The Elixir implementation of gRPC
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The Elixir implementation of gRPC.

WARNING: APIs are unstable now. Be careful to use it in production!


The package can be installed as:

  1. Add grpc to your list of dependencies in mix.exs:

    def deps do
      [{:grpc, github: "tony612/grpc-elixir"}]
  2. (Before Elixir 1.4)Ensure grpc is started before your application:

    def application do
      [applications: [:grpc]]


  1. Generate Elixir code from proto file as protobuf-elixir shows(especially the gRPC Support section).
  2. Implement the server side code like below and remember to return the expected message types.
defmodule Helloworld.Greeter.Server do
  use GRPC.Server, service: Helloworld.Greeter.Service

  @spec say_hello(Helloworld.HelloRequest.t, GRPC.Server.Stream.t) :: Helloworld.HelloReply.t
  def say_hello(request, _stream) do "Hello #{}")
  1. Run the server and client like this:
iex> GRPC.Server.start(Helloworld.Greeter.Server, 50051)
iex> {:ok, channel} = GRPC.Stub.connect("localhost:50051")
iex> request = "grpc-elixir")
iex> {:ok, reply} = channel |> Helloworld.Greeter.Stub.say_hello(request)

Start the server

You can start the gRPC server as a supervised process. First, add GRPC.Server.Supervisor to your supervision tree.

# In the start function of your Application
def start(_type, _args) do
  children = [
    # ...
    supervisor(GRPC.Server.Supervisor, [{Helloworld.Greeter.Server, 50051}])

  opts = [strategy: :one_for_one, name: YourApp]
  Supervisor.start_link(children, opts)

Then run grpc.server using a mix task

$ mix grpc.server

or start it when starting your application:

# config.exs
config :grpc, start_server: true

$ iex -S mix

Check examples and interop(Interoperability Test) for all examples


  • Unary RPC
  • Server streaming RPC
  • Client streaming RPC
  • Bidirectional streaming RPC
  • Helloworld and RouteGuide examples
  • Doc and more tests
  • Authentication with TLS
  • Improve code generation from protos (protobuf-elixir #8)
  • Timeout for unary calls
  • Errors handling
  • Benchmarking
  • Logging
  • Data compression
  • Support other encoding(other than protobuf)


This project is being sponsored by Tubi. Thank you!


You contributions are welcome!

Please open issues if you have questions, problems and ideas. You can create pull requests directly if you want to fix little bugs, add small features and so on. But you'd better use issues first if you want to add a big feature or change a lot of code.