Can I use D-Bus via network?

Mikael Hallendal micke at
Sat Nov 13 15:26:44 PST 2004

akitzing at wrote:
> Hi,        


I implemented a tcp transport for D-BUS a long time ago, I'm not sure if 
it still works though. I also think that the authentication scheme for 
this never got in place but you can try it out. Iirc you use an address 
such as:


Best Regards,
   Mikael Hallendal

> my name is Alexander, at the moment I'm writing my diploma thesis.         
> A central issue of my diploma thesis is communication of different        
> applications using Qt's Signal/Slot technology over TCP/IP networks.         
> One approach I tried was DCOP. The interprocess communication with signal/slot        
> worked quite well with DCOP. The problem was, that it only worked on a single        
> computer. So far I didn't succeed in attaching a DCOP-Client to a DCOP-Server        
> which is running on a foreign computer. I don't know if this possibility is        
> implemented in DCOP or not. If you know it, please tell me.        
> So, let's talk about D-Bus. After my DCOP approach failed, I had a look at  
> D-Bus. There is one point I couldn't find out with the help of the  
> documentation:        
> Is it possible to communicate with D-Bus over a TCP/IP network?          
> The only thing I read in the documentation concerning this context was       
> something like: "An adress can also specify TCP/IP sockets, [...]". Does this       
> mean that D-Bus can communicate via network? (I also read that DCOP can work       
> with TCP/IP Sockets, but it didn't work over network).       
> If D-Bus is able to work via network, can you tell me how I can establish the      
> connection?        
> Thanks a lot in advance.      
> Best regards,      
>  Alexander      
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