PubSub Unity quickstart


This feature is currently in Private Preview.

It is provided to give you an early look at an upcoming feature, and to allow you to provide feedback while it is still in development. We will be making it broadly available to developers as soon as we can.

This quickstart describes how to quickly get started using the PubSub client for Unity. It is designed to give you step-by-step instructions for connecting to the PubSub hub, and how to subscribe to topics. It will also show you how to receive your first message.


  • Unity 2018 - This package currently only works with Unity 2018 or later.

  • PlayFab SDK for Unity - To use this package, you must be familiar with the PlayFab SDK and have it already installed. Please be sure to have the ver 2.61.190219 or earlier of the PlayFab SDK installed, the current version of PubSub package does not support the new multi-user features yet.

  • PlayFab Authentication - To use this package, you must also be familiar with authenticating in PlayFab.

  • Unity .Net 4.X - This package uses 4.x within Unity. Your project must be set to 4.x in PlayerSettings.

  • Set up PubSub policies - You will need to setup PubSub policies in order to receive events on the clients. If you have not setup a policy yet, please visit PubSub policies to learn more.


The PubSub feature does not come with the PlayFab SDK by default, and you must acquire it via GitHub from our site.


Private preview only. While this feature is in Private Preview, you must be logged into GitHub for the package to download and install correctly.

Install from GitHub

  1. Log in to GitHub.

  2. Go to GitHub: PlayFab PubSub - If you don't have access to this repository, please speak with your PlayFab contact.

  3. If the above link didn't automatically download, select the releases tab and download the latest released distribution package. You may also obtain updates from this location.

  4. In Unity select Assets, Import Package, Custom Package and open the PubSub.unityPackage you downloaded.

  5. Select Import All to import all the files into your Unity Project.

Enable PubSub

To enable PubSub, perform the following:

  1. Select Settings, and then API.

  2. Check the boxes for both the Client and the Entity API. This will display the Feature sub-menu.

  3. Check the boxes to Enable Unstable Features and Enable PubSub. You can then read information about the PubSub package specifically, on the Packages tab.


Using the PubSub plug-in is pretty easy. If you have not looked at our reference for this feature, you should get familiar with it at PubSub client API.

  1. Initializing PubSub - While you can initialize the plugin at any time in your code, we recommend that you initialize in either the start or awake method. When just getting started, it also helps to set Debugging to true (see the example provided below).

    PlayFabSocketsAPI.Debugging = true;
  2. Authenticate - Before you can use the PubSub feature, you must authenticate your client via PlayFab. For more information about authenticating, please go to Platform-Specific Authentication to learn more.

    When you authenticate, you must store your entity key for later usage. In addition, this is when you want to start your connection by using the PlayFabSocketsAPI.Connect() method.

    private EntityKey _currentEntity;
    private void OnAuthenticated(LoginResult result)
        Debug.Log("Logged In");
        _currentEntity = result.EntityToken.Entity;
        _playFabId = result.PlayFabId;
  3. Event subscriptions - You will want to subscribe to connection, disconnection, and connection error events.


    And you will need handlers for each of these events.

    private void OnSocketsConnected()
        // We will subscribe to topics and register handlers here
    // Here we are just going to log a message to the console for disconnection and errors
    private void OnSocketsDisconnected()
        Debug.Log("PlayFab Sockets:You were disconnected from the server");
    private void OnSocketsConnectionError(PlayFabError error)
        Debug.LogFormat("PlayFab Sockets Error: {0}", error.GenerateErrorReport());
  4. Create a topic message - To create a topic, we must combine an entity object, event name, and event namespace to pass to the Subscribe method. In this example, we will use the current logged in player's entity. You will put this code in the OnSocketsConnected() method you defined in step 3.

    //First we must transform your EntityKey that you received at login, to the proper Entity Object
    var entity = new PlayFab.Sockets.Models.EntityKey()
        Id = _currentEntity.Id,
        Type = _currentEntity.Type
    //Create a list of Topics to subscribe to
    var topics = new List<Topic>();
    //Create a Topic object to listen to
    var customEventTopic = new Topic()
        Entity = entity,
        FullName = new EventFullName()
            Namespace = "custom.mygame",
            Name = "custom_event_name"
    //Add that topic to the array
  5. Register a Handler - Register a handler for when your event is received. Add the following after you create your topic.

    PlayFabSocketsAPI.RegisterHandler(customEventTopic, OnCustomEvent);
  6. Create a Handler Method - Be sure to define the method that you registered in the previous step. In this example we are just logging the received JSON payload. You can use var myMessage = netMsg.ReadMessage<T>, where T is a model you want to de-serialize to make this a strongly typed object.

    private void OnCustomEvent(PlayFabNetworkMessage netMsg)
        Debug.Log("Event received: " + netMsg.@event.fullName + " " + netMsg.@event.payload)

    In addition, there are several fields that are part of netMsg.@event. Here you can get timestamp, entity associated with the event, entity lineage and much more. For a full list of what netMsg.@event contains, inspect the Event class in PlayFabSocketModels.cs.

  7. Subscribe to topic(s) - Now that you have topics you want to subscribe to, we need to notify the PubSub service that we want to receive these events. This requires that you have set up a policy to allow this. For more information, see PubSub policies.

    //send topic subscriptions and output any success or failures
    PlayFabSocketsAPI.Subscribe(topics, (subscribedTopics) =>
        Debug.Log("Subscribe Success");
        subscribedTopics.ForEach((t) =>
            Debug.LogFormat("{0} Subscribed Successfully", t.FullName);
    }, (subscribedErrors) =>
        Debug.Log("Subscribe Failed");
        subscribedErrors.ForEach((t) =>
            Debug.LogFormat("{0}", t.Message);

Example usage

In this example, we will use a custom CloudScript function to increment a statistic - Score - and then push a message to the player with the updated player statistics via PubSub.

  1. First we need to create a statistic for players. This is done under Leaderboards. Select Leaderboards and create a new leaderboard with the following settings:

    Leaderboard Statistic Setup

  2. We need a CloudScript function that you can run on a player, to increment the statistic for the player and then fire your custom event. You can edit this directly in PlayFab by going to Automation --> CloudScript. Add the handler shown below to your CloudScript.

    handlers.CreateCustomEventForPlayer = function(args,context){
      //Get current PlayerId
      var playerId = currentPlayerId;
      //Increment Statistics by 100
      var stats = server.GetPlayerStatistics({
      //Get account info
      var accountInfo = server.GetUserAccountInfo({PlayFabId:playerId});
      //Get the Title Player Account
      var titlePlayerAccount = accountInfo.UserInfo.TitleInfo.TitlePlayerAccount;
      //Create a TitlePlayerEntity object
      var titleEntity = {
      //Trigger our event we will receive in PubSub
      var entityEvent = {};
      entityEvent.Entity = titleEntity;
      entityEvent.EventNamespace = "custom.mygame";
      entityEvent.Name = "custom_event_name";
      entityEvent.PayloadJSON = JSON.stringify(stats);
      return stats;

Run and test

Now you have all the pieces to run and test your code.

  1. Run your project in Unity. You should see the following:

    Console Output - Run your project

  2. Log in to Game Manager and navigate to your player that just logged in.

  3. Run the CloudScript method on the player from the CloudScript Tab.

    Run CloudScript

  4. You should have received a message to your console similar to the following.

    Console Output - Result