CURLOPT_PIPEWAIT - wait for multiplexing

#include <curl/curl.h>
CURLcode curl_easy_setopt(CURL *handle, CURLOPT_PIPEWAIT, long wait);

Set wait to 1L to tell libcurl to prefer to wait for a connection to confirm or deny that it can do multiplexing before continuing.

When about to perform a new transfer that allows multiplexing, libcurl checks for existing connections to use. If no such connection exists it immediately continues and creates a fresh new connection to use.

By setting this option to 1 - and having CURLMOPT_PIPELINING(3) enabled for the multi handle this transfer is associated with - libcurl instead waits for the connection to reveal if it is possible to multiplex on before it continues. This enables libcurl to much better keep the number of connections to a minimum when using multiplexing protocols.

With this option set, libcurl prefers to wait and reuse an existing connection for multiplexing rather than the opposite: prefer to open a new connection rather than waiting.

The waiting time is as long as it takes for the connection to get up and for libcurl to get the necessary response back that informs it about its protocol and support level.

0 (off)


int main(void)
  CURL *curl = curl_easy_init();
  if(curl) {
    curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_URL, "");
    curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_PIPEWAIT, 1L);
    /* now add this easy handle to the multi handle */

Added in 7.43.0

Returns CURLE_OK if the option is supported, and CURLE_UNKNOWN_OPTION if not.


2024-05-22 libcurl