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0.2.0 Nov 8, 2022
0.1.0 Feb 11, 2022

#958 in Web programming




Ably is the platform that powers synchronized digital experiences in realtime. Whether attending an event in a virtual venue, receiving realtime financial information, or monitoring live car performance data – consumers simply expect realtime digital experiences as standard. Ably provides a suite of APIs to build, extend, and deliver powerful digital experiences in realtime for more than 250 million devices across 80 countries each month. Organizations like Bloomberg, HubSpot, Verizon, and Hopin depend on Ably’s platform to offload the growing complexity of business-critical realtime data synchronization at global scale. For more information, see the Ably documentation.

This is a Rust client library for the Ably REST API. It does not currently include any realtime features.

NOTE: This SDK is a developer preview and not considered production ready.


Add the ably and tokio crates to your Cargo.toml:

ably = "0.2.0"
tokio = { version = "1", features = ["full"] }

Using the REST API

Initialize A Client

Initialize a client with a method to authenticate with Ably.

  • With an API Key:
let client = ably::Rest::from("xVLyHw.SmDuMg:************");
  • With an auth URL:
let auth_url = "https://example.com/auth".parse()?;

let client = ably::ClientOptions::new().auth_url(auth_url).client()?;

Publish A Message


let channel = client.channels.get("test");
  • Publish a string:
let result = channel.publish().string("a string").send().await;
  • Publish a JSON object:
struct Point {
    x: i32,
    y: i32,
let point = Point { x: 3, y: 4 };
let result = channel.publish().json(point).send().await;
  • Publish binary data:
let data = vec![0x01, 0x02, 0x03, 0x04];
let result = channel.publish().binary(data).send().await;

Retrieve History

let mut pages = channel.history().pages();
while let Some(Ok(page)) = pages.next().await {
    for msg in page.items().await? {
        println!("message data = {:?}", msg.data);

Retrieve Presence

let mut pages = channel.presence.get().pages();
while let Some(Ok(page)) = pages.next().await {
    for msg in page.items().await? {
        println!("presence data = {:?}", msg.data);

Retrieve Presence History

let mut pages = channel.presence.history().pages();
while let Some(Ok(page)) = pages.next().await {
    for msg in page.items().await? {
        println!("presence data = {:?}", msg.data);

Encrypted Message Data

When a 128 bit or 256 bit key is provided to the library, the data attributes of all messages are encrypted and decrypted automatically using that key. The secret key is never transmitted to Ably. See https://www.ably.com/documentation/realtime/encryption

// Initialize a channel with cipher parameters so that published messages
// get encrypted.
let cipher_key = ably::crypto::generate_random_key::<ably::crypto::Key256>();
let params = ably::rest::CipherParams::from(cipher_key);
let channel = client.channels.name("rust-example").cipher(params).get();

    .name("name is not encrypted")
    .string("sensitive data is encrypted")

Request A Token

let result = client

Retrieve Application Statistics

let mut pages = client.stats().pages();
while let Some(Ok(page)) = pages.next().await {
    for stats in page.items().await? {
        println!("stats = {:?}", stats);


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