Paul - The Programmer

simple & stupid

Good Linux tool, netcat

Netcat, as know as nc, is a simple command line tool to send and receive data with TCP or UDP protocal.

There are many tutorials for the netact on the internet, since it has been wildly used as a back-end tool to :

  • Simulate server
  • Scanning ports
  • File transfers
  • Proxy gateway
  • Many other things to transfer data with TCP/UDP from one place to another.

Hence here I'd like to show you something different, an example of how to create a echo server with netcat.

The server side just as simple as one line command:

$ nc -l -p 12345 -c 'while true; do read i && echo [echo] $i; done'

Then the telnet can be used as a client to connect to the nc server

$ telnet localhost 12345
[echo] hello

Once you input any string, the server returns your input with [echo] prefix.