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webchat via WebSockets/WebRTC that allows messaging/video call/screen sharing

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About

Pychat is an opensource absolutely free communcation tool targeted for a copmany use. It's created as alternative to Slack/Discord. See the table below to understand its key features.

When should I use pychat

| | Pychat | Slack | Skype | Telegram | Viber | Discord | |------------------------|--------|-------|-------|----------|-------|---------| | Open Source | + | - | - | - | - | - | | Free | + | +/- | +/- | + | +/- | +/- | | Screen sharing | + | + | - | - | - | + | | Stream drawing | + | - | - | - | - | - | | Syntax highlight | + | - | - | - | - | + | | Only company users | + | + | - | - | - | + | | Audio/Video conference | + | + | + | + | - | + | | Can run on your server | + | - | - | - | - | - | | Audio/Video messages | + | - | - | + | + | - | | P2P file sharing | + | - | - | - | - | - | | P2P messaging | + | - | - | - | - | - | | Message read status | + | - | + | + | + | - | | Tagging user | + | + | - | + | + | + | | Message threads | + | + | - | - | - | - | | PWA (works w/o lan) | + | - | - | - | - | - | | Desktop client | +/- | + | + | + | +/- | + | | Mobile client | +/- | + | + | + | + | + | | 3rd-party plugins | - | + | - | - | - | + |

I would personally use discord or slack as a company chat. They are built and maintained by thousands of people rather than a single person. BUT wait!!! There're some key factors of picking pychat over others:

  1. Being opensource. If you need to add some custom tool or feature, you will never able to do this with any other messanger. Slack and discord provides plugins but they are still limited.
  2. Being absolutely free. You don't need to pay anything to use or setup pychat at all. You can host pychat on low-end hardware like Raspberry Pi which costs under 50$ and will easily handle thousands of active users. Slack and Discord will charge you for the set of features you need now or WILL need in the future. Telegram/Skype/Viber and etc are not corporate chats and they lack a lot of features and there're people all over the world which could accidentaly be invited to your group.
  3. Security. All of the chats above are SAAS solutions, but not Pychat! Remember wHen you chose any messangers, all of your communication is stored on external hard drive which is always less secure. Some messangers like viber or whatsapp backup do not store messages but rather backup history to your google driver. But that often leads to holes in history and broken search. Also only pychat features p2p file sharing. Do you still use messangers to echange ssh keys or any other secure files? Never store them on the server! Only with pychat you can send file directly to another person ommiting persisting it on the server.
  4. You just feel enthusiastic for bleeding-edge opensource projects.

How to host pychat

Run test docker image

Please don't use this build for production, as it uses debug ssl certificate, lacks a few features and all files are located inside of container, meaning you will lose all data on container destroy.

  • Download and run image:
    bash
    docker run -tp 443:443 deathangel908/pychat-test
    
  • Open https://localhost

Run prod docker image

Please run each step very carefully. Do not skip editing files, reading comments or any instructions. This may lead to bugs in the future.

  • Ssl is required for webrtc (to make calls) and secure connection. Put your ssl certificates in the current directory:
    server.key
    and
    certificate.crt
    . If you don't own a domain you can create self-signed certificates with command below, with self-signed certificate browser will warn users with broken ssl.
    bash
    openssl req -nodes -new -x509 -keyout server.key -out certificate.crt -days 3650
    
  • Download settings.py and edit it according comments in it.
  • Download production.json and edit it according wiki
  • Download turnserver.conf Replace server-name and realm to your domain.
  • Create volume and copy files there
    bash
    docker volume create pychat_data
    containerid=`docker container create --name dummy -v pychat_data:/data hello-world`
    docker cp settings.py dummy:/data/settings.py
    docker cp production.json dummy:/data/production.json
    docker cp turnserver.conf dummy:/data/turnserver.conf
    docker cp certificate.crt dummy:/data/certificate.crt
    docker cp server.key dummy:/data/server.key
    docker rm dummy
    
    If you need to edit files inside container you can use
    bash
    docker run -i -t -v pychat_data:/tmp -it alpine /bin/sh
    
  • Run image with:
    bash
    docker run -t -v pychat_data:/data -p 443:443 -p 3478:3478 deathangel908/pychat
    
  • Open https://localhost and enjoy it!

