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The Pedestal web application framework
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Pedestal Build Status

Pedestal is a set of libraries written in Clojure that aims to bring both the language and its principles (Simplicity, Power and Focus) to server-side development.

Getting the Latest Release

Leiningen dependencies:

[io.pedestal/pedestal.service       "0.4.0"]
[io.pedestal/pedestal.service-tools "0.4.0"] ;; Only needed for ns-watching
[io.pedestal/pedestal.jetty         "0.4.0"]
[io.pedestal/pedestal.immutant      "0.4.0"]
[io.pedestal/pedestal.tomcat        "0.4.0"]

Please see our Releases for version details, updates, and necessary migration steps.

Notable capabilities

  • Fast and secure by default (automatically uses secure headers, CSRF-protection, and other best practices)
  • A guiding principle of "data > functions > macros" - the core pieces of Pedestal are data-driven and programmed against protocols. The entire platform is extensible.
  • A high-performance prefix-tree router that is significantly faster and more space efficient than other Clojure web routers
  • The ability to plug-in any router, including one you write
  • The ability to express routes in any format you like
  • Full/true async support (Async Servlet + core.async + NIO), resulting in better performance and capacity than a synchronous-only solution
  • Advanced error handling for async systems
  • Integrated streaming capabilites like Server-sent events
  • Integrated support for Cross-origin resource sharing/CORS
  • Integrated linking and testing tools
  • A fundamentally simple system (absolutely everything is an interceptor; interceptors compose)
  • The ability to utilize Java Web technology directly in your service (Pedestal can integrate ServletFilters)
  • The ability to utilize Ring Middleware as Pedestal Interceptors
  • Support to run on Jetty, Immutant/Undertow, and Tomcat
  • and more!

Getting started

Starting a new project

Use leiningen (2.2.0+) to create a new Pedestal service. This will automatically pull templates from

# To create a new service:
lein new pedestal-service the-next-big-server-side-thing

See the samples or documentation for information on Pedestal concepts and advice on getting started.

Digging deeper


Our primary focus for the near future is Pedestal documentation, sample applications and improving general ease of use.


Supported Platforms

At present Pedestal supports OSX and Linux environments. At this time we do not support using Pedestal on a Windows environment.

Some good news: We will still gladly accept pull requests extending our Windows support

The bad news: We will not invest significant amounts of time into diagnosing or correcting Windows issues.

Find out more

Looking for Pedestal App?


See for details on contributing to Pedestal.

Installing Libraries

To install Pedestal library components in your local Maven repository run lein sub install from a local checkout of this repository.

Running the tests

After installing all the library components, you can run the tests with lein sub test from a local checkout of this repository.


Copyright 2013 Relevance, Inc.

Copyright 2014-2015 Cognitect, Inc.

The use and distribution terms for this software are covered by the Eclipse Public License 1.0 ( which can be found in the file epl-v10.html at the root of this distribution.

By using this software in any fashion, you are agreeing to be bound by the terms of this license.

You must not remove this notice, or any other, from this software.

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