How do you redirect (one way only) udp packets to another host using netcat?

nc -l -u 12345 | nc -u 12345

stops after successfully redirecting the first packet.

(Note: an iptables solution would also be useful.)




For the iptables solution, you'll basically be doing an destination NAT on the packets. Something like:

iptables -t nat -I PREROUTING -p udp --dport 12345 -j DNAT --to

With netcat, hmm. You can use the -k option to keep the listen side up after you process the packets, but you'll need to do something to keep sending. Named pipes, maybe?

mknod /tmp/nc.pipe p
nc -l -k -u 12345 > /tmp/nc.pipe &

while [1]
  nc -u 12345 < /tmp/nc.pipe

Untested, clearly.


So long as you don't receive more than one message per second, this will forward 99%+ of them.

(It's a really horrible fudge.)

while :
  bash -c "nc -l -u 12345 | nc -u 12345" &
  sleep 1
  kill $!
  • I observe a rather strange behaviour here. I use bash -c "nc -lu 47556 | nc -u 47555" & and this leads to spawning netcat processes but not actually killing them afterwards. I noticed this after several crashes of my embedded system (limited resources) and called netstat -tulpn to see if it's not related to that script. I saw A LOT of nc processes. Strangely enough calling bash -c "nc -lu 47555 | nc -u 475559" & properly cleans up the spawned nc processes. I wonder why. – rbaleksandar May 2 '18 at 14:14

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