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Webbit - A Java event based WebSocket and HTTP server

Build Status

Getting it

Prebuilt JARs are available from the central Maven repository or the Sonatype Maven repository.

Alternatively, you can get the latest code from Git and build it yourself:

git clone git://
cd webbit


Build is done with make. On OS-X and Linux this should work out of the box. On Solaris, use gmake. On Windows you will need Cygwin.



mvn install

Quick start

Start a web server on port 8080 and serve some static files:

WebServer webServer = WebServers.createWebServer(8080)
            .add(new StaticFileHandler("/web")) // path to web content

That was easy.

Now let's build a WebSocketHandler.

public class HelloWebSockets extends BaseWebSocketHandler {
    private int connectionCount;

    public void onOpen(WebSocketConnection connection) {
        connection.send("Hello! There are " + connectionCount + " other connections active");

    public void onClose(WebSocketConnection connection) {

    public void onMessage(WebSocketConnection connection, String message) {
        connection.send(message.toUpperCase()); // echo back message in upper case

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        WebServer webServer = WebServers.createWebServer(8080)
                .add("/hellowebsocket", new HelloWebSockets())
                .add(new StaticFileHandler("/web"));
        System.out.println("Server running at " + webServer.getUri());

And a page that uses the WebSocket (web/index.html)


    <!-- Send text to websocket -->
    <input id="userInput" type="text">
    <button onclick="ws.send(document.getElementById('userInput').value)">Send</button>

    <!-- Results -->
    <div id="message"></div>

      function showMessage(text) {
        document.getElementById('message').innerHTML = text;

      var ws = new WebSocket('ws://' + + '/hellowebsocket');
      ws.onopen = function() { showMessage('Connected!'); };
      ws.onclose = function() { showMessage('Lost connection'); };
      ws.onmessage = function(msg) { showMessage(; };


Running JUnit tests

mvn clean test


make clean test

Running Autobahn tests

Autobahn is a WebSocket server implemented in Python that comes with an extensive test suite that can be used to test other WebSocket servers as well.

We're using it to test Webbit.

Installing Autobahn

git submodule update --init

Running Autobahn tests

In shell A:

make echo

In shell B:

make autobahn

Open reports/servers/index.html to see the results.


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