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Streaming

Request Streaming

Sanic allows you to get request data by stream, as below. When the request ends, request.stream.get() returns None. Only post, put and patch decorator have stream argument.

from sanic import Sanic
from sanic.views import CompositionView
from sanic.views import HTTPMethodView
from sanic.views import stream as stream_decorator
from sanic.blueprints import Blueprint
from sanic.response import stream, text

bp = Blueprint('blueprint_request_stream')
app = Sanic('request_stream')


class SimpleView(HTTPMethodView):

    @stream_decorator
    async def post(self, request):
        result = ''
        while True:
            body = await request.stream.get()
            if body is None:
                break
            result += body.decode('utf-8')
        return text(result)


@app.post('/stream', stream=True)
async def handler(request):
    async def streaming(response):
        while True:
            body = await request.stream.get()
            if body is None:
                break
            body = body.decode('utf-8').replace('1', 'A')
            await response.write(body)
    return stream(streaming)


@bp.put('/bp_stream', stream=True)
async def bp_handler(request):
    result = ''
    while True:
        body = await request.stream.get()
        if body is None:
            break
        result += body.decode('utf-8').replace('1', 'A')
    return text(result)


async def post_handler(request):
    result = ''
    while True:
        body = await request.stream.get()
        if body is None:
            break
        result += body.decode('utf-8')
    return text(result)

app.blueprint(bp)
app.add_route(SimpleView.as_view(), '/method_view')
view = CompositionView()
view.add(['POST'], post_handler, stream=True)
app.add_route(view, '/composition_view')


if __name__ == '__main__':
    app.run(host='127.0.0.1', port=8000)

Response Streaming

Sanic allows you to stream content to the client with the stream method. This method accepts a coroutine callback which is passed a StreamingHTTPResponse object that is written to. A simple example is like follows:

from sanic import Sanic
from sanic.response import stream

app = Sanic(__name__)

@app.route("/")
async def test(request):
    async def sample_streaming_fn(response):
        await response.write('foo,')
        await response.write('bar')

    return stream(sample_streaming_fn, content_type='text/csv')

This is useful in situations where you want to stream content to the client that originates in an external service, like a database. For example, you can stream database records to the client with the asynchronous cursor that asyncpg provides:

@app.route("/")
async def index(request):
    async def stream_from_db(response):
        conn = await asyncpg.connect(database='test')
        async with conn.transaction():
            async for record in conn.cursor('SELECT generate_series(0, 10)'):
                await response.write(record[0])

    return stream(stream_from_db)