Explore NATS Request/Reply

NATS supports request/reply messaging. In this tutorial you explore how to exchange point-to-point messages using NATS.

Prerequisites

Go and the NATS server should be installed.

1. Start the NATS server

% nats-server

2. Start two terminal sessions

You will use these sessions to run the NATS request and reply clients.

3. Change to the examples directory

% cd $GOPATH/src/github.com/nats-io/nats.go/examples

4. In one terminal, run the reply client listener

% go run nats-rply/main.go foo "this is my response"

You should see the message Receiver is listening, and that the NATS receiver client is listening on the "help.please" subject. The reply client acts as a receiver, listening for message requests. In NATS, the receiver is a subscriber.

5. In the other terminal, run the request client

% go run nats-req/main.go foo "request payload"

The NATS requestor client makes a request by sending the message "some message" on the “help.please” subject.

The NATS receiver client receives the message, formulates the reply ("OK, I CAN HELP!!!"), and sends it to the inbox of the requester.

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