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multipurpose relay for bidirectional data transfer

Socat (for SOcket CAT) establishes two bidirectional byte streams and transfers data between them. Data channels may be files, pipes, devices (terminal or modem, etc.), or sockets (Unix, IPv4, IPv6, raw, UDP, TCP, SSL). 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 IPv6 relay, as a netcat and rinetd replacement, to redirect TCP-oriented programs to a serial line, or to establish a relatively secure environment (su and chroot) for running client or server shell scripts inside network connections. Socat supports sctp as of 1.7.0.

Tags: Implemented in: C, User Interface: Command Line, Networking: network::client, network::server, VPN or Tunneling, Network Protocol: IP, protocol::ipv6, protocol::ssl, TCP, Telnet, protocol::udp, role::program, Scope: Utility, Purpose: Proxying, use::transmission, works-with::network-traffic

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Architecture Package Size Installed Size Files
alpha (unofficial port) 355.2 kB1,487.0 kB [list of files]
amd64 360.9 kB1,483.0 kB [list of files]
arm64 351.7 kB1,471.0 kB [list of files]
armel 333.1 kB1,343.0 kB [list of files]
armhf 336.0 kB1,251.0 kB [list of files]
hppa (unofficial port) 343.1 kB1,371.0 kB [list of files]
i386 367.2 kB1,491.0 kB [list of files]
ia64 (unofficial port) 379.7 kB1,762.0 kB [list of files]
m68k (unofficial port) 321.4 kB1,299.0 kB [list of files]
mips64el 349.0 kB1,529.0 kB [list of files]
mipsel 352.4 kB1,470.0 kB [list of files]
ppc64 (unofficial port) 364.5 kB1,706.0 kB [list of files]
ppc64el 366.1 kB1,695.0 kB [list of files]
riscv64 (unofficial port) 341.9 kB1,356.0 kB [list of files]
s390x 348.5 kB1,491.0 kB [list of files]
sh4 (unofficial port) 346.0 kB1,295.0 kB [list of files]
sparc64 (unofficial port) 329.8 kB1,446.0 kB [list of files]
x32 (unofficial port) 350.8 kB1,380.0 kB [list of files]