Buy a (real) Book! Beej’s Guide to Network Programming (online and for download) This is a beginner’s guide to socket programming with Internet sockets . Beej’s Guide to Network Programming. Note for Windows Programmers. I have a particular dislike for Windows, and encourage you to try Linux, BSD. Beej’s Guide to Network Programming has been one of the top socket programming guides on the Internet for the last 15 years, and it’s now for the first time.

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If you deign to use shutdown on unconnected datagram sockets, it will simply make the socket unavailable for further send and recv calls remember that you can use these if you connect your datagram socket. Is this starting to make more sense? But you can think of it as “printable”.

If you want to translate the guide into another language, write me at beej beej. Well, they’re still in your little buffer waiting to be sent out.


You also have to make a call to WSAStartup before doing anything else with the sockets library. Check the man page for full details, but you should get some good output just typing:.

So you pass in this parallel structure, very similar to struct sockaddr except larger, and then cast it to the type you need:. There is something we can do: Equally similar are recv and recvfrom.

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While in other languages there are actually sensible mapping APIs. If you haven’t yet called bind on the socket descriptor, it is automatically bound to your IP address and a random local port. Take telnetfor instance. But people like what they like, and you Windows folk will be pleased to know that this bfej is generally applicable to you guys, with a few minor changes, if any.


Now that I’ve badgered you about how to write and not write me, I’d just like to let you know that I fully appreciate all the praise the guide has received over the years.

The code is decidedly non-portable.

Fair enough but “classic” is very accurate. See connectbelow. But “man” is better because it is one byte more concise than “help”. As you can see, security is a pretty big issue when the server starts executing things the client sends. It’s way faster to fire-and-forget than it is to keep track of what has arrived safely and make sure it’s in order and all that. Unfortunately for the rest of you, a discussion on circular buffers is beyond the scope of this article.

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It’s easy enough to send text data across the network, you’re finding, but what happens if you want to send some “binary” data like int s or float s? This reminds me of my networking class!

Well, we know the number of bytes we need to receive in total for the packet to be complete, since that number is tacked on the front of the packet. Was about to say, this gets posted every few months. So far, this guide has talked about sending data from one host to one other host. That’s just how much power you hold in your hands! Nor is it desirable, if you want to write code that works for nerwork IPv4 and IPv6! One easy way to do encryption is to use SSL secure sockets layerbut that’s beyond the scope of this guide.


Most computers use this format internally for doing floating point math, so in those cases, strictly speaking, conversion wouldn’t need to be done. Well, we’ve already seen the htons example, right?

I’m so certain, in fact, they will be error-free, that I’m just going to put my fingers in my ears and chant la la la ebej if anyone tries to claim otherwise. Tradeoffs, high level views, etc. If you publicly mirror the site and want me to link to it from the main page, drop me a line at beej beej. Excelent examples and clearly explained from the basics. Of course, you have to specify the max lengths of these buffers in hostlen and servlen.

This is bedj interface listed as ” lo ” in the routing table. Feel free to add your name and contact info to the translation. I learned C with his guides and also learned network with this one.