libevent is meant to replace the event loop found in event driven network servers. An application just needs to call event_dispatch() and then add or remove events dynamically without having to change the event loop.
Currently, libevent supports /dev/poll, kqueue(2), event ports, POSIX select(2), Windows select(), poll(2), and epoll(4). The internal event mechanism is completely independent of the exposed event API, and a simple update of libevent can provide new functionality without having to redesign the applications. As a result, Libevent allows for portable application development and provides the most scalable event notification mechanism available on an operating system. Libevent can also be used for multi-threaded applications, either by isolating each event_base so that only a single thread accesses it, or by locked access to a single shared event_base. Libevent should compile on Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X, Solaris, Windows, and more.
Libevent additionally provides a sophisticated framework for buffered network IO, with support for sockets, filters, rate-limiting, SSL, zero-copy file transmission, and IOCP. Libevent includes support for several useful protocols, including DNS, HTTP, and a minimal RPC framework.
More information about event notification mechanisms for network servers can be found on Dan Kegel's "The C10K problem" web page.
DocumentationBook: Programming with Libevent.
Reference: 1.4.x-stable 2.0.x-stable 2.1.x-stable.
What's new in: 2.0.x-stable 2.1.x-alpha.
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BenchmarkPerformance comparison using different event notification mechansims in Libevent. We declare interest in a large number of connections of which most are cold and only a few are active.
Programs using libeventThe usefulness of libevent API is demonstrated by the following applications: