Unlocking Real-Time with WebSockets in Laravel with Soketi


💡 I included the link to the example repository at the conclusion of this tutorial.

Imagine creating web applications that respond instantly, where data updates and interactions happen in the blink of an eye. Welcome to the world of real-time web development. In this article, we’ll try to create a simple example of how to use WebSocket connection in Laravel application using Soketi.

We’ll introduce Soketi, set up the necessary tools, and configure Laravel to work with WebSockets. By the end of this article, you’ll have a basic WebSocket system ready to go.

What is Soketi?

Soketi is a simple, fast, and resilient open-source WebSockets server. It simplifies the WebSocket setup process, allowing you to focus on building real-time features without the complexities of WebSocket server management.


You can read more about Soketi installation instructions in the Soketi official docs.

Before installing the CLI Soketi WebSockets server, make sure you have the required tools:

  • Python 3.x
  • GIT
  • The gcc compiler and the dependencies for build

Read more about CLI installation.

Step 1: Install Soketi

Begin by installing Soketi globally via npm. Open your terminal and run the following command:

npm install -g @soketi/soketi

This command will install Soketi on your system, allowing you to run it from the command line.

Step 2: Start Soketi Server

With Soketi installed, start the WebSocket server using this command:

soketi start

Soketi will now serve as the WebSocket server for your Laravel application.

Step 3: Install Required Packages

We’ll use the Pusher protocol with Soketi. The pusher/pusher-php-server library provides a PHP interface for the Pusher API, which allows you to send and receive messages from Pusher channels.

composer require pusher/pusher-php-server

For receiving events on the client-side, you’ll also need to install two packages using NPM:

npm install --save-dev laravel-echo pusher-js

These steps will set us up for seamless real-time communication in our Laravel application.

Step 4: Configure Broadcasting

Next, configure broadcasting in Laravel. Open the config/broadcasting.php file and add or modify the Pusher configuration as follows:

'connections' => [

        'pusher' => [
            'driver' => 'pusher',
            'key' => env('PUSHER_APP_KEY'),
            'secret' => env('PUSHER_APP_SECRET'),
            'app_id' => env('PUSHER_APP_ID'),
            'options' => [
                'cluster' => env('PUSHER_APP_CLUSTER'),
                'host' => env('PUSHER_HOST') ?: 'api-'.env('PUSHER_APP_CLUSTER', 'mt1').'.pusher.com',
                'port' => env('PUSHER_PORT', 443),
                'scheme' => env('PUSHER_SCHEME', 'https'),
                'encrypted' => true,
                'useTLS' => env('PUSHER_SCHEME', 'https') === 'https',
            'client_options' => [
                // Guzzle client options: https://docs.guzzlephp.org/en/stable/request-options.html
        // ...

This configuration sets up Pusher as the broadcasting driver for WebSockets.

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Step 5: Set Environment Variables

Now, configure the Pusher environment variables in your .env file. Replace the placeholders with your Pusher credentials:


# other keys ...



These variables are essential for Laravel to connect to the WebSocket server.

By default, when we start the Soketi server without additional configuration, it will run on and use the following application credentials:

  • App ID: app-id
  • App Key: app-key
  • Secret: app-secret

These credentials play a crucial role in authenticating your frontend and backend applications, enabling them to send and receive real-time messages. It’s important to note that for production use, you should strongly consider changing these default settings to enhance security and ensure the smooth operation of Soketi.

Step 6: Configure JavaScript for Laravel Echo

In your JavaScript file (typically resources/js/bootstrap.js), configure Laravel Echo to use Pusher:

import Echo from 'laravel-echo';

import Pusher from 'pusher-js';
window.Pusher = Pusher;

window.Echo = new Echo({
    broadcaster: 'pusher',
    key: import.meta.env.VITE_PUSHER_APP_KEY,
    cluster: import.meta.env.VITE_PUSHER_APP_CLUSTER ?? 'mt1',
    wsHost: import.meta.env.VITE_PUSHER_HOST ? import.meta.env.VITE_PUSHER_HOST : `ws-${import.meta.env.VITE_PUSHER_APP_CLUSTER}.pusher.com`,
    wsPort: import.meta.env.VITE_PUSHER_PORT ?? 80,
    wssPort: import.meta.env.VITE_PUSHER_PORT ?? 443,
    forceTLS: (import.meta.env.VITE_PUSHER_SCHEME ?? 'https') === 'https',
    enabledTransports: ['ws', 'wss'],

This JavaScript setup allows your Laravel frontend app to communicate with the WebSocket server.

