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Socket IO authorization

I’d like to finish my story about my experiments with nodejs and Check out my previous post .The last thing that I wanted to do is authorization. So imagine the following task we want to get updates for specific organization. My idea was quite simple in this case we can send authorization data (username:password or oauth token) to server plus send extra param like organization id

// let's add this param on frontend 
 var socket = io('http://localhost:8000', {
    query: "token=[oauth token]&organizationId=" + organizationId,
    transports: ['websocket']

Let’s add DB service that actually will perform authorization

var config = require('./src/config.json')
var pg = require('pg')
client = new pg.Client(;
client.connect(function (error) {
    if (error) {
        return console.error('could not connect to postgres', error);

var dbService = require('./src/services/postgres_service.js')(client);

io.set('authorization', function (handshakeData, cb) {
    dbService.isUserAuthorized(handshakeData._query, function (result, error) {
        if (error) {
            return cb(error, false);
        return cb(null, result);

io.on('connection', function (socket) {
    // if we pass authorization join socket to organization room 
    socket.join("organization." + socket.request._query.organizationId);

An example of DB service could looks like this

module.exports = function (client) {

    return {
        isUserAuthorized: function (data, next) {
            var token = data.token ? data.token : null;
            if (!token) {
                return next(false, "Token must be specified");
            var organizationId = data.organizationId ? data.organizationId : null;
            if (!organizationId) {
                return next(false, "organizationId must be specified");

            var sql;
            sql = 'SELECT user_id FROM oauth_access_tokens WHERE access_token = $1 AND expires > NOW()';
            var query = client.query(sql, [token], function (error, result) {
                if (error) {
                    return next(false, error);
                var userId = typeof result.rows[0] !== 'undefined' ? result.rows[0]['user_id'] : null;
                if (!userId) {
                    return next(false);
                // then required queries to check if user has access to required organization. 
                // ... 
                return next(true)              

Finally on PHP side we also can send events to specific room

$this->_emitter()->in("organization.{$orgnizationId}")->emit("news", [
     'data' => $data

For now that’s it. Make a pause with nodejs. Although it was nice to play with it.

Simple node WAMP with redis pubsub

Tried to play with node. It’s always interesting to try something new.

My basic problem was to get new updates from redis queue using subscribe to channel. And pushing this message to client via websockets. I found and decide to use is as example.

Everything was brand new for me so today my story will be quite detailed.

Ok let’s go step by step.

1. Initiate our new project

  • mkdir wamptest
  • npm init (follow instructions)

2 Then as I mentioned I need some 3rd party libraries. Let’s add them

  • npm install redis –save
  • npm install –save

Here’s what I have in package.json

  "name": "radzserg-wamp-play",
  "description": "WAMP server toy project",
  "version": "0.0.1",
  "main": "server.js",
  "dependencies": {
    "redis": "^0.10.3",
    "": "0.8.x"
  "private": "true"

Let’s finally start coding

We will use 2 files. Client and server. Client will be simple


Basically we set up socket connection and will just show what we got from server.

    <script src=""></script>
    <script src="/"></script>
<!-- And yes we don't need to create this file. Node will do that for us. Some kind of magic that I didn't get at the beginning and was completely confused -->
        $(function () {
            var socket = io.connect(null, {
                query: 'token=' + 123 + '&channelId=' + 1
            socket.on('connect', function () {
                socket.on('message', function (message) {
                socket.on('disconnect', function () {
<ul id="messages"></ul>

And the server.js

var fs = require('fs'),
    http = require('http'),
    redis = require("redis"),
    sio = require('');

var server = http.createServer(function (req, res) {
    res.writeHead(200, { 'Content-type': 'text/html'});
server.listen(8000, function () {
    console.log('Server listening at http://localhost:8000/');

// Attach the server
io = sio.listen(server);

var chanelId = null
io.set('authorization', function (data, accept) {
    if (!data.query.token) {
        return accept('No token transmitted.', false);
    if (!data.query.chanelId) {
        return accept('No chanelId transmitted.', false);
    var token = data.query.token;
    chanelId = data.query.chanelId;
    // @todo authorize via token
    // to be continued ))
    accept(null, true);

var client = redis.createClient();

// Define a message handler
io.sockets.on('connection', function (socket) {

    client.subscribe("channel." + chanelId);
    client.on("message", function (channel, message) {
        //message = JSON.parse(message)

        // just catch and emit to the client
        console.log(channel + ": " + message);
        socket.broadcast.emit('message', message);


For publishing events
For checking the queue redis-cli > monitor
Run the our server node server.js
Here’s what I eventually got