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Node.js TCP client and server example
In the node.js intro tutorial (, they show a basic tcp
server, but for some reason omit a client connecting to it. I added an
example at the bottom.
Save the following server in example.js:
var net = require('net');
var server = net.createServer(function(socket) {
socket.write('Echo server\r\n');
server.listen(1337, '');
And connect with a tcp client from the command line using netcat, the *nix
utility for reading and writing across tcp/udp network connections. I've only
used it for debugging myself.
$ netcat 1337
You should see:
> Echo server
/* Or use this example tcp client written in node.js. (Originated with
example code from */
var net = require('net');
var client = new net.Socket();
client.connect(1337, '', function() {
client.write('Hello, server! Love, Client.');
client.on('data', function(data) {
console.log('Received: ' + data);
client.destroy(); // kill client after server's response
client.on('close', function() {
console.log('Connection closed');
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how to set tcp headers on request and receive in the server

I don't think you can set headers with TCP. HTTP maybe what you are looking for

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'Received: ' + data

I also have a same issue.......

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require("net") is not working in 16.13.1
when i move to 18.x now it says digital envelope routines unsupported

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you try to connect to another pc port? if yes, make sure to allow inbound firewall

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this gist was really helpful for me, thank you dude

same! thank you!

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I have multiple simultaneous connections. how can I write to a particular client if the remotePort and remoteAddress is stored to the DB. the new Socket() command does not work in my case because it creates a new instance of this.

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