This project is based on the need of a private message system for ging / social_stream. Instead of creating our core message system heavily dependent on our development we are trying to implement a generic and potent messaging gem.
After looking for a good gem to use we notice the lack of messaging gems
and functionality in them. Mailboxer tries to fill this emptiness giving
a powerfull and generic message system. It supports the use of
conversations with two or more recipients, send notification to a
recipient (intended to be used as system notifications “Your picture has
new comments”, “John Doe has updated its document”, etc.), emails the
messageable model (if configured to do so). It has a complete use of a
Mailbox object for each messageable with
The gem is constantly growing and improving its functionality. As it is used with our parallel development ging / social_stream we are finding and fixing bugs continously. If you want some functionality not supported yet or marked as TODO, you can create an issue to ask for it. It will be a great feedback for us, and we will know what you may find useful of the gem.
Mailboxer was born from the great, but outdated, code from lpsergi / actsasmessageable.
We are now working to make an exhaustive documentation and some wiki pages in order to make even easier to use the gem at its full potencial. Please, give us some time if you find something missing or ask for it.
Add to your Gemfile:
$ bundle update
Run install script:
$ rails g mailboxer:install
And don't forget to migrate you database:
$ rake db:migrate
Requirements & Settings
We are now adding support for sending emails when a Notification or a Message is sent to one o more recipients. You should modify mailboxer initializer (/config/initializer/mailboxer.rb) to edit this settings.
Mailboxer.setup do |config| #Configures if you applications uses or no the email sending for Notifications and Messages config.uses_emails = true #Configures the default from for the email sent for Messages and Notifications of Mailboxer config.default_from = "email@example.com" ... end
You can change the way in which emails are delivered by specifying a custom implementation for notification and message mailer
Mailboxer.setup do |config| config.notification_mailer = CustomNotificationMailer config.message_mailer = CustomMessageMailer ... end
Users must have an identity defined by a
name and an
#Returning any kind of identification you want for the model def name return "You should add method :name in your Messageable model" end
#Returning the email address of the model if an email should be sent for this object (Message or Notification). #If no mail has to be sent, return nil. def mailboxer_email(object) #Check if an email should be sent for that object #if true return "define_email@on_your.model" #if false #return nil end
These names are explicit enough to avoid colliding with other methods, but as long as you need to change them you can do it by using mailboxer initializer (/config/initializer/mailboxer.rb). Just add or uncomment the following lines:
Mailboxer.setup do |config| # ... #Configures the methods needed by mailboxer config.email_method = :mailboxer_email config.name_method = :name # ... end
You may change whatever you want or need. For example:
config.email_method = :notifications_email config.name_method = :display_name
Will use the method
notification_email(object) instead of
Using default or custom method names, if your model doesn't implement them, Mailboxer will use dummy methods not to crash but notify you the missing methods.
Preparing your models
In your model:
class User < ActiveRecord::Base acts_as_messageable end
You are not limited to User model. You can use Mailboxer in any other model and use it in serveral different models. If you have ducks and cylons in your application and you want to interchange messages as if they where the same, just use act_as_messageable in each one and you will be able to send duck-duck, duck-cylon, cylon-duck and cylon-cylon messages. Of course, you can extend it for as many clases as you need.
class Duck < ActiveRecord::Base acts_as_messageable end
class Cylon < ActiveRecord::Base acts_as_messageable end
How can I send a message?
#alfa wants to send a message to beta alfa.send_message(beta, "Body", "subject")
How can I reply a message?
#alfa wants to reply to all in a conversation #using a receipt alfa.reply_to_all(receipt, "Reply body") #using a conversation alfa.reply_to_conversation(conversation, "Reply body")
#alfa wants to reply to the sender of a message (and ONLY the sender) #using a receipt alfa.reply_to_sender(receipt, "Reply body")
How can I retrieve my conversations?
#alfa wants to retrieve all his conversations alfa.mailbox.conversations #A wants to retrieve his inbox alfa.mailbox.inbox #A wants to retrieve his sent conversations alfa.mailbox.sentbox #alfa wants to retrieve his trashed conversations alfa.mailbox.trash
How can I paginate conversations?
You can use Kaminari to paginate the conversations as normal. Please, make sure you use the last version as mailboxer uses
select('DISTINCT conversations.*') which was not respected before Kaminari 0.12.4 according to its changelog. Working corretly on Kaminari 0.13.0.
#Paginating all conversations using :page parameter and 9 per page conversations = alfa.mailbox.conversations.page(params[:page]).per(9) #Paginating received conversations using :page parameter and 9 per page conversations = alfa.mailbox.inbox.page(params[:page]).per(9) #Paginating sent conversations using :page parameter and 9 per page conversations = alfa.mailbox.sentbox.page(params[:page]).per(9) #Paginating trashed conversations using :page parameter and 9 per page conversations = alfa.mailbox.trash.page(params[:page]).per(9)
How can I read the messages of a conversation?
As a messageable, what you receive receipts wich are linked with the message itself. You should retrieve your receipts for the conversation a get the message associated to them.
This is done this way because receipts save the information about the relation between messageable and the messages: is it read?, is it trashed?, etc.
#alfa gets the last conversation (chronologically, the first in the inbox) conversation = alfa.mailbox.inbox.first #alfa gets it receipts chronologically ordered. receipts = conversation.receipts_for alfa #using the receipts (i.e. in the view) receipts.each do |receipt| ... message = receipt.message read = receipt.is_unread? #or message.is_unread?(alfa) ... end
You can take a look at the full documentation of Mailboxer in rubydoc.info.
Do you want to test Mailboxer?
I need a GUI!
If you need a GUI you should take a look a this links: