Relay for bidirectional data transfer
Socat is a relay for bidirectional data transfer between two independent data channels. Data channels may be files, pipes, devices (terminal or modem, etc.), or sockets (Unix, IP4, IP6 - raw, UDP, TCP), etc. It provides forking, logging, and tracing, different modes for interprocess communication, and many more options. It can be used, for example, as a TCP relay (one-shot or daemon), as an external socksifier, as a shell interface to Unix sockets, as an IP6 relay, as a netcat and rinetd replacement, for redirecting TCP-oriented programs like brutus to a serial line, or to establish a relatively secure environment (su and chroot) for running client or server shell scripts with network connections.
released on 29 January 2016
This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 14 January 2017.
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