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Spyne 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.
In other words, Spyne is a framework for building distributed
solutions that strictly follow the MVC pattern, where Model =
spyne.protocol and Controller =
Spyne comes with the implementations of popular transport, protocol and interface document standards along with a well-defined API that lets you build on existing functionality.
The following are the primary sources of information about spyne:
Github <https://github.com/arskom/spyne/downloads>_ or
Spyne source distribution is a collection of highly decoupled components, which
makes it a bit difficult to put a simple list of requirements, as literally
pytz is optional.
Spyne 2.13 supports Python 2.7, 3.6, 3.7 and 3.8.
Additionally the following software packages are needed for various subsystems of Spyne:
lxml>=3.2.5 <http://lxml.de>_ is needed for any xml-related protocol.
lxml>=3.4.1 <http://lxml.de>_ is needed for any html-related protocol.
SQLAlchemy <http://sqlalchemy.org>_ is needed for
pyzmq <https://github.com/zeromq/pyzmq>_ is needed for
Werkzeug <http://werkzeug.pocoo.org/>_ is needed for using
spyne.protocol.http.HttpRpcunder a wsgi transport.
PyParsing <http://pypi.python.org/pypi/pyparsing>_ is needed for using
Twisted <http://twistedmatrix.com/>_ is needed for anything in
Django <http://djangoproject.com/>_ (tested with 1.8 and up) is needed for anything in
Pyramid <http://pylonsproject.org/>_ is needed for
msgpack>=1.0.0 <http://github.com/msgpack/msgpack-python/>_ is needed for
PyYaml <https://bitbucket.org/xi/pyyaml>_ is needed for
simplejson <http://github.com/simplejson/simplejson>_ is used when found for
You are advised to add these as requirements to your own projects, as these are only optional dependencies of Spyne, thus not handled in its setup script.
You first need to have package manager (pip, easy_install) installed. Spyne ships with a setuptools bootstrapper, so if setup.py refuses to run because it can't find setuptools, do:
You can add append --user to get it installed with $HOME/.local as prefix.
You can get spyne via pypi: ::
easy_install [--user] spyne
or you can clone the latest master tree from Github: ::
git clone git://github.com/arskom/spyne.git
To install from source distribution, you can run the setup script as usual: ::
python setup.py install [--user]
If you want to make any changes to the Spyne code, just use ::
python setup.py develop [--user]
so that you can painlessly test your patches.
Finally, to run the tests, you need to first install every single library that
Spyne integrates with, along with additional packages like
that are only needed when running Spyne testsuite. An up-to-date list is
maintained in the
requirements/ directory, in separate files for both
Python 2.7 and >=3.6. To install everything, run: ::
pip install [--user] -r requirements/test_requirements.txt
If you are still stuck on Python 2.x however, you should use: ::
pip install [--user] -r requirements/test_requirements_py27.txt
Assuming all dependencies are installed without any issues, the following command will run the whole test suite: ::
python setup.py test
Spyne's test harness has evolved a lot in the 10+ years the project has been active. It has 3 main stages: Traditional unit tests, tests that perform end-to-end testing by starting actual daemons that listen on real TCP sockets on hard-coded ports, and finally Django tests that are managed by tox. Naively running pytest etc in the root directory will fail as their auto-discovery mechanism was not implemented with Spyne's requirements in mind.
The official mailing list for both users and developers alike can be found at: http://lists.spyne.io/listinfo/people.
You can also use the 'spyne' tag to ask questions on
Stack Overflow <https://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/spyne>_.
Please don't use the issue tracker for asking questions. It's a database that holds the most important information for the project, so we must avoid cluttering it as much as possible.
If you feel like helping out, see the CONTRIBUTING.rst file in the Spyne source distribution for starting points and general guidelines.