How To Check If Port Is Open In Linux?


I have some servers and I want to check which ports is open. Open ports give clue about the load and security about the system. Open ports mean there is services running on the server and clients are using these so the load of this system is generally higher than other servers. Open ports can be used by attackers. Also open ports will prevent services use same port like Nginx and Apache.

Check Open Port With Lsof

We will use lsof which is a tool to list files, processes and their relevant ports.

  • -i will provides internet protocol related process
  • -P will prevent protocol names and use port numbers
  • -n will prevent hostnames and use ip addresses

Check Ports With Netstat

netstat is an other useful tool which provides network related information about host.

Check Ports By Scanning With Nmap

Nmap is security tool which is used by pentesters and hackers . Nmap is very useful so we can use it to find open ports. Nmap can be used to find open ports in local host or remote host even on the internet. To get more information about nmap look our Nmap Tutorial.

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