Native setup

If you don't or unable to run docker you can alway do the setup w/o it. You definitely spend more time, so I would recommend to use docker if possible. But if you're still sure, here's the setup for cent-os/archlinux based system:

  1. For production I would recommend to clone repository to
    /srv/http/pychat
    . If you want to close the project into a different directory, replace all absolute paths in config files. You can use
    download_content.sh rename_root_directory
    to do that.
  2. Install packages:
    • For archlinux follow Install OS packages, add add these ones:
      pacman -S postfix gcc jansson
      .
    • For centos use add
      alias yum="python2 $(which yum)"
      to
      /etc/bashrc
      if you use python3. And then install that packages
      yum install python34u, python34u-pip, redis, mysql-server, mysql-devel, postfix, mailx
    • If you use another OS, try to figure out from Install OS packages guide which things you need
  3. If you want to use native file-uploader (
    nginx_upload_module
    written in
    C
    ) instead of python uploader (which is a lot slower) you should build nginx yourself. For archlinux setup requires
    pacman -S python-lxml gd make geoip
    . To build nginx with this module run from the root user:
    bash download_content.sh build_nginx 1.15.3 2.3.0
    . And create dir + user
    useradd nginx; install -d -m 0500 -o http -g http /var/cache/nginx/
    . If you don't, just install nginx with your package manager: e.g.
    pacman -S nginx
    or
    yum install nginx
    on centos
  4. Follow Bootstrap files flow.
  5. I preconfigued native setup for domain
    pychat.org
    , you want to replace all occurrences of
    pychat.org
    in rootfs directory for your domain. To simplify replacing use my script:
    ./download_content.sh rename_domain your.new.domain.com
    . Also check
    rootfs/etc/nginx/sites-enabled/pychat.conf
    if
    server_name
    section is correct after renaming.
  6. HTTPS is required for webrtc calls so you need to enable ssl:
    • Either create your certificates e.g.
      openssl req -nodes -new -x509 -keyout server.key -out certificate.crt -days 3650
    • Either use something like certbot
    • Either you already have certificates or already know how to do it.
  7. Open
    /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/pychat.conf
    and modify it by:
    • change
      server_name
      to one matching your domain/ip address
    • remove check for host below it, if you're using ip
    • change
      ssl_certificate
      and
      ssl_certificate_key
      path to ones that you generated
    • if you didn't compile nginx with
      upload_file
      module, remove locations
      api/upload_file
      and
      @upload_file
      , otherwise leave it as it is.
  8. Change to parent directory (which contains frontend and backend) and Copy config files to rootfs with from root user
    sh download_content.sh copy_root_fs
    .
  9. Create a directory
    mkdir backend/downloading_photos
    in the backend directory and give it access chmod 777
    downloading_photos
    cDon't forget to change the owner of current (project) directory to
    http
    user:
    chown -R http:http
    . And reload systemd config
    systemctl daemon-reload
    . Also you
  10. Follow the Frontend steps
  11. Generate postfix files:
    install -d -m 0555 -o postfix -g postfix /etc/postfix/virtual; postmap /etc/postfix/virtual; newaliases; touch /etc/postfix/virtual-regexp; echo 'root postmaster' > /etc/aliases
  12. Start services:
    • For archlinux/ubuntu:
      packages=( mysqld redis [email protected] nginx postfix ) ; for package in "${packages[@]}" ; do systemctl enable $package; done;
      . Service
      mysqld
      could be named
      mysql
      on Ubuntu.
    • For centos:
      packages=( redis-server  nginx postfix mysqld [email protected]) ; for package in "${packages[@]}" ; do service $package start; done;
  13. You can also enable autostart (after reboot)
    • For archlinux/ubuntu:
      packages=( redis  nginx postfix mysqld tornado) ; for package in "${packages[@]}" ; do systemctl start $package; done;
    • For centos:
      chkconfig mysqld on; chkconfig on; chkconfig tornado on; chkconfig redis on; chkconfig postfix on
  14. Open in browser https://your.domain.com. Note that by default nginx accepts request by domain.name rather than ip.
  15. If something doesn't work you want to check logs:
    • Check logs in
      pychat/backend/logs
      directory.
    • Check daemon logs: e.g. on Archlinux
      sudo journalctl -u YOUR_SERVICE
      . Where YOUR_SERVICE could be:
      nginx
      ,
      mysql
      ,
      tornado
    • Check that user
      http
      has access to you project directory, and all directories inside, especially to
      /photos

Frontend

  • cd frontend; nvm install; nvm use
    .
  • yarn install --frozen-lockfile
  • Create production.json based on Frontend config. Also you can use and modify
    cp docker/pychat.org/production.json ./frontend/
  • Run
    yarn run prod
    . This generates static files in
    frotnend/dist
    directory.

