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Here we will learn how to send real-time notifications using Pusher + Laravel.

First of all, you need to create an account in the Pusher and get API keys from there.

Setting up your Laravel application

Now we need to install Pusher SDK, you can install it by the composer using the below command,

composer require pusher/pusher-php-server

After the composer is done, we will need to configure Laravel to use Pusher as its broadcast driver, update the below variables in the .env file,

PUSHER_APP_ID=123456
BROADCAST_DRIVER=pusher

// Get the API Keys from your pusher dashboard

PUSHER_APP_ID=XXXXX
PUSHER_APP_KEY=XXXXXXX
PUSHER_APP_SECRET=XXXXXXX

Open config/app.phpand uncomment the "App\Providers\BroadcastServiceProvider::class".

Now we need an event that will broadcast to the pusher driver. Let's create a NotificationEvent.

php artisan make:event NotificationEvent

This command will create a below file

namespace App\Events;
use Illuminate\Queue\SerializesModels;
use Illuminate\Foundation\Events\Dispatchable;
use Illuminate\Broadcasting\InteractsWithSockets;
use Illuminate\Contracts\Broadcasting\ShouldBroadcast;
class NotificationEvent implements ShouldBroadcast
{
    use Dispatchable, InteractsWithSockets, SerializesModels;
    public $username;
    public $message;
    public function __construct($username)
    {
        $this->username = $username;
        $this->message  = "{$username} send you a notification";
    }
    public function broadcastOn()
    {
        //it is a broadcasting channel you need to add this route in channels.php file
        return ['notification-send'];
    }
}

Add broadcasting route in channels.php file

Broadcast::channel('notification-send', function ($user) {
    return true;
}); 

Cache Event at Javascript Side

// Initiate the Pusher JS library

var pusher = new Pusher('YOUR_API_KEY', {
    encrypted: true
});

// Subscribe to the channel we used in our Laravel Event

var channel = pusher.subscribe('notification-send');
channel.bind('App\\Events\\NotificationEvent', function(data) {
    // this is called when the event notification is received...
});

Testing and Setup

Using the below route we can send a notification.

Route::get('test', function () {
    event(new App\Events\NotificationEvent('Monika'));
    return "Event has been sent!";
});
January 16, 20211 minuteauthorMonika Vaghasiya