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Wisp is a practical Gleam web framework rapid development and easy maintenance. We worry about the hassle of web development, and you focus on writing your application.

It is based around two concepts: handlers and middleware.


A handler is a function that takes a HTTP request and returns a HTTP response. A handler may also take other arguments, such as a “context” type defined in your application which may hold other state such as a database connection or user session.

import wisp.{Request, Response}

pub type Context {
  Context(secret: String)

pub fn handle_request(request: Request, context: Context) -> Response {


A middleware is a function that takes a response returning function as its last argument, and itself returns a response. As with handlers both middleware and the functions they take as an argument may take other arguments.

Middleware can be applied in a handler with Gleam’s use syntax. Here the log_request middleware is used to log a message for each HTTP request handled, and the serve_static middleware is used to serve static files such as images and CSS.

import wisp.{Request, Response}

pub fn handle_request(request: Request) -> Response {
  use <- wisp.log_request
  use <- wisp.serve_static(req, under: "/static", from: "/public")


The Wisp examples are a good place to start. They cover various scenarios and include comments and tests.

API documentation is available on HexDocs.

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