Desktop app

Pychat uses websql and built the way so it renders everything possible w/o network. You have 3 options:

PWA

This is the simplest one. Just open settings page from you user and click "Add to home screen". Note that PWA is only available from chrome and chrome android. No support for IOS and other browsers. But PWA is the most stable from ones below.

Natifier

Use nativifier to create a client (replace pychat.org for your server):

npx run nativifier pychat.org

Electron

  • Create production.json based on Frontend config
  • Run
    cd frontend; yarn run electronProd
    .

Android app

You can use PWA as it's described in desktop app section which I recommend. Other way is cordova which is a lot harder. If you're not familiar with android SDK I would recommend doing the steps below from AndroidStudio: - Install android sdk, android platform tools. accept license - Create production.json based on Frontend config - production.json

"PUBLIC_PATH": "./"
,
"BACKEND_ADDRESS": "pychat.org"
build into dist, rm .gz. , copy to
www
. In index.html include

 - 
bash download_content.sh android

Example for mac:

  1. Download oracle jdk-8
  2. Install android studio
  3. Run android studio that will install Android sdk for you
  4. Accept licence with
    ~/Library/Android/sdk/tools/bin/sdkmanager --licenses
  5. Install gradle.
    brew install gradle
  6. Open
    frontend/platforms/android
    with androidStudio
  7. Start android emulator / connect device
  8. put index.html into www
  9. Run dev server with
    yarn run dev
    ;
    bash download_content.sh android
  10. TO debug java files you can run it directory from android studio.
    Debug
    button should be available out of the box after openning a project
  11. To debug js you can open
    chrome://inspect/#devices
    in chrome
  12. For any question check cordova docs

Development setup

The flow is the following - Install OS packages depending on your OS type - Bootstrap files - Build frontend - Start services and check if it works

Install OS packages

This section depends on the OS you use. I tested full install on Windows/Ubuntu/CentOs/MacOS/Archlinux/Archlinux(rpi3 armv7). pychat.org currently runs on Archlinux Raspberry Pi 3.

Windows:

  1. Install python with pip. only Python 3.6+ is required
  2. Add pip and python to
    PATH
    variable.
  3. Install redis. Get the newest version or at least 2.8.
  4. Install mysql. You basically need mysql server and python connector.
  5. You also need to install python's mysqlclient. If you want to compile one yourself you need to vs2015 tools. You can download visual-studio and install Common Tools for Visual C++ 2015. You need to run setup as administrator. The only connector can be found here. The wheel (already compiled) connectors can be also found here Mysqlclient. Use
    pip
    to install them.
  6. Add bash commands to
    PATH
    variable. Cygwin or git's will do find.(for example if you use only git PATH=
    C:\Program Files\Git\usr\bin;C:\Program Files\Git\bin
    ).
  7. Install nvm.

Ubuntu:

  1. Install required packages:
    apt-get install python pip mysql-server libmysqlclient-dev
    (python should be 3.6-3.8) If pip is missing check
    python-pip
    . For old versions of Ubuntu you can use this ppa:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deadsnakes/ppa; sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install python3.8 python3.8-dev python3.8-venv python3.8-apt; curl https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py -o get-pip.py; python3.8 get-pip.py
  2. Install redis database:
    add-apt-repository -y ppa:rwky/redis; apt-get install -y redis-server
  3. Install mysqlclient
    pip install mysqlclient==1.3.13
  4. Install nvm

Archlinux:

  1. Install system packages:
    pacman -S unzip python python-pip redis yarn mariadb python-mysqlclient
    . nvm is located in aur so
    yay -S nvm
    (or use another aur package)
  2. If you just installed mariadb you need to initialize it:
    mysql_install_db --user=mysql --basedir=/usr --datadir=/var/lib/mysql
    .

MacOS

  1. Install packages:
    brew install mysql redis python3
  2. Start services
    brew services run mysql redis
  3. Install mysqlclient
    pip install mysqlclient

Ssl

Since we're using self singed certificate your OS doesn't know about for development. We need to do some tricks for browser to make it work. If you have valid certificates for your domain you can skip this step.

