WasmEdge is a lightweight, high-performance, and extensible WebAssembly runtime. It is the fastest Wasm VM today. WasmEdge is an official sandbox project hosted by the CNCF. Its use cases include modern web application architectures (Isomorphic & Jamstack applications), microservices on the edge cloud, serverless SaaS APIs, embedded functions, smart contracts, and smart devices.
Quick start guides
The WasmEdge Runtime provides a well-defined execution sandbox for its contained WebAssembly bytecode program. The runtime offers isolation and protection for operating system resources (e.g., file system, sockets, environment variables, processes) and memory space. The most important use case for WasmEdge is to safely execute user-defined or community-contributed code as plug-ins in a software product (e.g., SaaS, software-defined vehicles, edge nodes, or even blockchain nodes). It enables third-party developers, vendors, suppliers, and community members to extend and customize the software product. Learn more here
- A Lightweight Design for High-performance Serverless Computing, published on IEEE Software, Jan 2021. https://arxiv.org/abs/2010.07115
- Performance Analysis for Arm vs. x86 CPUs in the Cloud, published on infoQ.com, Jan 2021. https://www.infoq.com/articles/arm-vs-x86-cloud-performance/
- WasmEdge is the fastest WebAssembly Runtime in Suborbital Reactr test suite, Dec 2021
WasmEdge supports all standard WebAssembly features and many proposed extensions. It also supports a number of extensions tailored for cloud-native and edge computing uses (e.g., the WasmEdge network sockets,Postgres and MySQL-baesed database driver, and the WasmEdge Tensorflow extension).
Learn more about technical highlights of WasmEdge.
Integrations and management
WasmEdge and its contained wasm program can be started from the CLI as a new process, or from a existing process. If started from an existing process (e.g., from a running Node.js or Go or Rust program), WasmEdge will simply run inside the process as a function. Currently, WasmEdge is not yet thread-safe. In order to use WasmEdge in your own application or cloud-native frameworks, please refer to the guides below.
- Embed WasmEdge into a host application
- Orchestrate and manage WasmEdge instances using container tools
- Run a WasmEdge app as a Dapr microservice
- Use Reactr to embed and extend WasmEdge functions in SaaS
If you would like to contribute to the WasmEdge project, please refer to our CONTRIBUTING document for details. If you are looking for ideas, checkout our "help wanted" issues!
If you have any questions, feel free to open a GitHub issue on a related project or to join the following channels:
- Mailing list: Send an email to WasmEdge@googlegroups.com
- Discord: Join the WasmEdge Discord server!
- Slack: Join the #WasmEdge channel on the CNCF Slack
- Twitter: Follow @realwasmedge on Twitter
We host a monthly community meeting to showcase new features, demo new use cases, and a Q&A part. Everyone is welcome!
Time: The first Tuesday of each month at 11PM Hong Kong Time/ 7AM PST.
Public meeting agenda/notes | Zoom link