#data-link #networking #packet-parser #cross-platform #layer #low-level #building


Provides cross-platform datalink layer networking. Part of xenet project.

5 releases (breaking)

0.5.0 Feb 12, 2024
0.4.0 Dec 13, 2023
0.3.0 Dec 3, 2023
0.2.0 Nov 20, 2023
0.1.0 Nov 19, 2023

#11 in #data-link

47 downloads per month
Used in 7 crates (via xenet)

MIT license



Cross-platform networking library for Rust

Crates.io Documentation License


xenet is a Rust library that provides cross-platform low-level networking capabilities.
It includes a set of modules, each with a specific focus:

  • datalink: Datalink layer networking.
  • packet: Low-level packet parsing and building.
  • packet-builder: High-level packet building.
  • socket: Socket-related functionality.

Upcoming Features

The project has plans to enhance xenet with the following features:

  • XDP Support: Adding support for eBPF, specifically XDP (eXpress Data Path), for high-performance packet processing and filtering.
  • More Protocol Support: Expanding protocol support to include additional network protocols and standards.
  • Performance Improvements: Continuously working on performance enhancements for faster network operations.


To use xenet, add it as a dependency in your Cargo.toml:

xenet = "0.5"

Using Specific Sub-crates

You can also directly use specific sub-crates by importing them individually.

  • xenet-datalink
  • xenet-packet
  • xenet-packet-builder
  • xenet-socket

If you want to focus on network interfaces, you can use the default-net.


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