  1. I used the following commands to generate a new self signed certificate. You can use mine located in

    frontend/certs
    directory. So you can skip this text
    cd frontend/certs
    openssl genrsa -out private.key.pem 4096
    openssl req -new -sha256 -out root.ca.pem -key private.key.pem -subj '/CN=localhost' -extensions EXT -config 
    Useful links:   
    
    

    • https://stackoverflow.com/a/59523186/3872976
    • https://stackoverflow.com/a/43665244/3872976
    • https://stackoverflow.com/a/56844743/3872976
  2. You have multiple options:

    • Install development certificate on operating system. Each os will require own configuration. E.g. macos do
    • browser-1
    • Drag and drop for image near localhost to finderbrowser-1
    • Double click on newly created file and go to All items, select localhost and mark it as 'Always trust' macos-cert
    • Click on Proceed unsafe when accessing your site. Proceed unsafe may be unavailable in some cases. E.g. for MacOS chrome you can use hack: just type thisisunsafe while you see certificate error
    • If you use different ports for back and front (like its described above) you may need to accept certificate from localhost:8888 (use for api) as well. For that open https://localhost:8888
    • Tell Browser to ignore certificate:
    • E.g. for chrome you can enable invalid certificates for localhost in chrome://flags/#allow-insecure-localhost.
    • If flag is not available you can also launch chrome with custom flag:
      --ignore-certificate-errors
      flag. E.g. on MacOS
      open -a Google\ Chrome --args --ignore-certificate-errors
      Remember that Service Worker will work only if certificate is trusted. So flags like ignore-ceritifcate-errors won't work. But installing certifcate to root system will.

Bootstrap files:

  1. I use 2 git repos in 2 project directory. So you probably need to rename
    excludeMAIN
    file to
    .gitignore
    or create link to exclude.
    ln -rsf .excludeMAIN .git/info/exclude
  2. Rename backend/chat/settings_example.py to
    backend/chat/settings.py
    . Modify file according to the comments in it.
  3. From backend dir (
    cd backend
    ). Create virtualEnv
    python3 -m venv --system-site-packages .venv
    . For ubuntu you can omit
    --system-site-packages
    . Activate it:
    source .venv/bin/activate
  4. Install python packages with
    pip install -r requirements.txt
    . (Remember you're still in
    backend
    dir)
  5. From root (sudo) user create the database (from shell environment):
    echo "create database pychat CHARACTER SET utf8 COLLATE utf8_general_ci; CREATE USER 'pychat'@'localhost' identified by 'pypass'; GRANT ALL ON pychat.* TO 'pychat'@'localhost';" | mysql -u root
    . You will need mysql running for that (e.g.
    systemctl start mysql
    on archlinux) If you also need remote access do the same with
    '192.168.1.0/255.255.255.0';
  6. Fill database with tables:
    bash ../download_content.sh create_django_tables
    . (Remember you're still in
    backend
    dir)

Build frontend

Change to frontend directory

cd frontend
I would recommend to use node version specified in nvm, so
nvm install; nvm use
. - To get started install dependencies first:
yarn install --frozen-lock
# or use npm if you're old and cranky - Take a look at copy development.json. The description is at Frontend config - Webpack-dev-server is used for development purposes with hot reloading, every time you save the file it will automatically apply. This doesn't affect node running files, only watching files. So files like builder.js or development.json aren't affected. To run dev-server use
yarn run devProxy
. Backend should be running during that. Otherwise use
yarn run dev
. You can navigate to http://localhost:8080.
  • To build android use
    yarn run android -- 192.168.1.55
    where 55 is your bridge ip address
  • To run electron use
    yarn run electronDev
    . This will start electron dev. and generate
    /tmp/electron.html
    and
    /tmp/electron.js

Configure IDEs if you use it:

Pycharm

  1. I recommend open
    backend
    as root directory for pycharm.
  2. Django support should be enabled by default when you open this project. If it doesn't happen go to Settings -> Languages and Framework -> Django -> Enable django support.
    • Django project root:
      backend
    • Put
      Settings:
      to
      chat/settings.py
  3. If pycharm didn't configure virtualenv itself. Go to
    Settings
    ->
    Project backend
    ->
    Project Interpreter
    ->
    Cogs in right top
    -> 'Add' ->
    Virtual Environment
    ->
    Existing environment
    ->
    Interpereter
    =
    pychatdir/.venv/bin/python
    . Click ok. In previous menu on top 'Project interpreter` select the interpriter you just added.
  4. Settings
    ->
    Project backend
    ->
    Project structure
    • You might want to exclude:
      .idea
    • mark
      templates
      directory as
      Template Folder
  5. Add tornado script:
    Run
    ->
    Edit configuration
    ->
    Django server
    -> Checkbox
    Custom run command
    start_tornado
    . Remove port value.

