ipipe 0.8.2

Cross-platform named-pipe API.

ipipe - A cross-platform named-pipe library for Rust

This library allows the creation of platform-independant named pipes. Standard Read/Write traits are implemented. APIs and performance will be improved in future versions. Issues and PRs welcome.


use ipipe::Pipe;
use std::thread;
use std::io::{BufRead, BufWriter};

const CANCEL: u8 = 24;

fn main()
    let mut pipe = Pipe::create().unwrap();
    println!("Name: {}", pipe.path().display());

    let writer = pipe.clone();
    thread::spawn(move || print_nums(writer));
    for line in BufReader::new(pipe).lines()
        println!("{}", line.unwrap());

fn print_nums(mut pipe: Pipe)
    for i in 1..=10
        writeln!(&mut pipe, "{}", i).unwrap();
    write!(&mut pipe, "{}", CANCEL as char).unwrap();

Running the above example program will output:


Pipe::create generates a random pipe name in a temporary location. Example path (Windows): \\.\pipe\pipe_23676_xMvclVhNKcg6iGf Example path (Unix): /tmp/pipe_1230_mFP8dx8uVl

Pipe::with_name allows a pipe name to be specified.


  • static_pipe

The static_pipe default feature allows the creation of mutex-protected static pipes that can be written to from anywhere in a way that mimics stdout. Here's an example:

use ipipe::*;
use std::io::{BufRead, BufWriter};

let mut reader = ipipe::init("my_out").unwrap();

// You can get a handle to an already-initialized pipe like this:
// let mut reader = ipipe::get("my_pipe");
let s = BufReader::new(pipe).lines().next().unwrap();
println!("String received: {}", s);

// Drops the static pipe. Can also call `ipipe::close_all()` to drop all static pipes.

Then anywhere your program (or another program with enough permission to access the pipe) can write code like this:

pprintln!("my_pipe", "This text will be sent over the pipe!");

Lower level as well as more complete/intuitive APIs to the static pipes are also planned for a future release.

  • rand

The rand default feature will allow calling Pipe::create() to open a pipe with a randomly-generated name. The generated name will have the following format: pipe_[process pid]_[15 random alphnumeric characters]. Equivalent to Pipe::with_name(&str) in every other way.

  • channels

The channels feature will allow calling pipe.receiver() and pipe.sender() to generate a channel. One end of the channel will be sent to a thread to watch either input or output from the pipe, and the other end of the channel will be returned.