Rainbows! is an HTTP server for sleepy Rack applications. It is based on Unicorn, but designed to handle applications that expect long request/response times and/or slow clients.
For Rack applications not heavily bound by slow external network dependencies, consider Unicorn instead as it simpler and easier to debug.
If you’re on a small system, or write extremely tight and reliable code and don’t want multiple worker processes, check out Zbatery, too. Zbatery can use all the crazy network concurrency options of Rainbows! in a single worker process.
We aim to support as many concurrency models as we can because they all suck; differently.
For network concurrency, models we currently support are:
We have many more on the way for handling network concurrency. Additionally, we also use multiple processes (managed by Unicorn) for robustness and CPU/memory/disk concurrency.
We also provide Rainbows::AppPool Rack middleware for some network concurrency models for limiting application concurrency independently of network concurrency.
Designed for Rack, the standard for modern Ruby HTTP applications.
Built on Unicorn, inheriting its process/socket management features such as transparent upgrades and Ruby configuration DSL.
As with Unicorn, it is able to stream large request bodies off the socket to the application while the client is still uploading. Since Rainbows! can handle slow clients, this feature is more useful than it is with Unicorn.
Combines heavyweight concurrency (worker processes) with lightweight concurrency (Events/Fibers/Actors/Threads), allowing CPU/memory/disk to be scaled independently of client connections. More concurrency models (listed in the TODO) will be supported as we find time for them.
Rainbows! is mainly designed for the odd things Unicorn sucks at:
3rd-party APIs (to services outside your control/LAN)
OpenID consumers (to providers outside your control/LAN)
Reverse proxy implementations with editing/censoring (to upstreams outside your control/LAN)
BOSH (with slow clients)
HTTP server push
real-time upload processing (via upr)
Rainbows! can also be used to service slow clients directly even with fast applications.
Rainbows! is copyright 2009,2010 by all contributors (see logs in git). Rainbows! is licensed under the Ruby (1.8) license or the GPL (v2 or v3). See the included LICENSE file for more details.
Rainbows! is 100% Free Software.
You may download the tarball from the Rainbows! project page on Rubyforge and run setup.rb after unpacking it:
You may also install it via RubyGems on RubyGems.org:
gem install rainbows
In APP_ROOT (where config.ru is located), run:
Rainbows! will bind to all interfaces on TCP port 8080 by default.
Rainbows! will look for the config.ru file used by rackup in APP_ROOT.
For deployments, it can use a config file for Unicorn and Rainbows!-specific options specified by the --config-file/-c command-line switch. Rainbows! accepts all options found in Unicorn::Configurator as well as the “Rainbows!” block, so you can have the following in your config file:
worker_processes 4 # assuming four CPU cores Rainbows! do use :FiberSpawn worker_connections 100 end
You can get the latest source via git from the following locations (these versions may not be stable):
git://bogomips.org/rainbows.git git://repo.or.cz/rainbows.git (mirror)
You may browse the code from the web and download the latest snapshot tarballs here:
Inline patches (from “git format-patch”) to the mailing list are preferred because they allow code review and comments in the reply to the patch.
We will adhere to mostly the same conventions for patch submissions as git itself. See the Documentation/SubmittingPatches document distributed with git on on patch submission guidelines to follow. Just don’t email the git mailing list or maintainer with Rainbows! patches.
There is NO WARRANTY whatsoever if anything goes wrong, but let us know and we’ll try our best to fix it.
All feedback (bug reports, user/development discussion, patches, pull requests) go to the mailing list/newsgroup. Patches must be sent inline (git format-patch -M + git send-email). No subscription is necessary to post on the mailing list. No top posting. Address replies To: the mailing list.