Linting

  • atm frontend linting is only available, so
    cd frotnend
  • https://eslint.vuejs.org/rules/this-in-template.html

Current linting supports:

Webstorm

Set template

  1. New
  2. Edit files templates...
  3. Vue single file component

Change linting settings

Disable tslint, since it's not used, and enable eslint:

  1. Settings
  2. Typescript
  3. Tslint
  4. Disable tslint

Enable aliases for webpack

  • to resolve absolute path for webpack webstorm requires webpack.config.js. Go to settings -> javascript -> webpack -> Webpack config file

Start services and run:

  • Start
    mysql
    server if it's not started.
  • Start session holder:
    redis-server
  • Start webSocket listener:
    python manage.py start_tornado
  • Open in browser https://127.0.0.1:8080.
  • Check ssl section TODO

Contribution guide

Description

Pychat is written in Python and typescript. For handling realtime messages WebSockets are used: browser support on client part and asynchronous framework Tornado on server part. For ORM django was used with MySql backend. Messages are being broadcast by means of redis pub/sub feature using tornado-redis backend. Redis is also used as django session backend and for storing current users online. For video call WebRTC technology was used with stun server to make a connection, which means you will always get the lowest ping and the best possible connection channel. Client part is written with progressive js framework VueJs which means that pychat is SPA, so even if user navigates across different pages websocket connection doesn't break. Pychat also supports OAuth2 login standard via FaceBook/Google. Css is compiled from sass. Server side can be run on any platform Windows, Linux, Mac. Client (users) can use Pychat from any browser with websocket support: IE11, Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Android, Opera, Safari...

Shell helper

Execute

bash download_content.sh
it will show you help.

Frontend logging

By default each user has turned off browser (console) logs. You can turn them on in /#/profile page (

logs
checkbox). All logs are logged with
window.logger
object, for ex:
window.logger('message')()
. Note that logger returns a function which is binded to params, that kind of binding shows corrent lines in browser, especially it's handy when all source comes w/o libraries/webpack or other things that transpiles or overhead it. You can also inspect ws messages here for chromium. You can play with
window.wsHandler.handleMessage(object)
and
window.wsHandler.handle(string)
methods in debug with messages from log to see what's going on

Icons

Chat uses fontello and its api for icons. The decision is based on requirements for different icons that come from different fonts and ability to add custom assets. Thus the fonts should be generated (

.wolf
etc). W/o this chat would need to download a lot of different fonts which would slow down the loading process. You can easily edit fonts via your browser, just execute
bash download_content.sh post_fontello_conf
. Make your changes and hit "Save session". Then execute
bash download_content.sh download_fontello
. If you did everything right new icons should appear under frontend/src/assets/demo.html

Sustaining online protocol

Server pings clients every PINGINTERVAL miliseconds. If client doesn't respond with pong in PINGCLOSEJSDELAY, server closes the connection. If ther're multiple tornado processes if can specify port for main process with MAINTORNADOPROCESS_PORT. In turn the client expects to be pinged by the server, if client doesn't receive ping event it will close the connection as well. As well page has window listens for focus and sends ping event when it receives it, this is handy for situation when pc suspends from ram.

Database migrations

Pychat uses standard django migrations tools. So if you updated your branch from my repository and database has changed you need to

./manage.py makemigration
and
./manage.py migrate
. If automatic migration didn't work I also store migrations in migration. So you might take a look if required migration is there before executing commands. If you found required migration in my repo don't forget to change
Migration.dependencies[]
and rename the file.

Screen sharing for Chrome v71 or less

ScreenShare available for Chrome starting from v71. For chrome v31+ you should install an extension. It uses

chrome.desktopCapture
feature that is available only via extension. The extension folder is located under screencastextension`. If you want to locally test it:
  • Open
    chrome://extensions/
    url in chrome and verify that
    developer mode
    checkbox is checked.
  • In the same tab click on
    load unpacked extension...
    button and select screencastextension directory.
  • Note that in order to
    background.js
    be able to receive messages from webpage you need to add your host to
    externally_connectable
    section in manifest.json

Tp publish extension: - If you want to update existing extension don't forget to increment

version
in manifest.json. - Zip screencastextension directory into e.g.
bash download_content.sh zip_extension
- Upload archive
extension.zip
to chrome webstore (Note, you need to have a developer account, that's 5$ worth atm).

