get socket name
s, struct sockaddr
returns the locally bound address information for a specified socket.
Common uses of this function are as follows:
bind(2) is called with a port number of 0 (indicating the kernel
should pick an ephemeral port)
getsockname() is used to retrieve the kernel-assigned port number.
- When a process calls
bind(2) on a wildcard IP address,
getsockname() is used to retrieve the local IP address for the connection.
- When a function wishes to know the address family of a socket,
getsockname() can be used.
takes three parameters:
s contains the file descriptor for the socket to be looked up.
name points to a
sockaddr structure which will hold the resulting
address information. Normal use requires one to use a structure specific to
the protocol family in use, such as
sockaddr_in6 (IPv6), cast to a (struct
For greater portability (such as newer protocol families) the new
structure sockaddr_storage exists.
is large enough to hold any of the other sockaddr_* variants. On return, it
should be cast to the correct sockaddr type, according to the current
namelen indicates the amount of space pointed to by name, in bytes. Upon return, namelen is set to the actual size of the returned address information.
If the address of the destination socket for a given socket connection is needed, the getpeername(2) function should be used instead.
If name does not point to enough space to hold the entire socket address, the result will be truncated to namelen bytes.
getsockname() returns a 0, and
namelen is set to the actual size of the socket
address returned in name. Otherwise,
errno is set, and a value of -1 is returned.
errno is set to one of the following:
- The argument s is not a valid descriptor.
- The argument s is a file, not a socket.
- Insufficient resources were available in the system to perform the operation.
- The name or namelen parameter points to memory not in a valid part of the process address space.
accept(2), bind(2), getpeername(2), socket(2), getpeereid(3)
getsockname() function conforms to
IEEE Std 1003.1-2008 (“POSIX.1”).
getsockname() function call appeared