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Pykka is easy to use concurrency using the actor model

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Pykka is a concurrency abstraction which let you use concurrent actors like regular objects.

Pykka let you call methods on an actor like you would on a regular object, but it runs the code in the actor’s own thread. Similarily, when you access the actor’s fields, they are read in the actor’s thread, serialized and copied to the reading thread.

Both method calling and attribute reads returns futures which ensures that the calling thread does not block before the value from the object’s thread is actually used.

The goal of Pykka is to provide a convenient to use concurrency abstractions for Python. If you need raw performance, look somewhere else.

What can it do?

Given the following code:

from pykka import Actor

class Adder(Actor):
    def add_one(self, i):
        print '%s: %d' % (, i)
        return i + 1

class Counter(Actor):
    def __init__(self, adder):
        self.adder = adder

    def count_to(self, target):
        i = 0
        while i < target:
            print '%s: %d' % (, i)
            i = self.adder.add_one(i + 1).get()

if __name__ == '__main__':
    adder = Adder.start()
    counter = Counter.start(adder)

We get the following output:

$ PYTHONPATH=. python examples/
Thread-2: 0
Thread-1: 1
Thread-2: 2
Thread-1: 3
Thread-2: 4
Thread-1: 5
Thread-2: 6
Thread-1: 7
Thread-2: 8
Thread-1: 9

See the examples/ dir for more runnable examples.


Pykka is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0. See LICENSE for the full license text.


Python 2.6 or 2.7


To install Pykka you can use pip:

pip install pykka

To upgrade your Pykka installation to the latest released version:

pip install --upgrade pykka

To install the latest development snapshot:

pip install pykka==dev

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