1. Ably FAQs
  2. Channels
  3. Namespaces and naming

What restrictions exist for the names of channel rules / namespaces?

Channel namespace can contain any unicode character (including e.g. spaces), with the following exceptions:

  • They cannot start with a square bracket [
    Square brackets are reserved as a means to provide metadata or instructions to Ably about the intended channel when subscribing.
  • They cannot contain a colon :
    Colons are used to delimit channel namespaces. Find out more about channel namespaces
  • They cannot be empty.