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Eventlet is a concurrent networking library for Python that allows you to change how you run your code, not how you write it. It uses epoll or libevent for highly scalable non-blocking I/O. Coroutines ensure that the developer uses a blocking style of programming that is similar to threading, but provide the benefits of non-blocking I/O. The event dispatch is implicit, which means you can easily use Eventlet from the Python interpreter, or as a small part of a larger application. It's easy to get started using Eventlet, and easy to convert existing applications to use it. Start off by looking at the `examples`_, `common design patterns`_, and the list of `basic API primitives`_. .. _examples: http://eventlet.net/doc/examples.html .. _common design patterns: http://eventlet.net/doc/design_patterns.html .. _basic API primitives: http://eventlet.net/doc/basic_usage.html Quick Example =============== Here's something you can try right on the command line:: % python >>> import eventlet >>> from eventlet.green import urllib2 >>> gt = eventlet.spawn(urllib2.urlopen, 'http://eventlet.net') >>> gt2 = eventlet.spawn(urllib2.urlopen, 'http://secondlife.com') >>> gt2.wait() >>> gt.wait() Getting Eventlet ================== The easiest way to get Eventlet is to use easy_install or pip:: easy_install eventlet pip install eventlet The development `tip`_ is available via easy_install as well:: easy_install 'eventlet==dev' pip install 'eventlet==dev' .. _tip: http://bitbucket.org/which_linden/eventlet/get/tip.zip#egg=eventlet-dev Building the Docs Locally ========================= To build a complete set of HTML documentation, you must have Sphinx, which can be found at http://sphinx.pocoo.org/ (or installed with `easy_install sphinx`) cd doc make html The built html files can be found in doc/_build/html afterward.