WebSocket is a protocol that enables two-way persistent communication channels over TCP connections. It is used for applications such as chat, stock tickers, games, anywhere you want real-time functionality in a web application.

Use WebSockets when you need to work directly with a socket connection. For example, you might need the best possible performance for a real-time game.

First of all, read the kataras/neffos wiki to master the new websocket library built for net/http and Iris.

It comes pre-installed with Iris, however you can install it separately by executing the following shell command.

$ go get github.com/kataras/neffos@latest

Continue by reading how you can register the neffos websocket server into your Iris application.

A list of comprehensive examples working with websockets can be found at: https://github.com/kataras/iris/tree/main/_examples/websocket.

The iris/websocket subpackage contains (only) Iris-specific migrations and helpers for the neffos websocket framework one.

For example, to gain access of the request's Context you can call the websocket.GetContext(Conn) from inside an event message handler/callback:

// GetContext returns the Iris Context from a websocket connection.
func GetContext(c *neffos.Conn) Context

To register a websocket neffos.Server to a route use the websocket.Handler function:

// IDGenerator is an iris-specific IDGenerator for new connections.
type IDGenerator func(Context) string

// Handler returns an Iris handler to be served in a route of an Iris application.
// Accepts the neffos websocket server as its first input argument
// and optionally an Iris-specific `IDGenerator` as its second one.
func Handler(s *neffos.Server, IDGenerator ...IDGenerator) Handler


import (

// [...]

onChat := func(ns *neffos.NSConn, msg neffos.Message) error {
    ctx := websocket.GetContext(ns.Conn)
    // [...]
    return nil

app := iris.New()
ws := neffos.New(websocket.DefaultGorillaUpgrader, neffos.Namespaces{
    "default": neffos.Events {
        "chat": onChat,
app.Get("/websocket_endpoint", websocket.Handler(ws))

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