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A high performance PageKite implementation in C
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This is a tight, fast implementation of the PageKite protocol in C, suitable for high-performance or embedded applications.

What is PageKite?

PageKite is a protocol for dynamic, tunneled reverse proxying of arbitrary TCP byte streams. It is particularly well suited for making a HTTP server on a device without a public IP address visible to the wider Internet, but can also be used for a variety of other things, including SSH access.

For more information about PageKite, see

What is in the box?

The structure is as follows:

Makefile            A few recipes for building common targets
bindings/           Library bindings for other programming languages
contrib/            Things that use libpagekite
doc/                Documentation
include/pagekite.h  The public interface of libpagekite
libpagekite/        The source code
tools/              Helper scripts for building and working

In contrib/backends/ you'll find:

httpkite.c      A sample implementation of a very basic HTTP server
pagekitec.c     Basic standalone pagekite back-end connector/proxy.

Getting started

The best example of how to work with the library is pagekitec.c.

For more low-level fun, httpkite.c can also be of some value.

This project has a Wiki page:

Getting started on Windows

Libpagekite can be cross-compiled from Linux to Windows by installing the MXE environment, built with pthread and openssl at least.

You can the cross-compile Windows binaries and a DLL like so:

$ make windows

Check docs/API.txt for more details.

Releases include pre-built executables and DLLs in the bin/ and lib/ folders for your convenience.

Getting started on Android

WARNING: This section is outdated and needs to be rewritten!

This source tree can be included in an Android project using the NDK. It has been tested and verified to work with revision 8 of the NDK, targetting Android 2.2 (Froyo, API level 8).

If PageKite is the only native package you are using, the quickest way to get it to build as part of your project is by adding the following symbolic links to your project tree:

cd /path/to/YourApp/
ln -s /path/to/libpagekite/ jni
mkdir -p src/net/pagekite
ln -s /path/to/libpagekite/net.pagekite.lib src/net/pagekite/lib

You will also need to grab a copy of OpenSSL for Android, we recommend the version maintained by the Guardian Project:

cd /path/to/libpagekite/
git clone

(Although not recommended, SSL support can be skipped by commenting out the relevant lines in the file and removing #define HAVE_OPENSSL from common.h.)

Finally, the JNI interface can then be built using the commands:

cd /path/to/YourApp/
export NDK_PROJECT_PATH=/path/to/android-ndk
make -f jni/Makefile android

Expect this to take a while, as building OpenSSL for multiple architectures is a pretty big task. Once everything has been compiled, you should be able to import net.pagekite.lib and use the methods of the PageKiteAPI class in your app - but please read our licensing terms carefully if your app is not Open Source.

If you are using multiple native packages, you may need to structure your code differently and massage the files a bit.

License and Copyright

libpagekite is Copyright 2011-2015, The Beanstalks Project ehf.

This code is released under the Apache License 2.0, but may also be used according to the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License. Please see the file for details on which license applies to you.

Commercial support for this code, as well as managed front-end relay service, are available from

Development of this code was partially sponsored by SURFnet and the Icelandic Technology Development fund.

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