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There are several cases where the Cython module cannot be used.
For those cases it is useful to have a pure python implementation of
I could release this as a separate project, but I prefer it merged upstream: it will be easier to keep the API the same.
There is another project which implements msgpack in pure Python, ( keisukefukuda/msgpack-python-pure ) but that is not a drop-in replacement.
As a very rough benchmark, I timed the pack and unpack time of a 30MB msgpack file from one of my applications.