How to check if a network port is open on linux?


How can I know if a certain port is open/closed on linux ubuntu, not a remote system, using python? How can I list these open ports in python?

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~ Asked on 2013-10-05 09:24:03

The Best Answer is


You can using the socket module to simply check if a port is open or not.

It would look something like this.

import socket
sock = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM)
result = sock.connect_ex(('',80))
if result == 0:
   print "Port is open"
   print "Port is not open"

~ Answered on 2013-10-05 09:38:24


If you want to use this in a more general context, you should make sure, that the socket that you open also gets closed. So the check should be more like this:

import socket
from contextlib import closing

def check_socket(host, port):
    with closing(socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM)) as sock:
        if sock.connect_ex((host, port)) == 0:
            print "Port is open"
            print "Port is not open"

~ Answered on 2016-02-12 18:46:41

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