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NATS - Python3 Client for Asyncio

An asyncio Python client for the NATS messaging system.

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Supported platforms

Should be compatible with at least Python +3.7.


pip install nats-py

Getting started

import asyncio
import nats
from nats.errors import ConnectionClosedError, TimeoutError, NoServersError

async def main():
    # It is very likely that the demo server will see traffic from clients other than yours.
    # To avoid this, start your own locally and modify the example to use it.
    nc = await nats.connect("nats://")

    # You can also use the following for TLS against the demo server.
    # nc = await nats.connect("tls://")

    async def message_handler(msg):
        subject = msg.subject
        reply = msg.reply
        data =
        print("Received a message on '{subject} {reply}': {data}".format(
            subject=subject, reply=reply, data=data))

    # Simple publisher and async subscriber via coroutine.
    sub = await nc.subscribe("foo", cb=message_handler)

    # Stop receiving after 2 messages.
    await sub.unsubscribe(limit=2)
    await nc.publish("foo", b'Hello')
    await nc.publish("foo", b'World')
    await nc.publish("foo", b'!!!!!')

    # Synchronous style with iterator also supported.
    sub = await nc.subscribe("bar")
    await nc.publish("bar", b'First')
    await nc.publish("bar", b'Second')

        async for msg in sub.messages:
            print(f"Received a message on '{msg.subject} {msg.reply}': {}")
            await sub.unsubscribe()
    except Exception as e:

    async def help_request(msg):
        print(f"Received a message on '{msg.subject} {msg.reply}': {}")
        await nc.publish(msg.reply, b'I can help')

    # Use queue named 'workers' for distributing requests
    # among subscribers.
    sub = await nc.subscribe("help", "workers", help_request)

    # Send a request and expect a single response
    # and trigger timeout if not faster than 500 ms.
        response = await nc.request("help", b'help me', timeout=0.5)
        print("Received response: {message}".format(
    except TimeoutError:
        print("Request timed out")

    # Remove interest in subscription.
    await sub.unsubscribe()

    # Terminate connection to NATS.
    await nc.drain()

if __name__ == '__main__':


Starting v2.0.0 series, the client now has JetStream support:

import asyncio
import nats
from nats.errors import TimeoutError

async def main():
    nc = await nats.connect("localhost")

    # Create JetStream context.
    js = nc.jetstream()

    # Persist messages on 'foo's subject.
    await js.add_stream(name="sample-stream", subjects=["foo"])

    for i in range(0, 10):
        ack = await js.publish("foo", f"hello world: {i}".encode())

    # Create pull based consumer on 'foo'.
    psub = await js.pull_subscribe("foo", "psub")

    # Fetch and ack messagess from consumer.
    for i in range(0, 10):
        msgs = await psub.fetch(1)
        for msg in msgs:
            await msg.ack()

    # Create single ephemeral push based subscriber.
    sub = await js.subscribe("foo")
    msg = await sub.next_msg()
    await msg.ack()

    # Create single push based subscriber that is durable across restarts.
    sub = await js.subscribe("foo", durable="myapp")
    msg = await sub.next_msg()
    await msg.ack()

    # Create deliver group that will be have load balanced messages.
    async def qsub_a(msg):
        print("QSUB A:", msg)
        await msg.ack()

    async def qsub_b(msg):
        print("QSUB B:", msg)
        await msg.ack()
    await js.subscribe("foo", "workers", cb=qsub_a)
    await js.subscribe("foo", "workers", cb=qsub_b)

    for i in range(0, 10):
        ack = await js.publish("foo", f"hello world: {i}".encode())
        print("\t", ack)

    # Create ordered consumer with flow control and heartbeats
    # that auto resumes on failures.
    osub = await js.subscribe("foo", ordered_consumer=True)
    data = bytearray()

    while True:
            msg = await osub.next_msg()
        except TimeoutError:
    print("All data in stream:", len(data))

    await nc.close()

if __name__ == '__main__':


TLS connections can be configured with an ssl context

ssl_ctx = ssl.create_default_context(purpose=ssl.Purpose.SERVER_AUTH)
await nats.connect(servers=["tls://"], tls=ssl_ctx, tls_hostname="localhost")

Setting the scheme to tls in the connect URL will make the client create a default ssl context automatically:

import asyncio
import ssl
from nats.aio.client import Client as NATS

async def run():
    nc = NATS()
    await nc.connect("tls://")

Note: If getting SSL certificate errors in OS X, try first installing the certifi certificate bundle. If using Python 3.7 for example, then run:

$ /Applications/Python\ 3.7/Install\ Certificates.command
 -- pip install --upgrade certifi
Collecting certifi
 -- removing any existing file or link
 -- creating symlink to certifi certificate bundle
 -- setting permissions
 -- update complete

NKEYS and JWT User Credentials

Since v0.9.0 release, you can also optionally install NKEYS in order to use the new NATS v2.0 auth features:

pip install nats-py[nkeys]


await nats.connect("tls://", user_credentials="/path/to/secret.creds")


  1. Install nats server.
  2. Make sure the server is available in your PATH: nats-server -v.
  3. Install dependencies: python3 -m pipenv install --dev.
  4. Run tests: python3 -m pytest.


Unless otherwise noted, the NATS source files are distributed under the Apache Version 2.0 license found in the LICENSE file.