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Laravel Websockets Tutorial

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced Laravel user, Laravel Websockets is a great way to add WebSocket support to Laravel applications. With Laravel Websockets you can quickly get real-time functionality working in your Laravel projects. It is designed to be easy to use and provides a practical debug dashboard for fast and easy testing.

In this tutorial, we walk you through the most basic steps to get websockets running.

  • Make sure you have the Laravel Websockets package installed. This package allows you to easily integrate websockets into a Laravel application. You can install it using Composer by running the following command:
composer require beyondcode/laravel-websockets

  • Next, you will need to configure the websockets server. You can do this by publishing the package configuration using the php artisan vendor:publish command and selecting the beyondcode/laravel-websockets option.
  • After publishing the configuration, open the config/websockets.php file and update the app_id, app_key, and app_secret values with your own. These values will be used to authenticate the websockets server.
  • You can start the websockets server by running the php artisan websockets:serve command. This will start a local websockets server that you can connect to from your Laravel application.
  • In your Laravel application, you can use the WebSockets facade to interact with the websockets server. For example, to send a message to a specific channel, you can use the WebSockets::to method:
WebSockets::to('my-channel')->send('Hello, world!');
  • To listen for incoming messages on the websockets server, you can use the WebSockets::on method. This method takes a channel name and a callback function that will be executed when a message is received on that channel.
WebSockets::on('my-channel', function ($message) {
    // Do something with the incoming message...
  • You can also use the WebSockets facade to broadcast messages to all connected clients, or to check the current status of the websockets server. Refer to the Laravel Websockets documentation for more information on the available methods and how to use them.

Overall, using websockets with Laravel is a straightforward process. The Laravel Websockets package makes it easy to integrate websockets into your Laravel application, and provides a convenient facade for sending and receiving messages. With a little bit of setup and configuration, you can quickly get started with websockets in Laravel.