Crate socket2

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Utilities for creating and using sockets.

The goal of this crate is to create and use a socket using advanced configuration options (those that are not available in the types in the standard library) without using any unsafe code.

This crate provides as direct as possible access to the system’s functionality for sockets, this means little effort to provide cross-platform utilities. It is up to the user to know how to use sockets when using this crate. If you don’t know how to create a socket using libc/system calls then this crate is not for you. Most, if not all, functions directly relate to the equivalent system call with no error handling applied, so no handling errors such as EINTR. As a result using this crate can be a little wordy, but it should give you maximal flexibility over configuration of sockets.


use std::net::{SocketAddr, TcpListener};
use socket2::{Socket, Domain, Type};

// Create a TCP listener bound to two addresses.
let socket = Socket::new(Domain::IPV6, Type::STREAM, None)?;

let address: SocketAddr = "[::1]:12345".parse().unwrap();

let listener: TcpListener = socket.into();
// ...


This crate has a single feature all, which enables all functions even ones that are not available on all OSs.


  • Specification of the communication domain for a socket.
  • A version of IoSliceMut that allows the buffer to be uninitialised.
  • Protocol specification used for creating sockets via Socket::new.
  • RecvFlagsNon-Redox
    Flags for incoming messages.
  • The address of a socket.
  • A reference to a Socket that can be used to configure socket types other than the Socket type itself.
  • Owned wrapper around a system socket.
  • Configures a socket’s TCP keepalive parameters.
  • Specification of communication semantics on a socket.