Ruby Gadu-Gadu protocol client implementation
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ruGGby - Gadu Gadu protocol client implementation in pure Ruby language


gem install ruggby

and in your Gemfile:

gem 'ruggby'


ruGGby is a Gadu-Gadu (Polish messenger similar to ICQ) protocol client, which allows you to:

  • Login to your Gadu-Gadu account
  • Set and change status and description
  • Receive messages
  • Send messages
  • Perform callbacks on almost every event connected to GG handling
  • Works with big GG numbers
  • Works with polish letters and other UTF-8 characters


Let's start with a simple example:

Simple example

gg =

gg.login!(LOGIN, PASSWORD)
gg.message(RECEIVER_GG, 'this is a message')

So, what have we done? We've created an Gadu-Gadu instance client, logged in, sent a message and logged out. Easy enough ;)

Login in and login out

Log in/out process is fairly simple:

gg =

gg.login!(LOGIN, PASSWORD)

We can also pass two additional parameters to login! method:

  • :status - initial GG status
  • :description - initial GG description

So the "full" login would look like:

gg =

gg.login!(LOGIN, PASSWORD, :status => :busy, :description => '2Busy')

Updating status and description

Sometimes we want to update our status. In order to do so, invoke a change_status method with two parameters:

  • status - status symbol
  • description (optional) - optional description for status

The allowed statuses are:

  • :available
  • :busy
  • :invisible
gg.change_status(:busy, 'I\'m so busy right now!')

Keeping ruGGby bot alive

To keep the bot working, just invoke the wait method and it will exit:

gg =

gg.on_new_message do |uid, time, message|
  gg.message(uid, message)

gg.login!(LOGIN, PASSWORD)


By default RuGGby uses a RuGGby::Logger logger, which only prints output to console. However, you can replace it with any logger that support following methods:

  • debug(message)
  • info(message)
  • error(message)
  • fatal(message)

To do so, create an RuGGby::Client instance and assign your own logger:

require 'logger'

gg =
gg.logger ='gg.log', :weekly)

In order to change log level, just assing a new one like this:

RuGGby::Client.log_level = :error


RuGGby supports events, so you can assign your own events on demand. Events list:

  • :read - event triggered on each read from RuGGby::Socket
  • :ping - event triggered on each GG Server Ping
  • :new_message - event triggered on new message receive
  • :mark - event triggered when we send mark packet to GG Server
  • :login - event triggered after login
  • :create_message - event triggered after message has been send
  • :change_status - event triggered after our status/description change
  • :status_changed - event triggered after someone on buddy list change status

Each event block is triggered with parameters:

  • :read(packet) - RuGGby::Packet instance (build using RuGGby::Packet::Factory)
  • :ping - no parameters
  • :new_message(uin, timestamp, message)
  • :mark - no parameters
  • :login - no parameters
  • :create_message(uin, message)
  • :change_status(status, description)
  • :check_uin_status(uin)

In order to assign an action to an event, pass a block into events hash:

gg =

gg.actions[:new_message] = proc do |uin, created_at, msg|
  # uin is a sender GG number (Integer)
  # created_at - when message has been sent
  # msg - String containing message
  print "#{uin}-#{created_at}: #{msg}\n"

However most of the events don't need an action so you can use on_new_message method to assign a block:

gg =

gg.on_new_message do |uid, time, message|
  gg.message(uid, message)

The :new_message event is triggered in a separate thread so the socket read process is still going. The above code will (after login!) return a message to it's sender.

To add a friend to a buddy list to listening his status you can:

gg.check_uin_status(uin) # to listen buddy initial status, move this line after 'on_status_changed'

gg.on_status_changed do |uin,status|
  print "Friend #{uin} changed status to #{status}"


  • Tests (currently there is no :()
  • More sophisticated GG actions (friends, etc)

Note on Patches/Pull Requests

  • Fork the project.
  • Make your feature addition or bug fix.
  • Add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.
  • Commit, do not mess with Rakefile, version, or history. (if you want to have your own version, that is fine but bump version in a commit by itself I can ignore when I pull)
  • Send me a pull request. Bonus points for topic branches.


Copyright (c) 2012 Maciej Mensfeld. See LICENSE for details.

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