Meetings Quick Start

Last updated: 2022-11-04Contributors
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The RingCentral Meetings API has been deprecated

The RingCentral Meetings API is being phased out in favor of our newer RingCentral Video API. Existing applications that have access to the Meetings API will continue to be supported, but new applications that require access to the RingCentral Meetings API will need to request the "Meetings" app scope be added to their application by a RingCentral support representative.

Paid RingCentral account and Meetings app scope required

In order to use this API, developers must have a paid RingCentral account. This API is not available to free developer accounts. In addition, applications that call this API require the "Meetings" application scope. To have this scope added to your application, please contact developer support.

Welcome to the RingCentral Platform. RingCentral is the leading unified communications platform. From one system developers can integrate with, or build products around all the ways people communicate today: SMS, voice, fax, chat and meetings.

In this Quick Start, we are going to help you creating a meeting on the platform in just a few minutes. Let's get started.

Create an app and obtain credentials

The first thing we need to do is create an app in the RingCentral Developer Console. This can be done quickly by clicking the "Create Meetings App" button below. Just click the button, enter a name and description if you choose, and click the "Create" button. If you do not yet have a RingCentral account, you will be prompted to create one.

Create Meetings App

  1. Login or create an account if you have not done so already.
  2. Go to Console/Apps and click 'Create App' button.
  3. Select "REST API App" under "What type of app are you creating?" Click "Next."
  4. Under "Authentication" select "Password-based auth flow."
  5. Under "Security" select "This app is private and will only be callable using credentials from the same RingCentral account."

When you are done, you will be taken to the app's dashboard. Make note of the Client ID and Client Secret. We will be using those momentarily.

Request help from support

Access to the RingCentral Meetings API currently requires help from support in order to grant the "Meetings" application scope to your application.

Contact support to request the Meetings scope

Download and edit a .env file

Follow the instructions found in our guide to running Developer Guide code samples. Or:

  1. Download our env-template and save it as a file named .env.
  2. Edit your newly downloaded .env file, setting its variables with the proper values for the app you created above.

Create a meeting

Select your preferred language below.

Install RingCentral JavaScript SDK

$ npm install @ringcentral/sdk dotenv --save

Create and edit meetings.js

Create a file called meetings.js using the content below.

const RC = require('@ringcentral/sdk').SDK

var rcsdk = new RC({
    'server':       process.env.RC_SERVER_URL,
    'clientId':     process.env.RC_CLIENT_ID,
    'clientSecret': process.env.RC_CLIENT_SECRET
var platform = rcsdk.platform();
    'username':  process.env.RC_USERNAME,
    'password':  process.env.RC_PASSWORD,
    'extension': process.env.RC_EXTENSION

platform.on(, () => {

async function start_meeting(){
    var endpoint = "/restapi/v1.0/account/~/extension/~/meeting"
    var resp = await, {
              topic: 'Test Meeting',
              meetingType: 'Instant',
              allowJoinBeforeHost: true,
              startHostVideo: true,
              startParticipantsVideo: false

    var jsonObj = await resp.json()
    console.log( 'Start Your Meeting: ' + jsonObj.links.startUri )
    console.log( 'Meeting id: ' + )

Run your code

You are almost done. Now run your script.

$ node meetings.js

Install RingCentral Python SDK

$ pip install ringcentral python-dotenv

Create and edit

Create a file called using the contents below.

#!/usr/bin/env python
from ringcentral import SDK
import os,sys
from dotenv import load_dotenv

rcsdk = SDK( os.environ.get('RC_CLIENT_ID'),
             os.environ.get('RC_SERVER_URL') )
platform = rcsdk.platform()

                 os.environ.get('RC_PASSWORD') )
  sys.exit("Unable to authenticate to platform. Check credentials.")

params = {
    'topic': 'Test Meeting 1',
    'meetingType': 'Instant',
    'allowJoinBeforeHost': True,
    'startHostVideo': True,
    'startParticipantsVideo' : False

    resp ='/restapi/v1.0/account/~/extension/~/meeting', params)
    print(f'Start Your Meeting: {resp.json().links.startUri}')
    print(f'Join the Meeting: {resp.json().links.joinUri}')
except Exception as err:
    sys.exit( f'An error occurred trying to post: {err}')
    # Successful exit

Run your code

You are almost done. Now run your script.

$ python

Install RingCentral PHP SDK

$ curl -sS | php
$ php composer.phar require ringcentral/ringcentral-php vlucas/phpdotenv

Create and Edit meetings.php

Create a file called meetings.php using the contents below.

