I found this project: http://code.google.com/p/standalonewebsocketserver/ for a WebSocket server, but I need to implement a WebSocket client in python, more exactly I need to receive some commands from XMPP in my WebSocket server.


Ridiculously easy to use.

 sudo pip install websocket-client

Sample client code:


from websocket import create_connection
ws = create_connection("ws://localhost:8080/websocket")
print "Sending 'Hello, World'..."
ws.send("Hello, World")
print "Sent"
print "Receiving..."
result =  ws.recv()
print "Received '%s'" % result

Sample server code:

import websocket
import thread
import time

def on_message(ws, message):
    print message

def on_error(ws, error):
    print error

def on_close(ws):
    print "### closed ###"

def on_open(ws):
    def run(*args):
        for i in range(30000):
            ws.send("Hello %d" % i)
        print "thread terminating..."
    thread.start_new_thread(run, ())

if __name__ == "__main__":
    ws = websocket.WebSocketApp("ws://echo.websocket.org/",
                                on_message = on_message,
                                on_error = on_error,
                                on_close = on_close)
    ws.on_open = on_open


Autobahn has a good websocket client implementation for Python as well as some good examples. I tested the following with a Tornado WebSocket server and it worked.

from twisted.internet import reactor
from autobahn.websocket import WebSocketClientFactory, WebSocketClientProtocol, connectWS

class EchoClientProtocol(WebSocketClientProtocol):

   def sendHello(self):
      self.sendMessage("Hello, world!")

   def onOpen(self):

   def onMessage(self, msg, binary):
      print "Got echo: " + msg
      reactor.callLater(1, self.sendHello)

if __name__ == '__main__':

   factory = WebSocketClientFactory("ws://localhost:9000")
   factory.protocol = EchoClientProtocol

Since I have been doing a bit of research in that field lately (Jan, ’12), the most promising client is actually : WebSocket for Python. It support a normal socket that you can call like this :

ws = EchoClient('http://localhost:9000/ws')

The client can be Threaded or based on IOLoop from Tornado project. This will allow you to create a multi concurrent connection client. Useful if you want to run stress tests.

The client also exposes the onmessage, opened and closed methods. (WebSocket style).

  1. Take a look at the echo client under http://code.google.com/p/pywebsocket/ It’s a Google project.
  2. A good search in github is: https://github.com/search?type=Everything&language=python&q=websocket&repo=&langOverride=&x=14&y=29&start_value=1 it returns clients and servers.
  3. Bret Taylor also implemented web sockets over Tornado (Python). His blog post at: Web Sockets in Tornado and a client implementation API is shown at tornado.websocket in the client side support section.

web2py has comet_messaging.py, which uses Tornado for websockets look at an example here: http://vimeo.com/18399381 and here vimeo . com / 18232653