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       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.
       dst is written in network byte order.

       The following address families are currently supported:

              src points to a character string containing an IPv4 network
              address in dotted-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 abbreviated 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 zeros, 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

              See RFC 2373 for further details on the representation of IPv6

       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.

       For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see

       │Interface   Attribute     Value          │
       │inet_pton() │ Thread safety │ MT-Safe locale │
       POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008.

       Unlike inet_aton(3) and inet_addr(3), inet_pton() supports IPv6
       addresses.  On the other hand, inet_pton() accepts only IPv4 addresses
       in dotted-decimal notation, whereas inet_aton(3) and inet_addr(3) allow
       the more general numbers-and-dots notation (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

       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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Linux                             2020-06-09                      INET_PTON(3)