A 5-Step Approach To Integrate Real-Time Broadcasting In Laravel

A 5-Step Approach To Integrate Real-Time Broadcasting In Laravel
  1. Create Event And Fire Event
  2. Install Required Packages
  3. Configure Socket.IO
  4. Setup Websocket And Consume Data

Step 1: Configure Redis

To configure Redis into Laravel — you will need to install the package using the below command:

Step 2: Create Event And Fire Event

We will need to create an event for broadcasting data. Run the below command to create an event file.

Step 3: Install Required Packages

You will need to install “Node.js” and “redis-server” in your system or server. To install “redis-server,” you can use the below command:

Step 4: Configure Socket.IO

Now set up a socket server to listen and capture redis channel messages to broadcast, which are fired from events. Create a “server.js” file into the project root directory and add the below code.

  • We need to subscribe to the channels on which data will be broadcast. We can subscribe to multiple channels.
  • When we fire an event, it will push data into Redis-using redis.on(‘message’) event system will get a message and channel name. Then using io.emit, it will broadcast data on a broadcastPort. Server.listen will listen to incoming requests from broadcastPort.
  • Now, you can run the script by calling the command “node server.js.” It will print the “Socket server is running.” into the console.

Step 5: Setup Websocket And Consume Data

After successful setup of broadcast data, we will set up a websocket channel and connect the publish URL on the page where we need to show real-time changes.

Conclusion

I hope it will help you make your real-time application like chatbots, games with live score updates, and broadcast some notice to all users. There are other methods for receiving broadcasts. You can also use the javascript library Laravel Echo for subscribing channels and receive messages from the broadcast.

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