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The goal of this project is to provide an Elixir bridge that can interact with different Erlang webservers. It is heavily influenced by SimpleBridge.

This repository also holds Frankie, a Sinatra like web framework for Elixir. It is being developed with ExBridge for convenience but will be split into different repositories when both projects become more stable.


There are many examples in the examples directory. To run them, as Elixir was not released yet, you need to check out Elixir's repository and put its bin/ directory in your path. After that, you need to get all the dependencies by running the following inside this repo:

elixir runner.exs setup

ExBridge API

ExBridge has two main APIs: one for the request and other for the response object (and a websocket API is still in development). The request API is mainly for reading request information while the response contains information about the response to be returned to the client.

Request API

  • request_method - Returns an atom with the request method, for example 'GET.
  • path - Returns the request path, for example "/foo/bar".
  • headers - Returns all the headers given in the request as a Dict. Both keys and values are strings.
  • memoize! - Returns a new object where headers and cookies are memoized.

Response API

  • status - Reads the currently set status code.
  • status(status) - Sets the given status code.

  • headers - Returns an object to manipulate headers:

    • [](header) - Reads the given header.
    • merge(headers) - Adds the given headers to the current set.
    • clear - Clears the current headers.
    • delete(header) - Removes the given header from the set.
  • cookies - Returns an object to manipulate headers:

    • [](key) - Reads the cookie given by key.
    • set(key, value, options := {:}) - Sets a cookie with key, value and given options.
    • delete(key, options := {:}) - Removes the cookie given by key. Removing a cookie happens by setting its value to deleted and setting it expires date to 1970. All options given when creating a cookie must also be given when removing it.

    Cookie options can be domain (string), path (string), expires (datetime or string), secure (boolean) and httponly (boolean). All cookies are httponly by default.

  • query_params - Returns the request's query parameters as a Dict.

  • post_params - Returns the request's post parameters as a Dict.

  • body - Read the currently set body.

  • body(body) - Replaces the current body by the one given.

  • file - Read the filepath currently set as response.

  • file(filepath) - Return the file at filepath on respond.

  • set(status, headers, body) - Respond to the client using the given status, headers and body. It ignores any previously set value.

All the methods above will return a new response object with the new values. In none of those cases the response is actually streamed back to the client. All the methods that send the information back to the client end with ! and should be used by framework developers and avoided in general by application developers.

  • dispatch! - Stream the response back based on the values configured previously.
  • serve_body!(status, headers, body) - Serve the given body with status, headers and body, ignoring previous values.
  • serve_file!(file, headers) - Serve the given file with headers ignoring previously set values.


Frankie allows you to easily build simple web applications. Here is an example:

module MyApp
  mixin Frankie::App

  get "/version", def

  get "/set_cookie", def
    response = response.cookies.set("hello", "world")
    response = response.body("Cookie set")

  get "/read_cookie", def

  get "/get_value_param", def
    "Query parameter \"value\" is: #{request.query_params["value"]}"

  get "/multiply/'arg1/'arg2", def
    arg1 = params['arg1].to_i
    arg2 = params['arg2].to_i
    "#{arg1} * #{arg2} = #{arg1 * arg2}"
end 'mochiweb, MyApp

Ready to run examples are available at examples/mochiweb/frankie.exs.

Running tests

You can run tests with:

elixir runner.exs


This project uses MIT-LICENSE.

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