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Asynchronous allocation of TUN/TAP devices using async-std

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Asynchronous allocation of TUN/TAP devices in Rust using async-std. Use tokio-tun for tokio version.

Getting Started

  • Create a tun device using TunBuilder and read from it in a loop:
async fn async_main() -> Result<()> {
    let tun = TunBuilder::new()
        .name("")            // if name is empty, then it is set by kernel.
        .tap(false)          // false (default): TUN, true: TAP.
        .packet_info(false)  // false: IFF_NO_PI, default is true.
        .up()                // or set it up manually using `sudo ip link set <tun-name> up`.
        .try_build()         // or `.try_build_mq(queues)` for multi-queue support.

    println!("tun created, name: {}, fd: {}", tun.name(), tun.as_raw_fd());

    let mut reader = tun.reader();
    let mut buf = [0u8; 1024];
    loop {
        let n = reader.read(&mut buf).await?;
        println!("reading {} bytes: {:?}", n, &buf[..n]);

fn main() -> Result<()> {
  • Run the code using sudo:
  sudo -E /path/to/cargo run
  • Set the address of device (address and netmask could also be set using TunBuilder):
  sudo ip a add dev <tun-name>
  • Ping to read packets:
  • Display devices and analyze the network traffic:
➜  ip tuntap
➜  sudo tshark -i <tun-name>

Supported Platforms

  • Linux
  • FreeBSD
  • Android
  • OSX
  • iOS
  • Windows


  • read: Split tun to (reader, writer) pair and read packets from reader.
  • read-mq: Read from multi-queue tun.


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