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Vumi Messenger Transport
========================

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All of Vumi's applications can be surfaced on Messenger with the Messenger Transport.
It provides a great experience for interactive mobile conversations at scale.


Getting Started
===============

Install Junebug_, the standalone Vumi transport launcher and the Facebook Messenger Transport::

$ apt-get install redis-server rabbitmq-server
$ pip install junebug
$ pip install vxmessenger

Launch the Junebug service with thet Vumi Messenger channel configured::

$ jb -p 8000 \
--channels facebook:vxmessenger.transport.MessengerTransport \
--logging-path .

Using the template, below and update your FB_PAGE_ID, FB_ACCESS_TOKEN and
save it as a file called ``config.json``:

.. code-block:: json

{
"type": "facebook",
"amqp_queue": "messenger_transport",
"public_http": {
"enabled": true,
"web_path": "/api",
"web_port": 8051
},
"config": {
"web_path": "/api",
"web_port": 8051,
"noisy": true,
"page_id": "YOUR_FB_PAGE_ID",
"retrieve_profile": true,
"welcome_message": [{
"message": {
"text": "Hi :) Welcome to our Messenger Bot!"
}
}],
"outbound_url": "https://graph.facebook.com/v2.6/me/messages",
"access_token": "YOUR_FB_ACCESS_TOKEN"
}
}

Post it to Junebug to start the channel::

$ curl -X POST -d@config.json http://localhost:8000/channels/

You're now able to communicate with Facebook's Messenger API and can offer
bot access to your Vumi application.

Facebook will want to verify your application, for that to work make sure it's served over SSL.
The API URL is::

http://localhost:8051/api

If you've used a different ``web_port`` and ``web_path`` parameter you'll need to update the URL accordingly.

.. note::

There is also a Dockerfile available that you can customise to run
Junebug in a Docker container: http://github.com/praekeltfoundation/docker-junebug

The Docker container includes Nginx and offers the Junebug_ API under the
``/jb/`` endpoint, all other transports are made available from the root path.
For the example above the endpoint would be ``/api`` on port 80.

Hook up an Application to your Messenger integration
====================================================

All Vumi applications can be surfaced on Facebook Messenger as bots, how about
hooking up a simple game of hangman?::

$ twistd -n vumi_worker \
--worker-class=vumi.demos.hangman.HangmanWorker \
--set-option=random_word_url:http://randomword.setgetgo.com/get.php \
--set-option=transport_name:messenger_transport \
--set-option=worker_name:hangman

Javascript Sandbox applications are also available.
Check out some of the examples below:

Sample FAQ browser
https://github.com/smn/faqbrowser-docker

Sample Service rating application
https://github.com/smn/servicerating-docker

.. note::

Do you want to expose multiple applications within a single Bot?
The Vumi Application Router allows you to do exactly that, have a look
at the `example router specifically for Facebook Messenger <https://github.com/smn/vumi-app-router>`_.

Richer Templates
================

The Vumi Messenger Transport allows one to use the richer templates available,
including texts, images, hyperlinks and buttons.

To make use of these add the relevant ``helper_metadata`` to your outbound
Vumi message:

A Button Reply
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Please be aware of the limitations_ that Facebook applies to these messages.
A call to action may only have a maximum of 3 buttons and character count
limits appy.

.. code-block:: python

self.publish_message(
helper_metadata={
'messenger': {
'template_type': 'button'
'text': 'The accompanying text with the button',
'buttons': [{ # Up to 3 buttons
'type': 'postback', # defaults to postback if not specified
'title': 'Button 1',
'payload': {
'content': 'The content expected when a button is pressed',
'in_reply_to': 'The ID of the previous message' # This can be left blank
}
}, {
'type': 'web_url',
'title': 'Button 2',
'url': 'http://some.url'
}]
}
})

A Generic Reply
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Please be aware of the limitations_ that Facebook applies to these messages.
A call to action may only have a maximum of 3 buttons, 10 elements, and character count
limits appy.

.. code-block:: python

self.publish_message(
helper_metadata={
'messenger': {
'template_type': 'generic'
'elements': [{ # Up to 10 elements
'title': 'The title',
'subtitle': 'The subtitle', # This can be left blank
'image_url': 'The image_url to use', # This can be left blank
'buttons': [{ # Up to 3 buttons
'type': 'postback', # defaults to postback if not specified
'title': 'Button 1',
'payload': {
'content': 'The content expected when a button is pressed',
'in_reply_to': 'The ID of the previous message' # This can be left blank
}
}, {
'type': 'web_url',
'title': 'Button 2',
'url': 'http://some.url'
}]
}]
}
})

.. _Junebug: http://junebug.readthedocs.org
.. _limitations: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/messenger-platform/send-api-reference#guidelines

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