GetNamedPipeInfo function

Retrieves information about the specified named pipe.

Syntax

BOOL GetNamedPipeInfo(
  HANDLE  hNamedPipe,
  LPDWORD lpFlags,
  LPDWORD lpOutBufferSize,
  LPDWORD lpInBufferSize,
  LPDWORD lpMaxInstances
);

Parameters

hNamedPipe

A handle to the named pipe instance. The handle must have GENERIC_READ access to the named pipe for a read-only or read/write pipe, or it must have GENERIC_WRITE and FILE_READ_ATTRIBUTES access for a write-only pipe.

This parameter can also be a handle to an anonymous pipe, as returned by the CreatePipe function.

lpFlags

A pointer to a variable that receives the type of the named pipe. This parameter can be NULL if this information is not required. Otherwise, this parameter can be one or more of the following values.

Value Meaning
PIPE_CLIENT_END
0x00000000
The handle refers to the client end of a named pipe instance. This is the default.
PIPE_SERVER_END
0x00000001
The handle refers to the server end of a named pipe instance. If this value is not specified, the handle refers to the client end of a named pipe instance.
PIPE_TYPE_BYTE
0x00000000
The named pipe is a byte pipe. This is the default.
PIPE_TYPE_MESSAGE
0x00000004
The named pipe is a message pipe. If this value is not specified, the pipe is a byte pipe.

lpOutBufferSize

A pointer to a variable that receives the size of the buffer for outgoing data, in bytes. If the buffer size is zero, the buffer is allocated as needed. This parameter can be NULL if this information is not required.

lpInBufferSize

A pointer to a variable that receives the size of the buffer for incoming data, in bytes. If the buffer size is zero, the buffer is allocated as needed. This parameter can be NULL if this information is not required.

lpMaxInstances

A pointer to a variable that receives the maximum number of pipe instances that can be created. If the variable is set to PIPE_UNLIMITED_INSTANCES (255), the number of pipe instances that can be created is limited only by the availability of system resources. This parameter can be NULL if this information is not required.

Return value

If the function succeeds, the return value is nonzero.

If the function fails, the return value is zero. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.

Remarks

Windows 10, version 1709:  Pipes are only supported within an app-container; ie, from one UWP process to another UWP process that's part of the same app. Also, named pipes must use the syntax "\.\pipe\LOCAL" for the pipe name.

Requirements

   
Minimum supported client Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps | UWP apps]
Minimum supported server Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps | UWP apps]
Target Platform Windows
Header namedpipeapi.h
Library Kernel32.lib
DLL Kernel32.dll

See also

CreateNamedPipe

GetNamedPipeHandleState

Pipe Functions

Pipes Overview