PipeWire 0.3.80
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PipeWire Module: Protocol Native

The native protocol module implements the PipeWire communication between a client and a server using unix local sockets.

Normally this module is loaded in both client and server config files so that they cam communicate.

Module Options

The module has no options.

General Options

The name of the core is obtained as:

  • PIPEWIRE_CORE : the environment variable with the name of the core
  • PW_KEY_CORE_NAME : in the context properties
  • a name based on the process id

The context will also become a server if:

  • PIPEWIRE_DAEMON : the environment is true
  • PW_KEY_CORE_DAEMON : in the context properties is true

The socket will be located in the directory obtained by looking at the following environment variables:


The socket address will be written into the notification file descriptor if the following environment variable is set:


When a client connect, the connection will be made to:

  • PIPEWIRE_REMOTE : the environment with the remote name
  • PW_KEY_REMOTE_NAME : the property in the context.
  • The default remote named "pipewire-0"

A Special remote named "internal" can be used to make a connection to the local context. This can be done even when the server is not a daemon. It can be used to treat a local context as if it was a server.

Example configuration

context.modules = [
{ name = libpipewire-module-protocol-native }