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Thrift Perl Software Library


Apache Thrift is a software framework for scalable cross-language services development. It combines a software stack with a code generation engine to build services that work efficiently and seamlessly between many programming languages. A language-neutral IDL is used to generate functioning client libraries and server-side handling frameworks.


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For More Information

See the Apache Thrift Web Site for more information.

Using Thrift with Perl

Thrift requires Perl >= 5.10.0

Unexpected exceptions in a service handler are converted to TApplicationException with type INTERNAL ERROR and the string of the exception is delivered as the message.

On the client side, exceptions are thrown with die, so be sure to wrap eval{} statments around any code that contains exceptions.

Please see tutoral and test dirs for examples.

The Perl ForkingServer ignores SIGCHLD allowing the forks to be reaped by the operating system naturally when they exit. This means one cannot use a custom SIGCHLD handler in the consuming perl implementation that calls serve(). It is acceptable to use a custom SIGCHLD handler within a thrift handler implementation as the ForkingServer resets the forked child process to use default signal handling.


The following modules are not provided by Perl 5.10.0 but are required to use Thrift.


  • Bit::Vector
  • Class::Accessor

HttpClient Transport

These are only required if using Thrift::HttpClient:

  • HTTP::Request
  • IO::String
  • LWP::UserAgent


These are only required if using Thrift::SSLSocket or Thrift::SSLServerSocket:

  • IO::Socket::SSL

Breaking Changes


The socket classes were refactored in 0.10.0 so that there is one package per file. This means use Socket; no longer defines SSLSocket. You can use this technique to make your application run against 0.10.0 as well as earlier versions:

eval { require Thrift::SSLSocket; } or do { require Thrift::Socket; }


  • Namespaces of packages that were not scoped within Thrift have been fixed. ** TApplicationException is now Thrift::TApplicationException ** TException is now Thrift::TException ** TMessageType is now Thrift::TMessageType ** TProtocolException is now Thrift::TProtocolException ** TProtocolFactory is now Thrift::TProtocolFactory ** TTransportException is now Thrift::TTransportException ** TType is now Thrift::TType

If you need a single version of your code to work with both older and newer thrift namespace changes, you can make the new, correct namespaces behave like the old ones in your files with this technique to create an alias, which will allow you code to run against either version of the perl runtime for thrift:

BEGIN {*TType:: = *Thrift::TType::}

  • Packages found in were moved into the Thrift/ directory in separate files: ** Thrift::TApplicationException is now in Thrift/ ** Thrift::TException is now in Thrift/ ** Thrift::TMessageType is now in Thrift/ ** Thrift::TType is now in Thrift/

If you need to modify your code to work against both older or newer thrift versions, you can deal with these changes in a backwards compatible way in your projects using eval:

eval { require Thrift::Exception; require Thrift::MessageType; require Thrift::Type; } or do { require Thrift; }



Thrift::HttpClient setRecvTimeout() and setSendTimeout() are deprecated. Use setTimeout instead.