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Quick Start

This quick start describes how to install, test the installation and create and run a sample application.


There is an overview of more specific installation instructions for specific Systems and Environments

You will need Python 2/3 or PyPy 2 and pip.

To install with required dependencies:

pip install crossbar

To install with all optional parts as well:

pip install crossbar[all]

Test the Installation

When successful, the installation will have created a crossbar command line tool:

(python279_1)oberstet@thinkpad-t430s:~$ which crossbar
(python279_1)oberstet@thinkpad-t430s:~$ ls -la `which crossbar`
-rwxrwxr-x 1 oberstet oberstet 331 Aug 17 21:09 /home/oberstet/python279_1/bin/crossbar

The path to the crossbar executable will depend on your environment.

You can then verify the install by running crossbar version, which lists the software versions of important components:

(python279_1)oberstet@thinkpad-t430s:~$ crossbar version
     __  __  __  __  __  __      __     __
    /  `|__)/  \/__`/__`|__) /\ |__)  |/  \
    \__,|  \\__/.__/.__/|__)/~~\|  \. |\__/        : 0.11.0
  Autobahn         : 0.10.5.post2
    UTF8 Validator : wsaccel-0.6.2
    XOR Masker     : wsaccel-0.6.2
    JSON Codec     : ujson-1.33
    MsgPack Codec  : msgpack-python-0.4.6
  Twisted          : 15.3.0-EPollReactor
  Python           : 2.7.9/CPython
OS                 : Linux-3.13.0-61-generic-x86_64-with-debian-jessie-sid
Machine            : x86_64

Create an Application

The command line tool crossbar can generate complete, ready-to-run application templates to get you started quickly.

To create a Hello world! application with a HTML5/JavaScript frontend and Python backend:

crossbar init --template hello:python --appdir hello

or to create the application with a NodeJS backend:

crossbar init --template hello:nodejs --appdir hello

You will need to install AutobahnJS for Node by doing npm install -g autobahn and have NODE_PATH set so Node finds it.

To get a list of available templates:

crossbar templates

When initializing an application template, a directory will be created with a couple of files prefilled. E.g. the Python variant of the application template will create the following files:


Here, ./.crossbar/config.json is a configuration file for a node while the other files are for the application itself.

For further information about getting started with specific languages, see the overview on this page.

Run the Application

To start the node switch to the application directory

cd hello
crossbar start

Then open http://localhost:8080/ in your browser. Make sure to open the JavaScript console as well to see logging output.

What you should see logged is a message such as "Hello from Python" or "Hello from NodeJS", indicating that the JavaScript code running in the browser just successfully called a remote procedure in another WAMP application component implemented in Python or NodeJS.

You can find the backend code in ./hello/ (for the Python variant) and the frontend code in ./hello/web/index.html.

What now?

Go to Command Line to learn about the command line tool or learn how to get started with your language of choice.