A simple protocol for secure client/server connections over UDP
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netcode.io is a connection-oriented protocol built on top of UDP.

It's designed for client/server games with dedicated servers, like modern first person shooters.

It has the following features:

  • Token system so only authenticated clients can connect to your server.
  • Packet encryption and signature checks.
  • Protection against man-in-the-middle attacks.
  • Protection against DDoS amplification attacks.
  • Protection against packet replay attacks.
  • Protection against zombie clients.

Save some time by using netcode.io as the foundation for your network protocol instead of writing and testing all this yourself!

How does it work?

Please refer to the second half of this whitepaper: Why can't I send UDP packets from a browser?

For a complete technical specification, read the netcode 1.02 standard.

Source Code

This repository holds the reference implementation of netcode.io in C.

Other netcode.io repositories include:


These people are awesome:

Thanks for your contributions to netcode.io!


The author of this library is Glenn Fiedler.

Glenn wrote an article series about the development of this library called Building a Game Network Protocol.

Other open source libraries by the same author include: yojimbo and reliable.io


netcode.io is generously sponsored by:

And by individual supporters on Patreon. Thank you. You made this possible!


BSD 3-Clause license.