Step 7: Create a Broadcast Event

Now, let’s create a Laravel event that you want to broadcast using WebSockets. For this example, we’ll create a simple event called NewEvent. Create a new file in the app/Events directory called NewEvent.php. We can make the event with the following command:

php artisan make:event NewEvent

Update the NewEvent.php with the following codes:

namespace App\Events;

use Illuminate\Broadcasting\Channel;
use Illuminate\Broadcasting\InteractsWithSockets;
use Illuminate\Broadcasting\PresenceChannel;
use Illuminate\Broadcasting\PrivateChannel;
use Illuminate\Contracts\Broadcasting\ShouldBroadcast;
use Illuminate\Foundation\Events\Dispatchable;
use Illuminate\Queue\SerializesModels;

// make sure to implement the ShouldBroadcast interface. 
// This is needed so that Laravel knows to broadcast the event over a WebSocket connection
class NewEvent implements ShouldBroadcast 
    use Dispatchable, InteractsWithSockets, SerializesModels;

    public $message;

    public function __construct($message)
        $this->message = $message;

    public function broadcastOn(): array
        return [
            // we'll broadcast the event on a public channel called new-public-channel.
            new Channel('new-public-channel'),

This event will be broadcasted to the specified channel.

Step 8: Broadcast the Event

In your Laravel routes (e.g., routes/web.php), create a route that dispatches the event:

use App\Events\NewEvent;

Route::get('/event', function () {

    return 'Message sent!';

This route will dispatch the NewEvent event when accessed, simulating a real-time event trigger.

Step 9: Listen for the Event in JavaScript

In your JavaScript, you can now listen for the broadcasted event and handle it accordingly. For example:

// resources/js/bootstrap.js

window.Echo = new Echo({
    // ...

window.Echo.channel("new-public-channel").listen("NewEvent", (e) => {

This JavaScript code listens for the NewEvent broadcast on the new-public-channel and logs the event data.

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Step 10: Include the app.js in Our Laravel Frontend

To enable event reception, we need to include app.js, which imports bootstrap.js, in our Laravel frontend. For example, let’s include it in the welcome.blade.php file:

<html lang="{{ str_replace('_', '-', app()->getLocale()) }}">
        <meta charset="utf-8">
        <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">


        <!-- Fonts -->
        <link rel="preconnect" href="https://fonts.bunny.net">
        <link href="https://fonts.bunny.net/css?family=figtree:400,600&display=swap" rel="stylesheet" />

        <!-- Styles -->
            <!-- long css -->
        <!-- include app.js -->

Step 11: Test the WebSocket

To test your WebSocket implementation, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the home page that serves welcome.blade.php (e.g., and open the Developer Tools and navigate to Console tab. home.png
  2. Open a new tab in your web browser.
  3. Visit the /event route in your Laravel application.
  4. Add an additional query parameter, for example, /event?msg=itworks, to send an event with a message. This action will dispatch the NewEvent event and trigger the JavaScript listener, allowing you to test and verify your WebSocket functionality. event-route.png
  5. Back to the home page tab and check the Dev Tools Console. home-receive-event.png

Congratulations! You’ve successfully set up the foundation for Laravel WebSockets using Soketi.


We’ve learned how to set up a WebSocket server, broadcast events, and make our app respond instantly to what users do. It’s like making your app come alive!

Real-time apps can do amazing things, like letting people chat instantly or work together smoothly. With Laravel and Soketi, you’ve got the tools to make these cool things happen. Happy coding!

💻 The repository for this example can be found at fajarwz/blog-laravel-soketi.

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