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A wrapper around the Restforce Streaming API to receive real time updates from your Salesforce instance with a built-in PushTopic manager.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'salesforce_streamer'

And then execute:

$ bundle


Configure Push Topics

Create a YAML file to configure your PushTopic subscriptions. When streamer starts up it will check for any differences between Salesforce PushTopics and this yaml and update any differences when config.manage_topics = true.

# config/streamer.yml
base: &DEFAULT
    handler: "AccountChangeHandler"
    replay: -1
    name: "AllAccounts"
    api_version: "49.0"
    description: "Sync Accounts"
    notify_for_fields: "Referenced"
    query: "Select Id, Name From Account"

  <<: *DEFAULT

  <<: *DEFAULT

  <<: *DEFAULT

Define Message Handlers

Define your handlers somewhere in your project. They must respond to either .perform_async(str) or .call(str).

# lib/account_change_handler.rb
# Handle account changes inline
class AccountChangeHandler
  class << self
    def call(message)
      puts message

# Handle account changes asynchronously
class AccountChangeHandler
  include Sidekiq::Worker

  def perform(message)
    puts message

Prepare The Environment

Set your Restforce ENV variables in order to establish a connection. See the Restforce API documentation for more details. Then start the server using the command line interface.

Configure the SalesforceStreamer module.

# config/initializers/salesforce_streamer.rb

SalesforceStreamer.configure do |config|
  config.logger =, level: 'INFO')
  config.exception_adapter = proc { |e| puts e }
  config.replay_adapter = MyReplayAdapter
  config.use_middleware AfterMessageReceived
  config.manage_topics = true

Launch The Streamer

Launch the streamer service loads the application code at ./config/environment by default if config.require_path is unset. It will load your push topic configuration from ./config/streamer.yml if config.config_file is unset. During the boot sequence it will connect to Salesforce using the Restforce client and your configured ENV variables in order to upsert push topic definitions.

$ bundle exec streamer
I, [2019-07-08T22:16:34.104271 #26973]  INFO -- : Launching Streamer Services
I, [2019-07-09T15:19:55.862351 #78537]  INFO -- : Running Topic Manager
I, [2019-07-09T15:19:56.860998 #78537]  INFO -- : New PushTopic AllAccounts
I, [2019-07-09T15:19:56.861079 #78537]  INFO -- : Upsert PushTopic AllAccounts
I, [2019-07-09T15:19:56.861109 #78537]  INFO -- : Skipping upsert because manage topics is off
I, [2019-07-08T22:16:34.794933 #26973]  INFO -- : Starting Server

By default, the server will start up without syncing the push topic configuration. Set the configuration option config.manage_topics = true will tell the server launcher to update the configuration of the push topic in Salesforce.

$ bundle exec streamer
I, [2019-07-09T15:19:55.862296 #78537]  INFO -- : Launching Streamer Services
I, [2019-07-09T15:19:55.862351 #78537]  INFO -- : Running Topic Manager
I, [2019-07-09T15:19:56.860998 #78537]  INFO -- : New PushTopic AllAccounts
I, [2019-07-09T15:19:56.861079 #78537]  INFO -- : Upsert PushTopic AllAccounts
I, [2019-07-09T15:19:57.591241 #78537]  INFO -- : Starting Server

By default, the executable will load the YAML based on the RACK_ENV environment variable, or default to :development if not set. You can override this by setting the config.environment = :integration

Message Handling Middleware

You can initialize the streamer server with any number of middleware classes. When a message is received by a PushTopic subscription, the chain of middleware classes are executed before the message handler is called.

# config/initializers/streamer.rb
class MySimpleMiddleware
  def initialize(handler)
    @handler = handler

  def call(message)

SalesforceStreamer.config.use_middleware MySimpleMiddleware


The config.replay_adapter should be an object that has an interface like Hash. It must respond to [] and []=. By default the adapter is an empty hash. If you want your push topic replayId to persist between restarts, then you should implement a class with an appropriate interface.

class MyReplayAdapter
  def [](channel)

  def []=(channel, replay_id)
    Persistence.set(channel, replay_id)

This adapter will be used directly by Restforce::ReplayExtension.

Use Faye Extension

The config.use_faye_extension should be given an object that responds to .incoming(message, callback) or .outgoing(message, callback) or both. Find out more about extensions from Faye specs.

Any configured extensions are added to the Faye client used by the Restforce client when starting up the server. If the extension responds to .server= then the instance of SalesforceStreamer::Server is assigned. This may be convenient to restart the server subscriptions if an error requires a reset.

class MyRestartFayeExtension
  attr_accessor :server

  def incoming(message, callback) |message|
      server.restart if message['error'] == 'tragic'



After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake rspec to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.