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How can I forward requests coming in on port 80 to another port on the same linux machine?

I used to do this by changing nat.conf, but this machine that I'm using doesn't have NAT. What's the alternative?

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No NAT whatsoever or just no nat.conf? Have you tried any iptables rules using NAT? – Ben Swinburne Oct 11 '11 at 22:38

You can accomplish the redirection with iptables:

iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT

iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 8080 -j ACCEPT

iptables -A PREROUTING -t nat -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 80 -j REDIRECT --to-port 8080
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+1. Being doing this for years – Alexander Pogrebnyak Oct 12 '11 at 0:33
How about on Windows Server? – Luc Aug 26 '12 at 21:26
Oh man this is exactly what I was looking for, kudos! – neurosnap May 7 '15 at 18:13

You should look at using a reverse proxy, such as Nginx...

e.g. put this in your nginx.conf file:

server {
   listen         80;

   server_name    your_ip_address your_server_name

   access_log   /var/log/nginx/your_domain/access.log ;
   error_log    /var/log/nginx/your_domain/error.log info ;

   location / {
      proxy_pass;   # pass requests for dynamic content to Rails app
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Rinetd setup is easier I think.

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You saved me from pulling out the last of my hair. +1 – Beachhouse May 20 '13 at 18:48

Just found myself in this question an couldn't find an easy way.

Don't want to install Nginx in my machine to do this simple port forwarding.

Rinetd didn't work for me, no working package for my distro.

I went for socat instead. Super simple:

# socat TCP-LISTEN:80,fork TCP:

Must be ran as su to be able to listen on port 80.

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