POEx::ZMQ - Asynchronous ZeroMQ sockets for POE


  # An example ZMQ_ROUTER socket ->
  use POE;
  use POEx::ZMQ;

    inline_states => +{
      _start => sub {
        # Set up a ROUTER
        # Save our POEx::ZMQ for creating other sockets w/ shared context later:
        my $zmq = POEx::ZMQ->new;
        $_[HEAP]->{zeromq} = $zmq;

        $_[HEAP]->{rtr} = $zmq->socket( type => ZMQ_ROUTER );


        $_[HEAP]->{rtr}->bind( 'tcp://' );

      zmq_recv_multipart => sub {
        # ROUTER received a message; sender identity is prefixed,
        # parts are available as a List::Objects::WithUtils::Array ->
        my $parts = $_[ARG0];

        # Handle the usual ZeroMQ message framing scheme by capturing
        # prefixed identities including empty message delimiter, followed
        # by our message body:
        my $envelope = $parts->items_before(sub { $_ eq '' });
        my $content  = $parts->items_after(sub { $_ eq '' });

        # $_[SENDER] was the ROUTER socket, send a response back to origin:
        $_[KERNEL]->post( $_[SENDER], send_multipart =>
          [ $envelope, '', 'foo' ]



A POE component providing non-blocking ZeroMQ (versions 3.x & 4.x) integration.

See POEx::ZMQ::Socket for details on using these sockets and the zmq_socket(3) man page regarding behavior of each socket type.

See the zguide for more on using ZeroMQ in general.

Each ZeroMQ socket is an event emitter powered by MooX::Role::POE::Emitter; the documentation for that distribution is likely to be helpful.

If you are not using POE, try ZMQ::FFI for an excellent loop-agnostic ZeroMQ implementation.


Importing this package brings in the full set of POEx::ZMQ::Constants, and ensures POEx::ZMQ::Socket is loaded.


  my $zmq = POEx::ZMQ->new;
  # POEx::ZMQ::FFI::Context obj is automatically shared:
  my $frontend = $zmq->socket(type => ZMQ_ROUTER);
  my $backend  = $zmq->socket(type => ZMQ_ROUTER);

This class can be instanced, in which case it will hang on to the first "context" created (possibly implicitly via a call to "socket") and use that POEx::ZMQ::FFI::Context instance for all calls to "socket".


  my $ctx = POEx::ZMQ->context(max_sockets => 512);

If called as a class method, returns a new POEx::ZMQ::FFI::Context.

  my $zmq = POEx::ZMQ->new;
  my $ctx = $zmq->context;

If called as an object method, returns the context object belonging to the instance. If none currently exists, a new POEx::ZMQ::FFI::Context is created (and preserved for use during socket creation; see "socket").

If creating a new context object, @_ is passed through to the POEx::ZMQ::FFI::Context constructor.

The context object should typically be shared between sockets belonging to the same process. However, multiple contexts may exist within the same application (and they may have their own respective library soname). A forked child process must create a new POEx::ZMQ::FFI::Context with its own set of sockets.

The context object provides access to other useful ZeroMQ functionality, such as library version number retrieval and CURVE key pair generation. See POEx::ZMQ::FFI::Context for details.


  my $sock = POEx::ZMQ->socket(context => $ctx, type => ZMQ_ROUTER);

If called as a class method, returns a new POEx::ZMQ::Socket using either a provided context or, if missing from arguments, a freshly-created POEx::ZMQ::FFI::Context.

  my $sock = $zmq->socket(type => ZMQ_ROUTER);

If called as an object method, returns a new POEx::ZMQ::Socket that uses the POEx::ZMQ::FFI::Context object belonging to the instance; see "new" & "context".

@_ is passed through to the POEx::ZMQ::Socket constructor.


Dumps core upon process exit on FreeBSD before 10.x. Do not know why and have not debugged, but patches welcome? ;-)








Text::ZPL for ZeroMQ Property Language support.

Crypt::ZCert for ZeroMQ4+ CURVE certificate management & key pair generation.

Convert::Z85 for encoding/decoding CURVE keys (see zmq_curve(7) on libzmq4+).

ZMQ::FFI for a lower-level, non-POE interface to ZeroMQ sockets.


Jon Portnoy <>

Significant portions of the POEx::ZMQ::FFI backend are inspired by or derived from ZMQ::FFI (version 0.14) by Dylan Cali (CPAN: CALID).

Licensed under the same terms as Perl.