RPyC Servers

Since RPyC is a symmetric protocol (where both client and server can process requests), an RPyC server is a largely just a main-loop that accepts incoming connections and calls serve_all(). RPyC comes with three built-in servers:

  • Forking - forks a child-process to handle each incoming connection (POSIX only)
  • Threaded - spawns a thread to handle each incoming connection (POSIX and Windows)
  • Thread Pool - assigns a worker-thread for each incoming connection from the thread pool; if the thread pool is exhausted, the connection is dropped.

If you wish to implement new servers (say, reactor-based, etc.), you can derive from rpyc.utils.server.Server and implement _accept_method() to your own liking.


RPyC uses the notion of authenticators to authenticate incoming connections. An authenticator object can be passed to the server instance upon construction, and it is used to validate incoming connections. See Authenticators for more info.

Classic Server

RPyC comes “bundled” with a Classic-mode server – rpyc_classic.py. This executable script takes several command-line switches and starts an RPyC server exposing the ClassicService. It is installed to your python’s scripts/ directory, and should be executable from the command line. Example usage:

$ ./rpyc_classic.py -m threaded -p 12333
INFO:SLAVE/12333:server started on []:12333
INFO:SLAVE/12333:welcome []:34044
INFO:SLAVE/12333:goodbye []:34044
WARNING:SLAVE/12333:keyboard interrupt!
INFO:SLAVE/12333:server has terminated
INFO:SLAVE/12333:listener closed

The classic server takes the following command-line switches (try running it with -h for more info):

General switches

  • -m, --mode=MODE - the serving mode (threaded, forking, or stdio). The default is threaded; stdio is useful for integration with inetd.
  • -p, --port=PORT - the TCP port (only useful for threaded or forking modes). The default is 18812; for SSL the default is 18821.
  • --host=HOSTNAME - the host to bind to. The default is
  • --ipv6 - if given, binds an IPv6 socket. Otherwise, binds an IPv4 socket (the default).
  • --logfile=FILENAME - the log file to use. The default is stderr
  • -q, --quiet - if given, sets quiet mode (no logging).

Registry switches

  • --register - if given, the server will attempt to register with a registry server. By default, the server will not attempt to register.

The following switches are only relevant in conjunction with --register:

  • --registry-type=REGTYPE - The registry type (UDP or TCP). The default is UDP, where the server sends timely UDP broadcasts, aimed at the registry server.
  • --registry-port=REGPORT - The TCP/UDP port of the registry server. The default is 18811.
  • --registry-host=REGHOST - The host running the registry server. For UDP the default is broadcast (; for TCP, this parameter is required.

SSL switches

If any of the following switches is given, the server uses the SSL authenticator. These cannot be used with conjunction with --vdb.

  • --ssl-keyfile=FILENAME - the server’s SSL key-file. Required for SSL
  • --ssl-certfile=FILENAME - the server’s SSL certificate file. Required for SSL
  • --ssl-cafile=FILENAME - the certificate authority chain file. This switch is optional; if it’s given, it enables client-side authentication.

Custom RPyC Servers

Starting an RPyC server that exposes your service is quite easy – when you construct the rpyc.utils.server.Server instance, pass it your rpyc.core.service.Service factory. You can use the following snippet:

import rpyc
from rpyc.utils.server import ThreadedServer # or ForkingServer

class MyService(rpyc.Service):
    # ... you service's implementation

if __name__ == "__main__":
    server = ThreadedServer(MyService, port = 12345)

Refer to rpyc.utils.server.Server for the list all possible arguments.

Registry Server

RPyC comes with a simple command-line registry server, which can be configured quite extensively by command-line switches. The registry server is a bonjour-like agent, with which services may register and clients may perform queries. For instance, if you start an RPyC server that provides service Foo on myhost:17777, you can register that server with the registry server, which would allow clients to later query for the servers that expose that service (and get back a list of TCP endpoints). For more info, see Registry.


  • -m, --mode=MODE - The registry mode; either UDP or TCP. The default is UDP.
  • -p, --port=PORT - The UDP/TCP port to bind to. The default is 18811.
  • -f, --file=FILE - The log file to use. The default is stderr.
  • -q, --quiet - If given, sets quiet mode (only errors are logged)
  • -t, --timeout=PRUNING_TIMEOUT - Sets a custom pruning timeout, in seconds. The pruning time is the amount of time the registry server will keep a previously-registered service, when it no longer sends timely keepalives. The default is 4 minutes (240 seconds).