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Pusher gem

Getting started

After registering at configure your app with the security credentials

Pusher.app_id = 'your-pusher-app-id'
Pusher.key = 'your-pusher-key'
Pusher.secret = 'your-pusher-secret'

Trigger an event. Channel and event names may only contain alphanumeric characters, '-' and '_'.

Pusher['a_channel'].trigger('an_event', {:some => 'data'})

Optionally a socket id may be provided. This will prevent the event from being triggered on this specific socket id (see for more info).

Pusher['a_channel'].trigger('an_event', {:some => 'data'}, socket_id)


Errors are logged to Pusher.logger. It will by default use Logger from stdlib, however you can assign any logger:

Pusher.logger = Rails.logger

Asynchronous triggering

To avoid blocking in a typical web application, if you are running inside eventmachine (for example if you use the thin server), you may wish to use the trigger_async method which uses the em-http-request gem to make api requests to pusher. It returns a deferrable which you can optionally bind to with success and failure callbacks. This is not a gem dependency, so you will need to install it manually.

d = Pusher['a_channel'].trigger_async('an_event', {:some => 'data'}, socket_id)
d.callback {
  # Do something on success
d.errback { |error|
  # error is a pusher exception

Private channels

The Pusher Gem also deals with signing requests for authenticated private channels. A quick Rails controller example:

reponse = Pusher['private-my_channel'].authenticate(params[:socket_id])
render :json => response

Read more about private channels in the docs.


Use bundler in order to run specs with the correct dependencies.

bundle exec rspec spec/*_spec.rb


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