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Version: ZIO 2.x


ZIO-gRPC lets us write purely functional gRPC servers and clients.


Key features of ZIO gRPC:

  • Functional and Type-safe — Use the power of Functional Programming and the Scala compiler to build robust, correct and fully featured gRPC servers.
  • Support for Streaming — Use ZIO's feature-rich ZStreams to create server-streaming, client-streaming, and bi-directionally streaming RPC endpoints.
  • Highly Concurrent — Leverage the power of ZIO to build asynchronous clients and servers without deadlocks and race conditions.
  • Resource Safety — Safely cancel an RPC call by interrupting the effect. Resources on the server will never leak!
  • Scala.js Support — ZIO gRPC comes with Scala.js support, so we can send RPCs to our service from the browser.


First of all we need to add following lines to the project/plugins.sbt file:

addSbtPlugin("com.thesamet" % "sbt-protoc" % "1.0.2")

libraryDependencies +=
"com.thesamet.scalapb.zio-grpc" %% "zio-grpc-codegen" % "0.5.0"

Then in order to use this library, we need should add the following line in our build.sbt file:

PB.targets in Compile := Seq(
scalapb.gen(grpc = true) -> (sourceManaged in Compile).value / "scalapb",
scalapb.zio_grpc.ZioCodeGenerator -> (sourceManaged in Compile).value / "scalapb"

libraryDependencies ++= Seq(
"io.grpc" % "grpc-netty" % "1.39.0",
"com.thesamet.scalapb" %% "scalapb-runtime-grpc" % scalapb.compiler.Version.scalapbVersion


In this section, we are going to implement a simple server and client for the following gRPC proto file:

syntax = "proto3";

option java_multiple_files = true;
option java_package = "io.grpc.examples.helloworld";
option java_outer_classname = "HelloWorldProto";
option objc_class_prefix = "HLW";

package helloworld;

// The greeting service definition.
service Greeter {
rpc SayHello (HelloRequest) returns (HelloReply) {}

// The request message containing the user's name.
message HelloRequest {
string name = 1;

// The response message containing the greetings
message HelloReply {
string message = 1;

The hello world server would be like this:

import io.grpc.ServerBuilder
import io.grpc.examples.helloworld.helloworld.ZioHelloworld.ZGreeter
import io.grpc.examples.helloworld.helloworld.{HelloReply, HelloRequest}
import scalapb.zio_grpc.{ServerLayer, ServiceList}
import zio.console.putStrLn
import zio.{ExitCode, URIO, ZEnv, ZIO}

object HelloWorldServer extends zio.App {

val helloService: ZGreeter[ZEnv, Any] =
(request: HelloRequest) =>
putStrLn(s"Got request: $request") *>
ZIO.succeed(HelloReply(s"Hello, ${}"))

val myApp = for {
_ <- putStrLn("Server is running. Press Ctrl-C to stop.")
_ <- ServerLayer
} yield ()

override def run(args: List[String]): URIO[zio.ZEnv, ExitCode] =

And this is an example of using its client:

import io.grpc.ManagedChannelBuilder
import io.grpc.examples.helloworld.helloworld.HelloRequest
import io.grpc.examples.helloworld.helloworld.ZioHelloworld.GreeterClient
import scalapb.zio_grpc.ZManagedChannel
import zio.console._
import zio.{ExitCode, URIO}

object HelloWorldClient extends zio.App {
def myApp =
for {
r <- GreeterClient.sayHello(HelloRequest("World"))
_ <- putStrLn(r.message)
} yield ()

val clientLayer =
ManagedChannelBuilder.forAddress("localhost", 9000).usePlaintext()

override def run(args: List[String]): URIO[zio.ZEnv, ExitCode] =