External Data Representation (XDR)

(last updated: 16-May-2015 09:31)


  1. Internetworking with TCP/IP, Volume III: Client-Server Programming and Applications, Windows Sockets Version; Douglas E. Comer and David L. Stevens; Prentice-Hall, 1997 (Chapter 19: External Data Representation (XDR)).
  2. TCP/IP: Architecture, Protocols, and Implementation, with IP v6 and IP Security, Second Edition; Dr. Sidnie Feit; McGraw-Hill, 1997 (Chapter 15, "RPC and NFS").
  3. TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols; W. Richard Stevens; Addison-Wesley, 1994 (Section 29.3: XDR: External Data Representation).
  4. TCP/IP and NFS: Internetworking in a UNIX Environment; Michael Santifaller; Addison-Wesley, 1991 (section on "External Data Representation", pages 129-132).
  5. UNIX Internals: The New Frontiers; Uresh Vahalia; Prentice Hall, 1996 (Section 10.4.1: Extended Data Representation (XDR)).
  6. UNIX System V Network Programming; Stephen A. Rago; Addison-Wesley, 1993 (Section 8.2: XDR).


  1. RFC 1014, "XDR: External Data Representation Standard", Sun Microsystems, 1987 (obsolete).
  2. RFC 1832, "XDR: External Data Representation Standard", R. Srinivasan, August 1995.

Periodical Articles

  1. "XDR: Moving Data Between Platforms", UR 12:6 Jun 1994 pgs 55-62.