Centrifuge (WebSockets)

The RoadRunner Centrifuge plugin provides seamless integration with Centrifugo, a powerful websocket server. This plugin allows you to proxy events from Websocket server to PHP workers running on RoadRunner and send data back to the websocket client, enabling real-time communication between the server and the client.

The plugin provides the following features:

  1. Event Proxying: The plugin allows RoadRunner to receive all the events from Centrifugo server such as Connect, Refresh, RPC, Subscribe, Publish, and Sub refresh. It then proxies these events into PHP workers and sends a result from PHP application back to the websocket client.

  2. RPC API: The plugin provides an RPC API that allows you to send data to the websocket server. For example, you can publish or broadcast data into a channel from PHP application using the API.

The Centrifuge plugin [since 2.12.0] replaces our deprecated Websockets and Broadcast plugins.

In addition, Centrifugo provides a convenient JavaScript library that simplifies the development of real-time applications.

PHP client

The RoadRunner centrifuge plugin comes with a convenient PHP package that simplifies the process of integrating the plugin with your PHP application. The package provides a set of classes and functions that handle incoming events from Centrifugo and allow you to send data back to the websocket server via RPC.


To install the package, run the following command:

composer require roadrunner-php/centrifugo


First you need to add centrifuge section to your RoadRunner configuration. For example, such a configuration would be quite feasible to run:

  listen: tcp://

  command: "php app.php"
  relay: pipes

  # Centrifugo server proxy address (docs: https://centrifugal.dev/docs/server/proxy#grpc-proxy)
  # Optional, default: tcp://
  proxy_address: "tcp://"

  # gRPC server API address (docs: https://centrifugal.dev/docs/server/server_api#grpc-api)
  # Optional, default: tcp:// Centrifugo: `grpc_api` should be set to true and `grpc_port` should be the same as in the RR's config.
  grpc_api_address: tcp://

  # Use gRPC gzip compressor
  # Optional, default: false
  use_compressor: true

  # Your application version
  # Optional, default: v1.0.0
  version: "v1.0.0"

  # Your application name
  # Optional, default: roadrunner
  name: "roadrunner"

  # TLS configuration
  # Optional, default: null
    # TLS key
    # Required
    key: /path/to/key.pem

    # TLS certificate
    # Required
    cert: /path/to/cert.pem

And also you need to configure Centrifugo server to use RoadRunner as a proxy.

For example:

  "admin": true,
  "api_key": "secret",
  "admin_password": "password",
  "admin_secret": "admin_secret",
  "allowed_origins": [
  "token_hmac_secret_key": "test",
  "proxy_publish": true,
  "proxy_subscribe": true,
  "allow_subscribe_for_client": true,
  "proxy_connect_endpoint": "grpc://",
  "proxy_connect_timeout": "10s",
  "proxy_publish_endpoint": "grpc://",
  "proxy_publish_timeout": "10s",
  "proxy_subscribe_endpoint": "grpc://",
  "proxy_subscribe_timeout": "10s",
  "proxy_refresh_endpoint": "grpc://",
  "proxy_refresh_timeout": "10s",
  "proxy_sub_refresh_endpoint": "grpc://",
  "proxy_sub_refresh_timeout": "1s",
  "proxy_rpc_endpoint": "grpc://",
  "proxy_rpc_timeout": "10s"

proxy_connect_endpoint, proxy_publish_endpoint, proxy_subscribe_endpoint, proxy_refresh_endpoint, proxy_sub_refresh_endpoint, proxy_rpc_endpoint - endpoint address of roadrunner server with activated centrifuge plugin.

PHP worker example

Here is an example of a PHP worker:


require __DIR__ . '/vendor/autoload.php';

use RoadRunner\Centrifugo\CentrifugoWorker;
use RoadRunner\Centrifugo\Payload;
use RoadRunner\Centrifugo\Request;
use RoadRunner\Centrifugo\Request\RequestFactory;
use Spiral\RoadRunner\Worker;

$worker = Worker::create();
$requestFactory = new RequestFactory($worker);

// Create a new Centrifugo Worker from global environment
$centrifugoWorker = new CentrifugoWorker($worker, $requestFactory);

while ($request = $centrifugoWorker->waitRequest()) {

    if ($request instanceof Request\Invalid) {
        $errorMessage = $request->getException()->getMessage();

        if ($request->getException() instanceof \RoadRunner\Centrifugo\Exception\InvalidRequestTypeException) {
            $payload = $request->getException()->payload;

        // Handle invalid request
        // $logger->error($errorMessage, $payload ?? []);


    if ($request instanceof Request\Refresh) {
        try {
            // Do something
            $request->respond(new Payload\RefreshResponse(
                // ...
        } catch (\Throwable $e) {
            $request->error($e->getCode(), $e->getMessage());


    if ($request instanceof Request\Subscribe) {
        try {
            // Do something
            $request->respond(new Payload\SubscribeResponse(
                // ...

            // You can also disconnect connection
            $request->disconnect('500', 'Connection is not allowed.');
        } catch (\Throwable $e) {
            $request->error($e->getCode(), $e->getMessage());


    if ($request instanceof Request\Publish) {
        try {
            // Do something
            $request->respond(new Payload\PublishResponse(
                // ...

            // You can also disconnect connection
            $request->disconnect('500', 'Connection is not allowed.');
        } catch (\Throwable $e) {
            $request->error($e->getCode(), $e->getMessage());


    if ($request instanceof Request\RPC) {
        try {
            $response = $router->handle(
                new Request(uri: $request->method, data: $request->data),
            ); // ['user' => ['id' => 1, 'username' => 'john_smith']]

            $request->respond(new Payload\RPCResponse(
                data: $response
        } catch (\Throwable $e) {
            $request->error($e->getCode(), $e->getMessage());


Protobuf API

To make it easy to use the Centrifugo proto API in PHP, we provide a GitHub repository, that contains all the generated PHP DTO classes for the Centrifugo proxy and API proto files, making it easy to work with these files in your PHP application.

Proxy interface

RR follows the proxy.proto specifications and proxies these events to the PHP worker. To determine what proxy method was called inside the PHP, RR adds a type : endpoint metadata. For example, if the Subscribe method was called, RR will add type:subscribe metadata to the worker's context.


You may also use RPC methods to communicate with Centrifugo server. RR follows the official Centrifugo proto API. Official documentation available here

Proxy events

With the incoming payload, RoadRunner also adds the type of the proxied request to the headers before sending it to the PHP worker. The key in the headers is called type. Here is the complete list of types supported by RoadRunner:

  • connect: Connect proxy request.

  • refresh: Refresh proxy request.

  • subscribe: Subscribe proxy request.

  • publish: Publish proxy request.

  • rpc: RPC proxy request.

  • subrefresh: Subscription refresh proxy request.

  • notifychannelstate: Notify channel state proxy request.


RoadRunner has a metrics plugin that provides metrics for the Centrifuge plugin, which can be used with Prometheus.

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