Crate sntpc[][src]

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Rust SNTP client


This crate provides a method for sending requests to NTP servers and process responses, extracting received timestamp. Supported SNTP protocol versions:


Put this in your Cargo.toml:

sntpc = "0.3"


Sntpc supports several features:

  • std: includes functionality that depends on the standard library
  • utils: includes functionality that mostly OS specific and allows system time sync
  • log: enables library debug output during execution

Warning: utils feature is not stable and may change in the future.


There are multiple approaches how the library can be used:

  • under environments where a networking stuff is hidden in system/RTOS kernel, get_time can be used since it encapsulates network I/O
  • under environments where TCP/IP stack requires to call some helper functions like poll, wait, etc. and/or there are no options to perform I/O operations within a single call, sntp_send_request and sntp_process_response can be used

As sntpc supports no_std environment as well, it was decided to provide a set of traits to implement for a network object (UdpSocket) and timestamp generator:

  • NtpUdpSocket trait should be implemented for UdpSocket-like objects for the library to be able to send and receive data from NTP servers
  • NtpTimestampGenerator trait should be implemented for timestamp generator objects to provide the library with system related timestamps

Logging support

Library debug logs can be enabled in executables by enabling log feature. Server addresses, response payload will be printed.


use sntpc::{Error, NtpContext, NtpTimestampGenerator, NtpUdpSocket, Result};
#[cfg(not(feature = "std"))]
use no_std_net::{SocketAddr, ToSocketAddrs, IpAddr, Ipv4Addr};
#[cfg(feature = "std")]
use std::net::{SocketAddr, ToSocketAddrs, UdpSocket};
use std::time::Duration;

#[derive(Copy, Clone, Default)]
struct StdTimestampGen {
    duration: Duration,

impl NtpTimestampGenerator for StdTimestampGen {
    fn init(&mut self) {
        self.duration = std::time::SystemTime::now()

    fn timestamp_sec(&self) -> u64 {

    fn timestamp_subsec_micros(&self) -> u32 {

struct UdpSocketWrapper(UdpSocket);

impl NtpUdpSocket for UdpSocketWrapper {
    fn send_to<T: ToSocketAddrs>(
        buf: &[u8],
        addr: T,
    ) -> Result<usize> {
        match self.0.send_to(buf, addr) {
            Ok(usize) => Ok(usize),
            Err(_) => Err(Error::Network),

    fn recv_from(&self, buf: &mut [u8]) -> Result<(usize, SocketAddr)> {
        match self.0.recv_from(buf) {
            Ok((size, addr)) => Ok((size, addr)),
            Err(_) => Err(Error::Network),

fn main() {
    let socket =
        UdpSocket::bind("").expect("Unable to crate UDP socket");
       .expect("Unable to set UDP socket read timeout");
    let sock_wrapper = UdpSocketWrapper(socket);
    let ntp_context = NtpContext::new(StdTimestampGen::default());
    let result =
        sntpc::get_time("", sock_wrapper, ntp_context);
    match result {
       Ok(time) => {
           println!("Got time: {}.{}", time.sec(), time.sec_fraction());
       Err(err) => println!("Err: {:?}", err),


SNTP client context that contains of objects that may be required for client’s operation

SNTP request result representation

Preserve SNTP request sending operation result required during receiving and processing state


The error type for SNTP client Errors originate on network layer or during processing response from a NTP server


A trait encapsulating timestamp generator’s operations

A trait encapsulating UDP socket interface required for SNTP client operations


Send request to a NTP server with the given address and process the response in a single call

Process SNTP response from a server

Send SNTP request to a server

Type Definitions

SNTP library result type