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A bus for passing messages around between independent subsystems of an application

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0.2.1 Sep 17, 2021
0.1.2 Sep 17, 2021

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A bus for passing messages around between independent subsystems of an application.

use std::time::Duration;

use nysa::global as bus;

enum Add {
   Two(i32, i32),

struct AdditionResult(i32);

fn main() {
   let adder = std::thread::spawn(move || loop {
      match bus::wait_for::<Add>().consume() {
         Add::Two(a, b) => bus::push(AdditionResult(a + b)),
         Add::Quit => break,

   bus::push(Add::Two(1, 2));
   bus::push(Add::Two(4, 5));

   for message in &bus::retrieve_all::<AdditionResult>() {
      let AdditionResult(x) = message.consume();
      println!("{}", x);

What is nysa?

Nysa is a thread-safe message bus for applications.

It exposes a safe and simple to use API while abstracting away all the dirty details of mutexes and condvars.

The main usage of nysa is desktop applications which rely on a lot of subsystems communicating with each other to download, process, convert, compute data. Each subsystem can wait for messages to arrive on the bus, and then push more messages onto the bus.

The core idea of nysa is to keep it simple, stupid. For nysa, code readability is more important than blazing fast performance. Making an application use multiple threads should not be a very difficult task.

This is also why nysa exposes a "default", static bus, available in the nysa::global module. Using this bus alone should be enough for most applications, but if performance ever becomes a problem, it's possible to create multiple smaller buses for orchestrating sub-subsystems in subsystems.

What nysa is not

  • Nysa is not suited very well for I/O-intensive tasks. For that, you should use an async dispatcher such as tokio.
  • Nysa is not production-grade software. It's a toy project built as a component of my collaborative painting app, NetCanv. Maybe someday it'll come to a point where I'll be confident to release version 1.0, but I doubt it ever will.
  • Nysa is not battle-tested. If it ever panics on you with the panic message starting with data race:, please report a bug.

What's in the name?

The name is a throwback to an old Polish van, ZSD Nysa, manufactured back in the times of the Polish People's Republic. One of its variants was a minibus, and that's what this library's name refers to.