Extra decorators for creating async TCP/IP connections, built on top of ReactPHP's Socket component

v1.1.0 2017-08-03 11:10 UTC


This project provides extra (in terms of "additional", "extraordinary", "special" and "unusual") decorators, built on top of ReactPHP's Socket.

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If you're not already familar with react/socket, think of it as an async (non-blocking) version of fsockopen() or stream_socket_client(). I.e. before you can send and receive data to/from a remote server, you first have to establish a connection - which takes its time because it involves several steps. In order to be able to establish several connections at the same time, react/socket provides a simple API to establish simple connections in an async (non-blocking) way.

This project includes several classes that extend this base functionality by implementing the same simple ConnectorInterface. This interface provides a single promise-based method connect($uri) which can be used to easily notify when the connection is successfully established or the Connector gives up and the connection fails.

$connector->connect('')->then(function ($stream) {
    echo 'connection successfully established';
    $stream->write("GET / HTTP/1.0\r\nHost:\r\n\r\n");
}, function ($exception) {
    echo 'connection attempt failed: ' . $exception->getMessage();

Because everything uses the same simple API, the resulting Connector classes can be easily interchanged and be used in places that expect the normal ConnectorInterface. This can be used to stack them into each other, like using timeouts for TCP connections, delaying SSL/TLS connections, retrying failed connection attemps, randomly picking a Connector or any combination thereof.


This section lists all this libraries' features along with some examples. The examples assume you've installed this library and already set up a Socket/Connector instance $connector.

All classes are located in the ConnectionManager\Extra namespace.


The ConnectionManagerRepeat($connector, $tries) tries connecting to the given location up to a maximum of $tries times when the connection fails.

If you pass a value of 3 to it, it will first issue a normal connection attempt and then retry up to 2 times if the connection attempt fails:

$connectorRepeater = new ConnectionManagerRepeat($connector, 3);

$connectorRepeater->connect('')->then(function ($stream) {
    echo 'connection successfully established';


The ConnectionManagerTimeout($connector, $timeout, $loop) sets a maximum $timeout in seconds on when to give up waiting for the connection to complete.

$connector = new ConnectionManagerTimeout($connector, 3.0, $loop);


The ConnectionManagerDelay($connector, $delay, $loop) sets a fixed initial $delay in seconds before actually trying to connect. (Not to be confused with ConnectionManagerTimeout which sets a maximum timeout.)

$delayed = new ConnectionManagerDelayed($connector, 0.5, $loop);


The ConnectionManagerReject(null|string|callable $reason) simply rejects every single connection attempt. This is particularly useful for the below ConnectionManagerSelective to reject connection attempts to only certain destinations (for example blocking advertisements or harmful sites).

The constructor accepts an optional rejection reason which will be used for rejecting the resulting promise.

You can explicitly pass a string value which will be used as the message for the Exception instance:

$connector = new ConnectionManagerReject('Blocked');
$connector->connect('')->then(null, function ($e) {
    assert($e instanceof \Exception);
    assert($e->getMessage() === 'Blocked');

You can explicitly pass a callable value which will be used to either throw or return a custom Exception instance:

$connector = new ConnectionManagerReject(function ($uri) {
    throw new RuntimeException($uri . ' blocked');
$connector->connect('')->then(null, function ($e) {
    assert($e instanceof \RuntimeException);
    assert($e->getMessage() === ' blocked');


The ConnectionManagerSwappable($connector) is a simple decorator for other ConnectionManagers to simplify exchanging the actual ConnectionManager during runtime (->setConnectionManager($connector)).


The ConnectionManagerConsecutive($connectors) establishs connections by trying to connect through any of the given ConnectionManagers in consecutive order until the first one succeeds.

$consecutive = new ConnectionManagerConsecutive(array(


The ConnectionManagerRandom($connectors) works much like ConnectionManagerConsecutive but instead of using a fixed order, it always uses a randomly shuffled order.

$random = new ConnectionManagerRandom(array(


The ConnectionManagerConcurrent($connectors) establishes connections by trying to connect through ALL of the given ConnectionManagers at once, until the first one succeeds.

$concurrent = new ConnectionManagerConcurrent(array(


The ConnectionManagerSelective($connectors) manages a list of Connectors and forwards each connection through the first matching one. This can be used to implement networking access control lists (ACLs) or firewill rules like a blacklist or whitelist.

This allows fine-grained control on how to handle outgoing connections, like rejecting advertisements, delaying unencrypted HTTP requests or forwarding HTTPS connection through a foreign country.

If none of the entries in the list matches, the connection will be rejected. This can be used to implement a very simple whitelist like this:

$selective = new ConnectionManagerSelective(array(
    '' => $connector,
    '*:443' => $connector

If you want to implement a blacklist (i.e. reject only certain targets), make sure to add a default target to the end of the list like this:

$reject = new ConnectionManagerReject();
$selective = new ConnectionManagerSelective(array(
    '' => $reject,
    '*:80-81' => $reject,
    '*' => $connector

Similarly, you can also combine any of the other connectors to implement more advanced connection setups, such as delaying unencrypted connections only and retrying unreliable hosts:

// delay connection by 2 seconds
$delayed = new ConnectionManagerDelay($connector, 2.0, $loop);

// maximum of 3 tries, each taking no longer than 2.0 seconds
$retry = new ConnectionManagerRepeat(
    new ConnectionManagerTimeout($connector, 2.0, $loop),

$selective = new ConnectionManagerSelective(array(
    '*:80' => $delayed,
    '' => $retry,
    '*' => $connector

Each entry in the list MUST be in the form host or host:port, where host may contain the * wildcard character and port may be given as either an exact port number or as a range in the form of min-max. Passing anything else will result in an InvalidArgumentException.

Note that the host will be matched exactly as-is otherwise. This means that if you only block, this has no effect on You may want to add a second rule for * in this case.


The recommended way to install this library is through Composer. New to Composer?

This will install the latest supported version:

$ composer require clue/connection-manager-extra:^1.1

See also the CHANGELOG for more details about version upgrades.


To run the test suite, you first need to clone this repo and then install all dependencies through Composer:

$ composer install

To run the test suite, go to the project root and run:

$ php vendor/bin/phpunit