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Python client for Liftbridge.

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Python client for Liftbridge, a system that provides lightweight, fault-tolerant message streams for NATS.

Liftbridge provides the following high-level features:

  • Log-based API for NATS
  • Replicated for fault-tolerance
  • Horizontally scalable
  • Wildcard subscription support
  • At-least-once delivery support and message replay
  • Message key-value support
  • Log compaction by key


$ pip install python-liftbridge

Basic Usage

from python_liftbridge import Lift, Message, Stream, ErrStreamExists

# Create a Liftbridge client.
client = Lift(ip_address='localhost:9292', timeout=5)

# Create a Liftbridge stream with name "foo-stream"
    client.create_stream(Stream(subject='foo', name='foo-stream'))
except ErrStreamExists:
    print('This stream already exists!')

# Publish a message to the stream with the name "foo-stream".
client.publish(Message(value='hello', stream='foo-stream'))

# Subscribe to the stream starting from the beginning.
for message in client.subscribe(
    print("Received: '{}'".format(message.value))

Create Stream

Streams are a durable message log attached to a NATS subject. They record messages published to the subject for consumption.

Streams have a few key properties: a subject, which is the corresponding NATS subject, a name, which is a human-readable identifier for the stream, and a replication factor, which is the number of nodes the stream should be replicated to for redundancy. Optionally, there is a group which is the name of a load-balance group for the stream to join. When there are multiple streams in the same group, messages will be balanced among them.

    Create a stream attached to the NATS subject "foo.*" that is replicated to
    all the brokers in the cluster. ErrStreamExists is returned if a stream with
    the given name already exists for the subject.
client.create_stream(Stream(subject='foo.*', name='my-stream', max_replication=True))

Subscription Start/Replay Options

Subscriptions are how Liftbridge streams are consumed. Clients can choose where to start consuming messages from in a stream. This is controlled using options passed to Subscribe.

# Subscribe starting with new messages only.
    Stream(subject='foo', name='foo-stream')
# Subscribe starting with the most recently published value.
    Stream(subject='foo', name='foo-stream').start_at_earliest_received()
# Subscribe starting with the oldest published value.
    Stream(subject='foo', name='foo-stream').start_at_latest_received()
# Subscribe starting at a specific offset.
    Stream(subject='foo', name='foo-stream').start_at_offset(4)
# Subscribe starting at a specific time.
    Stream(subject='foo', name='foo-stream').start_at_time(
# Subscribe starting at a specific amount of time in the past.
    Stream(subject='foo', name='foo-stream').start_at_time_delta(timedelta(days=1))


A publish API is provided to make it easy to write messages to streams. This includes a number of options for decorating messages with metadata like a message key.

Keys are used by Liftbridge's log compaction. When enabled, Liftbridge streams will retain only the last message for a given key.

# Publish a message with a key
client.publish(Message(stream='foo-stream', value='Hello', key='key'))

Also, it is possible to publish a message to the NATS subject (and, in turn, any streams that match the subject).

# Publish a message to the NATS subject
client.publish_to_subject(Message(subject='foo', value='Hello foo'))

Publishing Directly with NATS

Since Liftbridge is an extension of NATS, a NATS client can also be used to publish messages. This means existing NATS publishers do not need any changes for messages to be consumed in Liftbridge.

How to contribute

  1. Check for open issues or open a fresh issue to start a discussion around a feature idea or a bug.
  2. Fork the repository on GitHub to start making your changes to the master branch (or branch off of it).
  3. Write a test which shows that the bug was fixed or that the feature works as expected.
  4. Send a pull request and bug me until it gets merged and published.

Some things on the backlog:

  • Add documentation (Sphynx)
  • Add CI (CircleCI or TravisCI)
  • Add tests
  • Add code coverage
  • Add TLS support for gRPC
  • Add message headers support
  • Add message ACK support (scaffolding is already done)
  • Add method to close connection
  • Add async client
  • Add gRPC connection pool
  • Add logging (and remove all the random prints)
  • Add proper docstrings
  • Add version file
  • Add and explanation of the workflow (pyenv,tox,make,pre-commit...)
  • Improve fetch metadata
  • Improve error handling
  • Add to the makefile run-liftbridge using Docker container
  • Better instrumentation/observability (OpenCensus support?)

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