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How to Find Which Process using a Networking Port


Using netstat and lsof command to show which process using a Port on Mac/Linux



Command netstat will show the most useful statistic data of networking.

netstat -ltnp | grep -w ':8080' 

The above command will display the information related to the networking port of 8080.

These are the detailed meaning of options:

l – let netstat to only show listening sockets.
t – let netstat to display TCP connections.
n – show numerical addresses.
p – enables showing of the process ID and the process name.
grep -w – shows matching of exact string (:80).

Note: On MacOs, we’re stuck with the BSD netstat which will not show you the process ID that is attached to a given port.

So, lsof will be a choice for Mac.


Command lsof will display all opened files of a process. We could also use it to find which process used a networking port, since TCP/IP sockets use file descriptors.

lsof -i will show which process communicating over the internet.


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