Library for interacting with the Pusher REST API

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PHP library for interacting with the Pusher HTTP API.

Register at https://pusher.com and use the application credentials within your app as shown below.


You can get the Pusher PHP library via a composer package called pusher-php-server. See https://packagist.org/packages/pusher/pusher-php-server

$ composer require pusher/pusher-php-server

Or add to composer.json:

"require": {
    "pusher/pusher-php-server": "^3.0"

and then run composer update.

Or you can clone or download the library files.

We recommend you use composer.

This library depends on PHP modules for cURL and JSON. See cURL module installation instructions and JSON module installation instructions.

Pusher constructor

Use the credentials from your Pusher application to create a new Pusher\Pusher instance.

$app_id = 'YOUR_APP_ID';
$app_key = 'YOUR_APP_KEY';
$app_secret = 'YOUR_APP_SECRET';
$app_cluster = 'YOUR_APP_CLUSTER';

$pusher = new Pusher\Pusher( $app_key, $app_secret, $app_id, array('cluster' => $app_cluster) );

The fourth parameter is an $options array. The additional options are:

  • scheme - e.g. http or https
  • host - the host e.g. api.pusherapp.com. No trailing forward slash
  • port - the http port
  • timeout - the HTTP timeout
  • useTLS - quick option to use scheme of https and port 443.
  • cluster - specify the cluster where the application is running from.
  • curl_options - array with custom curl commands
  • encryption_master_key - a 32 character long key used to derive secrets for end to end encryption (see below!)

For example, by default calls will be made over a non-TLS connection. To change this to make calls over HTTPS use:

$pusher = new Pusher\Pusher( $app_key, $app_secret, $app_id, array( 'cluster' => $app_cluster, 'useTLS' => true ) );

For example, if you want to set custom curl options, use this:

$pusher = new Pusher\Pusher( $app_key, $app_secret, $app_id, array( 'cluster' => $app_cluster, 'useTLS' => true, 'curl_options' => array( CURLOPT_IPRESOLVE => CURL_IPRESOLVE_V4 ) ) );

Note: The $options parameter was introduced in version 2.2.0 of the library. Previously additional parameters could be passed for each option, but this was becoming unwieldy. However, backwards compatibility has been maintained.

Note: The host option overrides the cluster option!

Publishing/Triggering events

To trigger an event on one or more channels use the trigger function.

A single channel

$pusher->trigger( 'my-channel', 'my_event', 'hello world' );

Multiple channels

$pusher->trigger( [ 'channel-1', 'channel-2' ], 'my_event', 'hello world' );


It's also possible to send multiple events with a single API call (max 10 events per call on multi-tenant clusters):

$batch = array();
$batch[] = array('channel' => 'my-channel', 'name' => 'my_event', 'data' => array('hello' => 'world'));
$batch[] = array('channel' => 'my-channel', 'name' => 'my_event', 'data' => array('myname' => 'bob'));


Objects are automatically converted to JSON format:

$array['name'] = 'joe';
$array['message_count'] = 23;

$pusher->trigger('my_channel', 'my_event', $array);

The output of this will be:

"{'name': 'joe', 'message_count': 23}"

Socket id

In order to avoid duplicates you can optionally specify the sender's socket id while triggering an event (https://pusher.com/docs/duplicates):


JSON format

If your data is already encoded in JSON format, you can avoid a second encoding step by setting the sixth argument true, like so:

$pusher->trigger('my-channel', 'event', 'data', null, false, true)

Authenticating Private channels

To authorise your users to access private channels on Pusher, you can use the socket_auth function:


Authenticating Presence channels

Using presence channels is similar to private channels, but you can specify extra data to identify that particular user:

$pusher->presence_auth('presence-my-channel','socket_id', 'user_id', 'user_info');


This library provides a way of verifying that webhooks you receive from Pusher are actually genuine webhooks from Pusher. It also provides a structure for storing them. A helper method called webhook enables this. Pass in the headers and body of the request, and it'll return a Webhook object with your verified events. If the library was unable to validate the signature, an exception is thrown instead.

$webhook = $pusher->webhook($request_headers, $request_body);
$number_of_events = count($webhook->get_events());
$time_recieved = $webhook->get_time_ms();

End to end encryption (beta)

This library supports end to end encryption of your private channels. This means that only you and your connected clients will be able to read your messages. Pusher cannot decrypt them. You can enable this feature by following these steps:

  1. You should first set up Private channels. This involves creating an authentication endpoint on your server.
  2. Next, Specify your 32 character encryption_master_key. This is secret and you should never share this with anyone. Not even Pusher.
$app_id = 'YOUR_APP_ID';
$app_key = 'YOUR_APP_KEY';
$app_secret = 'YOUR_APP_SECRET';
$app_cluster = 'YOUR_APP_CLUSTER';
$encryption_master_key = "abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdef";
$pusher = new Pusher\Pusher($app_key, $app_secret, $app_id, array(
	'cluster' => $app_cluster,
	'encryption_master_key' => $encryption_master_key
  1. Channels where you wish to use end to end encryption should be prefixed with private-encrypted-.

  2. Subscribe to these channels in your client, and you're done! You can verify it is working by checking out the debug console on the https://dashboard.pusher.com/ and seeing the scrambled ciphertext.

