.SOCK File Extension

Unix Domain Socket File

The SOCK file is a Linux Socket File. Linux is a family of open source Unix-like operating systems based on the Linux kernel. A socket is a special file used for inter-process communication, which ena...

General Information

Title SOCK File Extension
Extension .sock
Full Form Unix Domain Socket File
File Type Special File
Developer Various Unix-based OS developers
MIME Type application/octet-stream

File Function

Primary Function Interprocess communication
Additional Functions Server-client data transfer
Features Low latency, High bandwidth

File Characteristics

Quality N/A
Supports Layers N/A
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable No

Use Cases

Local IPC Yes
Server Interactions Yes
Service Endpoints Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Unauthorized access
Best Practices Proper permissions, Socket management

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release Unix V7 (1979)
Latest Version N/A

Associated Types

Similar Extensions N/A

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Various Unix-like systems N/A Linux, macOS, BSD
Server software N/A Varies with server