WebRTC connection establishment

The successful connection produces logs below in console

Sender:

ws:in {"action": "offerCall", "content": {"browser": "Chrome 86"}, "userId": 2, "handler": "webrtc", "connId": "YZnbgKIL", "opponentWsId": "0002:UFBW", "roomId": 1, "time": 1604446797449}
WRTC Setting call status to  received_offer    
WRTC CallHandler initialized
ws:out  {"action":"replyCall","connId":"YZnbgKIL","content":{"browser":"Chrome 86"},"messageId":1} 
rsok33GN CallHandler initialized
rsok33GN:0005:EJAd Created CallSenderPeerConnection
WRTC Setting call status to  accepted
WRTC capturing input
WRTC navigator.mediaDevices.getUserMedia({audio, video})
ws:out  {"action":"acceptCall","connId":"YZnbgKIL","messageId":2}
YZnbgKIL:0002:UFBW Connect to remote  
rsok33GN:0005:EJAd Creating RTCPeerConnection
YZnbgKIL:0002:UFBW Sending local stream to remote
rsok33GN:0005:EJAd Creating offer...
rsok33GN:0005:EJAd Created offer, setting local description
rsok33GN:0005:EJAd Sending offer to remote
YZnbgKIL:0002:UFBW onicecandidate
...
YZnbgKIL:0002:UFBW onicecandidate
rsok33GN:0005:EJAd onsendRtcData
rsok33GN:0005:EJAd answer received
rsok33GN:0005:EJAd onaddstream
rsok33GN:0005:EJAd onsendRtcData

Receiver:

WRTC capturing input
WRTC navigator.mediaDevices.getUserMedia({audio, video})
WRTC got local stream  MediaStream {id: "0IeyYT9LxHRidUZaw7XSVnXEPWYimm4KDmJB", active: true, onaddtrack: null, onremovetrack: null, onactive: null, …}
WRTC Setting call status to  sent_offer
ws:out  {"action":"offerCall","roomId":1,"content":{"browser":"Chrome 86"},"messageId":1}
ws:in {"action": "setConnectionId", "handler": "void", "connId": "YZnbgKIL", "messageId": 1, "time": 1604446797449}   
rsok33GN CallHandler initialized
rsok33GN:0004:oIc5 Created CallReceiverPeerConnection
YZnbgKIL:0001:qobF Connect to remote
rsok33GN:0004:oIc5 Creating RTCPeerConnection
YZnbgKIL:0001:qobF Sending local stream to remote
rsok33GN:0004:oIc5 onsendRtcData
rsok33GN:0004:oIc5 Creating answer
rsok33GN:0004:oIc5 onaddstream
rsok33GN:0004:oIc5 Sending answer
rsok33GN:0004:oIc5 onsendRtcData
rsok33GN:0004:oIc5 onsendRtcData

The string

rsok33GN:0005:EJAd
describes: -
rsok33GN
is ID of CallHandler -
0005
is Id of user -
EJAd
id of connection (
TornadoHandler.id
)

TO see current connections and their info check chrome://webrtc-internals/ Read this article to understand how JSEP architecture works. SEE WEBRTC_CONFIG at development.json. I personally use turn server coturn, It needs ports 3478 to be exposed.

Frontend Stack

The technologies stack used in project: - Typescript - Vue, Vuex, VueRouter, lines-logger - Vuex-module-decorators, Vue-property-decorator - Webpack and loaders - Sass

builder.js is used to build project. Take a look at it to understand how source files are being processed. Its start point is

entry: ['./src/main.ts']
. Everything is imported in this files are being processed by section
loaders
.

Every vue component has injected

.$logger
object, to log something to console use
this.logger.log('Hello {}', {1:'world'})();
Note calling function again in the end. Logger is disabled for production. For more info visit lines-logger

This project uses vue-property-decorator (that's has a dependency vue-class-component) vuex-module-decorators. You should write your component as the following:

import { Vue, Component, Prop, Watch, Emit, Ref } from 'vue-property-decorator'
import {userModule, State} from '@/utils/storeHolder'; // vuex module example


@Component export class MyComp extends Vue {

@Ref button: HTMLInputElement;

@Prop readonly propA!: number;

@State public readonly users!: User[];

