Netcat is a simple but powerful utility program that reads and writes data across network connections, using TCP or UDP protocol, IPv4 or IPv6, with a variety of functions.

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Using DJB's tcpclient or tcpcat bidirectionally

Can someone post an example on how to use DJB's tcpclient bidirectionally? We need to read from Tor's ControlPort as well as write to Tor's ControlPort. A "file" that is open for both, reading and ...
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Sending text file contents to server using netcat?

There is a daemon process listening on port 5144, which I cannot to modify. I want to use netcat to send the contents of a text file to the server, but this causes netcat to hang the terminal until I ...
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Multiple unix pipes not working

This first pipeline works fine (printing "c"): echo "a" | sed 's/a/b/' | sed 's/b/c/' This one does not do what I expect (nothing gets printed when I feed an "a" into my fifo ): mkfifo fifo; cat ...
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Netcat error: Can't grab 0.0.0.0:80 with bind

When I tried to listen on port 80 in Windows 7 with netcat, I get this error: C:\Users\sashoalm>echo "hello, world" | netcat.exe -l -p 80 Can't grab 0.0.0.0:80 with bind On the other hand, ...
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Quickest way to upload to a server?

I am looking for a way to upload a large file (1gb) to a server. So far I have used scp, nc and sftp. Initially I start with a nice upload speed of around 2 mbps, but this quickly slows down to around ...
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How to send message both to netcat and other script?

I'm trying to make some client-server interface. Think of it as one-on-one chat. What I want to achieve are two horizontal views. Bottom for my (server) input, top for client output and my input. ...
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How can I pipe commands to a netcat that will stay alive?

echo command | netcat host port This results in the command being sent to the remote host and some data being read back. But after a few seconds, the connection closes. The -w parameter did not ...
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DNS tunneling through an SSH connection looses connectivity

In the article 'UDP traffic through SSH tunnel', it is described how to tunnel DNS trough a SSH tunnel: client# ssh -N -L 6667:localhost:6667 user@server server# mkfifo /tmp/fifo server# nc -k -l ...
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Unable to transmit stream through OpenVPN tunnel

We are trying to transmit a video-stream via netcat from a OpenVPN server to a client. The server is a Raspberry Pi with Pidora running on it. The client is a Notebook with Ubuntu 12.04 and has a ...
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Netcat stops listening for UDP traffic

I am using netcat on some Linux machines (see this other question), but seeing some unexpected behavior. Unlike the guide in the accepted answer, I am not using UDP tunneling to do DNS queries. I ...
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Quick way to scan for opened ports on local network according to a list

How can I quickly find out whether port 80 is open/listening on a server via a bash script? Normally on all workstations the daemon is running, but sometimes it fails. I use the following command to ...
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Listen to port continuously and dump data to file

I use this command to listen to port and dump data to file: while : ; do nc -l 0.0.0.0 10000 > log.txt & done First request works perfect, it's dumped in log.txt but after first request, ...
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Saving Live Video received through Netcat

I'm using the following command to stream a video which I receive through Netcat. nc -l -p 5001 | mplayer -fps 31 -cache 1024 - (On Windows CMD) This command opens the MPlayer and plays the live ...
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Why is Udcast is many times faster than Netcat?

I use Netcat once in a while to copy files or disk images over the network. While it does the job I always felt like it was always on the slow sluggy side regardless of using ssh, no ssh, compression ...
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Why is the '-e' option missing from netcat-openbsd?

Why is the -e option missing from the netcat-openbsd package? There is a netcat-traditional package but it has many features from the OpenBSD package missing. I am running Linux Mint 16. Does anyone ...
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Create duplex TCP tunnel in Windows with netcat

I need to create a TCP tunnel in Windows, I tried by chaining netcat: ncat -l 3333 | ncat 192.168.0.110 4015 This creates a single direction tunnel, though, as only the first netcat's STDOUT ...
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Netcat: Should I use Ctrl+C to close the connection?

I've opened netcat, and I'm entering things from the keyboard. When I've finished and I want to close the connection, should I just hit "Ctrl+C"? I want the connection to be closed "normally", but I ...
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Why can't nc / netcat sniff http port traffic easily?

I'm NOT looking for advice such as "try wireshark." I'm trying to understand what netcat is and isn't. When I try to listen (-l) to port 80, it says "address already in use." Can netcat not listen to ...
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Is it possible to set up my own DNS for my computer?

I don't know if I ask the right question but I hope this situation would give you the whole picture. I have my PC which located at my apartment. As usual, I get access to Internet using service ...
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nc connection refused even on loopback

I'm working on an embedded linux system, which appears to be networked correctly and is running ssh (dropbear) and rpcbind. I'm setting up a server application on it, and every single thing I try ...
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netcat as a multithread server

I use netcat to run a simple server like this: while true; do nc -l -p 2468 -e ./my_exe; done This way, anyone is able to connect to my host on port 2468 and talk with "my_exe". Unfortunately, if ...
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Keep Process Running after Quitting NetCat

I am using NetCat on Windows 7 Professional to connect to my linux machine at home. I need to run a process and make it keep running after I close NetCat (Cmd Console). However when I close and then ...
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X11Forwarding using SSH and Netcat

From my machine, I must connect through nodes A, B, and C, to reach target: localhost -> A -> B -> C -> target Machine A is configured to refuse X11 Forwarding, so I guess I shouldn't ...
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netcat output into separate files using string delimiters

I want netcat to pipe the output of a tcp/ip connection to commands that examine the output and split it into distinct files separated by the strings "msg" and "/msg" from the output, something like ...
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DDNS and NetCat

I'm messing around with netcat(windows) and i'm trying to configure netcat listening to external connections.My ISP provides me dynamic IP so i gotta find a way to have netcat connecting back to me no ...
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Netcat connection over dynamic IP

I was playing around with netcat on my lan , had PC1 configured as a netcat client and PC2 configured as a netcat server into a reverse netcat TCP connection.This whole reverse TCP connection works ...
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Use xargs to send requests to the same server in parallel with netcat

I am trying to devise a one-liner to send text to a simple echo server - but multiple connections in parallel. This is what I'm trying: echo -e A,B,C,D | xargs -d, -i -P 4 echo {} | nc localhost ...
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Can I pipe/redirect a console application through netcat so it can be used remotely?

