Using SO_REUSEPORT (in Linux 3.9 and BSD) in prefork multithreaded servers

The new socket option allows multiple sockets on the same host to bind to the same port, and is intended to improve the performance of multithreaded network server applications running on top of multicore systems.

Incoming connections and datagrams are distributed to the server sockets using a hash based on the 4-tuple of the connection—that is, the peer IP address and port plus the local IP address and port.

SO_REUSEADDR socket option already allows multiple UDP sockets to be bound to, and accept datagrams on, the same UDP port. However, by contrast with SO_REUSEPORT, SO_REUSEADDR does not prevent port hijacking and does not distribute datagrams evenly across the receiving threads.
from The SO_REUSEPORT socket option, Linux 3.9 introduced new way of writing socket servers

SO_REUSEADDR enables local address reuse, SO_REUSEPORT enables duplicate address and port bindings
from getsockopt@freebsd and SO_REUSEPORT vs SO_REUSEADDR

#include <unistd.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdbool.h>
#include <arpa/inet.h>
#include <pthread.h>

void* do_work(void *arg)
    int *port = (int *) arg;

    int listen_socket = socket(AF_INET, SOCK_STREAM, 0);
    int one = 1;
    setsockopt(listen_socket, SOL_SOCKET, SO_REUSEPORT, &one, sizeof(one));

    struct sockaddr_in serv_addr;
    memset(&serv_addr, 0, sizeof(serv_addr));
    serv_addr.sin_family = AF_INET;
    serv_addr.sin_addr.s_addr = INADDR_ANY;
    serv_addr.sin_port = htons(*port);

    int ret = bind(listen_socket, (struct sockaddr *) &serv_addr, sizeof(serv_addr)); 
    listen(listen_socket, 5);

    struct sockaddr_in cli_addr;
    memset(&cli_addr, 0, sizeof(cli_addr));
    int addr_length = sizeof(cli_addr);

        int cli_sock = accept(listen_socket, (struct sockaddr *) &cli_addr, (socklen_t *) &addr_length);
    } while (true);


    return 0;

int main(int ac, const char *av[])
    int port = atoi(av[1]);

    const int MAX_THREADS = 10;
    pthread_t tid[MAX_THREADS];
    for (int i = 0; i < MAX_THREADS; i++) {
        pthread_create(&tid[i], NULL, do_work, &port);

    for (int i = 0; i < MAX_THREADS; i++) {
        pthread_join(tid[i], NULL);
    return 0;

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