Welcome to IPWorks IPC, a powerful developer suite for adding inter-process communications (IPC) to applications via Named Pipes. Standard Named Pipe interfaces allow one-way or duplex client/server communication. Included in the library are client, server, and remote execution components for straightforward peer-to-peer communications between related or unrelated processes.

Included Libraries

The .NET Edition includes several libraries (.dll files) which are supported in different environments. The following libraries are present in the lib directory after installation:

  • lib\nsoftware.IPWorksIPC.dll is designed for use in .NET Framework 4.0 and up, .NET Core 3.0 and up, and .NET 5 and up. This is the default library which maintains a familiar API in line with previous versions of the product.

    Support for asynchronous programming patterns (async/await) is exposed in a separate nsoftware.async.IPWorksIPC namespace. See the Async Functionality page for details.

  • lib\net6.0\nsoftware.IPWorksIPC.dll is designed for use in .NET 6 and up. The .NET 6 library provides cross-platform support while maintaining the same API as the default library in lib.

  • lib\netstandard2.0\nsoftware.IPWorksIPC.dll is designed for use in .NET Standard 2.0 and up. The .NET Standard library provides cross-platform support for legacy projects.

  • lib\net20\nsoftware.IPWorksIPC.dll is designed for use in .NET Framework 2.0 and up. This library targets .NET Framework 2.0 and is maintained for legacy projects.

Included Components

PipeClientThe PipeClient component is a simple client for connecting and communicating over named pipes.
PipeExecPipeExec provides an easy way to start and interact with a process over Stdin, Stdout, and Stderr.
PipeServerThe PipeServer component is a lightweight server component based on an asynchronous, event-driven architecture. It is designed to balance the load between connections for a fast, powerful server.

Additional Information

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