Wasm Plugin


This plugins allows WebAssembly/Wasm modules compiled by Proxy-Wasm SDKs to be used in ATS.

See the documentation on specification for Proxy-Wasm at https://github.com/proxy-wasm/spec

C++ SDK is at https://github.com/proxy-wasm/proxy-wasm-cpp-sdk

Rust SDK is at https://github.com/proxy-wasm/proxy-wasm-rust-sdk

How it Works

The plugin uses the library and header files from the Proxy-Wasm project.

Proxy-Wasm in turn uses an underlying WebAssembly runtime to execute the WebAssembly module. (Currently only WAMR is supported)

The plugin creates a root context when ATS starts and a new context will be created out of the root context for each transaction. ATS plugin events will trigger the corresponding functions in the WebAssembly module to be executed through the context. The context is also responsible to call the needed ATS functions when the WebAssembly module needs to do so.

Compiling the Plugin

  • WAMR runtime needs CMake

  • Compile and install WAMR

wget https://github.com/bytecodealliance/wasm-micro-runtime/archive/c3d66f916ef8093e5c8cacf3329ed968f807cf58.tar.gz
tar zxvf c3d66f916ef8093e5c8cacf3329ed968f807cf58.tar.gz
cd wasm-micro-runtime-c3d66f916ef8093e5c8cacf3329ed968f807cf58
cp core/iwasm/include/* /usr/local/include/
cd product-mini/platforms/linux
mkdir build
cd build
sudo make install
  • Configure ATS to compile with experimental plugins

autoreconf -f -i
./configure --enable-debug=yes --enable-experimental-plugins=yes
sudo make install


Follow the C++, Rust and TinyGo examples in the examples directory. Instructions are included on how to compile and use generated wasm modules with the plugin.


  • Currently only the WAMR runtime is supported. We should also support V8, Wasmtime, and WasmEdge.

  • Need to support functionality for retrieving and setting request/response body

  • Need to support functionality for making async request call

  • Need to support L4 lifecycle handler functions

  • Support loading more than one Wasm module


The plugin will not support the following functionality as specified in Proxy-Wasm specification

  • Getting and setting trailer request and response header

  • Getting and setting HTTP/2 frame meta data

  • Support on Grpc lifecycle handler functions