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Clojure and ClojureScript client libraries for Funnel

Lambda Island Open Source


funnel-client is part of a growing collection of quality Clojure libraries created and maintained by the fine folks at Gaiwan.

Pay it forward by becoming a backer on our Open Collective, so that we may continue to enjoy a thriving Clojure ecosystem.

You can find an overview of our projects at lambdaisland/open-source.




To use the latest release, add the following to your deps.edn (Clojure CLI)

com.lambdaisland/funnel-client {:mvn/version "0.0.28"}

or add the following to your project.clj (Leiningen)

[com.lambdaisland/funnel-client "0.0.28"]


To use Funnel all you need is a websocket connection and a way to read and write Transit. As such we originally envisaged people would use their websocket connection of choice to connect to Funnel directly.

To reduce the boilerplate that people have to write, and to encode some best practice patterns, we decided to make these clients available. There's a Clojure and a ClojureScript client, which both implement the same high level API, to the extent possible, providing that they sit upon very different websocket implementations and platforms.


At it simplest all you need is:

(require '[lambdaisland.funnel-client :as funnel-client])

(def conn (funnel-client/connect {:on-message prn}))

;; query funnel to get the whoami map of every connected client
(funnel-client/send conn {:funnel/query true})

See the Funnel README to understand how to use the Funnel protocol.

connect takes the following options

  • :uri defaults to ws://localhost:44220, or if using the ClojureScript client and the current origin is https, then it will use wss (SSL)
  • :on-open / :on-error / :on-close / :on-message callbacks, these all take two arguments, the connection itself, and a handshake/error/message
  • :whoami map or atom containing the Funnel whoami map. If omitted will use the funnel-client/whoami global atom.

If using an atom as a :whoami then changing the contents of the atom will automatically re-announce the identifying information to Funnel.


If you only use one of the two clients, you may want to exclude the dependencies needed for the other client.

For ClojureScript we pull in

  • com.cognitect/transit-cljs
  • lambdaisland/glogi

On Clojure we make use of

  • io.pedestal/pedestal.log
  • com.cognitect/transit-clj


Everyone has a right to submit patches to funnel-client, and thus become a contributor.

Contributors MUST

  • adhere to the LambdaIsland Clojure Style Guide
  • write patches that solve a problem. Start by stating the problem, then supply a minimal solution. *
  • agree to license their contributions as MPL 2.0.
  • not break the contract with downstream consumers. **
  • not break the tests.

Contributors SHOULD

  • update the CHANGELOG and README.
  • add tests for new functionality.

If you submit a pull request that adheres to these rules, then it will almost certainly be merged immediately. However some things may require more consideration. If you add new dependencies, or significantly increase the API surface, then we need to decide if these changes are in line with the project's goals. In this case you can start by writing a pitch, and collecting feedback on it.

* This goes for features too, a feature needs to solve a problem. State the problem it solves, then supply a minimal solution.

** As long as this project has not seen a public release (i.e. is not on Clojars) we may still consider making breaking changes, if there is consensus that the changes are justified.


Copyright © 2020-2021 Arne Brasseur and Contributors

Licensed under the term of the Mozilla Public License 2.0, see LICENSE.

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