$dotenv = Dotenv\Dotenv::createImmutable(__DIR__ . '/../');

$rcsdk = new RingCentral\SDK\SDK( $_ENV['RC_CLIENT_ID'],
                                  $_ENV['RC_SERVER_URL'] );
$platform = $rcsdk->platform();
$platform->login( $_ENV['RC_USERNAME'],
                  $_ENV['RC_PASSWORD'] );

$params = array(
    'topic' => 'Test Meeting',
    'meetingType' => 'Instant',
    'allowJoinBeforeHost' => true,
    'startHostVideo' => true,
    'startParticipantsVideo' => false
try {
  $resp = $platform->post('/account/~/extension/~/meeting', $params);
  print_r ('Start Your Meeting: ' . $resp->json()->links->startUri . "\n");
  print_r ('Join the Meeting: ' . $resp->json()->links->joinUri . "\n");
} catch (Exception $e) {
  print_r ("An error occurred: " . $e->getMessage() . "\n");

Run your code

You are almost done. Now run your script.

$ php meetings.php

Create a Visual Studio project

  • Choose Console Application .Net Core -> App
  • Select Target Framework .NET Core 2.1
  • Enter project name "Create_Meeting"
  • Add NuGet package RingCentral.Net (4.1.0) SDK

Edit the file Program.cs

Be sure to edit the variables in ALL CAPS with your app and user credentials.

using System;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using RingCentral;

namespace Create_Meeting
    class Program
        static RestClient restClient;
        static void Main(string[] args)
            restClient = new RestClient(
        static private async Task create_meeting()
            var parameters = new MeetingRequestResource();
            parameters.topic = "Test Meeting";
            parameters.meetingType = "Instant";
            parameters.allowJoinBeforeHost = true;
            parameters.startHostVideo = true;
            parameters.startParticipantsVideo = false;

            var resp = await restClient.Restapi().Account().Extension().Meeting().Post(parameters);
            Console.WriteLine("Start Your Meeting: " + resp.links.startUri);
            Console.WriteLine("join the Meeting: " + resp.links.joinUri);

Run Your Code

You are almost done. Now run your app from Visual Studio.

Create a Java project (using Eclipse IDE)

  • Create a new Java project
  • Select the Gradle Project wizard
  • Enter project name "Create_Meeting"
  • Open the build.gradle file and add the RingCentral Java SDK to the project as shown below:
dependencies {
    // ...
    compile 'com.ringcentral:ringcentral:1.4.0'
  • Right-click the project in the Package Explorer and choose "Refresh Gradle Project" under the "Gradle" sub-menu

Create a new Java Class

Select "File -> New -> Class" to create a new Java class named "MeetingsQuickStart"

package com.ringcentral;

public class MeetingsQuickStart {

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    // TODO Auto-generated method stub


Edit the file "".

Be sure to edit the variables in ALL CAPS with your app and user credentials.

package com.ringcentral;

import com.ringcentral.*;
import com.ringcentral.definitions.*;

public class MeetingsQuickStart {
    static RestClient rc;

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        var obj = new MeetingsQuickStart();
          rc = new RestClient(System.getenv("RC_CLIENT_ID"), System.getenv("RC_CLIENT_SECRET"), System.getenv("RC_SERVER_URL"));
        try {
            rc.authorize(System.getenv("RC_USERNAME"), System.getenv("RC_EXTENSION"), System.getenv("RC_PASSWORD"));
        catch (RestException | IOException e) {

    public void createMeeting() throws RestException, IOException {
        MeetingRequestResource parameters = new MeetingRequestResource();
        parameters.topic = "Instant Meeting";
        parameters.meetingType = "Instant";
        parameters.allowJoinBeforeHost = true;
        parameters.startHostVideo = true;
        parameters.startParticipantsVideo = false;

        var response = rc.restapi().account().extension().meeting().post(parameters);
        System.out.println("Start Your Meeting: " + response.links.startUri);
        System.out.println("Join the Meeting: " + response.links.joinUri);

Run your app

You are almost done. Now run your app from Eclipse.

Install RingCentral Ruby SDK

$ gem install ringcentral-sdk dotenv

Create and edit meetings.rb

Create a file called meetings.rb. Be sure to edit the variables in ALL CAPS with your app and user credentials.

require 'ringcentral'
require 'dotenv/load'

$rc = ENV['RC_CLIENT_ID'],
                       ENV['RC_SERVER_URL'] )

$rc.authorize( username: ENV['RC_USERNAME'],
               extension: ENV['RC_EXTENSION'],
               password: ENV['RC_PASSWORD'] )

resp = $'/restapi/v1.0/account/~/extension/~/meeting', payload: {
    topic: 'Ruby Meeting 1',
    meetingType: 'Instant',
    allowJoinBeforeHost: true,
    startHostVideo: true,
    startParticipantsVideo: false

puts "Start Your Meeting: " + resp.body['links']['startUri']
puts "Join the Meeting: " + resp.body['links']['joinUri']

Run your code

You are almost done. Now run your script.

$ ruby meetings.rb

Need help?

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