SocketTools .NET Edition

A suite of .NET classes which make it easy to add Internet functionality to your software, with support for .NET 4.0 through .NET 8.0.

SocketTools 11 .NET Edition


SocketTools provides everything you need to get started, including documentation and examples, along with free technical support to answer your development questions.

Visual Studio 2022 and .NET 8.0

File Transfers, Web Services and Email

TLS 1.3 and SSH2

OAuth 2.0 Authentication

Secure Private Cloud Storage

GeoIP Location Services

Data Encryption and Compression

IPv4 and IPv6 Connections

Asynchronous Connections

Product Overview

The SocketTools .NET Edition includes components for uploading and downloading files, accessing web-based services, sending and retrieving e-mail messages, executing commands on remote servers, interactive terminal sessions and much more.

The SocketTools .NET components are compatible with Visual Studio 2022 and previous versions. The assemblies can be used with applications which target the .NET Framework version 4.0 through version 8.0. They are supported on 32-bit and 64-bit Windows desktop and server platforms. Examples are provided for Visual Studio 2010 and later versions.

Supported protocols include DNS, FTP, HTTP, ICMP, IMAP4, NNTP, POP3, SMTP, SSH and TELNET. General purpose TCP and UDP client and server support is also included, along with support for both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. A single interface provides both synchronous and asynchronous network connections.

SocketTools provides secure, private cloud storage for your applications, geographical IP location and text messaging components. There are no additional third-party services for you to subscribe to, and no additional fees to access these services in your applications. Everything is included with your .NET Edition development license.

Secure connections are supported using the Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Shell (SSH) protocols with AES-256 bit encryption. Security features in the components can be enabled with just a few lines of code and do not require any experience with data encryption or cryptography.

The properties, methods and events are very similar to the SocketTools ActiveX controls, making it easier to migrate projects from legacy development tools. Whenever possible, the SocketTools classes were designed to make the transition to .NET as easy as possible.

Free Technical Support

A SocketTools .NET Edition license includes free technical support by e-mail, and access to support resources such as our knowledge base and online help. Technical reference documentation and example programs are included with the product. If you have critical support needs, you can also purchase additional support with your license.

Evaluate SocketTools

You can download a free, fully functional evaluation copy of SocketTools that you can use for 30 days. Your evaluation also includes free technical support when you have questions. After you have purchased a license, you can use the SocketTools components in as many projects as you wish, and redistribute your software to an unlimited number of users, without any additional runtime licensing fees.


SocketTools and Catalyst Development have by far surpassed my expectations

I’ve been very impressed with all aspects of this project, and both SocketTools and Catalyst Development have by far surpassed my expectations. We ran into a number of roadblocks on this endeavor, and I appreciate your persistence and patience, particularly with the inconsistent test environment our client provided. I am also very impressed with the functionality of our new custom control. Very slick! Once again, thanks very much for all your hard work!
Kevin Taylor, Tailored Software, Inc. (Canada)

The documentation is amongst the best I’ve seen and used

Great product! I recently purchased the SocketWrench library and I’m pleasantly surprised by the ease of use and exceptionally intuitive API. I wanted to replace some home-grown code with the new component and it just dropped into place and worked on the first compilation! The documentation is amongst the best I’ve seen and used, with lots of clear and concise tips and helpful information. I am very impressed with the price-quality level. I look forward to many years of mutual benefits for both our companies.
Martin Hart, Memory Soft (Spain)

The best and most productive controls I have ever come across

Thanks for the amazing controls, the best and most productive I have ever come across. They work every time as per the detailed documentation with no gotchas. Great work.
Martin G Nagle, InfoMining PL (Australia)

I'm impressed with how you maintain backwards compatibility

I wanted to let you know how impressed I am with maintaining backwards compatibility. I had a VB6 program with 6 different implementations of the SocketWrenchCtl.SocketWrench class v4.5 (which was from 2006). I dropped the new in the updated .ocx file expecting to suddenly invoke 11 years worth of renamed properties, added dependencies and breaking changes. I have not yet changed a single line of code and so far (fingers crossed) it appears to be stable. I just thought I'd point that out because most devs can't go 3 months without introducing a breaking change (myself included)
Russell Phillips, Echotech (Australia)
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