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bhsw/concurrent-ws v0.3.0
A WebSocket implementation based on Swift Concurrency
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An implementation of WebSockets (RFC 6455) for Swift 5.5 and above, featuring an API based on Swift Concurrency (tasks and async/await).

NOTE: Swift Concurrency is still a relatively new technology. I personally haven't run into any issues with it, but I know there have been rough spots, particularly in earlier releases. It appears that there may still be some churn until Swift 6 is reached, so you may want to consider it an experimental technology for now. In any event, I'd recommend targetting only the latest toolchain (Swift 5.6) and platforms (macOS 12.x or iOS 15.x).



  • Supports both ws (unencrypted) and wss (TLS) URL schemes
  • Includes client and server implementations
  • Supports the permessage-deflate WebSocket compression extension
  • Many tunable options, including:
    • Maximum incoming message length
    • HTTP redirect behavior
    • Custom HTTP headers
    • Timeouts for the opening and closing handshakes
    • Automatic ping response
    • Thresholds to trigger or inhibit compression for text and binary messages
  • Extensive statistics for data sent and received by the WebSocket
  • A fully documented public API
  • 100% Swift using actors to protect mutable state
  • Uses the platform's Network framework for communication (TCP/IP and TLS layers only)
  • No third-party dependencies
  • MIT License

Client Usage

Let's look at a basic client example:

import WebSockets

let socket = WebSocket(url: URL("wss://echo.websocket.events")!)
await socket.send(text: "Hello, world")
do {
  for try await event in socket {
    switch event {
      case .open(let handshakeResult):
        print("Successfully opened the WebSocket: \(handshakeResult)")
      case .text(let str):
        print("Received text: \(str)")
      case .close(code: let code, reason: _, wasClean: _):
        print("Closed with code: \(code)")
        print("Miscellaneous event: \(event)")
} catch {
  print("An error occurred connecting to the remote endpoint: \(error)")

A WebSocket actor is an AsyncSequence containing events that you iterate using a for try await loop. Events include notifications that the connection was established successfully, that a message was received from the remote endpoint, or that a disconnect occurred. In fact, iterating over these events is what drives the operation of the WebSocket. For this reason, you will need to spin up a separate Task to service the events for each WebSocket managed by your application. While handling events is restricted to a single task, the rest of the API can be called from any task. For example, it is particularly common to call a WebSocket's send or close functions in response to a user interface event.

After initializing a WebSocket, no connection attempt is actually made until you either ask to send a message to the remote endpoint or start consuming events. An error will be thrown if a connection cannot be established. Otherwise, the first event produced will be an open event, after which the WebSocket is guaranteed not to throw any errors; if an error occurs after the WebSocket reaches the open state, it is reported as close event with an appropriate CloseCode.

The event stream always ends with a close event. Once that event is consumed, the event processing loop will complete.

Server Usage

The following is a simple WebSocket server that accepts connections on port 8080 and echoes back any text message received from a client:

let server = WebSocketServer(on: 8080)
for try await event in server {
  switch event {
    case .request(let request):
      guard let socket = await request.upgrade() else {
      Task {
        await socket.send(text: "Welcome to the echo server.")
        for try await event in socket {
          switch event {
            case .text(let string):
              await socket.send(text: string)

The WebSocketServer actor works similarly becuase it is also an AsyncSequence. The primary event produced by the server is a request event, which includes a reference to a WebSocketServer.Request object that describes an HTTP 1.1 request from a client. Based on the information conveyed by the request, your server application can send a normal HTTP response or attempt to upgrade the connection to a WebSocket. The example above requires every request to be an upgrade request. Anything else will receive a 400 Bad Request response.

A successful upgrade returns a WebSocket actor that can then be used to communicate with the client. WebSockets returned by the server are guaranteed to never throw errors, because they are already in the open state by the time they are made available to the application. Notice that communication with each WebSocket is performed within its own Task. Without that, the server would upgrade a single connection and then stop accepting further connections until that first WebSocket was closed.

The Sources/Examples directory of the respository contains a much more elaborate echo server.


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Release Notes

v0.3.0: Renamed the library product in Package.swift

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