TARS - A Linux Foundation Project

    What is TARS?

    TARS is a Linux Foundation project. It is a high-performance RPC framework based on name service and Tars protocol, also integrated administration platform, and implemented hosting-service via flexible schedule.

    Tars, aka TAF(Total Application Framework), has been used in Tencent since 2008. It supports C++, Java, Nodejs and PHP for now. This framework offers a set of solution for development, maintenance and testing, which making development, deployment and testing service efficiently. It integrated extensible protocol for encoding/decoding, high-performance RPC communication framework, name service, monitor, statistics and configuration. You can use it to develop your reliable distributed application based on microservice fast, and reach fully efficient service management.

    Nowadays it's used by hundreds of bussiness in Tencent, services that developed base on TAF run on 16 thousands of machines.

    See the detailed introduction

    Supported platforms

    For now it supports OS as below:

    • Linux
    • Mac(>=2.1.0 support)
    • Windows (>= Windows 7)

    Supported languages

    For now it supports following languages:

    • C++
    • Java
    • Nodejs
    • PHP
    • Go

    Version Management

    Tars is composed of many modules, scattered in many warehouses, and the basic framework version and language version can develop independently. In view of this, from version 2.1.0, the Framework version tag is printed on the tarsframework warehouse, no longer reflected in the tars warehouse

    In addition, each component will have its own version. When there is a version dependency specification, each component will have its own version


    1. If you are new to Tars, please read documentation installation.
    2. First deploy, please read documentation source.
    3. Install by docker, detail information: docker


    Directory Features
    framework Source code implementation of C++ language framework basic service
    cpp C++ language framework rpc source code implementation
    java java language framework rpc source code implementation
    go go language framework rpc source code implementation
    nodejs nodejs language framework rpc source code implementation
    php php language framework rpc source code implementation
    tup source code implementation of tup group protocol in each language
    web manage tars web source implementation

    Developer's documentation

    See docs.


    The open-source protocol Tars used is BSD-3-Clause, see

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