Microservice RPC through message queues.

2.4.1 2021-03-10 12:23 UTC


The easy to use queue based RPC library. You can use any queueing system and any ancoding to connect your server and client. With ninjaRPC you can setup your PHP based microservice stack.


composer require bitninja/ninjarpc ~2.1

Example Server

use BitNinja\NinjaRpc\Server;
use BitNinja\NinjaRpc\Encoders\JsonEncoder;
use BitNinja\NinjaRpc\QueueManagers\RabbitMQ;

// Target service
$ping = function($param1){
    echo 'ping was called!';

// Set up a queue manager
$queueManager = new RabbitMQ();

// Set up an encoder
$encoder = new JsonEncoder();

// Set up a router
$router = new SimpleRouter([
    'ping' => $ping

// Create the server
$server = new Server('TestServer', $queueManager, $encoder, $router);

// Serve requests forever
while (1) {

Example Client

use BitNinja\NinjaRpc\Client;
use BitNinja\NinjaRpc\Encoders\JsonEncoder;
use BitNinja\NinjaRpc\QueueManagers\RabbitMQ;

// Set up a queue manager
$queueManager = new RabbitMQ()

// Set up an encoder
$encoder = new JsonEncoder();

// Create the client
$client = new Client($queueManager, $encoder);

// Invoke an rpc call
$call = $client->asyncCall('TestServer', 'ping', ['param1' => 'pong']);

// Wait for the response

// Debug dump the results


Recently microservices has more and more popularity, and one of the best way for your services to communicate with each other is throug message queues. There are a lot fo different queueing systems. The most famous general puprose queueing ssgem is RabbitMQ, but you can use redis, ActiveMQ, Kafka, etc.

NinjaRPC manages all the nasty details behind the scenes of an RPC call using a message queue. Doing an RPC call is not simply sending a message. You have to deal with the response too, take care of declaring the queues, handle timeouts, etc. This is where NinjaRPC helps you.

You can use the built in queue implementations or create your own implementation. (please send me a pull request if you implement new queuing systems)

Also you have the freedom to choose a coding. I have implemented some basic encoders like the PHP built in serialize and json, but you are free to implement any other encoders to us.

API Reference


Unit tests

You can run the unit tests using phpunit. Simply run it at the root of the git source tree, and it will run all the unit tests and generate shiny reports.

Integration tests

You can run a basic integration test. Make sure to set up a rabbitmq server with default configurations, or start a docker for it first.

$ docker run -d --hostname my-rabbit --name some-rabbit rabbitmq:3

Then you can start the integration tests. Start with the server.

$ cd example
$ php ./server.php

Then in a new console start the client too.

$ cd example
$ php ./client.php


Any contribution is very welcome! If you implement new queue drivers or encoders, please send a pull request.


MIT license.