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Websocket support for Django using Redis as datastore

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Websockets for Django using Redis as message queue

This module implements websockets on top of Django without requiring any additional framework. For messaging it uses the Redis datastore and in a production environment, it is intended to work under uWSGI and behind NGiNX.


  • Largely scalable for Django applications with hundreds of open websocket connections.
  • Runs in a cooperative concurrency model using gevent, thus only one thread/process is simultaneously required to control all open websockets.
  • Full control over the main loop during development, so Django can be started as usual with ./ runserver.
  • No dependency to any other asynchronous event driven framework, such as Tornado, Twisted or Node.js.
  • Optionally persiting messages, allowing server reboots and client reconnections.
  • The only additional requirement is a running instance of Redis, which by the way is a good replacement for memcached.

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Copyright (c) 2013 Jacob Rief
Licensed under the MIT license.

Release History

  • 0.2.2
  • Moved mokey patching for Redis socket into the runner. This sometimes caused errors when running in development mode.
  • Added timeout to select call. This caused IOerrors when running under uWSGI and the websocket was idle.
  • 0.2.1 - Reverted issue #1 and dropped compatibility with Django-1.4 since the response status must use force_str.
  • 0.2.0 - Major API change
  • Use WS4REDIS_… in Django settings
  • Persist messages, allowing server reboots and reconnecting the client
  • Share the file descriptor for Redis for all open connections
  • Allow to override the subscribe/publish engine
  • 0.1.2 - fixed: Can use publish to websocket without subscribing
  • 0.1.1 - instead of CLI monkey patching, explicitly patch the redis.connection.socket using gevent.socket
  • 0.1.0 - initial revision

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