Allows the plugin to initiate an http connection. This will tag the HTTP state machine with extra data that can be accessed by the logging interface. The connection is treated as an HTTP transaction as if it came from a client.


This is a convenience function for TSHttpConnectPlugin() to provide a simpler interface and backward compatibility for existing implementations. When this function is used instead of TSHttpConnectPlugin, default buffer index and watermark values will be used when creating IOBuffers.


#include <ts/ts.h>
TSVConn TSHttpConnectWithPluginId(sockaddr const *addr, char const *tag, int64_t id)


This call attempts to create an HTTP state machine and a virtual connection to that state machine. This is more efficient than using TSNetConnect() because it avoids using the operating system stack via the loopback interface.


This is the network address of the target of the connection. This includes the port which should be stored in the sockaddr structure pointed at by addr.


This is a tag that is passed through to the HTTP state machine. It must be a persistent string that has a lifetime longer than the connection. It is accessible via the log field pitag. This is intended as a class or type identifier that is consistent across all connections for this plugin. In effect, the name of the plugin. This can be NULL.


This is a numeric identifier that is passed through to the HTTP state machine. It is accessible via the log field piid. This is intended as a connection identifier and should be distinct for every call to TSHttpConnectWithPluginId(). The easiest mechanism is to define a plugin global value and increment it for each connection. The value 0 is reserved to mean “not set” and can be used as a default if this functionality is not needed.

The virtual connection returned as the TSVConn is API equivalent to a network virtual connection both to the plugin and to internal mechanisms. Data is read and written to the connection (and thence to the target system) by reading and writing on this virtual connection.


This function only opens the connection. To drive the transaction an actual HTTP request must be sent and the HTTP response handled. The transaction is handled as a standard HTTP transaction and all of the standard configuration options and plugins will operate on it.

The combination of tag and id is intended to enable correlation in log post processing. The tag identifies the connection as related to the plugin and the id can be used in conjunction with plugin generated logs to correlate the log records.


The H2 implementation uses this to correlate client sessions with H2 streams. Each client connection is assigned a distinct numeric identifier. This is passed as the id to TSHttpConnectWithPluginId(). The tag is selected to be the NPN string for the client session protocol, e.g. “h2”. Log post processing can then count the number of connections for the various supported protocols and the number of H2 virtual streams for each real client connection to Traffic Server.

See Also

TSHttpConnectPlugin(3ts), TSHttpConnect(3ts), TSNetConnect(3ts), TSAPI(3ts)