Message system for Yii2

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0.4.0 2017-08-28 17:46 UTC

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System for users to send each other private messages.

  • A user configurable ignorelist and admin configurable whitelist (administrators are able to fine-tune the definition of which users are able to write to whom) is supported.
  • Encryption is not (yet?) supported.
  • Uses Font Awesome ( for some icons
  • Every message sent inside the messaging system can be forwarded to the recipient be e-mail automatically.


You need a Model with the 'id' and 'username' attributes. This needs to be an ActiveRecord or Model instance.

I suggest to use which works wonderful with this module.


$ composer require songyue/yii2-message
$ php yii migrate/up --migrationPath=@vendor/songyue/yii2-message/migrations


Add following lines to your main configuration file:

'modules' => [
    'message' => [
        'class' => 'songyue\message\Module',
        'userModelClass' => '\app\models\User', // your User model. Needs to be ActiveRecord.

Sending E-Mails

If you want the system to automatically send E-Mails via Yii::$app->mailer you only need to provide an 'email' column in your ActiveRecord Model.

Use the $mailMessages module option to define which users are getting E-Mails. For Example:

        'mailMessages' => function ($user) {
            return $user->profile->receive_emails === true;

You can overwrite the default e-mail views and layout by providing an @app/mail/ directory inside your Application.


From version 0.4 and above you can use yii2-queue ( to send messages via a mail queue. Once you have yii2-queue configured in your application you can set

        'useMailQueue' => true,

to let yii2-message push an EmailJob on to your queue instead of sending the E-Mail directly.

If you want to use an mailqueue like you can override the 'mailer' configuration option in the module configuration. Since yii2-queue is stable and an official extension i personally prefer to use yii2-queue instead of 3rd party extensions.

Ignore List and Recipients Filter

The user can manage his own ignore list using the message/message/ignorelist route. You can place a callback that defines which users should be able to be messaged. For example, if you do not want your users to be able to write to admin users, do this:

        'recipientsFilterCallback' => function ($users) {
            return array_filter($users, function ($user) {
                return !$user->isAdmin;

The recipients filter is applied after the ignore list.


The following Actions are possible:

You can place this code snippet in your layouts/main.php to give your users access to the message actions:

$messagelabel = '<span class="glyphicon glyphicon-envelope"></span>';
$unread = Message::find()->where(['to' => $user->id, 'status' => 0])->count();
if ($unread > 0)
      $messagelabel .= '(' . $unread . ')';
echo Nav::widget([
    'encodeLabels' => false, // important to display HTML-code (glyphicons)
    'items' => [
    // ...
      'label' => $messagelabel,
      'url' => '',
      'visible' => !Yii::$app->user->isGuest, 'items' => [
        ['label' => 'Inbox', 'url' => ['/message/message/inbox']],
        ['label' => 'Sent', 'url' => ['/message/message/sent']],
        ['label' => 'Compose a Message', 'url' => ['/message/message/compose']],
        ['label' => 'Manage your Ignorelist', 'url' => ['/message/message/ignorelist']],
    // ...

Since 0.3.0 you can render the compose view inside an Modal Widget like this:

use kartik\growl\GrowlAsset;
use yii\bootstrap\Modal;
use yii\helpers\Url;


Modal::begin(['id' => 'compose-message', 'header' => '<h2>Compose new Message</h2>']);

$recipient_id = 1337; # write an message to user with id 1337

echo Html::a('<span class="glyphicon glyphicon-envelope"></span> Compose Message', '', [
  'class' => 'btn btn-default btn-contact-user',
  'data-recipient' => $recipient_id,
  'data-pjax' => 0

$message_url = Url::to(['//message/message/compose']);

  $('.modal-body').on('click', '.btn-send-message', function(event) {
       if ($('#message-title').val()) {
           $.post('".$message_url."', $('#message-form').serializeArray(), function() {
               $.notify({message: 'Message has been sent successfully.'}, {type: 'success'});
      } else {
          $('.modal-body').prepend('<div class=\"alert alert-warning\">Please enter a title at least.</div>');

  $('.modal-body').on('submit', '#message-form', function(event) {

  $('body').on('click', '.btn-contact-user', function(event) {
    recipient = $(this).data('recipient');
    $.ajax('".$message_url."?to='+recipient+'&add_to_recipient_list=1', {
      'success': function(result) {


For some common url rules, you can copy Module::$urlRules into your 'rules' section of the URL Manager.

Contributing to this project

Anyone and everyone is welcome to contribute.


Yii2-message is released under the GPLv3 License.