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The Hoa\Irc library. 2017-01-10 10:42 UTC



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Hoa is a modular, extensible and structured set of PHP libraries.
Moreover, Hoa aims at being a bridge between industrial and research worlds.


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This library allows to write an IRC client, and interact through listeners and simple methods.

Learn more.


With Composer, to include this library into your dependencies, you need to require hoa/irc:

$ composer require hoa/irc '~0.0'

For more installation procedures, please read the Source page.


Before running the test suites, the development dependencies must be installed:

$ composer install

Then, to run all the test suites:

$ vendor/bin/hoa test:run

For more information, please read the contributor guide.

Quick usage

We propose a quick overview of a simple client that joins a channel and interacts to mentions. Next, we will enhance this client with a WebSocket server to receive external messages.

Interact to mentions

The Hoa\Irc\Client proposes the following listeners: open, join, message, private-message, mention, other-message, ping, kick, invite and error.

In order to connect to an IRC server, we have to use a socket client, such as:

$uri    = 'irc://chat.freenode.net';
$client = new Hoa\Irc\Client(new Hoa\Socket\Client($uri));

Then, we attach our listeners. When the connexion will be opened, we will join a channel, for example #hoaproject with the Gordon username:

$client->on('open', function (Hoa\Event\Bucket $bucket) {
    $bucket->getSource()->join('Gordon', '#hoaproject');


Next, when someone will mention Gordon, we will answer What?:

$client->on('mention', function (Hoa\Event\Bucket $bucket) {
    $data    = $bucket->getData();
    $message = $data['message']; // do something with that.

        $data['from']['nick'] . ': What?'


Finally, to run the client:


Include a WebSocket server

We can add a WebSocket server to receive external messages we will forward to the IRC client. Thus, the beginning of our program will look like:

$ircUri = 'irc://chat.freenode.net';
$wsUri  = 'ws://';

$group  = new Hoa\Socket\Connection\Group();
$client = new Hoa\Irc\Client(new Hoa\Socket\Client($ircUri));
$server = new Hoa\Websocket\Server(new Hoa\Socket\Server($wsUri));

$group[] = $server;
$group[] = $client;

Then, we will forward all messages received by the WebSocket server to the IRC client:

$server->on('message', function (Hoa\Event\Bucket $bucket) use ($client) {
    $data = $bucket->getData();


Finally, to run both the IRC client and WebSocket server:


To send a message to the WebSocket server, we can use a WebSocket client in CLI:

$ echo 'foobar' | hoa websocket:client -s


The hack book of Hoa\Irc contains detailed information about how to use this library and how it works.

To generate the documentation locally, execute the following commands:

$ composer require --dev hoa/devtools
$ vendor/bin/hoa devtools:documentation --open

More documentation can be found on the project's website: hoa-project.net.

Getting help

There are mainly two ways to get help:


Do you want to contribute? Thanks! A detailed contributor guide explains everything you need to know.


Hoa is under the New BSD License (BSD-3-Clause). Please, see LICENSE for details.