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Socket.AcceptAsync Method

Begins an asynchronous operation to accept an incoming connection attempt.

Namespace:  System.Net.Sockets
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

public bool AcceptAsync(
	SocketAsyncEventArgs e


Type: System.Net.Sockets.SocketAsyncEventArgs

The System.Net.Sockets.SocketAsyncEventArgs object to use for this asynchronous socket operation.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
Returns true if the I/O operation is pending. The SocketAsyncEventArgs.Completed event on the e parameter will be raised upon completion of the operation.
Returns false if the I/O operation completed synchronously. The SocketAsyncEventArgs.Completed event on the e parameter will not be raised and the e object passed as a parameter may be examined immediately after the method call returns to retrieve the result of the operation.


An argument is not valid. This exception occurs if the buffer provided is not large enough. The buffer must be at least 2 * (sizeof(SOCKADDR_STORAGE + 16) bytes.

This exception also occurs if multiple buffers are specified, the SocketAsyncEventArgs.BufferList property is not null.


An argument is out of range. The exception occurs if the SocketAsyncEventArgs.Count is less than 0.


An invalid operation was requested. This exception occurs if the accepting Socket is not listening for connections or the accepted socket is bound.

You must call the Bind and Listen method before calling the AcceptAsync method.

This exception also occurs if the socket is already connected or a socket operation was already in progress using the specified e parameter.


An error occurred when attempting to access the socket. See the Remarks section for more information.


Windows XP or later is required for this method.


The Socket has been closed.

Connection-oriented protocols can use the AcceptAsync method to asynchronously process incoming connection attempts. Accepting connections asynchronously gives you the ability to send and receive data within a separate execution thread. Before calling the AcceptAsync method, you must call the Listen method to listen for and queue incoming connection requests.

To be notified of completion, you must create a callback method that implements the EventHandler<SocketAsyncEventArgs> delegate and hook it to the SocketAsyncEventArgs.Completed event.

The following properties and events on the System.Net.Sockets.SocketAsyncEventArgs object are required:

The caller can optionally specify an existing Socket to use for the incoming connection by specifying the Socket to use with the SocketAsyncEventArgs.AcceptSocket property.

If the SocketAsyncEventArgs.AcceptSocket property is null, a new Socket is constructed with the same AddressFamily, SocketType, and ProtocolType as the current Socket and set as the SocketAsyncEventArgs.AcceptSocket property.

The caller may set the SocketAsyncEventArgs.UserToken property to any user state object desired before calling the AcceptAsync method, so that the information will be retrievable in the callback method. If the callback needs more information than a single object, a small class can be created to hold the other required state information as members.

Optionally, a buffer may be provided in which to receive the initial block of data on the socket after the ConnectAsync method succeeds. In this case, the SocketAsyncEventArgs.Buffer property needs to be set to the buffer containing the data to receive and the SocketAsyncEventArgs.Count property needs to be set to the maximum number of bytes of data to receive in the buffer. These properties can be set using the SocketAsyncEventArgs.SetBuffer method. Part of the buffer passed in will be consumed internally for use with the underlying Winsock AcceptEx call. This means that the amount of data returned will always be less than the value of the SocketAsyncEventArgs.Count property on the System.Net.Sockets.SocketAsyncEventArgs instance provided. The amount of the buffer used internally varies based on the address family of the socket.

The completion callback method should examine the SocketAsyncEventArgs.SocketError property to determine if the AcceptAsync operation was successful.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5 SP1, 3.0 SP1, 2.0 SP1