Receiving UDP Data (zero copy interface)
TCP/IP stack API function is used to receive from a UDP socket.
Data can only be received after the
socket has been
created, configured, and
bound to a local port number.
Part of the FreeRTOS+TCP Networking Tutorial
As detailed on the FreeRTOS_recvfrom() API reference page, FreeRTOS_recvfrom() can be used with standard calling semantics, or zero copy calling semantics. This page demonstrates the zero copy calling semantics.
The source code below shows a RTOS task that creates a socket before entering a loop that receives data using the zero copy calling semantics. The comments in the source code provide important information on how to use network buffers when the zero copy option is used.
static void vUDPReceivingUsingZeroCopyInterface( void *pvParameters )
struct freertos_sockaddr xClient, xBindAddress;
uint32_t xClientLength = sizeof( xClient ), ulIPAddress;
/* Attempt to open the socket. */
xListeningSocket = FreeRTOS_socket( FREERTOS_AF_INET,
FREERTOS_SOCK_DGRAM, /*FREERTOS_SOCK_DGRAM for UDP.*/
/* Check the socket was created. */
configASSERT( xListeningSocket != FREERTOS_INVALID_SOCKET );
/* Bind to port 10000. */
xBindAddress.sin_port = FreeRTOS_htons( 10000 );
FreeRTOS_bind( xListeningSocket, &xBindAddress, sizeof( xBindAddress ) );
for( ;; )
/* Receive data from the socket. ulFlags has the zero copy bit set
(FREERTOS_ZERO_COPY) indicating to the stack that a reference to the
received data should be passed out to this RTOS task using the second
parameter to the FreeRTOS_recvfrom() call. When this is done the
IP stack is no longer responsible for releasing the buffer, and
the RTOS task must return the buffer to the stack when it is no longer
needed. By default the block time is portMAX_DELAY but it can be
changed using FreeRTOS_setsockopt(). */
lBytes = FreeRTOS_recvfrom( xListeningSocket,
if( lBytes > 0 )
/* Data was received and can be processed here. */
if( lBytes >= 0 )
/* The receive was successful so this RTOS task is now responsible for
the buffer. The buffer must be freed once it is no longer
* The data can be processed here.
/* Return the buffer to the TCP/IP stack. */
FreeRTOS_ReleaseUDPPayloadBuffer( pucUDPPayloadBuffer );
Example using FreeRTOS_recvfrom() with the zero copy (as opposed to standard) calling semantics