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How to find the process that is using a port

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Sometimes when developing multiple applications at once, or trying out demos, I end up with multiple programs running on different ports on my computer: 3000, 3001, 1313, and so on.

If I don’t pay close attention, I might forget which application is running on a specific port.

How can we determine which program is listening on a port?

The lsof command helps us do that!

Running

lsof -i :1313

Will tell me the command that’s currently listening on port 1313:

COMMAND  PID   USER   FD   TYPE             DEVICE SIZE/OFF NODE NAME
hugo    8698 fla 4764u  IPv4 0xc72ca30d18e45ef9      0t0  TCP localhost:bmc_patroldb (LISTEN)

In this case it’s the hugo command, with PID 8698.

If I want to terminate that program, I can just run kill 8698.

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