WebSockets Example

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This example connects to an echo server on wss://echo.websocket.org, sends a ping message, and receives the response.


The Cargo.toml enables features necessary to create a WebSocket object and to access events such as MessageEvent or ErrorEvent.

name = "websockets"
version = "0.1.0"
authors = ["The wasm-bindgen Developers"]
edition = "2018"

crate-type = ["cdylib"]

wasm-bindgen = "0.2.60"

version = "0.3.22"
features = [


This code shows the basic steps required to work with a WebSocket. At first it opens the connection, then subscribes to events onmessage, onerror, onopen. After the socket is opened it sends a ping message, receives an echoed response and prints it to the browser console.

# #![allow(unused_variables)]
#fn main() {
use wasm_bindgen::prelude::*;
use wasm_bindgen::JsCast;
use web_sys::{ErrorEvent, MessageEvent, WebSocket};

macro_rules! console_log {
    ($($t:tt)*) => (log(&format_args!($($t)*).to_string()))

extern "C" {
    #[wasm_bindgen(js_namespace = console)]
    fn log(s: &str);

pub fn start_websocket() -> Result<(), JsValue> {
    // Connect to an echo server
    let ws = WebSocket::new("wss://echo.websocket.org")?;

    // create callback
    let onmessage_callback = Closure::wrap(Box::new(move |e: MessageEvent| {
        // handle message
        let response = e
            .expect("Can't convert received data to a string");
        console_log!("message event, received data: {:?}", response);
    }) as Box<dyn FnMut(MessageEvent)>);
    // set message event handler on WebSocket
    // forget the callback to keep it alive

    let onerror_callback = Closure::wrap(Box::new(move |e: ErrorEvent| {
        console_log!("error event: {:?}", e);
    }) as Box<dyn FnMut(ErrorEvent)>);

    let cloned_ws = ws.clone();
    let onopen_callback = Closure::wrap(Box::new(move |_| {
        console_log!("socket opened");
        match cloned_ws.send_with_str("ping") {
            Ok(_) => console_log!("message successfully sent"),
            Err(err) => console_log!("error sending message: {:?}", err),
    }) as Box<dyn FnMut(JsValue)>);