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ws4py provides a high-level, yet simple, interface to provide your application with WebSocket support. It is simple as:

from ws4py.websocket import WebSocket

The :class:`WebSocket <ws4py.websocket.WebSocket>` class should be sub-classed by your application. To the very least we suggest you override the :func:`received_message(message) <ws4py.websocket.WebSocket.received_message>` method so that you can process incoming messages.

For instance a straightforward echo application would look like this:

class EchoWebSocket(WebSocket):
    def received_message(self, message):
        self.send(, message.is_binary)

Other useful methods to implement are:

You may want to know if the connection is currently usable or :attr:`terminated <ws4py.websocket.WebSocket.terminated>`.

At that stage, the subclass is still not connected to any data source. The way ws4py is designed, you don't necessarily need a connected socket, in fact, you don't even need a socket at all.

>>> from ws4py.messaging import TextMessage
>>> def data_source():
>>>     yield TextMessage(u'hello world')

>>> from mock import MagicMock
>>> source = MagicMock(side_effect=data_source)
>>> ws = EchoWebSocket(sock=source)
>>> ws.send(u'hello there')