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According to this answer, the interface to be used by a socket will be selected automatically by the system if the destination address is specified when calling connect. What I am looking for is a simple way to know the name of that interface before calling connect with C or C++. I know this can be done with the command route get to $ADDR, but calling external command in program seems kinda dirty. Is there any way to do this in C/C++ other than parsing the route table or calling route?

Question Answer

You can open a netlink socket and query the routes then filter the one you need. Here is an article on Linux Journal that describes this method:


And here is an implementation in C of it:


It just needs a bit of adjustment for your needs.

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