Ben J Ben J - 8 days ago 6
C++ Question

How do I correctly randomly assign a port to a test HTTP server using boost asio?

I am using boost asio to create a test server to test an http client. This will run on the same machine as the client. Now what I want to do is create a server with a randomly assigned port. I have looked at this thread here: Using boost::asio is there a portable way to find out free port number but I'm frankly still a little baffled.

My code looks something like this:

boost::asio::io_service service;
tcp::acceptor acceptor(service);
unsigned short port(0);
tcp::endpoint endPoint(tcp::endpoint(tcp::v4(), port);
acceptor.open(endPoint.protocol());
acceptor.set_option(tcp::acceptor::reuse_address(true));
acceptor.bind(endPoint);
port = endPoint.port();

std::cout<<port<<std::endl; // prints 0


My thoughts were that by creating an endpoint with 'port 0' and then trying to bind to that port, it should cause an available port to be randomly assigned but this doesn't seem to be the case. Any idea what I'm doing wrong?

Cheers.

Answer

Fixed. I needed to do:

boost::asio::io_service service;
tcp::acceptor acceptor(service);
unsigned short port(0);
tcp::endpoint endPoint(tcp::endpoint(tcp::v4(), port);
acceptor.open(endPoint.protocol());
acceptor.set_option(tcp::acceptor::reuse_address(true));
acceptor.bind(endPoint);
m_acceptor.listen();        // NEEDED TO ADD THIS BIT!
port = endPoint.port();

std::cout<<port<<std::endl; // prints 0