How to integrate the Botman Chatbot with Laravel 9?

How to integrate the Botman Chatbot with Laravel 9?

In this article, we will integrate the Botman chatbot with Laravel 9. Botman is a package for composers. It will automatically provide the chat interface and its internal functionality once installed. 

What is a chatbot? 

A bot is a software program that will perform automated tasks. In other words, a bot is a computer program designed to communicate with users. The most natural definition of a chatbot is – a developed program that can have a discussion/conversation with a human. For example, any user could ask the bot an inquiry or a statement, and the bot will respond or perform an activity as appropriate.  


Table of Contents    

 1. Laravel Installation  

 2. Install Botman And Botman Driver    

 3. Create a Configuration File  

 4. Create a Controller  

 5. Create Route  

 6. Create Blade File 


Laravel Installation

Make sure you have Composer installed on your computer, and if not, install it from because we will create a Laravel project using Composer.

 composer create-project laravel/laravel example-app

Start Laravel Development Server with this command:

 php artisan serve

You can open the website with this URL , open the project in a terminal, and run this command:

 composer require botman/botman

After installing this package, run this command to install the Botman driver:

composer require botman/driver-web

Create Configuration File (Optional)

These actions are not required. But here are the driver and cache configuration files.

Let’s make a botman folder in the /config directory. 


In the /config/botman directory, create two files:


• config.php 

• web.php 


Open file /config/botman/config.php and write this code:

  return [
    'conversation_cache_time' => 40,
    'user_cache_time' => 30,

Open file /config/botman/web.php and write this code։


 return [
   'matchingData' => [
            'driver' => 'web',

Create Controller

Open the project in a terminal and run this artisan command to generate a controller class:

 php artisan make:controller BotManController

After that, the BotManController.php file was created in the /app/Http/Controllers folder, open this BotManController.php file and write this code:


 namespace App\Http\Controllers;

 use BotMan\BotMan\BotMan;
 use Illuminate\Http\Request;
 use BotMan\BotMan\Messages\Incoming\Answer;

 class BotManController extends Controller
      * Place your BotMan logic here.
     public function handle()
         $botman = app('botman');

         $botman->hears('{message}', function ($botman, $message) {

             if ($message == 'hi') {
             } else {
                 $botman->reply("write 'hi' for testing...");



      * Place your BotMan logic here.
     public function askName($botman)
  $botman->ask('Hello! What is your Name?', function (Answer $answer) {
             $name = $answer->getText();
             $this->say('Nice to meet you ' . $name);

Add Route

Open file routes/web.php and write this code:

use App\Http\Controllers\BotManController;

// ......

Route::match(['get', 'post'], '/botman', [BotManController::class, 'handle']);

Create Blade File

Any view file from your application can be opened and used. In this case, I run the default view file welcome.blade.php. open file resources/views/welcome.blade.php and write this code:

<!doctype html>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
     <meta name="viewport" c initial-scale=1">
    <title>Botman Chatbot in Laravel - Real Programmer</title>
    <link href=",600" rel="stylesheet">

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="">
    var botmanWidget = {
        aboutText: 'Write Something',
        introMessage: "✋ Hi! I am a real programmer created by Davit Grigoryan"

<script src=''></script>


Application Testing

So now we can test our chatbot since we have compiled the "php artisan serve" command, and all we have to do is visit and see what we have done․

This is all the code. For more information, you can check out my codes in my GitHub repository.