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INET_PTON(3)               Linux Programmer's Manual              INET_PTON(3)

       inet_pton - convert IPv4 and IPv6 addresses from text to binary form

       #include <arpa/inet.h>

       int inet_pton(int af, const char *src, void *dst);

       This function converts the character string src into a network address structure in
       the af address family, then copies the network address structure to  dst.   The  af
       argument must be either AF_INET or AF_INET6.

       The following address families are currently supported:

              src  points to a character string containing an IPv4 network address in dot-
              ted-decimal format, "ddd.ddd.ddd.ddd", where ddd is a decimal number  of  up
              to three digits in the range 0 to 255.  The address is converted to a struct
              in_addr and copied to dst, which must be sizeof(struct  in_addr)  (4)  bytes
              (32 bits) long.

              src  points  to  a character string containing an IPv6 network address.  The
              address is converted to a struct in6_addr and copied to dst, which  must  be
              sizeof(struct in6_addr) (16) bytes (128 bits) long.  The allowed formats for
              IPv6 addresses follow these rules:

              1. The preferred format is x:x:x:x:x:x:x:x.  This  form  consists  of  eight
                 hexadecimal numbers, each of which expresses a 16-bit value (i.e., each x
                 can be up to 4 hex digits).

              2. A series of contiguous zero values in the preferred format can be  abbre-
                 viated  to  ::.   Only  one  instance of :: can occur in an address.  For
                 example, the loopback address 0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1 can be abbreviated as  ::1.
                 The wildcard address, consisting of all zeroes, can be written as ::.

              3. An  alternate format is useful for expressing IPv4-mapped IPv6 addresses.
                 This form is written as x:x:x:x:x:x:d.d.d.d, where the six leading xs are
                 hexadecimal  values that define the six most-significant 16-bit pieces of
                 the address (i.e., 96 bits), and the ds express a value in dotted-decimal
                 notation  that  defines the least significant 32 bits of the address.  An
                 example of such an address is ::FFFF:

              See RFC 2373 for further details on the representation of IPv6 addresses.

       inet_pton() returns 1 on success (network address was successfully  converted).   0
       is returned if src does not contain a character string representing a valid network
       address in the specified address family.  If af does not contain  a  valid  address
       family, -1 is returned and errno is set to EAFNOSUPPORT.


       Unlike  inet_aton(3) and inet_addr(3), inet_pton() supports IPv6 addresses.  On the
       other hand, inet_pton() only accepts IPv4  addresses  in  dotted-decimal  notation,
       whereas inet_aton(3) and inet_addr(3) allow the more general numbers-and-dots nota-
       tion (hexadecimal and octal number formats, and formats that don't require all four
       bytes  to  be  explicitly  written).   For  an  interface  that  handles  both IPv6
       addresses, and IPv4 addresses in numbers-and-dots notation, see getaddrinfo(3).

       AF_INET6 does not recognize IPv4 addresses.  An explicit IPv4-mapped  IPv6  address
       must be supplied in src instead.

       The  program  below demonstrates the use of inet_pton() and inet_ntop(3).  Here are
       some example runs:

           $ ./a.out i6 0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0
           $ ./a.out i6 1:0:0:0:0:0:0:8
           $ ./a.out i6 0:0:0:0:0:FFFF:

   Program source

       #include <arpa/inet.h>
       #include <stdio.h>
       #include <stdlib.h>
       #include <string.h>

       main(int argc, char *argv[])
           unsigned char buf[sizeof(struct in6_addr)];
           int domain, s;
           char str[INET6_ADDRSTRLEN];

           if (argc != 3) {
               fprintf(stderr, "Usage: %s {i4|i6|<num>} string\n", argv[0]);

           domain = (strcmp(argv[1], "i4") == 0) ? AF_INET :
                    (strcmp(argv[1], "i6") == 0) ? AF_INET6 : atoi(argv[1]);

           s = inet_pton(domain, argv[2], buf);
           if (s <= 0) {
               if (s == 0)
                   fprintf(stderr, "Not in presentation format");

           if (inet_ntop(domain, buf, str, INET6_ADDRSTRLEN) == NULL) {

           printf("%s\n", str);


       getaddrinfo(3), inet(3), inet_ntop(3)

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