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Server Sent Events Simple Chat Application Example

Basic stand-alone chat application example utilizing SSE and a flat file database. Websocket and a 3rd party remote host is recommended over SSE for more serious web applications. Click here to start using Websocket and 3rd party hosts. chat_example.php <?php session_start(); $_SESSION['last_line'] = ""; ?> <!doctype html> <html> <head> <meta charset="UTF-8"> <script> var source, chattext, last_data, chat_btn, conx_btn, disconx_btn, text; var hr = new XMLHttpRequest(); function connect(){ if(window.EventSource){ source = new EventSource("server.php"); source.addEventListener("message", function(event){ if( != last_data && != ""){ chattext.innerHTML +="<hr>"; } last_data =; }); chat_btn.disabled = false; conx_btn.disabled = true; disconx_btn.disabled = false; } else { alert("event source does not work in this browser, author a fallback technology"); // Program Ajax Polling version here or another fallback technology like flash } } function disconnect(){ source.close(); disconx_btn.disabled = true; conx_btn.disabled = false; chat_btn.disabled = true; } function chatPost(){ chat_btn.disabled = true;"POST", "chat_intake.php", true); hr.setRequestHeader("Content-Type", "application/x-www-form-urlencoded"); hr.onreadystatechange = function() { if(hr.readyState == 4 && hr.status == 200) { chat_btn.disabled = false; text.value = ""; } } hr.send("text="+text.value); } var promptValue = prompt('Enter your name:', ''); if(promptValue != null){"POST", "chat_intake.php", true); hr.setRequestHeader("Content-Type", "application/x-www-form-urlencoded"); hr.onreadystatechange = function() { if(hr.readyState == 4 && hr.status == 200) { if(hr.responseText == "success"){ chattext = document.getElementById("chattext"); chat_btn = document.getElementById("chat_btn"); conx_btn = document.getElementById("conx_btn"); disconx_btn = document.getElementById("disconx_btn"); text = document.getElementById("text"); conx_btn.disabled = false; alert("Welcome to the chat "+promptValue+", press connect when ready."); } } } hr.send("uname="+promptValue); } </script> <style> div#chatbox{ width: 300px; height: 330px; padding: 20px; background:#FFE1A4; border-radius: 5px; } div#chatbox > #chattext{ height: 200px; padding: 10px; background: #FFF; margin: 10px 0px; overflow-y: auto; } div#chatbox > #text{ width: 100%; } </style> </head> <body> <div id="chatbox"> <b>SSE Chatbox <small>shared hosting test</small></b> <div id="chattext"></div> <textarea id="text"></textarea> <input type="button" id="chat_btn" onclick="chatPost()" value="Submit Text" disabled> &nbsp; &nbsp; <input type="button" id="conx_btn" onclick="connect()" value="Connect" disabled> <input type="button" id="disconx_btn" onclick="disconnect()" value="Disconnect" disabled> </div> </body> </html> server.php <?php session_start(); header('Content-Type: text/event-stream'); header("Cache-Control: no-cache"); // Prevent Caching $data = file_get_contents("chat.txt"); // Trim the last new line character from the data $trimmed = rtrim($data, "\n"); // Create an array in which each new line is an element $data_array = explode("\n", $trimmed); // Grab just the last line from the end of the array $last_line = end($data_array); // If $last_line is not equal to 'last_line' session variable if($last_line != $_SESSION['last_line']){ echo "data: $last_line\n\n"; // Update last line session variable $_SESSION['last_line'] = $last_line; } // Do not make retry less than 15000(15 seconds) on shared hosting // And limit simultaneous users to prevent exceeding server resources echo "retry: 15000\n"; ob_flush(); flush(); ?> chat_intake.php <?php session_start(); $text = ""; if(isset($_POST['text']) && isset($_SESSION['uname'])) { $text = $_SESSION['uname']." said: ".$_POST['text']."\n"; $handle = fopen("chat.txt", "a"); fwrite($handle, $text); fclose($handle); exit(); } if(isset($_POST['uname'])) { $_SESSION['uname'] = $_POST['uname']; echo "success"; exit(); } ?> chat.txt (flat file database, initially empty )

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