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Tool and Usage

The socat tool allows bi-directional data transfer between two independent data channels. This includes a file, pipe, device, socket, proxy connection, etc.

Why this tool?

This tool can be used to share data between systems. It can leverage an existing connection, or set up a new channel between two systems or on the system itself. This can be useful to relay traffic, do a quick data transfer, or test other systems.

Usage and audience

This tool is categorized as a data transfer tool.

socat is commonly used for data transfers. Target users for this tool are general public.

Tool review

The review and analysis of this project resulted in the following remarks for this security tool:


  • + The source code of this software is available
  • + Well-known tool

Author and Maintainers

Socat is under development by Gerhard Rieger.


Support operating systems

Socat is known to work on Linux and macOS.

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Project details
Latest release1.7.3.2 [2017-01-25]
Last updatedOct. 22, 2017

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