A µTP (Micro/uTorrent Transport Library) library implemented in Rust
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A Micro Transport Protocol library implemented in Rust.

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The Micro Transport Protocol is a reliable transport protocol built over UDP. Its congestion control algorithm is LEDBAT, which tries to use as much unused bandwidth as it can but readily yields to competing flows, making it useful for bulk transfers without introducing congestion in the network.

The current implementation is somewhat incomplete, lacking a complete implementation of congestion control. However, it does support packet loss detection (except by timeout) the Selective Acknowledgment extension, handles unordered and duplicate packets and presents a stream interface (UtpStream).


To use utp, add this to your Cargo.toml:

utp = "*"

Then, import it in your crate root or wherever you need it:

extern crate utp;


The simplest example program would be:

extern crate utp;

use utp::UtpStream;
use std::io::Write;

fn main() {
    // Connect to an hypothetical local server running on port 8080
    let addr = "";
    let mut stream = UtpStream::connect(addr).expect("Error connecting to remote peer");

    // Send a string
    stream.write("Hi there!".as_bytes()).expect("Write failed");

    // Close the stream
    stream.close().expect("Error closing connection");

Check out the files under the "examples" directory for more example programs, or run them with cargo run --example <example_name>.


  • congestion control
  • proper connection closing
    • handle both RST and FIN
    • send FIN on close
    • automatically send FIN on drop if not already closed
  • sending RST on mismatch
  • setters and getters that hide header field endianness conversion
  • SACK extension
  • handle packet loss
    • send triple-ACK to re-request lost packet (fast resend request)
    • rewind send window and resend in reply to triple-ACK (fast resend)
    • resend packet on ACK timeout
  • stream interface
  • handle unordered packets
  • duplicate packet handling
  • listener abstraction
  • incoming connections iterator
  • time out connection after too many retransmissions
  • path MTU discovery


This library is distributed under similar terms to Rust: dual licensed under the MIT license and the Apache license (version 2.0).