A package that implements streaming RPC in Go, with highlights as:

  • No Dependancy srpc merely extends the built-in net/rpc.
  • Ease of Use srpc supports pushing versatile events to the client, including ordinary values or logging entries.
  • Server-side Timeout Control Server is able to disconnect a stream after client being silent for a certain while.
  • Client-side Cancellation Client is able to cancel an ongoing stream.

An example for quick glance:

package main

import (


type Foo int

func (*Foo) Bar(n int, s *srpc.Session) error {
    return srpc.S(func() error {
        for i := 0; i < n; i++ {
            s.Logf("Log from Server: i=%d\n", i)
        return errors.New("example error")
    }, s, nil)

func main() {
    // start RPC server
    listener, _ := net.Listen("tcp", ":1234")
    go http.Serve(listener, nil)

    time.Sleep(time.Millisecond * 10)

    // prepare RPC client
    cl, _ := rpc.DialHTTP("tcp", "localhost:1234")
    cli := srpc.WrapClient(cl)

    // invoke remote stream function
    h, _ := cli.CallStream("Foo.Bar", 6)
    // enumerate the result
    for x := range h.C() {
        log.Printf("recieve value from remote: %+v\n", x)
    // check potential returned error
    if err := h.Result(); err != nil {
        log.Printf("remote returns error: %+v", err)




To define a streaming method that would continuously push events to the client, one should use the following snippet

import "github.com/hsfzxjy/srpc"

func (*Foo) Bar(arg ArgType, s *srpc.Session) error {
    return srpc.S(func() error {
        // your code goes here

        // push arbitary values to the client
        s.PushValue("Hello world")

        // log something at the client-side
        s.Logf("Log from server! The arg is %v", arg)

        // wait for a client-side cancellation

        // return an optional error to the client
        return nil
    }, s, nil)

The third argument of srpc.S can be used to configure the current session

srpc.S(func() error { ... }, s, &SessionConfig {
    // The capacity of pushing channel.
    // PushValue() or Logf() will block if client does not recieve in-time.
    // Default: 10
    BufferCapacity: 0,
    // Timeout control for lazy clients.
    // If PushValue() or Logf() block for duration `ClientTimeout`,
    // they panic and abort the whole stream.
    // Default: 10 * time.Second
    ClientTimeout: 1 * time.Second,
    // Keep the session alive up to duration `KeepAlive` after it finished,
    // so that client is able to recieve remaining events.
    // Default: 10 * time.Second
    KeepAlive: 1 * time.Second,


To call a streaming method at remote, one should firstly wraps an existing rpc.Client, for example

cl, _ := rpc.DialHTTP("tcp", "localhost:1234")
cli := srpc.WrapClient(cl)

cli.CallStream() allows you to invoke a remote streaming method

h, err := cli.CallStream("Foo.Bar", arg)

err would be non-nil if the method does not exist. With h, you may recieve values, perform cancellation or inspect potential errors from remote

// recieve values
<- h.C()
for x := h.C() {

// cancel the stream and no consequent events will be pushed

// inspect potential error
var err error = h.Err
// inspect potential panic
var p any = h.Panic
// or simply use h.Result()
// if remote panics, h.Result() will panic with the same value
err := h.Result()

Check examples/ for more concrete examples.


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