Pipe Names

Each named pipe must have a unique name that distinguishes it from other named pipes. Use the following form when specifying the name of a pipe in the CreateNamedPipe, CreateFile, WaitNamedPipe, or CallNamedPipe function.


The server process cannot create a pipe on a computer, so CreateNamedPipe must use a period to indicate the local computer as shown in this example.


Client processes using CreateFile, WaitNamedPipe, or CallNamedPipe can use a period to specify a local pipe, but they must specify the name of a server to open a pipe on a remote computer.

The pipename part of the name can include any character, including numbers and special characters. The entire pipe name string can be up to 256 characters long. Pipe names are not case-sensitive.

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