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Lightstreamer - Basic Chat Demo - PHP Adapter

The Lightstreamer Basic Chat Demo is a very simple chat application, based on Lightstreamer for its real-time communication needs.

This project contains the source code and all the resources needed to deploy a PHP port of the Lightstreamer - Basic Chat Demo - Java Adapter. In particular, a PHP-CLI version of the Adapter Set will be shown.

As an example of a client using this adapter, you may refer to the Basic Chat Demo - HTML Client and view the corresponding Live Demo.


This project shows the use of PHP classes and interfaces already provided in the Lightstreamer - "Hello World" Tutorial - PHP Adapter, such as IDataProvider, DataProviderServer, LiteralBasedProvider and MetadataProviderServer.

Dig the Code

The code example is structured as follows:

  • The chat.php file, which is the entry point of the example.
  • The autoload.php file, which loads the required classes.
  • The "lightstreamer" hierarchy directory structure, containing all the PHP classes (a file for each class), which implement the ARI Protocol.

The Adapter Set Configuration

This Adapter Set is configured and will be referenced by the clients as PROXY_PHPCHAT. As Proxy Data Adapter and Proxy MetaData Adapter, you may configure also the robust versions. The Robust Proxy Data Adapter and Robust Proxy MetaData Adapter have some recovery capabilities and avoid to terminate the Lightstreamer Server process, so it can handle the case in which a Remote Data Adapter is missing or fails, by suspending the data flow and trying to connect to a new Remote Data Adapter instance. Full details on the recovery behavior of the Robust Data Adapter are available as inline comments within the DOCS-SDKs/adapter_remoting_infrastructure/doc/adapter_robust_conf_template/adapters.xml file in your Lightstreamer Server installation.

The adapters.xml file for this demo should look like:

<?xml version="1.0"?>

<adapters_conf id="PROXY_PHPCHAT">
        <param name="request_reply_port">6663</param>
    <data_provider name="CHAT_ROOM">
        <param name="request_reply_port">6661</param>
        <param name="notify_port">6662</param>


If you want to install a version of this demo in your local Lightstreamer Server, follow these steps:

  • Download Lightstreamer Server (Lightstreamer Server comes with a free non-expiring demo license for 20 connected users) from Lightstreamer Download page, and install it, as explained in the GETTING_STARTED.TXT file in the installation home directory.
  • Get the file installed from releases and unzip it, obtaining the deployment folder.
  • Plug the Proxy Data Adapter into the Server: go to the Deployment_LS folder and copy the ChatAdapterPHP directory and all of its files to the adapters folder of your Lightstreamer Server installation.
  • Alternatively, you may plug the robust versions of the Proxy Data Adapter: go to the Deployment_LS(robust) folder and copy the ChatAdapterPHP directory and all of its files into the adapters folder.
  • Install the PHP Remote Adapter
  • Create a directory where to deploy the PHP Remote Adapter and let call it Deployment_PHP_Remote_Adapter.
  • Download all the PHP source files from this project and copy them into the Deployment_PHP_Remote_Adapter folder.
  • Launch Lightstreamer Server. The Server startup will complete only after a successful connection between the Proxy Data Adapter and the Remote Data Adapter.
  • Launch the PHP Remote Adapter: open a command line to the Deployment_PHP_Remote_Adapter folder and launch:
    > php chat.php --host localhost --metadata_rrport 6663 --data_rrport 6661 --data_notifport 6662
  • IMPORTANT: The demo requires the pthreads module is installed into your php environment. You can get detailed information on how to properly install the module here. The demo has been successfully tested on the following environments:
  • Windows 7 and 8, with PHP version VC 11 Thread Safe for X86 and pthreed module version 2.0.10-5.6-ts-vc11
  • Ubuntu Linux version 14.10, with PHP version 5.6.5 (compiled with the --enable-maintainer-zts flag) and pthread module version 2.0.10, installed as a pecl extension.
  • Test the Adapter, launching the Lightstreamer - Basic Chat Demo - HTML Client listed in Clients Using This Adapter.
    • To make the Lightstreamer - Basic Chat Demo - HTML Client front-end pages get data from the newly installed Adapter Set, you need to modify the front-end pages and set the required Adapter Set name to PROXY_PHPCHAT when creating the LightstreamerClient instance. So edit the lsClient.js file of the Basic Chat Demo front-end deployed under Lightstreamer/pages/ChatDemo and replace:
      var lsClient = new LightstreamerClient(protocolToUse + "//localhost:" + portToUse, "CHAT");
      var lsClient = new LightstreamerClient(protocolToUse + "//localhost:" + portToUse, "PROXY_PHPCHAT");
      (you don't need to reconfigure the Data Adapter name, as it is the same in both Adapter Sets).
    • As the referred Adapter Set has changed, make sure that the front-end no longer shares the Engine with other demos. So a line like this:
      lsClient.connectionSharing.enableSharing("ChatDemoCommonConnection", "ATTACH", "CREATE");
      should become like this:
      lsClient.connectionSharing.enableSharing("RemoteChatDemoConnection", "ATTACH", "CREATE");
    • Open a browser window and go to: http://localhost:8080/ChatDemo

See Also

Clients Using This Adapter

Related Projects

Lightstreamer Compatibility Notes

  • Compatible with Lightstreamer SDK for Generic Adapters version 1.8.0 or newer.
  • For a version of this example compatible with Lightstreamer SDK for Generic Adapters version 1.7.x, please refer to this tag.
  • Compatible with Lightstreamer JavaScript Client Library version 6.0 or newer.
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