Is it possible to 'pipe' an instance of a console application through netcat, so netcat is listening for a new connection and redirects the stdin and stdout over the network connection.
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How to send a binary message in TCP and store the response

I have to develop a client for a proprietary protocol and it would be very useful to be able to understand the behaviour of the existing server by sending it custom messages and look at the answer. ...
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ncat only works in certain scenarios

I tried using ncat (a “much-improved reimplementation of netcat”) to chat with a friend (and ultimately want to send a large file, but I know I can get that working once I get chat to work). We both ...
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List incoming connections on nc (netcat)

I set up nc on some computers in my office. They're connecting to our server like so: nc 192.168.1.2 3291 -e cmd Does anyone know how to list incoming connection attempts rather than accept one? ...
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ssh -R then expose the local port over HTTP?

Here's my scenario, I have two machines, A and B. A is behind a VPN, so B can't get to A. I have a web server: machine_a$ curl localhost:8088 "hello from machine_a" I have executed a remote SSH ...
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how to bypass this error : “port range not valid”?

I have a port number that I want to connect to it via net-cat. previously I was working with windows and it was working perfect; but now in Ubuntu when I want to run the Net-Cat it's show me this ...
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How to make netcat support ssl by combining openssl?

Original netcat doesn't support ssl. ncat from nmap project does. In linux, we can connect multiple commands with pipeline. Is it possible to combine netcat and openssl to create a ncat?
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How to download a URL from internet by netcat?

I can use netcat to transfer files between two computers. # Server nc -l -p 8080 < file # client nc 192.168.1.101 8080 > file Can I use netcat to download a URL from Internet like wget?
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Two hop SSH with multiple user names

I am trying to set up an ssh proxycommand, where the user name at the final host is different from the user name at the original host. I am logged in on firstHost as username and want to effectively ...
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Bash RTSP client with netcat - keep connection open while parsing sent data with sed?

I am trying to make a RTSP client in bash. Problem is that I must make only one connection to the server through which it will send video frames. I can keep it on one connection up to the point at ...
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Knock on a port to get service and version

I'm having difficulty remmebering a certain command I would use in bash that would give information about a port it would 'knock' on. I've used ssh backdoors before so that I can access my home ...
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Nested Redirection in BASH

I have a scenario where I want to filter log files. To do this I am wanting to follow the last 10 lines or so of a log file and as new lines are read in, pipe them through an awk program and then ...
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Meaning of “netcat can be used as a backdoor” [closed]

I recently read about netcat and it is often mentioned that it could be used as a "backdoor". What exactly is meant by backdoor? Could some one give an example of such usage of netcat.
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How to pipe the output of a linux command back into the predecesssing command

The linux command nc -l 8090 | (read METHOD URI PROTOCOL ; echo "method: $METHOD" ; echo "path: $URI" ; echo "prot: $PROTOCOL") listens to port 8090 and when I type something like ...
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Unix bidirectional pipe on commandline

I've been able to use this linux command to connect Netcat to a serial port: nc -l 80 <> /dev/ttyS0 I would like to be able to log this transaction. My backup plan is to use Wireshark to ...
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Using nc (netcat) to emulate NTP server response

I want to test some security on an NTP client developed in-house and would like to use netcat to do it. I have packets captured with Wireshark from previous NTP exchanges that I tried to feed to the ...
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How do I make netcat receive UDP packets from any host?

Is there a way to make netcat receive UDP packets from any ip:port? I don't want it to bind to a specific host as the first packet comes. I can consider alternatives, but they have to be bash ...
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TCP connection to my host's public IP address using Linux netcat

I need to make a TCP connection to my machine through an application that needs only the public IP address and port to connect. I have been able to do it in Windows, but I need to do it in Linux ...
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How do I send and receive simultaneously with netcat?

I need to test a TCP server by connecting with netcat as a client sending a stream from /dev/random and at the same time pipe the output to /dev/null. Receiving: nc 127.0.0.1 3000 > /dev/null ...
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netcat and tee redirection via a bash script

Quick question that has been haunting me all day.. I have a bash script that includes this line: nc -l 8044 | tee nc-output & The output from netcat is never being written to nc-output. If I ...
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Port forwarding on D-link DIR-615 router

I'm attempting to configure my router to forward a port to my Linux machine. The Linux computer has a static IP (192.168.0.185) Right now I'm just experimenting to make sure I can forward a port, so ...
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Can I use nc and/or stunnel to make a transparent SSL proxy such that I can specify the outgoing source port?

I've been playing around a bit with different variations and can't seem to find something that quite works. I want to be able to 'bridge' an SSL connection across a particular gateway node in the ...
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bidirectional socat functionality with nc

This is question is somehow related to How is it called when listening(connecting) two sockets and exchanging data between them? In the test setup I have three terminal windows open I run in Term1: ...