I need to set timeout on python's socket recv method. How to do it?
The typical approach is to use select() to wait until data is available or until the timeout occurs. Only call
recv() when data is actually available. To be safe, we also set the socket to non-blocking mode to guarantee that
recv() will never block indefinitely.
select() can also be used to wait on more than one socket at a time.
import select mysocket.setblocking(0) ready = select.select([mysocket], , , timeout_in_seconds) if ready: data = mysocket.recv(4096)
If you have a lot of open file descriptors, poll() is a more efficient alternative to
Another option is to set a timeout for all operations on the socket using
socket.settimeout(), but I see that you've explicitly rejected that solution in another answer.
Note you might need to call
settimeout twice for your needs, e.g.
sock = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM) sock.bind(("",0)) sock.listen(1) # accept can throw socket.timeout sock.settimeout(5.0) conn, addr = sock.accept() # recv can throw socket.timeout conn.settimeout(5.0) conn.recv(1024)