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a python library that mimics the philosophy of Erlang's processes with asyncio tasks

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aioerl is a python library that mimics the philosophy of Erlang's processes with asyncio tasks.

Implements the following ideas:

  • Each process has a mailbox: a queue to receive messages from other processes.
  • Message passing: processes communicate entirely with messages (from the point of view of the developer)
  • Supervisor/monitors: processes can monitor other processes (when a process dies or crashes, sends a message to its supervisor with the exit reason or the exception)


asyncio is awesome and built-in structures like asyncio.Queue are great for communicating between tasks but is hard to manage errors.

With aioerl, a process just waits for incoming messages from other processes and decides what to do for each event (see example).


Requirements: Python 3.7+


pip install aioerl


from aioerl import receive
from aioerl import reply
from aioerl import send
from aioerl import spawn

import asyncio

async def ping_pong():
    while m := await receive(timeout=10):
        if m.is_ok:
            if m.body == "ping":
                await reply("pong")
                raise Exception("Invalid message body")
        elif m.is_timeout:
            return  # terminate process

async def main():
    p = await spawn(ping_pong())

    await send(p, "ping")
    print(await receive())  # Message(sender=<Proc:Task-2>, event='ok', body='pong')

    await send(p, "pang")
    print(await receive())  # Message(sender=<Proc:Task-2>, event='err', body=Exception('Invalid message body'))

    await send(p, "ping")
    print(await receive())  # Message(sender=<Proc:Task-2>, event='exit', body='noproc')

if __name__ == "__main__":


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