Important note: This will not encrypt messages on channels that are not prefixed by private-encrypted-.

Presence example

First set this variable in your JS app:

Pusher.channel_auth_endpoint = '/presence_auth.php';

Next, create the following in presence_auth.php:

if (isset($_SESSION['user_id'])) {
  $stmt = $pdo->prepare("SELECT * FROM `users` WHERE id = :id");
  $stmt->bindValue(':id', $_SESSION['user_id'], PDO::PARAM_INT);
  $user = $stmt->fetch();
} else {
  die('aaargh, no-one is logged in');

header('Content-Type: application/json');

$pusher = new Pusher\Pusher($key, $secret, $app_id);
$presence_data = array('name' => $user['name']);

echo $pusher->presence_auth($_POST['channel_name'], $_POST['socket_id'], $user['id'], $presence_data);

Note: this assumes that you store your users in a table called users and that those users have a name column. It also assumes that you have a login mechanism that stores the user_id of the logged in user in the session.

Application State Queries

Get information about a channel

$pusher->get_channel_info( $name );

It's also possible to get information about a channel from the Pusher HTTP API.

$info = $pusher->get_channel_info('channel-name');
$channel_occupied = $info->occupied;

For presence channels you can also query the number of distinct users currently subscribed to this channel (a single user may be subscribed many times, but will only count as one):

$info = $pusher->get_channel_info('presence-channel-name', array('info' => 'user_count'));
$user_count = $info->user_count;

If you have enabled the ability to query the subscription_count (the number of connections currently subscribed to this channel) then you can query this value as follows:

$info = $pusher->get_channel_info('presence-channel-name', array('info' => 'subscription_count'));
$subscription_count = $info->subscription_count;

Get a list of application channels


It's also possible to get a list of channels for an application from the Pusher HTTP API.

$result = $pusher->get_channels();
$channel_count = count($result->channels); // $channels is an Array

Get a filtered list of application channels

$pusher->get_channels( array( 'filter_by_prefix' => 'some_filter' ) )

It's also possible to get a list of channels based on their name prefix. To do this you need to supply an $options parameter to the call. In the following example the call will return a list of all channels with a 'presence-' prefix. This is idea for fetching a list of all presence channels.

$results = $pusher->get_channels( array( 'filter_by_prefix' => 'presence-') );
$channel_count = count($result->channels); // $channels is an Array

This can also be achieved using the generic pusher->get function:

$pusher->get( '/channels', array( 'filter_by_prefix' => 'presence-' ) );

Get a list of application channels with subscription counts

The HTTP API returning the channel list does not support returning the subscription count along with each channel. Instead, you can fetch this data by iterating over each channel and making another request. But be warned: this approach consumes (number of channels + 1) messages!

$subscription_counts = array();
foreach ($pusher->get_channels()->channels as $channel => $v) {
  $subscription_counts[$channel] =
      $channel, array('info' => 'subscription_count'))->subscription_count;

Get user information from a presence channel

$response = $pusher->get( '/channels/presence-channel-name/users' )

The $response is in the format:

    [body] => {"users":[{"id":"a_user_id"}]}
    [status] => 200
    [result] => Array
            [users] => Array
                    [0] => Array
                            [id] => a_user_id
                    /* Additional users */

Generic get function

$pusher->get( $path, $params );

Used to make GET queries against the Pusher HTTP API. Handles authentication.

Response is an associative array with a result index. The contents of this index is dependent on the HTTP method that was called. However, a status property to allow the HTTP status code is always present and a result property will be set if the status code indicates a successful call to the API.

$response = $pusher->get( '/channels' );
$http_status_code = $response[ 'status' ];
$result = $response[ 'result' ];

Debugging & Logging

The best way to debug your applications interaction with server is to set a logger for the library so you can see the internal workings within the library and interactions with the Pusher service.

PSR-3 Support

The recommended approach of logging is to use a PSR-3 compliant logger implementing Psr\Log\LoggerInterface. The Pusher object implements Psr\Log\LoggerAwareInterface, meaning you call setLogger(LoggerInterface $logger) to set the logger instance.

// where $logger implements `LoggerInterface`


Custom Logger (deprecated)

Warning: Using Pusher::set_logger() and a custom object implementing log() is now deprecated and will be removed in the future. Please use a PSR-3 compliant logger.

You set up logging by passing an object with a log function to the pusher->set_logger function:

class MyLogger {
  public function log( $msg ) {
    print_r( $msg . "\n" );

$pusher->set_logger( new MyLogger() );

If you use the above example in code executed from the console/terminal the debug information will be output there. If you use this within a web app then the output will appear within the generated app output e.g. HTML.

Running the tests

Requires phpunit.

  • Run composer install
  • Go to the test directory
  • Rename config.example.php and replace the values with valid Pusher credentials or create environment variables.
  • Some tests require a client to be connected to the app you defined in the config; you can do this by opening https://dashboard.pusher.com/apps/<YOUR_TEST_APP_ID>/getting_started in the browser
  • From the root directory of the project, execute composer exec phpunit to run all the tests.

Framework Integrations


Copyright 2014, Pusher. Licensed under the MIT license: http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.php

Copyright 2010, Squeeks. Licensed under the MIT license: http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.php