Tornado is a Python web framework and asynchronous networking library, originally developed at FriendFeed. By using non-blocking network I/O, Tornado can scale to tens of thousands of open connections, making it ideal for long polling, WebSockets, and other applications that require a long-lived connection to each user.
Tornado can be roughly divided into four major components:
- A web framework (including
RequestHandlerwhich is subclassed to create web applications, and various supporting classes).
- Client- and server-side implementions of HTTP (
- An asynchronous networking library including the classes
IOStream, which serve as the building blocks for the HTTP components and can also be used to implement other protocols.
- A coroutine library (
tornado.gen) which allows asynchronous code to be written in a more straightforward way than chaining callbacks.
The Tornado web framework and HTTP server together offer a full-stack
alternative to WSGI.
While it is possible to use the Tornado web framework in a WSGI
WSGIAdapter), or use the Tornado HTTP server as a
container for other WSGI frameworks (
WSGIContainer), each of these
combinations has limitations and to take full advantage of Tornado you
will need to use the Tornado’s web framework and HTTP server together.