NTP Port Number and Configuration Tutorial For Linux Local System – POFTUT

NTP Port Number and Configuration Tutorial For Linux Local System

NTP is a core protocol used today’s IT infrastructure to synchronize date and time information. In order to work properly, we need to configuration NTP port in our server, client and intermediate systems like switch, firewall, router.

NTP Port UDP 123

NTP uses the UDP port number 123 by default. NTP services run on UDP protocol because of the UDP simplicity and performative behavior. NTP is also a very simple protocol just like ask and get response manner which is very well suited with the connectionless UDP protocol.

Reliable NTP Port TCP 123

As stated previously NTP uses UDP transmission protocol by default with port number 123. As UDP is not fully reliable protocol it may create some problems during usage. TCP provides more reliable transmission of the protocol packages. So TCP port number 123 can be used for more reliable and less problematic NTP transmission.

Linux NTP Port Configuration

In this part, we will learn basic steps to list and change NTP port configuration. These steps can be run all major Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, Kali, Fedora and CentOS.

List NTP Service Ports

We will start by listing NTP ports with the tool netstat and grep . We will grep port number 123 from the output of the netstat command listening UDP and TCP ports.

$ netstat -tuln | grep 123
List NTP Ports
List NTP Ports

We can see that there are NTP services listening port number 123 in different interfaces like localhost which is and all interfaces

Print NTP Service Status

In Linux distributions, NTP services status can be listed with the systemctl command like below.

$ systemctl status ntp
Print NTP Service Status
Print NTP Service Status

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