@Watch('child') onChildChanged(val: string, oldVal: string) { }

@Emit() changedProps() {}

async created() { userModule.setUsers(await this.$api.getUsers()); } }

Frontend config

development.json and production.json have the following format:

json
{
  "BACKEND_ADDRESS": "e.g. pychat.org:443, protocol shouldn't be there, note there's no trailing slash, you can specify '{}' to use the same host as files served with",
  "IS_DEBUG": "set true for development and debug mode enabled",
  "UGLIFY": "true/false uglifies js/css so it has less weight, set this for production.json only, when you're sue you don't need to debug the output",
  "GOOGLE_OAUTH_2_CLIENT_ID" : "check chat/settings_example.py",
  "FACEBOOK_APP_ID": "check chat/settings_example.py",
  "MANIFEST": "manifest path for firebase push notifications e.g.`/manifest.json`",
  "RECAPTCHA_PUBLIC_KEY": "check chat/settings_example.py RECAPTCHA_SITE_KEY",
  "AUTO_REGISTRATION": "if set to true, for non loggined user registration page will be skipped with loggining with random generated username. Don't use RECAPTCHA with this key",
  "PUBLIC_PATH": "Set this path if you have different domains/IPs for index.html and other static assets, e.g. I serve index.html directly from my server and all sttatic assets like main.js from CDN, so in my case it's 'https://static.pychat.org/' note ending slash",
  "ISSUES": "if true navigation bar will display link to reporting a issue page",
  "STATISTICS": "if true navigation bar will display a link to a page with statistics user by country",
  "GITHUB_LINK": "an external link to project source files, in my case https://github.com/Deathangel908/pychat . Set to false if you don't wanna see it in the navbar",
  "FLAGS": "if true, a user name will contain a country icon on the right. User names are shown on the right section of the screen",
  "WEBRTC_CONFIG": "This variable defines the first argument of RtcPeerConnection constructor. Sometimes webrtc stun server doesn't work in establishing a connection. Especially for this you can use turn server instead of it. Docker prod docker image already comes with a turn server, example of configuration for it  `{iceServers:[{urls:['turn:YOUR_DOMAIN'],username:'pychat',credential:'pypass'}]}`. replace YOUR_DOMAIN with your real domain name/public ip. You other scenarios use your server like coturn (https://github.com/coturn/coturn). See more info of this variable at docs: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/RTCPeerConnection/RTCPeerConnection#RTCConfiguration_dictionary"
}

Github actions

In order to setup continuous delivery via github: - Generate a new pair of ssh keys

mkdir /tmp/sshkey; ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096 -C "github actions" -f  /tmp/sshkey/id_rsa
- put
/tmp/sshkey/id_rsa.pub
to server
~/.ssh/authorized_keys
where
~
is the home for ssh user to use ( I used
http
) - Create ssh variables at https://github.com/akoidan/pychat/settings/secrets/actions (where akoidan/pychat is your repo) : -
HOST
-ssh host (your domain) -
PORT
- ssh port (22) -
SSH_USER
- ssh user, if you used my setup it's
http
-
ID_RSA
- what ssh-keygen has generated in step above to
/tmp/sshkey/id_rsa
- I used alias to give http user to access tornado systemd service like in this example. So append
/etc/sudoers
with
Cmnd_Alias RESTART_TORNADO = /usr/bin/systemctl restart tornado
http ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: RESTART_TORNADO

