zmq_curve man page

zmq_curve — secure authentication and confidentiality


The CURVE mechanism defines a mechanism for secure authentication and confidentiality for communications between a client and a server. CURVE is intended for use on public networks. The CURVE mechanism is defined by this document:

Client and Server Roles

A socket using CURVE can be either client or server, at any moment, but not both. The role is independent of bind/connect direction.

A socket can change roles at any point by setting new options. The role affects all zmq_connect and zmq_bind calls that follow it.

To become a CURVE server, the application sets the ZMQ_CURVE_SERVER option on the socket, and then sets the ZMQ_CURVE_SECRETKEY option to provide the socket with its long-term secret key. The application does not provide the socket with its long-term public key, which is used only by clients.

To become a CURVE client, the application sets the ZMQ_CURVE_SERVERKEY option with the long-term public key of the server it intends to connect to, or accept connections from, next. The application then sets the ZMQ_CURVE_PUBLICKEY and ZMQ_CURVE_SECRETKEY options with its client long-term key pair.

If the server does authentication it will be based on the client’s long term public key.

Key Encoding

The standard representation for keys in source code is either 32 bytes of base 256 (binary) data, or 40 characters of base 85 data encoded using the Z85 algorithm defined by

The Z85 algorithm is designed to produce printable key strings for use in configuration files, the command line, and code. There is a reference implementation in C at

Test Key Values

For test cases, the client shall use this long-term key pair (specified as hexadecimal and in Z85):



And the server shall use this long-term key pair (specified as hexadecimal and in Z85):



See Also

zmq_z85_encode(3) zmq_z85_decode(3) zmq_setsockopt(3) zmq_null(7) zmq_plain(7) zmq(7)


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Referenced By

zmq(7), zmq_curve_keypair(3), zmq_curve_public(3), zmq_gssapi(7), zmq_null(7), zmq_plain(7), zmq_setsockopt(3), zmq_z85_decode(3), zmq_z85_encode(3).

01/17/2018 0MQ 4.2.4 0MQ Manual