How Do I Check That a Port Is Open in Solaris?

Written by kristen waters
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The Solaris operating system uses "netstat" to show the status of network activity, including open ports. When used alone, the "netstat -an" command will show all the open ports on the system. The "-a" option shows the state of all the ports. The "-n" option shows the network addresses as numbers rather than symbols. Combined with the "grep" command, you can see the status of a specific port.

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  1. 1

    Open a terminal session.

  2. 2

    Type the command "netstat -an" to obtain a list of all the open ports.

  3. 3

    Type the command "netstat -an | grep 8080" to determine whether port "8080" is open. You can replace "8080" with any specific port that you are looking for.

  4. 4

    Type the command "exit" to close the terminal session.

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