forbid Guest users to:

  • send video and audio
  • send messages to the common chat or separate users

You are now connected!

After authorization you will become a video conference participant:


In the upper right corner you can find useful settings:

volume – Volume;

camera – Enabling / disabling webcam;

microphone – Enabling / disabling microphone;

chat – Instanting Messaging;

conference participants – Participants list options;

window-change – Minimizing / maximizing conference window.

I cannot enter WebRTC conference using “Enter” button. What should I do?

Check your browser and Trueconf Server compatibility.
Only Chromium browsers are compatible:

  • Google Chrome;
  • Opera;
  • Mozilla Firefox;
  • Yandex Browser;
  • Etc.

How to Use Instant Messaging in WebRTC?

To enter common chat (for all the conference participants), click Chat icon in the top right corner of the conference window and enter your message in the «Write a message» box. Click «Send» or press Enter:

Send message

The message will be sent to all the conference participants.

How to Send a Personal Message?

Point your mouse to the participant’s name. You will see a text chat icon. Click this icon to send a text message to the conference participant:


If you have entered the WebRTC conference as a Guest user and have no rights to use the chat (set by server administrator), you can not send personal messages to other participants.

How do I know that the personal message was received?

In this case, the chat icon will look like this Message.

To open a message, click «Common». In this window you will see a username of the participant who have sent you this personal message. Click this name:


To switch between common and personal chat, use this window (opens by clicking «Common» or the username of the participant you are chatting with):

Common WebRTC Chat

How to view slides during WebRTC conference?

The users who joined the conference through the browser can view slide presentations shared by TrueConf client application users. As soon as one of the speakers starts sharing, the content window will be displayed in the WebRTC conference window.

WebRTC conference participants can hide a presentation delete or open it in full screen mode in_big_window using Arrow icons on the left side of the presentation file icon.

Participants List Options

Click the Participants List icon conference participants to open WebRTC conference window with the conference participants List. Depending on the conference type and the participant role (Host (Moderator), Speaker (takes the Podium), Listener or any Participant who leaves an audio message using Push to Talk). Such icons can be displayed to the left of the Participant name:

moderator – Conference Owner (Conference creator)

tribune – Speaker in a role-based video conference