Programming language: Elixir
Tags: Protocols    
Latest version: v0.4.0

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gRPC Elixir

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An Elixir implementation of gRPC.

WARNING: Be careful to use it in production! Test and benchmark in advance.

NOTICE: Erlang/OTP needs >= 20.3.2


The package can be installed as:

  def deps do
      {:grpc, github: "elixir-grpc/grpc"},
      # This may be needed when grpc_{cowlib/gun/cowboy} packages on hex are used, see mix.exs for
      # details.
      # Also see below explain.
      {:cowlib, "~> 2.8.0", hex: :grpc_cowlib, override: true},

NOTICE: grpc_gun & grpc_cowlib may be used

grpc rely on them heavily but I can't control the release of gun and cowlib. I don't want to always wait for their releases epecially when their HTTP/2 support are not very stable. And hex doesn't allow dependencies are GitHub, so I published my own versions to hex so that grpc can be published.

My current releases don't have big differences with the upstream ones. And I think this hack will only be used in the near future because cowlib, gun and cowboy are becoming more and more stable.


  1. Generate Elixir code from proto file as protobuf-elixir shows(especially the gRPC Support section).
  2. Implement the server side code like below and remember to return the expected message types. ```elixir defmodule Helloworld.Greeter.Server do use GRPC.Server, service: Helloworld.Greeter.Service

@spec say_hello(Helloworld.HelloRequest.t, GRPC.Server.Stream.t) :: Helloworld.HelloReply.t def say_hello(request, _stream) do Helloworld.HelloReply.new(message: "Hello #{request.name}") end end

3. Start the server

You can start the gRPC server as a supervised process. First, add `GRPC.Server.Supervisor` to your supervision tree.

# Define your endpoint
defmodule Helloworld.Endpoint do
  use GRPC.Endpoint

  intercept GRPC.Logger.Server
  run Helloworld.Greeter.Server

# In the start function of your Application
defmodule HelloworldApp do
  use Application
  def start(_type, _args) do
    children = [
      # ...
      supervisor(GRPC.Server.Supervisor, [{Helloworld.Endpoint, 50051}])

    opts = [strategy: :one_for_one, name: YourApp]
    Supervisor.start_link(children, opts)

Then start it when starting your application:

# config.exs
config :grpc, start_server: true

# test.exs
config :grpc, start_server: false

$ iex -S mix

or run grpc.server using a mix task

$ mix grpc.server
  1. Call rpc: ```elixir iex> {:ok, channel} = GRPC.Stub.connect("localhost:50051") iex> request = Helloworld.HelloRequest.new(name: "grpc-elixir") iex> {:ok, reply} = channel |> Helloworld.Greeter.Stub.say_hello(request)

With interceptors

iex> {:ok, channel} = GRPC.Stub.connect("localhost:50051", interceptors: [GRPC.Logger.Client]) ...

Check [examples](examples) and [interop](interop)(Interoperability Test) for some examples.


- [x] Unary RPC
- [x] Server streaming RPC
- [x] Client streaming RPC
- [x] Bidirectional streaming RPC
- [x] Helloworld and RouteGuide examples
- [x] Doc and more tests
- [x] Authentication with TLS
- [x] Improve code generation from protos ([protobuf-elixir](https://github.com/tony612/protobuf-elixir) [#8](https://github.com/elixir-grpc/grpc/issues/8))
- [x] Timeout for unary calls
- [x] Errors handling
- [x] Benchmarking
- [x] Logging
- [x] Interceptors(See `GRPC.Endpoint`)
- [x] [Connection Backoff](https://github.com/grpc/grpc/blob/master/doc/connection-backoff.md)
- [x] Data compression
- [x] Support other encoding(other than protobuf)

## Benchmark

1. [Simple benchmark](examples/helloworld/README.md#Benchmark) by using [ghz](https://ghz.sh/)

2. [Benchmark](benchmark) followed by official spec

## Sponsors

This project is being sponsored by [Tubi](https://tubitv.com/). Thank you!

<img src="https://user-images.githubusercontent.com/1253659/37473536-4db44048-28a9-11e8-90d5-f8a2f5a8d53c.jpg" height="80">

## Contributing

You contributions are welcome!

Please open issues if you have questions, problems and ideas. You can create pull
requests directly if you want to fix little bugs, add small features and so on.
But you'd better use issues first if you want to add a big feature or change a
lot of code.