#socket #unix-domain #SOCK_SEQPACKET #abstract-address #fd-passing


A unix domain socket crate that supports abstract addresses, fd-passing and seqpacket sockets

4 releases (2 breaking)

0.2.1 Nov 15, 2020
0.2.0 Oct 21, 2020
0.1.0 Feb 16, 2020
0.0.0 Nov 23, 2019

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Apache-2.0 / MIT



A unix domain sockets Rust library that supports abstract addresses, fd-passing, SOCK_SEQPACKET sockets and more.

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When possible, features are implemented via extension traits for std::os::unix::net types (and optionally mio-uds types) instead of exposing new structs. The only new socket structs this crate exposes are those for seqpacket sockets.

Timestamps, SELinux context, and ancillary credentials are not yet supported.


(only runs sucessfully on Linux)

extern crate uds;

let addr = uds::UnixSocketAddr::from_abstract(b"not a file!")
    .expect("create abstract socket address");
let listener = uds::UnixSeqpacketListener::bind_unix_addr(&addr)
    .expect("create seqpacket listener");

let client = uds::UnixSeqpacketConn::connect_unix_addr(&addr)
    .expect("connect to listener");
client.send_fds(b"Here I come", &[0, 1, 2])
    .expect("send stdin, stdout and stderr");

let (server_side, _) = listener.accept_unix_addr()
    .expect("accept connection");
let creds: uds::ConnCredentials = server_side.initial_peer_credentials()
    .expect("get peer credentials");
if creds.euid() == 0 {
    let mut fd_buf = [-1; 3];
    let (_, _, fds) = server_side.recv_fds(&mut[0u8; 1], &mut fd_buf
        ).expect("receive with fd capacity");
    if fds == 3 {
        /* do something with the file descriptors */
    /* remember to close the file descripts */
} else {
    server_side.send(b"go away!\n").expect("send response");


macOS doesn't support SOCK_SEQPACKET sockets, and abstract socket addresses is Linux-only, so if you don't want to bother with supporting non-portable features you are probably better off only using what std or mio-uds provides. If you're writing a datagram server though, using std or mio-uds means you can't respond to abstract adresses, forcing clients to use path addresses and deal with cleaning up the socket file after themselves.

Even when all operating systems you care about supports something, they might behave differently:
On Linux file descriptors are cloned when they are sent, but macOS and the BSDs first clones them when they are received. This means that if a FD is closed before the peer receives it you have a problem.
Also, some OSes might return the original file descriptor without cloning it if it's received within the same process as it was sent from. (DragonFly BSD, possibly macOS and maybe FreeBSD).

Linux macOS FreeBSD NetBSD Illumos
Seqpacket Yes N/A Yes Yes N/A
peer credentials Yes Yes Yes No Yes
fd-passing Yes Yes Yes Yes No
abstract addresses Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
mio (0.6 & 0.7 & uds) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
tokio Yes Yes Yes Yes Didn't run
Tested? Locally + CI CI CI + Manually Manually Manually

Other OSes

  • Android: I haven't tested or cross-checked for it, but I assume there are no differences from regular Linux.
  • Windows 10: While it added some unix socket features, Windows support is not a priority. (PRs are welcome though).
  • DragonFly BSD: Basic features should work, but tests fail. I plan to support it.
  • OpenBSD: Not tested yet. I plan to support it.
  • Solaris: Treated identically as Illumos.

mio integration

The non-blocking seqpacket types can optionally be used with mio (version 0.6):

To enable it, add this to Cargo.toml:

uds = {version="0.2.1", features=["mio"]}

The extension traits can also be implement for mio-uds types:

To enable them, add this to Cargo.toml:

uds = {version="0.2.1", features=["mio-uds"]}

Mio 0.7 is also supported:

uds = {version="0.2.1", features=["mio_07"]}

tokio integration

Futures-aware seqpacket types can optionally be used with tokio (version 0.2):

To enable it, add this to Cargo.toml:

uds = {version="0.2.1", features=["tokio"]}

Minimum Rust version

The minimum Rust version is 1.39.

unsafe usage

This crate calls many C functions, which are all unsafe (even ones as simple as socket()). The public interface is safe (except for FromRawFd), so if you find something unsound (even internal functions that aren't marked unsafe) please open an issue.


Licensed under either of

at your option.


Unless you explicitly state otherwise, any contribution intentionally submitted for inclusion in the work by you, as defined in the Apache-2.0 license, shall be dual licensed as above, without any additional terms or conditions.

Release History

Version 0.2.1 (2020-11-15)

  • Add timeout methods to blocking seqpacket types.
  • Add take_error() to all seqpacket types.
  • Add peek() and peek_vectored() to seqpacket connection types.
  • Remove outdated WiP section of README saying NetBSD and Illumos aren't supported.

Version 0.2.0 (2020-10-21)

  • Require Rust 1.39.
  • Add mio 0.7 support, behind optional feature mio_07.
    (mio 0.6 is still supported and enabled with mio feature.)
  • Add tokio seqpacket types, behind optional feature tokio. (by @jmagnuson).
  • Add shutdown() to seqpacket connection types (by @jmagnuson).
  • Fix creating sockets failing on Illumos & Solaris. (This crate was setting close-on-exec in an unsupported way.)
  • Support peer credentials on Illumos / Solaris.
  • Enable close-on-exec and non-blocking mode atomically on all OSes where prossible.
    (with SOCK_CLOEXEC, SOCK_NONBLOCK and accept4())
    The only place missing these are macOS (and anything else by Apple).
  • Mark NetBSD and Illumos as supported.

Version 0.1.0 (2029-02-15)

(initial release)


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