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Twisted bindings for ZeroMQ

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txZMQ allows to integrate easily ZeroMQ sockets into Twisted event loop (reactor).

Supports CPython and PyPy.


  • ZeroMQ library >= 2.1 (heavily tested with 2.1.4)

Python packages required:

  • pyzmq (for CPython)
  • pyzmq-ctypes (for PyPy)
  • Twisted

txZMQ introduces support for general ZeroMQ sockets by class ZmqConnection that can do basic event loop integration, sending-receiving messages in non-blocking manner, scatter-gather for multipart messages.

Special descendants of that class, ZmqPubConnection and ZmqSubConnection add special nice features for PUB/SUB sockets.

Other socket types could be easily derived from ZmqConnection except for REQ/REP sockets that may require more work, as reply should be send immediately upon receiving message (currently ZmqConnection will try to read all available message and write queued messages in parallel).


import sys

from optparse import OptionParser

from twisted.internet import reactor, defer

parser = OptionParser("")
parser.add_option("-m", "--method", dest="method", help="0MQ socket connection: bind|connect")
parser.add_option("-e", "--endpoint", dest="endpoint", help="0MQ Endpoint")
parser.add_option("-M", "--mode", dest="mode", help="Mode: publisher|subscriber")

parser.set_defaults(method="connect", endpoint="epgm://eth1;")

(options, args) = parser.parse_args()

from txZMQ import ZmqFactory, ZmqEndpoint, ZmqPubConnection, ZmqSubConnection
import time

zf = ZmqFactory()
e = ZmqEndpoint(options.method, options.endpoint)

if options.mode == "publisher":
    s = ZmqPubConnection(zf, e)

    def publish():
        data = str(time.time())
        print "publishing %r" % data

        reactor.callLater(1, publish)

    s = ZmqSubConnection(zf, e)

    def doPrint(*args):
        print "message received: %r" % (args, )

    s.gotMessage = doPrint

The same example is available in source code:

examples/ --method=bind --endpoint=ipc:///tmp/sock --mode=publisher

examples/ --method=connect --endpoint=ipc:///tmp/sock --mode=subscriber


Source code for txZMQ is available at github, forks and pull requests are welcome.

To start hacking, please install virtualenv and pip. In fresh checkout, run:

make env

(If your virtualenv binary has different name, you can specify it via make variables: make env VIRTUALENV=virtualenv-2.7)

This should make new virtual environment at env/ and install txZMQ and development requirements.

Run tests and style checks:


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