WSAEnumProtocols (Windows CE 5.0)

Windows CE 5.0
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This function retrieves information about available transport protocols.

int WSAEnumProtocols(
  LPINT lpiProtocols,
  LPWSAPROTOCOL_INFO lpProtocolBuffer,
  ILPDWORD lpdwBufferLength


[in] Null-terminated array of iProtocol values. This parameter is optional; if lpiProtocols is NULL, information on all available protocols is returned. Otherwise, information is retrieved only for those protocols listed in the array.
[out] Buffer that is filled with WSAPROTOCOL_INFO structures.
[in, out] On input, the count of bytes in the lpProtocolBuffer buffer passed to this function. On output, the minimum buffer size that can be passed to this function to retrieve all the requested information. This routine has no ability to enumerate over multiple calls; the passed-in buffer must be large enough to hold all entries for the routine to succeed. This reduces the complexity of the API and should not pose a problem because the number of protocols loaded on a machine is typically small.

Return Values

If no error occurs, this function returns the number of protocols to be reported. If an error occurs, a value of SOCKET_ERROR is returned, and a specific error code can be retrieved by calling the WSAGetLastError function. The following table shows a list of possible error codes.

Error code Description
WSANOTINITIALISED A successful WSAStartup call must occur before using this function.
WSAENETDOWN The network subsystem has failed.
WSAEINPROGRESS A blocking Winsock call is in progress.
WSAEINVAL One of the specified parameters was invalid.
WSAENOBUFS The buffer length was too small to receive all the relevant WSAPROTOCOL_INFO structures and associated information. Pass in a buffer at least as large as the value returned in lpdwBufferLength.
WSAEFAULT One or more of the lpiProtocols, lpProtocolBuffer, or lpdwBufferLength arguments are not a valid part of the user address space.


This function is used to discover information about the collection of transport protocols and provider chains installed on the local machine. Because layered protocols are only usable by applications when installed in provider chains, information on layered protocols is not included in lpProtocolBuffer. The lpiProtocols parameter can be used as a filter to constrain the amount of information provided. Often, lpiProtocols will be supplied as a NULL pointer that will cause the function to return information on all available transport protocols and provider chains.

A WSAPROTOCOL_INFO structure is provided in the buffer pointed to by lpProtocolBuffer for each requested protocol. If the supplied buffer is not large enough (as indicated by the input value of lpdwBufferLength ), the value pointed to by lpdwBufferLength will be updated to indicate the required buffer size. The application should then obtain a large enough buffer and call this WSAEnumProtocols again.

The order in which the WSAPROTOCOL_INFO structures appear in the buffer coincides with the order in which the protocol entries were registered by the service provider using ws2.dll or with any subsequent reordering that occurred through the Windows Sockets utility or DLL supplied for establishing default TCP/IP providers.


OS Versions: Windows CE .NET 4.0 and later.
Header: Winsock2.h.
Link Library: Ws2.lib.

See Also

WSAGetLastError | WSAStartup

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