WebSocket is a protocol providing full-duplex communication channels over a single TCP connection.
The WebSocket protocol was standardized by the IETF as RFC 6455 in 2011, and the WebSocket API in Web IDL is being standardized by the W3C.

WebSocket is designed to be implemented in web browsers and web servers, but it can be used by any client or server application. The WebSocket protocol is an independent TCP-based protocol. Its only relationship to HTTP is that its handshake is interpreted by HTTP servers as an Upgrade request. The WebSocket protocol makes more interaction between a browser and a website possible, facilitating real-time data transfer from and to the server.

Read more about Websockets on Wikipedia.


type WebsocketConfiguration struct {
    // WriteTimeout time allowed to write a message to the connection.
    // Default value is 15 * time.Second
    WriteTimeout time.Duration
    // PongTimeout allowed to read the next pong message from the connection
    // Default value is 60 * time.Second
    PongTimeout time.Duration
    // PingPeriod send ping messages to the connection with this period. Must be less than PongTimeout
    // Default value is (PongTimeout * 9) / 10
    PingPeriod time.Duration
    // MaxMessageSize max message size allowed from connection
    // Default value is 1024
    MaxMessageSize int64
    // BinaryMessages set it to true in order to denotes binary data messages instead of utf-8 text
    // see https://github.com/kataras/iris/issues/387#issuecomment-243006022 for more
    // defaults to false
    BinaryMessages bool
    // Endpoint is the path which the websocket server will listen for clients/connections
    // Default value is empty string, if you don't set it the Websocket server is disabled.
    Endpoint string
    // ReadBufferSize is the buffer size for the underline reader
    ReadBufferSize int
    // WriteBufferSize is the buffer size for the underline writer
    WriteBufferSize int
    // Headers  if true then the client's headers are copy to the websocket connection
    // Default is true
    Headers bool
    // Error specifies the function for generating HTTP error responses.
    // The default behavior is to store the reason in the context (ctx.Set(reason)) and fire any custom error (ctx.EmitError(status))
    Error func(ctx *Context, status int, reason string)
    // CheckOrigin returns true if the request Origin header is acceptable. If
    // CheckOrigin is nil, the host in the Origin header must not be set or
    // must match the host of the request.
    // The default behavior is to allow all origins
    // you can change this behavior by setting the iris.Config.Websocket.CheckOrigin = iris.WebsocketCheckSameOrigin
    CheckOrigin func(ctx *Context) bool
iris.Config.Websocket.Endpoint = "/myEndpoint"
// or
// or 
iris.New(iris.Configuration{Websocket: iris.WebsocketConfiguration{Endpoint: "/myEndpoint"}})


 iris.Websocket.OnConnection(func(c iris.WebsocketConnection){})

WebsocketConnection's methods

// Receive from the client
On("anyCustomEvent", func(message string) {})
On("anyCustomEvent", func(message int){})
On("anyCustomEvent", func(message bool){})
On("anyCustomEvent", func(message anyCustomType){})
On("anyCustomEvent", func(){})

// Receive a native websocket message from the client
// compatible without need of import the iris-ws.js to the .html
OnMessage(func(message []byte){})

// Send to the client
Emit("anyCustomEvent", string)
Emit("anyCustomEvent", int)
Emit("anyCustomEvent", bool)
Emit("anyCustomEvent", anyCustomType)

// Send via native websocket way, compatible without need of import the iris-ws.js to the .html

// Send to specific client(s)

// Send to all opened connections/clients

// Send to all opened connections/clients EXCEPT this client(c)

// Rooms, group of connections/clients

// Fired when the connection is closed

// Force-disconnect the client from the server-side
Disconnect() error

How to use


// ./main.go
package main

import (


type clientPage struct {
    Title string
    Host  string

func main() {
    iris.Static("/js", "./static/js", 1)

    iris.Get("/", func(ctx *iris.Context) {
        ctx.Render("client.html", clientPage{"Client Page", ctx.Host()})

    // the path at which the websocket client should register itself to
    iris.Config.Websocket.Endpoint = "/my_endpoint"
    // for Allow origin you can make use of the middleware
    //iris.Config.Websocket.Headers["Access-Control-Allow-Origin"] = "*"

    var myChatRoom = "room1"
    iris.Websocket.OnConnection(func(c iris.WebsocketConnection) {


        ctx.On("chat", func(message string) {
            // to all except this connection ->
            //ctx.To(iris.Broadcast).Emit("chat", "Message from: "+ctx.ID()+"-> "+message)

            // to the client ->
            //ctx.Emit("chat", "Message from myself: "+message)

            // send the message to the whole room,
            // all connections which are inside this room will receive this message
            ctx.To(myChatRoom).Emit("chat", "From: "+ctx.ID()+": "+message)

        ctx.OnDisconnect(func() {
            fmt.Printf("\nConnection with ID: %s has been disconnected!", ctx.ID())



// js/chat.js
var messageTxt;
var messages;

$(function () {

    messageTxt = $("#messageTxt");
    messages = $("#messages");

    ws = new Ws("ws://" + HOST + "/my_endpoint");
    ws.OnConnect(function () {
        console.log("Websocket connection enstablished");

    ws.OnDisconnect(function () {

    ws.On("chat", function (message) {
        appendMessage($("<div>" + message + "</div>"));

    $("#sendBtn").click(function () {
        ws.Emit("chat", messageTxt.val().toString());


function appendMessage(messageDiv) {
    var theDiv = messages[0]
    var doScroll = theDiv.scrollTop == theDiv.scrollHeight - theDiv.clientHeight;
    if (doScroll) {
        theDiv.scrollTop = theDiv.scrollHeight - theDiv.clientHeight;


    <title>My iris-ws</title>

    <div id="messages" style="border-width:1px;border-style:solid;height:400px;width:375px;">

    <input type="text" id="messageTxt" />
    <button type="button" id="sendBtn">Send</button>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        var HOST = {{.Host}}
    <script src="js/vendor/jquery-2.2.3.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <!-- /iris-ws.js is served automatically by the server -->
    <script src="/iris-ws.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <!-- -->
    <script src="js/chat.js" type="text/javascript"></script>


View a working example by navigating here and if you need more than one websocket server click here.

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