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#1627 in Procedural macros

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genserver: generate a generic server

genserver is tiny async actor framework, inspired by Elixir's GenServer. With few lines code, we do great things.

Check out the docs for more details.

This library is a great choice if you need an small async actor framework that doesn't get up in your face and has the features you need without all the cruft you don't. This crate has the added advantage of being insanely fast, and comes with all of Rust's safety features.

This code is 100% pure-Rust, with no unsafe code anywhere. It has minimal dependencies to keep your compile times short.

Every server you make and launch with the GenServer trait will spawn its own loop to handle incoming messages. You can make as many servers as you'd like, and they can all talk to each other by keeping a copy of the registry generated with #[make_registry{}]. The registry can be cloned into different threads, and it's safe to send messages from anywhere within the same runtime.


First, add the crate as a dependency:

cargo add genserver

Then, try this code here in your crate (note the 2 features that need to be enabled in main.rs or lib.rs for applications and libraries respectively):

// these two features must be enabled at the crate level
#![feature(type_alias_impl_trait, impl_trait_in_assoc_type)]

use std::future::Future;

use genserver::{make_registry, GenServer};

struct MyServer {
    // Any state your server needs can go right
    // in here. We keep a registry around in case
    // we want to call any other servers from our
    // server.
    registry: MyRegistry,

impl GenServer for MyServer {
    // Message type for this server.
    type Message = String;
    // The type of the registry defined by the `make_registry` attribute macro.
    type Registry = MyRegistry;
    // The response type for calls.
    type Response = String;

    // The call response type, a future, which returns Self::Response.
    type CallResponse<'a> = impl Future<Output = Self::Response> + 'a;
    // The cast response type, also a future, which returns unit.
    type CastResponse<'a> = impl Future<Output = ()> + 'a;

    fn new(registry: Self::Registry) -> Self {
        // When are server is started, the registry passes a copy
        // of itself here. We keep it around so we can call
        // other servers from this one.
        Self { registry }

    // Calls to handle_call will block until our `Response` is returned.
    // Because they return a future, we can return an async block here.
    fn handle_call(&mut self, message: Self::Message) -> Self::CallResponse<'_> {
        println!("handle_call received {}", message);
        std::future::ready("returned from handle_call".into())

    // Casts always return (), because they do not block callers and return
    // immediately.
    fn handle_cast(&mut self, message: Self::Message) -> Self::CastResponse<'_> {
        println!("handle_cast received {}", message);

    myserver: MyServer
struct MyRegistry;

// When the registry goes out of scope, everything will shut down. You have to
// keep the registry in scope as long as you want it to continue running.
tokio::spawn(async {
    let registry = MyRegistry::start().await;

    let response = registry
        .call_myserver("calling myserver".into())
        .cast_myserver("casting to myserver".into())
    // Give some time for the messages to be delivered.


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