5 Step Tutorial for Real-time Device and User Detection

1 min read Michael Carroll on Dec 29, 2014

Real-time Device and User DetectionTracking the online/offline status of users and devices is called ‘presence.’ It’s a powerful tool for building chat rooms, multiplayer gaming, machine-to-machine communication, and sensor networks to name a few.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to implement presence user detection functionality into your application in 6 easy steps.

  1. Install PubNub API
  2. Input publish/subscribe keys
  3. Subscribe with presence events
  4. Unsubscribe
  5. Detect users in the channel

And huzzah! You’re off and running with a simple presence application!

We have a number of other quick start tutorials around our core features including:

  • Pub/Sub Messaging: Basic publish-subscribe messaging for web, mobile, and IoT apps
  • Storage & Playback: Store real-time message streams for future retrieval and playback
  • Access Manager: Control access permissions to streams of data by person, device, or channel

Additional Presence User/Device Detection Resources