Trying to connect to Cryptocompare's websocket stream using socketIO from a Python client

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from socketIO_client import SocketIO

print "connecting to server"
socketIO = SocketIO('',443, transports=['websocket'])
print "Connected"

But whenever I try to connect, this is what I get:

connecting to server
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 4, in <module>
socketIO = SocketIO('',443, transports=['websocket'])
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/socketIO_client/", line 353, in __init__
resource, hurry_interval_in_seconds, **kw)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/socketIO_client/", line 54, in __init__
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/socketIO_client/", line 62, in _transport
self._engineIO_session = self._get_engineIO_session()
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/socketIO_client/", line 76, in _get_engineIO_session

Kindly help

Aug 6, 2018 in Blockchain by sabby
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The reason might be that the the socketio client for python does not work with this API. You might wanna have a working workaround that uses websockets to submit requests to a simple nodejs app that then uses its socketio-client to stream the required data back. 

The socketIO_client library does not seem to support the XHR polling protocol that is used by cryptocompare. You can get it to work by overriding the method recv_packet in the socketIO_client.transports.XHR_PollingTransport class.

import logging
import socketIO_client
from socketIO_client.transports import get_response
from socketIO_client.parsers import get_byte, _read_packet_text, parse_packet_text

from requests.exceptions import ConnectionError

# extra function to support XHR1 style protocol
def _new_read_packet_length(content, content_index):
    packet_length_string = ''
    while get_byte(content, content_index) != ord(':'):
        byte = get_byte(content, content_index)
        packet_length_string += chr(byte)
        content_index += 1
    content_index += 1
    return content_index, int(packet_length_string)

def new_decode_engineIO_content(content):
    content_index = 0
    content_length = len(content)
    while content_index < content_length:
            content_index, packet_length = _new_read_packet_length(
                content, content_index)
        except IndexError:
        content_index, packet_text = _read_packet_text(
            content, content_index, packet_length)
        engineIO_packet_type, engineIO_packet_data = parse_packet_text(
        yield engineIO_packet_type, engineIO_packet_data

def new_recv_packet(self):
    params = dict(self._params)
    params['t'] = self._get_timestamp()
    response = get_response(
    for engineIO_packet in new_decode_engineIO_content(response.content):
        engineIO_packet_type, engineIO_packet_data = engineIO_packet
        yield engineIO_packet_type, engineIO_packet_data

setattr(socketIO_client.transports.XHR_PollingTransport, 'recv_packet', new_recv_packet)


    socket = socketIO_client.SocketIO('')
    socket.emit('SubAdd', { 'subs': ['0~Kraken~BTC~USD'] });
except ConnectionError:
    print('The server is down. Try again later.')
answered Aug 6, 2018 by Perry
• 16,450 points

selected Aug 6, 2018 by Omkar
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Try this code:

import json
import pandas as pd
   import thread
except ImportError:
import _thread as thread

import threading
import time
import websocket

class WebSocketClient(threading.Thread):

 def __init__(self):
    self.url = 'ws://localhost:9030/path'
    # self.daemon = True
    self.clist = list()

 def run(self):

    # Running the run_forever() in a seperate thread.
    #websocket.enableTrace(True) = websocket.WebSocketApp(self.url,
                                     on_message = self.on_message,
                                     on_error = self.on_error,
                                     on_close = self.on_close) = self.on_open

 def send(self, data):

    data = self._encode_message(data)
    # Wait till websocket is connected.
    while not

    print(f'Sending data... {data}')

 def stop(self):
    print(f'Stopping the websocket...')

 def on_message(self, ws, message):
    message = self._decode_message(message)
    print(f'Received data...{message}')
    if message['msg']=='crypto':


 def on_error(self, ws, error):
    print(f'Received error...')

 def on_close(self, ws):
    print('Closed the connection...')

 def on_open(self, ws):
    print('Opened the connection...')
    data = {"msg":"open" ,"from":"Rob", "data":"Hello from the client"}

 def _encode_message(self,message):

    message = json.dumps(message)
    return message

 def _decode_message(self, message):

    message = json.loads(message)
    return message

 def getclist(self):
    return self.clist

wsCli =  WebSocketClient()
wsCli.daemon = True
wsCli.send({"msg":"getcrypto" ,"from":"Client", "data":['0~Coinbase~BTC~USD'],"subs":['0~Coinbase~BTC~USD']})
answered May 7 by Calvin
0 votes

I found this solution on git. It worked for me

var socket = require('')('')
var subscription = ['5~CCCAGG~BTC~USD', '5~CCCAGG~ETH~USD']
socket.emit('SubAdd', {subs: subscription})
socket.on("m", function (message) {
answered May 7 by Harris
0 votes

You have to specify the transport protocol to make your code. You can do it as follows:

answered May 7 by Abhi

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