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nc

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.

Common uses include:

OPTIONS

EXAMPLE

Open a TCP connection to port 42 of host.example.com, using port 31337 as the source port, with a timeout of 5 seconds:

$ nc -p 31337 -w 5 host.example.com 42

Open a UDP connection to port 53 of host.example.com:

$ nc -u host.example.com 53

Open a TCP connection to port 42 of host.example.com using 10.1.2.3 as the IP for the local end of the connection:

$ nc -s 10.1.2.3 host.example.com 42

Open a TCP connection to port 1521 of 127.0.0.1 :

$ nc -w 3 -v 127.0.0.1 1521