Find which process is using a particular Port (AIX, Linux, Windows)

AIX Command
1. lsof -i :<port number>
– This command must be run as root. lsof executable is available here.

AIX Example

Let’s set SVCENAME to 50000, so that the listener will use this port.

$ db2 update dbm cfg using svcename 50000
$ db2start

Then, use the command above to check if the port is indeed being used by DB2 LUW. Run this as root.

$ lsof -i :50000
db2sysc 4128774 db2inst1 5u IPv6 0xf1000e00019f3bb8 0t0 TCP *:50000 (LISTEN)

Please note that this technote previously illustrated the use of rmsock command. However, a recent discovery revealed that rmsock command may exhibit an unstable behaviour. Hence, it was removed from this technote. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.

Windows Command

1. netstat -aon | findstr “<port number>”
– This shows if the specified <port number> is being used. The number in the last column is the process id (PID) of the process holding the socket. Once PID is determined, one can refer to “Windows Task Manager” to determine which application corresponds to the PID.

Windows Example

C:\>netstat -aon | findstr "50000"
TCP       LISTENING       2564

C:\>pslist 2564

pslist v1.28 - Sysinternals PsList
Copyright ⌐ 2000-2004 

Process information for MACHINENAME:
Process information for MACHINENAME:

   Name      Pid Pri Thd  Hnd   Priv     CPU Time  Elapsed Time
   db2syscs 2564   8  15  366  30912  0:00:02.859   2:12:08.564

The example above shows the use of pslist to determine the name of the process. Note that pslist is a free command available from Microsoft Sysinternals at .

Linux Command

1. netstat -anp | grep <port number>
– This shows the PID and the program name that uses the port. The command must be run as root.

2. Alternatively, one can also run
fuser -n tcp <port number>

Linux Example

Suppose the port 12345 is being used by someone else. Find out who by running the following.

# netstat -anp | grep 12345
# netstat -anp | grep 12345
tcp    0   0*    LISTEN   6629/ssh
tcp    0   0 ::1:12345              :::*    LISTEN   6629/ssh

ssh with the PID 6629 is using the port. Find more info about it.

# ps -efl | grep 6629
4 S root      6629 29716  0  75   0 -  6976 -      14:05 pts/4    00:00:00 ssh testserver -D 12345 -l db2inst1
0 S root      7648  7302  0  78   0 -   742 pipe_w 14:07 pts/7    00:00:00 grep 6629

In this case, the user db2inst1 is deliberately using the port 12345 by specifying -D option of ssh.

Also it may be unstable but as an last resort u can use following to find out the PID using a port:

#netstat -Aan | grep <Port>
f100050000f11bb8 tcp 0 0 *.port. LISTEN
#rmsock f100050000f11bb8 tcpcb
The socket 0xf100050000f11808 is being held by proccess 17170554 (java).
#ps -ef | grep 17170554