Warning! This is from rpclib's unstable development branch.


Rpclib aims to save the protocol implementers the hassle of implementing their own remote procedure call api and the application programmers the hassle of jumping through hoops just to expose their services using multiple protocols and transports.

Rpclib comes with the implementations of popular transport, protocol and interface document standards along with an easy-to-use API that lets you build on and extend existing functionality.

Rpclib currently supports the WSDL 1.1 interface description standard, along with SOAP 1.1 and the rest-minus-the-verbs HttpRpc protocols which can be transported via HTTP or ZeroMQ. The transports can be used in a both client or server setting.

The following are the primary sources of information about rpclib:

Rpclib is a generalized version of a soap processing library known as soaplib. The following legacy versions of soaplib are also available in the source repository at github as branches.


Rpclib reportedly runs on any version of Python from 2.4 through 2.7. We're also looking for volunteers to test Python 3.x.

While the aim is to have no requirements besides the standard Python library for the Rpclib core, the following packages are needed if you want to run any Rpclib service at all:

both of which are available through “easy_install“.

Additionally the following software packages are needed for various subsystems that Rpclib supports:

  • `SQLAlchemy <`_“>github.com/zeromq/pyzmq>`_ for :class:`rpclib.client.zeromq.ZeroMQClient` and :class:`rpclib.server.zeromq.ZeroMQServer`.

  • A Wsgi server of your choice to wrap :class:`rpclib.server.wsgi.WsgiApplication`.


You can get rpclib via pypi:

easy_install rpclib

or you can clone from github:

git clone git://github.com/arskom/rpclib.git

or get the source distribution from one of the download sites and unpack it.

To install from source distribution, you should run its setup script as usual:

python setup.py install

To run the non-interop tests use:

python setup.py test

And if you want to make any changes to the rpclib code, it's more comfortable to


python setup.py develop


The main developers of rpclib lurk in the official soap implementors forum in python.org, `here <`_“>www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0008/>`_ style guidelines for both source code and docstrings.

We could also use help with the docs, which are built from `restructured text <`_”>sphinx.pocoo.org>`_.

Regular contributors may be invited to join as a core rpclib committer on GitHub. Even if this gives the core committers the power to commit directly to the core repository, we highly value code reviews and expect every significant change to be committed via pull requests.