module Roda::RodaPlugins::Chunked

  1. lib/roda/plugins/chunked.rb

The chunked plugin allows you to stream responses to clients using Transfer-Encoding: chunked. This can significantly improve performance of page rendering on the client, as it flushes the headers and top part of the layout template (generally containing references to the stylesheet and javascript assets) before rendering the content template.

This allows the client to fetch the assets while the template is still being rendered. Additionally, this plugin makes it easy to defer executing code required to render the content template until after the top part of the layout has been flushed, so the client can fetch the assets while the application is still doing the necessary processing in order to render the content template, such as retrieving values from a database.

There are a couple disadvantages of streaming using chunked encoding. First is that the layout must be rendered before the content, so any state changes made in your content template will not affect the layout template. Second, error handling is reduced, since if an error occurs while rendering a template, a successful response code has already been sent.

To use chunked encoding for a response, just call the chunked method instead of view:

r.root do

If you want to execute code after flushing the top part of the layout template, but before rendering the content template, pass a block to chunked:

r.root do
  chunked(:index) do
    # expensive calculation here

You can also call delay manually with a block, and the execution of the block will be delayed until rendering the content template. This is useful if you want to delay execution for all routes under a branch:

r.on 'albums', Integer do |album_id|
  delay do
    @album = Album[album_id]
  r.get 'info' do
  r.get 'tracks' do

If you want to chunk all responses, pass the :chunk_by_default option when loading the plugin:

plugin :chunked, chunk_by_default: true

then you can just use the normal view method:

r.root do

and it will chunk the response. Note that you still need to call chunked if you want to pass a block of code to be executed after flushing the layout and before rendering the content template. Also, before you enable chunking by default, you need to make sure that none of your content templates make state changes that affect the layout template. Additionally, make sure nowhere in your app are you doing any processing after the call to view.

If you use :chunk_by_default, but want to turn off chunking for a view, call no_chunk!:

r.root do

Inside your layout or content templates, you can call the flush method to flush the current result of the template to the user, useful for streaming large datasets.

<% (1..100).each do |i| %>
  <%= i %>
  <% sleep 0.1 %>
  <% flush %>
<% end %>

Note that you should not call flush from inside subtemplates of the content or layout templates, unless you are also calling flush directly before rendering the subtemplate, and also directly injecting the subtemplate into the current template without modification. So if you are using the above template code in a subtemplate, in your content template you should do:

<% flush %><%= render(:subtemplate) %>

If you want to use chunked encoding when rendering a template, but don't want to use a layout, pass the layout: false option to chunked.

r.root do
  chunked(:index, layout: false)

In order to handle errors in chunked responses, you can override the handle_chunk_error method:

def handle_chunk_error(e)

It is possible to set @_out_buf to an error notification and call flush to output the message to the client inside handle_chunk_error.

In order for chunking to work, you must make sure that no proxies between the application and the client buffer responses. Also, this plugin only works for HTTP/1.1 requests since Transfer-Encoding: chunked is not supported in HTTP/1.0. If an HTTP/1.0 request is submitted, this plugin will automatically fallback to the normal template rendering. Note that some proxies including nginx default to HTTP/1.0 even if the client supports HTTP/1.1. For nginx, set the proxy_http_version to 1.1.

If you are using nginx and have it set to buffer proxy responses by default, you can turn this off on a per response basis using the X-Accel-Buffering header. To set this header or similar headers for all chunked responses, pass a :headers option when loading the plugin:

plugin :chunked, headers: {'X-Accel-Buffering'=>'no'}

The chunked plugin requires the render plugin, and only works for template engines that store their template output variable in @_out_buf. Also, it only works if the content template is directly injected into the layout template without modification.

If using the chunked plugin with the flash plugin, make sure you call the flash method early in your route block. If the flash method is not called until template rendering, the flash may not be rotated.


Public Class

  1. configure
  2. load_dependencies

Public Class methods

configure (app, opts=OPTS)

Set plugin specific options. Options:


chunk all calls to view by default


Set default additional headers to use when calling view

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# File lib/roda/plugins/chunked.rb, line 155
def self.configure(app, opts=OPTS)
  app.opts[:chunk_by_default] = opts[:chunk_by_default]
  if opts[:headers]
    app.opts[:chunk_headers] = (app.opts[:chunk_headers] || {}).merge(opts[:headers]).freeze
load_dependencies (app, opts=OPTS)

Depend on the render plugin

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# File lib/roda/plugins/chunked.rb, line 148
def self.load_dependencies(app, opts=OPTS)
  app.plugin :render