My question is if getaddr consists of message header and if it has some payload, possibly an addr_recv and addr_from like version message. Wiki is pretty basic on this spot.

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It isnt clear what exactly you're asking, but wiki is pretty clear on the structure of the response to a getaddr message.


The response to receiving this message is to transmit one or more addr messages with one
or more peers from a database of known active peers.

So the payload of the response will be a bunch of addrs:


Provide information on known nodes of the network. Non-advertised nodes should be forgotten
after typically 3 hours

Field Size  Description     Data type               Comments
1+          count           var_int                 Number of address entries (max: 1000)
30x?        addr_list       (uint32_t + net_addr)[] Address of other nodes on the network.
                                                    version < 209 will only read the first
                                                    one. The uint32_t is a timestamp (see
                                                    note below).
Note: Starting version 31402, addresses are prefixed with a timestamp. If no timestamp is
present, the addresses should not be relayed to other peers, unless it is indeed confirmed
they are up. 

And it even provides sample data:

01                                              - 1 address in this message
E2 15 10 4D                                     - Mon Dec 20 21:50:10 EST 2010 (only when version is >= 31402)
01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00                         - 1 (NODE_NETWORK service - see version message)
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 FF FF 0A 00 00 01 - IPv4:, IPv6: ::ffff: (IPv4-mapped IPv6 address)
20 8D                                           - port 8333
  • Yes I have understood what addr message is, but getaddr message consists of a message header with payload 0? Or it's payload has the network address structure because it needs to request addresses? Commented Jun 19, 2014 at 7:51
  • 3
    As the wiki says for getaddr, the request has no payload: "No additional data is transmitted with this message."
    – Matt
    Commented Jun 19, 2014 at 11:08
  • Is a response necessary if there are zero addresses to advertise?
    – Jus12
    Commented Feb 28, 2018 at 15:42

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