How to Create a new Conference using SOAP API in the Openmeeting

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OpenMeeting is an open-source and independent alternative for Google Hangouts. It allows video/audio conference, collaborative editing, screen sharing, instant messaging, etc. OpenMeeting community provides plugins for integrating to common platforms like Moodle, Sakai, Jira, Joomla, Bitrix, Confluence, SugarCRM, Redmine. Unfortunately, the Drupal plugin for open meetings is not open-source.

A good news is, OpenMeeting provides a SOAP API for integrating OpenMeeting with other platforms.

I will explain how to create a new conference via OpenMeeting's SOAP API.

First, the user need to retrieve the session ID for doing particular actions to be done using SOAP API.

This can be retrieved by making a call to http://[host]:[port]/openmeetings/services/UserService/getSession

Return will be an XML. We need to parse session ID from the XML.

Then log in using admin credential. For that, we can make calls to


SID is the value we retrieved in the first request.

To create a new conference, we can make use of the API gateway method addRoomWithModerationQuestionsAndAudioType.

For example,


SID = The SID of the User. This SID must be marked as Loggedin
name = Name of the Room
roomtypes_id = Type of that room (1 = Conference, 2 = Audience, 3 = Restricted, 4 = Interview)
comment = any comment
numberOfPartizipants = the maximum users allowed in this room
ispublic = If this room is public (use true if you don't deal with different Organizations) [boolean]
appointment = is it a Calendar Room (use false by default)
isDemoRoom = is it a Demo Room with limited time (use false by default)
demoTime = time in seconds after the user will be logged out (only enabled if isDemoRoom is true)
isModeratedRoom = Users have to wait until a Moderator arrives. Use the becomeModerator param in setUserObjectAndGenerateRoomHash to set a user as default Moderator
allowUserQuestions = enable or disable the button to allow users to apply for moderation
isAudioOnly = enable or disable the video / or audio-only

Detailed documentation is given in the link:

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