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This is pynng.

Ergonomic bindings for nanomsg next generation (nng), in Python. pynng provides a nice interface on top of the full power of nng. nng, and therefore pynng, make it easy to communicate between processes on a single computer or computers across a network.


Provide a Pythonic, works-out-of-the box library on Windows and Unix-y platforms. Like nng itself, the license is MIT, so it can be used without restriction.


On Windows and 64-bit Linux, the usual

pip install pynng

should suffice. Building from source is a little convoluted, due to some issues with the way the script is written. Nevertheless, it can be done:

git clone
cd pynng
pip install .
python build
python build_ext --inplace

Installing on Mac

This project does not yet know how to build for Mac, because I don't have a Mac to test on. The tricky bit is letting cffi know the correct object file to link to, and ensuring whatever the Mac equivalent of -fPIC is set when compiling.

Using pynng

Using pynng is easy peasy:

from pynng import Pair0

s1 = Pair0()
s2 = Pair0()
s1.send(b'Well hello there')

Since pynng sockets support setting most parameters in the socket's __init__ method and is a context manager, the above code can be written much shorter:

from pynng import Pair0

with Pair0(listen='tcp://') as s1, \
        Pair0(dial='tcp://') as s2:
    s1.send(b'Well hello there')

Asynchronous sending also works with trio and asyncio. Here is an example using trio:

import pynng
import trio

async def send_and_recv(sender, receiver, message):
    await sender.asend(message)
    return await receiver.arecv()

with Pair0(listen='tcp://') as s1, \
        Pair0(dial='tcp://') as s2:

    received =, s2, b'hello there old pal!')
    assert recieved == 'hello there old pal!'

Many other protocols are available as well:

  • Pair0: one-to-one, bidirectional communication.
  • Pair1: one-to-one, bidirectional communication, but also supporting polyamorous sockets
  • Pub0, Sub0: publish/subscribe sockets.
  • Surveyor0, Respondent0: Broadcast a survey to respondents, e.g. to find out what services are available.
  • Req0, Rep0: request/response pattern.
  • Push0, Pull0: Aggregate messages from multiple sources and load balance among many destinations.


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