Live support software

"Live chat" redirects here. For the specific live support software product, see LiveChat.

Live support software (also called live chat and live help) is another term for online chat applications designed specifically to provide immediate online assistance to website users. Chat is mainly used for text-based communication. However, software providers also bundle services including voice, video, helpdesk and CRM systems along with the text-based chat.


The system typically consists of 2 components:

Chat is usually implemented by pasting a JavaScript code on the website.

The two types of chat are:

Other features

Some live support software offers communication capabilities such as VoIP (Voice over IP), application sharing, remote view, real-time website traffic monitoring and remote form filling.

Typically, live support applications open a window that connects the user to an agent. Some software queues users so that a staff member can automatically move to from one customer to the next. The customer's position in the queue may be displayed for the user.

Live support can be provided via voice communication. The customer enters their phone number and the application later initiates a connection between the client and representative.


Some live support applications are written in low-level languages (e.g., C++) and distributed as compiled software that must be installed on a server. Others are written in dynamic languages, such as PHP, that can be modified as desired.

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