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Create a conversation

Example Request & Response

$ curl https://api.intercom.io/conversations \
-H 'Authorization:Bearer <Your access token>' \
-H 'Accept: application/json' \
-H 'Content-Type: application/json' -d

  "from": {
    "type": "user",
    "id": "536e564f316c83104c000020"
  "body": "Hey"
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
  "type": "user_message",
  "id": "2001",
  "created_at": 1401917202,
  "body" : "Hey, is the new thing in stock?",
  "message_type": "inapp",
  "conversation_id": "36000324324"
  :from => {
    :type => "user",
    :id => "536e564f316c83104c000020"
  :body => "Hey"
    "message_type" => "inapp",
    "body" => "Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul",
    "from" => [
        "type" => "user",
        "id" => "5989303470da497b1babb9ef"
UserMessage userMessage = new UserMessage()
  .setBody("Hey! Is there, is there a reward?")

You can create a conversation that has been initiated by a contact (ie. user or lead). The conversation can be an in-app message only.


Sending for visitors

You can also send a message from a visitor by specifying their user_id or id value in the from field, along with a type field value of contact. This visitor will be automatically converted to a contact with a lead role once the conversation is created.

Request Body Parameters

fromObjectYesSee Form Object below for more.
bodyStringYesThe content of the message.
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From Object

typeStringYesThe role associated to the contact - user or lead.
idStringYesThe identifier for the contact which is given by Intercom.


This will return the Message model that has been created.