How can I send a packet with c++? [example required]

Posted on 2010-01-08
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How can I create and send a UDP and/or TCP packet (stream) from c++? I'm compiling using MingW in Code::Blocks IDE, on Windows Vista 64-bit.

In my previous question (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/CPP/Q_25001051.html) I was not very clear; so to be more precise, please provide an actual compilable example (as per my specs). Please do not link to any other sites, paste directly or attach a .zip or of the build-able code.

Thanks in adance!
Question by:level9wizard
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You want for Windows Only, right?
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[CSecurity]>>You want for Windows Only, right?

For now; yes, specifically (as I've mentioned) using MingW in Code::Blocks IDE, on Windows Vista 64-bit.
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Don't forget to link against ws2_32 library
#include <stdio.h>
#include <winsock2.h>

int main()

WSADATA wsaData;
int iResult = WSAStartup( MAKEWORD(2,2), &wsaData );
if ( iResult != NO_ERROR )
printf("Error at WSAStartup()\n");

SOCKET m_socket;
m_socket = socket( AF_INET, SOCK_DGRAM, 0 );

if ( m_socket == INVALID_SOCKET ) {
printf( "Error at socket(): %ld\n", WSAGetLastError() );
return 0;

// Connect to a server.
sockaddr_in clientService;

clientService.sin_family = AF_INET;
clientService.sin_addr.s_addr = inet_addr( "" );
clientService.sin_port = htons( 27015 );

if ( connect( m_socket, (SOCKADDR*) &clientService,
sizeof(clientService) ) == SOCKET_ERROR) {
printf( "Failed to connect.\n" );
return 0;

// Send and receive data.
int bytesSent;
int bytesRecv = SOCKET_ERROR;
char sendbuf[32] = "Client: Sending data.";
char recvbuf[32] = "";

bytesSent = send( m_socket, sendbuf, strlen(sendbuf), 0 );
printf( "Bytes Sent: %ld\n", bytesSent );

while( bytesRecv == SOCKET_ERROR ) {
bytesRecv = recv( m_socket, recvbuf, 32, 0 );
if ( bytesRecv == 0 || bytesRecv == WSAECONNRESET ) {
printf( "Connection Closed.\n");
if (bytesRecv < 0)
return 0;
printf( "Bytes Recv: %ld\n", bytesRecv );

return 0;

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Author Closing Comment

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This example really only shows how to create a socket; a higher layer than forming a packet itself - correct?
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Yes, for forming packet itself you need WinPcap

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