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About

Mercurius is a real-time messenger system using Laravel and Vue.js, featuring a complete application that you can easily install with any Laravel project.

Preview


Features

  • Real-time Messenger
  • Responsive
  • Multilingual
  • Browser notifications
  • Unique UX, with dark theme
  • Typing indicator
  • Remove conversations and messages
  • Search recipients with auto-complete

Screenshots

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Demo

You can try a demo of Mercurius. Authenticate using any of the following credentials:

  • ian@launcher.host
  • noa@launcher.host
  • lua@launcher.host

Password: password

Tip: Open 2 different browsers and login with different usernames, so you can test send/receiving messages.


Installation

Make sure Laravel 5.6+ is installed before proceed.

1. Setup Pusher

If you don't have an account, create a free one on pusher.com website. Go to the dashboard, create a new app and take note of the API credentials.

Now, let's add the API keys to the .env file. Also, change the BROADCAST_DRIVER to pusher (default is log).

...
BROADCAST_DRIVER=pusher
...
PUSHER_APP_ID="xxxxxx"
PUSHER_APP_KEY="xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"
PUSHER_APP_SECRET="xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"
PUSHER_APP_CLUSTER="xx"
2. Register BroadcastServiceProvider

Open config/app.php and uncomment the line App\Providers\BroadcastServiceProvider::class,.

3. Laravel Authentication

Skip this step if authentication is already setup, otherwise type:

php artisan make:auth
4. Install Mercurius
composer require launcher/mercurius
5. Configuration (optional)

If you want to change the default configuration, publish the config file, by typing the command:

php artisan vendor:publish --tag=mercurius-config

For editing the config, open /config/mercurius.php and add your own values.

return [

    /*
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Mercurius Models
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |
    | Defines the models used with Mercurius, use it to extend Mercurius and
    | create your own implementation.
    |
    */

    'models' => [
        'user' => App\User::class,
        'messages' => Launcher\Mercurius\Models\Message::class,
    ],

    /*
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | User Table Fields
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |
    | You can specify the column names for the user table. The `name` accepts
    | an array of fields, for building custom names with multiple columns.
    |
    */

    'fields' => [
        // 'name'   => ['first_name', 'last_name'],
        'name'   => 'name',
        'slug'   => 'slug',
        'avatar' => 'avatar',
    ],
];
6. Install Mercurius
php artisan mercurius:install
composer dump-autoload
7. User trait

Add Launcher\Mercurius\MercuriusUser trait to your User model:

// ...
use Illuminate\Foundation\Auth\User as Authenticatable;
use Launcher\Mercurius\MercuriusUser;

class User extends Authenticatable
{
    use MercuriusUser;
    // ...
}
8. Install dummy data (for testing)
php artisan db:seed --class=MercuriusDatabaseSeeder

Will add Messages and Users to the system, like in the demo example:

Demo Users:

  • Ian: ian@launcher.host
  • Noa: noa@launcher.host
  • Lua: lua@launcher.host

Password: password

Update Mercurius

Whenever you update Mercurius, make sure to publish assets to apply the new versions of CSS/JS.

php artisan vendor:publish --tag=mercurius-public --force

Customization

Please see Customization for more information.


Roadmap

Check the roadmap for more information.

  • Unit Tests
  • Conversation w/ multiple users #13
  • Webhooks #16
  • Upload photos & files #14
  • Preview images and videos #15
  • Emoji support #18
  • Video Chat #19
  • Support socket.io #20
  • Search messages #17

Support


Contributing

Please see CONTRIBUTING for more information.


Changelog

We keep a CHANGELOG with the information that has changed.


Credits


Copyright and license

Copyright 2018 Bruno Torrinha. Mercurius is released under the MIT License.