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Simple implementation of the Circuit Breaker pattern

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A circuit breaker according to the logic outline in Michael T. Nygard's
great book [Release It!](


The circuit breaker monitors communication with a remote peer and in
the case of a high error rate may break the circuit and not allow
further communication for a short period. After a while the breaker
will let through a single request to probe to see if the peer feels
better. If it does, it will close the circuit and allow requests once
again. If not, it will open the circuit again.

A `CircuitBreakerSet` can handle the state for multiple peers at the
same time. Use the `context` method to pick which peer to track. The
first argument is used to identify the peer. Make it a string of some
kind, since it will be used to identify the peer in logs.

Below is a small example of how the circuit breaker can be used:

import logging
import time

from circuit import CircuitBreakerSet

circuit_breaker = CircuitBreakerSet(time.time, logging.getLogger(

def fn(circuit_breaker):
with circuit_breaker.context('my-remote-peer'):
raise ValueError('oh no')
except CircuitOpenError:
# the circuit was open so we did not even try to communicate
# with the remote service.

If you call `fn` often enough the circuit breaker will open and
`CircuitOpenError` will be raised.

The `CircuitBreakerSet` class takes a few keyword arguments:

* `time_unit` (default 60) -- Number of seconds to sample seconds over.
* `maxfail` (default 3) -- Number of seconds that is allowed over a time unit.
* `reset_timeout` (default 10) -- Seconds that the circuit is open before
going into half-open mode.

It is also possible to create a single instance of a circuit breaker. The
`circuit.CircuitBreaker` class takes the following arguments:

* `clock` -- A callable that returns the time in seconds.
* `log` -- a `logging.Logger` object used for logging.
* `error_types` -- A list of error types that are treated as errors.
* `maxfail` -- Number of seconds that is allowed over a time unit.
* `reset_timeout` -- Seconds that the circuit is open before
going into half-open mode.
* `time_unit` -- Number of seconds to sample seconds over.

# Twisted Support #

There's also support for using the circuit breaker with Twisted. Note that
the circuit breaker still use pythons standard logging framework. Example:

import logger

from circuit import TwistedCircuitBreakerSet

circuit_breaker = TwistedCircuitBreakerSet(reactor, logging.getLogger(

(The `TwistedCircuitBreakerSet` adds support for `defer.returnValue`
which uses exceptions internally.)

# License #

Copyright 2012 Edgeware AB.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
limitations under the License.

# Thanks #

* Michael Nygard,, for writing the Release It!
book that outlines the circuit breaker pattern

* Edgeware,, for sponsoring the development of

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