CURLOPT_UNIX_SOCKET_PATH — set Unix domain socket


#include <curl/curl.h>

CURLcode curl_easy_setopt(CURL *handle, CURLOPT_UNIX_SOCKET_PATH, char *path);


Enables the use of Unix domain sockets as connection endpoint and sets the path to path. If path is NULL, then Unix domain sockets are disabled. An empty string will result in an error at some point, it will not disable use of Unix domain sockets.

When enabled, cURL will connect to the Unix domain socket instead of establishing a TCP connection to a host. Since no TCP connection is created, cURL does not need to resolve the DNS hostname in the URL.

The maximum path length on Cygwin, Linux and Solaris is 107. On other platforms it might be even less.

Proxy and TCP options such as CURLOPT_TCP_NODELAY(3) are not supported. Proxy options such as CURLOPT_PROXY(3) have no effect either as these are TCP-oriented, and asking a proxy server to connect to a certain Unix domain socket is not possible.


Default is NULL, meaning that no Unix domain sockets are used.


All protocols except for file:// and FTP are supported in theory. HTTP, IMAP, POP3 and SMTP should in particular work (including their SSL/TLS variants).


Given that you have an nginx server running, listening on /tmp/nginx.sock, you can request a HTTP resource with:

curl_easy_setopt(curl_handle, CURLOPT_UNIX_SOCKET_PATH, "/tmp/nginx.sock");
curl_easy_setopt(curl_handle, CURLOPT_URL, "http://localhost/");

If you are on Linux and somehow have a need for paths larger than 107 bytes, you could use the proc filesystem to bypass the limitation:

int dirfd = open(long_directory_path_to_socket, O_DIRECTORY | O_RDONLY);
char path[108];
snprintf(path, sizeof(path), "/proc/self/fd/%d/nginx.sock", dirfd);
curl_easy_setopt(curl_handle, CURLOPT_UNIX_SOCKET_PATH, path);
/* Be sure to keep dirfd valid until you discard the handle */


Since 7.40.0.

Return Value

Returns CURLE_OK if the option is supported, and CURLE_UNKNOWN_OPTION if not.

See Also


Referenced By


Explore man page connections for CURLOPT_UNIX_SOCKET_PATH(3).

libcurl 7.40.0 09 Oct 2014