TODO

  • webpack [ext] doesn't work for chunks.
  • Serviceworkerplugin doesn't support hashmaps
  • Room should have image
  • pasting from painterpage doesn't work
  • lastTimeOnline
  • /giphy should work exactly like mention with drop above
  • quote should work similar to tag user
  • User icon should be clickable with ability to show user profile/send message and etc. Users should be filterable in userlist
  • IF chat is opened on multiple tabs, we should display what'sup like message "CHat is opened there, do you want to stop using it here?". subecribe to ls change
  • replace array.indexOf >= 0 to array.includes
  • Add ability to make a call like in google meet with a link
  • https://webrtc.github.io/samples/src/content/getusermedia/resolution/
  • when we store blobs, we should use URL.revokeObjectURL(this.src); (it's usually when we do URL.createObjectURL)
  • opening devtools causing div $('.chatBoxHolder.holder') to have horizontal scroll. by disabling and enabling 'flex: 1' css on it, scroll dissappears
  • download files with backgroun fetch https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2018/12/background-fetch
  • use native filesystemAPI to send files, so after refreshing the page we still have access https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNuG-5m4Ud0&ab_channel=GoogleChromeDevelopers
  • .stylelintignore @for loops doesn't work in linter https://github.com/AleshaOleg/postcss-sass/issues/53
  • get\s+(\w+)():\s+((\w|[|])+)\s+{\s+return\s+store.\w+\;?\s+}\;? @State\n public readonly $1!: $2;
  • npm run stats
  • Add google and fb auth via iframe
  • compile to bytenode for electron https://github.com/OsamaAbbas/bytenode
  • Add codepart to live code
  • "unable to begin transaction (3850 disk I/O error)" when 2 tabs are opened
  • Add search for roomname in rooms list and username for user in direct messages and user in room
  • Save message upon typing in localstorage and restore it on page load, be aware of pasted files
  • Add linter badges for typescript, test badges for tornado and backend, code coverage etc
  • Update to tornado 6.0 and detect blocking loops https://stackoverflow.com/a/26638397/3872976
  • https://stackoverflow.com/questions/33170016/how-to-use-django-1-8-5-orm-without-creating-a-django-project
  • tornado uses blocking operation like django orm or syncredis (strict redis). While this operations are executed main thread awaits IO and prevents new messages and connections from execution. asyncredis create cb wrapper. django orm: https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/dev/releases/3.0/#asgi-support
  • Add smile reaction to the message below it, like in slack
  • https://www.w3.org/TR/css-scrollbars-1/
  • Search add user to room should container user icon
  • add webhooks, move giphy to webhooks, add help command
  • Store image in filstream api
  • add srcset and minify uploaded image
  • Update to tornado 6.0 and detect blocking loops https://stackoverflow.com/a/26638397/3872976
  • https://stackoverflow.com/questions/33170016/how-to-use-django-1-8-5-orm-without-creating-a-django-project
  • tornado uses blocking operation like django orm or syncredis (strict redis). While this operations are executed main thread awaits IO and prevents new messages and connections from execution. asyncredis create cb wrapper. django orm: https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/dev/releases/3.0/#asgi-support
  • If self assigned certificate was used, mb add user an option to click on iframe or smth?
  • Giphy: The gif-picture won't change after editing and leaving it's name. But there are tons of other gifs under every tag.
  • If user A was online in Brower BA and he didn't have any history, when he joins online from browser B and send the message, it won't appear on browser BA when he opens ba.
  • RoomUsers should have disabled instead of Room, so when user leaves direct messages, another one doesn't exit it. But in case of new message, user just doesn't receive any... Mb we can make them hidden in UI
  • https://github.com/tornadoweb/tornado/issues/2243
  • Add "last seen" feature and status afk/online/dnd
  • blink icon in title on new message
  • Add message to favorite
  • Ability to quote any code
  • Add ability to show growls messages to channel from ADMIN
  • https://static.pychat.org/photo/uEXCJWJH_image.png
  • Add go down button if scroll is not in the botom for chatbox
  • Firefox doesn't google support fcm push
  • signup verification emails is sent to admin instead of current user.
  • Add avatar to notifications and users
  • update service worker if its version changed with registration.update()
  • giphy search should return random image
  • Add payback to firebase
  • https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2015/12/background-sync
  • Added bad code stub for: Wrong message order, that prevents of successful webrtc connection: https://github.com/leporo/tornado-redis/issues/106 https://stackoverflow.com/questions/47496922/tornado-redis-garantee-order-of-published-messages
  • No sound in call https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=604523
  • paste event doesn't fire at all most of the times on painter canvasHolder, mb try to move it to
  • add queued messaged to wsHandler, if ws is offline messages goes to array. userMessage input clears after we press enter and we don't restore its state we just put message to queue. When webrtc is disconnected we send reconnect event to this ws.queue
  • add timeout to call. (finish after timeout) Display busy if calling to SAME chanel otherwise it will show multiple videos
  • Add link to gihub in console
  • TODO if someone offers a new call till establishing connection for a call self.callreceiverchannel would be set to wrong
  • Add multi-language support.
  • remember if user has camera/mic and autoset values after second call
  • add antispam system
  • tornado redis connection reset prevents user from deleting its entry in online_users
  • add media query for register and usersettings to adjust for phone's width
  • SELECTSELFROOM https://github.com/Deathangel908/pychat/blob/master/chat/settings.py#L292-L303 doesnt work with mariadb engine 10.1
  • also admin email wasn't triggered while SELECTSELFROOM has failed
  • resolve sw.ts imports doesn't work with ts-loader + file-loaders

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