We often use TCP and UDP connections in Internet communication.
TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) is connection-oriented, it tracks all data sent. By contrast, UDP (User Datagram Protocol) doesn’t care about datagrams it sent, all information is no sequencing. In other words, UDP is unreliable.
Both socket technologies can be used by the shell tool I described in this article.
The netcat utility can build TCP connection by default or send UDP packets with parameter -u.
Listen for UDP port 5009:
nc -u -l 5009.
Connect to UDP port:
nc -u localhost 5009.
The following video shows a simple example TCP connection created by netcat.
We can read the command’s introduction by
man nc on shell.
NC(1) BSD General Commands Manual NC(1) NAME nc -- arbitrary TCP and UDP connections and listens SYNOPSIS nc [-46AcDCdhklnrtUuvz] [-b boundif] [-i interval] [-p source_port] [-s source_ip_address] [-w timeout] [-X proxy_protocol] [-x proxy_address[:port]] [--apple-delegate-pid pid] [--apple-delegate-uuid uuid] [--apple-ext-bk-idle] [--apple-nowakefromsleep] [--apple-ecn mode] [hostname] [port[s]] DESCRIPTION The nc (or netcat) utility is used for just about anything under the sun involving TCP or UDP. It can open TCP connections, send UDP packets, listen on arbitrary TCP and UDP ports, do port scanning, and deal with both IPv4 and IPv6. Unlike telnet(1), nc scripts nicely, and separates error messages onto standard error instead of sending them to standard output, as telnet(1) does with some.