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A Ruby publisher gem for PubNub (for those who only care about publishing from Ruby)
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This gem is a addon for the official PubNub's Ruby gem. Unlike the official gem, this doesn't have any dependencies, it relies entirely on Ruby's stdlib.

But unlike the official gem, this gem only provides one pub sub feature: publication.

Use this library when your Ruby application only publishes events to PubNub. For instance you might have a Go/Scala/Node.js app and many JS clients listening on a few channels. But you need to broadcast a message and want to do that after a trigger in your Rails app. The cleanest way to do that is to use this gem to simply publish the message and disconnect. This is done via PubNub's REST API.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'pubnub-publisher'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install pubnub-publisher


Look at the test suite in the spec folder for more details. The easiest way to use this library is to register a shared config at the class level:

Pubnub::Publisher.setup(publish_key: "your pub key", subscribe_key: "your sub key")

Note: I don't quite understand why Pubnub requires a subscribe key to publish but you need to provide it otherwise the API call will fail.

You can set the following shared config keys:

  • publish_key
  • subscribe_key
  • secret_key
  • cipher_key
  • origin (defaults to "")
  • ssl (defaults to true)
  • session_uuid (randomly generated if you don't provide one)

Once you have the shared config setup, you can create an instance which will use the default config unless instructed differently:

pub_client =

You can override any of the shared config an instantiation or by using the accessors:

pub_client = "demo_pub_key", subscribe_key: "demo_sub_key", origin: "")


pub_client =
pub_client.session_uuid = "ruby-app"

To publish a message, you call the #publish method passing the channel name and a data structure that will be passed as a json.

pub_client =
pub_client.publish("test", {text: "Hi there, this is Matt"})

The publication is currently blocking and will return a boolean value so you can handle retries on your own. Eventually, publication might have an option to happen via a thread pool and callbacks. I would also like to persist the http connection to improve performance.

if pub_client.publish("test", {text: "Hi there, this is Matt"}) "The Pubnub publishing was successful sir!"
  Rails.logger.error "Something went bad with PubNub :( #wasntme"


  • support for cipher, aes and other options that aren't currently supported.
  • Use a thread pool to go non blocking publishing.
  • use a persistent http connection to pubnub.

Test suite

The test suite is a simple Rspec test suite, with 1 specificity: the "integration" tag. By default, when you run the specs, the test suite will connect to PubNub to verify that things work well. You can turn off the integration specs by excluding them:

$ rspec . --tag ~integration

To run the full test suite:

$ rake


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request
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