Botman Chatbot integration in Laravel 8 Tutorial

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In several application you have seen some chats who replies very fast at anytime when you message you. It responds you immediately. This is actually handled by chatbots. To provide customer, clients 24*7 service, sometimes chatbots works.

Inside this article we will see botman chatbot integration in laravel 8. Botman is a composer package. After installation automatically it will provide the interface of chat and it’s internal functions.

We need to install botman and botman-driver composer package.

Here, we will see the step by step guide to work with Botman chatbot in laravel 8.

Let’s get started.


Laravel Installation

We will create laravel project using composer. So, please make sure your system should have composer installed. If not, may be this article will help you to Install composer in system.

Here is the command to create a laravel project-

$ composer create-project --prefer-dist laravel/laravel blog

To start the development server of Laravel –

$ php artisan serve

URL: http://127.0.0.1:8000

Assuming laravel already installed inside your system.


Install Botman and Botman Driver

To get the functions of chatbot, next we need to install botman into laravel setup.

Open project in terminal and run this command.

composer require botman/botman

After installation of this package, next run this command to install botman driver.

composer require botman/driver-web

Create Configuration File (Optional)

These steps are optional. These configuration file for driver and cache.

Let’c create a folder with name botman inside /config directory. Create two files inside /config/botman.

  • config.php
  • web.php

Open /config/botman/config.php

<?php

return [
    'conversation_cache_time' => 40,
    'user_cache_time' => 30,
];

Open /config/botman/web.php

<?php

return [

    'matchingData' => [
        'driver' => 'web',
    ],
];

Create Controller

Open project into terminal and run this artisan command to create controller class file.

$ php artisan make:controller BotManController

It will create a file with name BotManController.php at /app/Http/Controllers folder.

Open BotManController.php and write this complete code into it.

<?php

namespace App\Http\Controllers;

use BotMan\BotMan\BotMan;
use Illuminate\Http\Request;
use BotMan\BotMan\Messages\Incoming\Answer;

class BotManController extends Controller
{
    /**
     * Place your BotMan logic here.
     */
    public function handle()
    {
        $botman = app('botman');

        $botman->hears('{message}', function ($botman, $message) {

            if ($message == 'hi') {
                $this->askName($botman);
            } else {
                $botman->reply("write 'hi' for testing...");
            }
        });

        $botman->listen();
    }

    /**
     * Place your BotMan logic here.
     */
    public function askName($botman)
    {
        $botman->ask('Hello! What is your Name?', function (Answer $answer) {

            $name = $answer->getText();

            $this->say('Nice to meet you ' . $name);
        });
    }
}

Add Route

Open web.php from /routes folder. Add this route into it.

use App\Http\Controllers\BotManController;

//...

Route::match(['get', 'post'], 'botman', [BotManController::class, 'handle']);

Create Blade File

Open any of the view file from your application. I am opening the default view file i.e welcome.blade.php

Add this simple code into it. This code will creates a interface of Chatbox.

//...

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/botman-web-widget@0/build/assets/css/chat.min.css">
<script>
  var botmanWidget = {
  aboutText: 'Write Something',
  introMessage: "✋ Hi! I'm form Online Web Tutor"
  };
</script>

<script src='https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/botman-web-widget@0/build/js/widget.js'></script>
  

Application Testing

Open project to terminal and type the command to start development server

$ php artisan serve

URL: http://127.0.0.1:8000/

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