#jsonrpc #macro #http #client


An async, macro-driven JSON-RPC client with pluggable backends

5 releases (breaking)

0.5.0 Jan 11, 2021
0.4.0 Jan 11, 2021
0.3.0 Jan 10, 2021
0.2.0 Oct 12, 2018
0.1.0 Aug 24, 2018

#45 in HTTP client

Used in bitcoin_rpc_client


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No bullshit JSON-RPC client for Rust


  • No boilerplate: Driven by proc-macros
  • No client lock-in: Complete freedom over underlying HTTP client
  • Lightweight: Only depends on syn and serde
  • Async-ready

How does it work?

We take a trait as input to a proc-macro and output another one that has default implementations for all the functions. This allows us to take away all the boilerplate of making JSON-RPC calls and you get to define a nice interface at the same time!

How do I use it?

  1. Depend on jsonrpc_client:

    jsonrpc_client = { version = "*", features = ["reqwest"] }
  2. Define a trait that describes the JSON-RPC API you want to talk to and annotate it with #[jsonrpc_client::api]:

    pub trait Math {
        async fn subtract(&self, subtrahend: i64, minuend: i64) -> i64;
  3. Define your client:

    struct Client {
        inner: reqwest::Client,
        base_url: reqwest::Url,
  4. Start using your client!


Currently, the client supports several backends, all of them can be activated via a separate feature-flag:

  • reqwest
  • surf
  • isahc

Support for more backends is welcomed.

Unfortunately, not all can be supported. In particular:

  • hreq: Cannot be supported because their Agent takes &mut self for sending a request which doesn't work with the SendRequest trait.
  • awc: Cannot be supported because their Client does not implement Send.


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